Quote – John Sparkman (D-AL)

This is an unprecedented threat to American traditions, and is aimed at forcing civil rights compliance in the South by authorizing the cutting off of funds in all financial assistance programs. Procedures in the title are devoid of due process of law. It states too broad a policy without defining ‘discrimination.’ Moreover, it authorizes an alternative court enforcement to bureaucrats who pronounce regulations approved by the President, whereas these matters should be promulgated, if at all, by act of Congress.

Senate Discussion of 1964 Civil Rights Act, taken from the Congressional Record (pgs 14310-14319).

Thursday, June 18, 1964