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  • CBC Again Urges Trump to Learn from its “Moral and Responsible” Alternative Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) again urged President Trump to learn from its “moral and responsible” FY18 alternative budget released in March. Unlike the budget that President Trump released today, the CBC budget protects social safety net programs like Medicaid, SNAP, and Pell Grants and provides other pathways out of poverty. The CBC budget also makes the tax code fairer. Details about the CBC budget can be found here. From Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Chair ... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Strike Down Two NC Congressional Districts
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down two North Carolina congressional districts. In a 5 – 3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the congressional districts were unconstitutional because the Republican-led General Assembly in North Carolina relied too much on race in drawing them. “When the Supreme Court gutted the heart of the Voting Right... Read more

  • CBC Urges Private Sector to "Do Better" on Diversity
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) – sent a letter to the private sector urging them to “do better” when it comes to board, C-suite, government affairs, trade association, and supplier diversity. The letter was sent to board chairs and CEOs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, Investment Company Institute, and the Organization for International Inv... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on Sessions Guidance to Federal Prosecutors
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), issued the following statement on guidance issued yesterday by Attorney General Sessions that orders federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest charges and sentences for crime suspects, including those suspected of non-violent, low-level drug offenses. “Our biggest concerns about Attorney General Sessions are becoming reality. Yesterday’s action doubles down on a policy that we know was ineffective a... Read more

  • Statement from CBC Chairman & Top Judiciary Democrat on White House Voter Fraud Investigation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.), and the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), released the following statement on President Trump’s creation of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity to investigate voter fraud. Vice President Mike Pence will be the chair of the commission and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be the vice chair. “President Trump says this commi... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on Death of Former Joint Center President Eddie N. Williams
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the death of Eddie N. Williams, the former president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies from 1972-2004. “The CBC mourns the loss of Eddie N. Williams, a trailblazer for Black policymakers and experts. Because Mr. Williams dedicated his life to building organizations that served Black elected officials, these officials and others were able to ... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on Firing of FBI Director James Comey
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s firing of FBI Director James Comey: "The out-of-the-blue ouster of FBI Director James Comey is more proof that we need an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate any and all ties between the Trump Administration and Russia. “When the Attorney General, who supposedly recused himself from the Russia investigation after it was r... Read more

  • Joint Statement from CBC Chairman, Top Judiciary Democrat on Trump Attempt to Walk Back HBCU Comments
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.), and the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s attempt to walk back his recent comments on HBCUs. On Friday, while signing a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, President Trump questioned the constitutionality of HBCU funding. “Based on President Trump’s record on HBCUs, we think it’s safe to s... Read more

  • Top Judiciary Democrat, CBC Chair: Trump's HBCU Statement is Stunningly Careless, Divisive
    Posted in Press Releases on May 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    In a signing statement issued on May 5th concerning the omnibus spending bill, Donald Trump indicated he may no longer fund a decades old program that helps finance construction projects for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, asserting they “allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender,” and that his administration would treat those programs “in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the law under the Due Process Clause of the Constitut... Read more

  • CBC Chair, Congresswoman Clarke Urge DHS Secretary Kelly to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Na-tionals
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) released the following statements on their request that Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States prior to November 4, 2016. Haiti was added to the list of TPS-designated countries on January 21, 2010, after an earthquake killed 300,000 people and displaced another 1.5 ... Read more

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