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  • CBC Opposes SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
    Posted in Press Releases on September 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, in a letter to Senate leaders, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) formally expressed its opposition to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. The CBC believes Judge Kavanaugh’s views on voter suppression, police brutality, and unreasonable searches and seizures would be a threat to African Americans’ years-long struggle for equality and justice. In addition, the CBC believes that Judge Kavanaugh’s view that sitting presidents should be ... Read more

  • CBC Statement on Trump's Latest Attack on Federal Workers
    Posted in Press Releases on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement in reaction to the news that the White House unilaterally froze pay increases for federal workers: “With the passing of another day comes another attack on hard-working Americans to please radical elements of the President's base and to help the wealthy. I am furious that the President has decided on his own to further harm hard-working families by rescinding a pay in... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on Passing of Senator John McCain
    Posted in Press Releases on August 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ): “A war hero, Senator John McCain led with courage and conviction on and off the battlefield. You always knew where he stood, and he stood straight wherever he was standing. “In Congress, where there is more pressure now than ever before to stand on the left or right, Senator McCain often stood in the center—putting patriot... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on Trump Tweet about White South African Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on August 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: White House, Russia, and National Security, Foreign Affairs & National Security

    WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on President Trump’s recent tweet about white South African farmers. “Here is the real story behind President Trump’s tweet: Every time he is caught in a lie or the Mueller investigation gets closer to the truth, he tries to play the race card so he can distract the American people from the fact that his actions and the actions of his fellow Republicans h... Read more

  • CBC Criticizes Randolph County Georgia Board of Election Attempt to Suppress Black Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on August 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, in a letter to Randolph County Georgia Board of Elections leaders, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) criticized the County’s proposal to close more than three-quarters of their polling locations, including one that is 97 percent African American. The CBC believes the proposal is an attempt to suppress the African-American vote ahead of a key election, which would be a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The letter was signed by the CBC Chairman, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (... Read more

  • CBC Statement on the Passing of American Legend Aretha Franklin
    Posted in Press Releases on August 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement in reaction to the news that Aretha Franklin passed away: “It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of the most important figures in American culture, Aretha Franklin. The Congressional Black Caucus sends out its deepest condolences to her family at this incredibly difficult time. We are so thankful that the Lord shared her with us and now that she is ... Read more

  • CBC Statement on Voting Rights Act Anniversary
    Posted in Press Releases on August 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), along with the CBC Voting Rights Task Force co-chairs, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL-07) released the following statement recognizing Monday, August 6 as the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: “The Voting Rights Act is one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in American history, ensuring all Americans have an equal op... Read more

  • CBC Statement on the Passing of CBC Founder Rep. Ron Dellums
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the passing of Ron Dellums, a founding Member of the CBC who dedicated his life to public service and the advancement of progressive causes. “The Congressional Black Caucus extends its thoughts and prayers to Ron Dellums’ loved ones. Behind the trailblazing leadership of Mr. Dellums and 12 others more than 45 years ago, the Congressional Black Caucus was esta... Read more

  • CBC Criticizes Trump Administration Postponement of Obama-Era Regulation Addressing Racial Bias in Special Education
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Labor

    Today, in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Assistant Secretary of Education Johnny Collett, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) criticized the Trump Administration’s two-year-long postponement of an Obama-era regulation addressing racial bias in special education. The regulation was finalized by the Obama Administration on December 12, 2016 and established a standard approach that states must use to assess whether students of color are 1.) disproportionately identified for spe... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on DOJ Decision to Reopen Emmett Till Investigation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the Department of Justice’s decision to reopen the investigation into the death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was lynched in Money, Mississippi in 1955. “The men who killed Emmett Till confessed years ago and, if reports are true, the woman whose lie led to Till’s killing recently confessed that she lied. Justice for the Till family has been delayed, but it... Read more

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