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...otes. Though Democrats was the majority in the House of Representatives with 259 members to 176 Republicans, almost as many Republicans voted for the civil rights bill as Democrats in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The final vote was 290 for the bill and 130 against where 152 were Democrats and 138 were Republicans (meaning three-fourths of those who voted against the bill were Democrats). Another example was when Lyndon Johnson opposed civil-rights legislation while in Congress, but as president sought to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He argues that neither would have passed without the strong support of congressional Republicans (149-161). The above evidence proves that not only is the Republican Party misaligned with its pro-minority ideals, but the Democratic Party influenced the negative reputation of the Republican Party.
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