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  • CBC Task Force on Foreign Affairs and National Security Hosts Briefing Examining FBI Black Identity Extremism Report
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs & National Security

    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) – hosted a hearing-style briefing featuring experts and activists from around the country to examine and investigate the FBI’s August 2017 report that asserted that "Black Identity Extremists" (BIE) are likely motivated to target law enforcement officers. “Evidence and testimony at today's hearing raised further questions about the orig... Read more

  • Thompson, Richmond, Jackson Lee: Austin Bombings Must Be Classified as Terrorist Attacks
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) released the follow statement on the terrorist bombings in Austin, Texas: “Our prayers continue to be with the victims of the Austin bombings and their families. We continue to offer our support as the federal government and local authorities work to br... Read more

  • CBC Urges Investment Associations to Increase Diversity at Firms They Own
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Diversity

    Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), led by CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02) and the Co-Chairs of the CBC Diversity Taskforce, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-01), made public a letter the CBC sent to investment associations urging them to leverage their influence at the firms they own to ensure these firms increase diversity in their board rooms, c-suites, and among their suppliers. The letter was sent to the Investment Company Institute, Managed Fun... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on the Passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 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 Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY-25): “Today Congress lost its only microbiologist. “Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a champion for justice and equality, one who worked tirelessly to make this country a more perfect union. She was also an inspiration to young women and girls who dreamed of holding public office. “During her 30-plus-year career... Read more

  • In Letter to Carson, CBC Criticizes Proposed Change to HUD’s Mission Statement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    In a letter sent yesterday to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) criticized a proposed change to HUD’s mission statement that would remove anti-discrimination language about the need to create “inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.” The CBC wrote, “As a direct result of institutional, systemic racism, the African-American community continues to face discrimination when buying or renting homes. Even to... Read more

  • CBC Launches NCAA Task Force
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    In light of recent reports about National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rule violations regarding the payment of student-athletes, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) announced today that it is launching an NCAA task force that will be led by CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02): “The purpose of this taskforce is to assess the treatment of student-athletes, including the extent to which they are able to get a college education, and the money that influences college sports, includi... Read more

  • CBC To Trump Administration: Don’t Weaken the Community Reinvestment Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), led by CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02) and the three Co-Chairs of the CBC Economic Development and Wealth Creation Taskforce, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin expressing the Caucus’ concern that the Trump Administration’s review of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) will result in a weaker version of the law that hurts the very communities that the law is supposed help: historically underserved communities that struggle to... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on Bipartisan Amendments to Senate Immigration Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on February 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Reform

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the pending bipartisan amendments to the Senate immigration bill: “I am encouraged by the amendments under consideration in the Senate that would provide protections for DREAMers without eliminating the Diversity Visa program. I am not in love with all aspects of some of the amendments because I continue to believe that we need a clean DREAM Act with some border se... Read more

  • CBC Chairman to Trump: Stop Pitting Black and Brown Immigrants Against Each Other
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Reform

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), sent a letter to President Trump criticizing his immigration proposal as “unreasonable” and “un-American” because it unnecessarily pits black and brown immigrants against each other. Months ago, President Trump agreed to sign the DREAM Act into law, legislation that would primarily benefit Latino immigrants who were brought to the United States as children through no fault of their own, if and only i... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on Black History Month
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement in honor of Black History Month: “The political environment we’re in right now says that we as African Americans have nothing to lose and that this country was ‘great’ when we were fighting for full citizenship. But our history tells us that this could not be further from the truth. “African Americans do indeed have a lot to lose, 400 years of progress, in fact. And i... Read more

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