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  • Congressional Black Caucus Meets With Libyan Ambassador Regarding Recent Slave Auction
    Posted in Press Releases on December 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by CBC Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force co-chair Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA-37) – met with Libyan Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis to discuss a recent report from CNN International that included video documentation of a slave auction in the North African country. “We met with the Ambassador out of the profound concern that in this day and age, people are being sold as property,” said Rep. Bass, Second Vice Chair of the C... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on White House Criticism of Reps. Lewis, Thompson
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: #RootOutRacism

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released a statement in response to White House criticism of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA-05) and Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS-02). The White House criticized Congressman Lewis’ and Congressman Thompson’s decision not to attend the opening ceremony of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, because President Trump will be there. Congressman Lewis and Congressman Thompson bel... Read more

  • CBC Chair, Kelly Introduce Legislation to Restore Government’s Ability to Study Gun Violence
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced the Gun Violence Research Act. The legislation would: Amend the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the use of funding at the Department of Health and Human Services to advocate gun control, to clarify that funds may be used to study gun violence, particularly as it relates to mental he... Read more

  • CBC Reacts to New Report on Diversity in Tech
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) - led by Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), and Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) – today issued the following statements after the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, entitled “Diversity in the Technology Sector: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements.” In the report, GAO found that “no growth occurred for female and Black workers” over... Read more

  • Statement from CBC Chairman on Meeting with Conyers
    Posted in Press Releases on November 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement after his meeting with Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI-13) about the sexual harassment allegations against the most senior member of Congress and his recent decision to temporarily step down as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee: “Today I met with John and we had a very candid conversation about the seriousness of the allegations ag... Read more

  • Statement from CBC Chairman on Sexual Harassment, Assault Allegations Made Against Members of Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on November 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement in response to sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations made against members of Congress: “The Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) position on sexual harassment and sexual assault is clear: no matter the perpetrator, no matter the victim, those responsible for sexual harassment and/or sexual assault must be held accountable. “The CBC has been made aware of some ... Read more

  • CBC Statement on Trump Administration Cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals
    Posted in Press Releases on November 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Reform

    Today, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI-13), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY-09), Chair of the CBC Immigration Working Group released the following joint statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to cancel Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50,000 Haitian nationals living in the United States. “We are outraged by the Trump Administrat... Read more

  • CBC Members Urge Senate Judiciary Chairman to Uphold Longstanding “Blue Slip” Policy for Federal Judicial Nominees
    Posted in Press Releases on November 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judicial Nominations

    WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI-13), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-DC), Chairwoman of the CBC Judicial Nominations Working Group, sent a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), urging him to uphold the Committee’s longstanding “blue slip” policy, which prevents ... Read more

  • Statement from CBC Chairman on Health of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
    Posted in Press Releases on November 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights

    Today, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement in response to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s revelation that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “Reverend Jackson was born a fighter and the fights he’s led and won for this country prove just that. Through his Rainbow Push Coalition, Reverend Jackson has called out racism in politics, policies and the private sector, and he has demanded justice and equal... Read more

  • Statement from CBC Chairman on House Passage of “Morally Bankrupt” Republican Tax Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Budget, Appropriations, and Tax, #CBConHealthcare

    Today, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement on the passage of the “morally bankrupt” Republican tax bill. Republicans passed the bill this afternoon by a vote of 227-205. “This tax bill reflects just how morally bankrupt the Republican Party has become. In order to pay for tax cuts for corporations and one percenters like President Trump, the bill eliminates middle-class tax breaks that help average Americans mak... Read more

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