Press Releases

  • CBC TECH 2020 Task Force Unveils S.M.A.R.T Investment Principles for an Inclusive Tech Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force unveiled a set of principles to guide growth in the technology industry that is shared widely in diverse communities and parts of the country. For the culmination of their return delegation to Silicon Valley, members unveiled new “S.M.A.R.T. Investment Principles” to build a more inclusive and equitable technology sector. Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoma... Read more

  • CBC Urges the NCAA to Consider Reforming its Operating Model
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), led by CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), sent a letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, urging the organization to consider reforming its operating model since its current “state of play…may fail to properly serve a large component of the NCAA’s student-athletes.” The letter follows Chairman Richmond’s launch last month of the CBC NCAA Task Force and a staff-level meeting during the same month between the CBC and the NCAA. In ... Read more

  • CBC Chairman, Rep. Lawrence Statements on Anniversary of Flint Water Crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric L. Richmond, (D-LA-02), and the Secretary of the CBC, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14), released the following statements on this week’s four-year anniversary of the Flint Water Crisis: “The Flint Water Crisis is an example of the type of environmental injustice that disproportionately affects communities of color across the country, as well as poor communities,” Congressman Richmond said. “It is shocking and ... Read more

  • CBC to Visit Silicon Valley to Announce Principles for an Inclusive Tech Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force will travel to Silicon Valley next week to announce principles for building an inclusive tech economy where economic growth is broad-based and Black employees can thrive at all levels of the industry. This is the members’ third congressional delegation trip to Silicon Valley since the CBC TECH 2020 diversity initiative was launched in May 2015. In October 2017, members met with tech executives, Black employees, and nonprofit organiza... Read more

  • In Letter to House Leadership, CBC Chairman Criticizes Latest Version of Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Environment, and Agriculture, Poverty Reduction & Safety Net Programs

    In a letter sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric L. Richmond, criticized the latest version of the Farm Bill as “disgraceful” for its proposal to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $20 billion dollars and expand eligibility and employment requirements for the program that would result in two million people losing some or all of their benefits and 265,000 chi... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on Carson Proposal to Triple Rent for Low-Income Americans
    Posted in Press Releases on April 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Poverty Reduction & Safety Net Programs

    Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s proposal to triple rent for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies. “It is ironic that a man who used taxpayer dollars to buy a $30,000 dining room table for the federal agency he leads wants to raise rent on poor people. “Secretary Carson’s immoral, ill-advised proposal is the latest example of the Trump Administration’... Read more

  • CBC Calls on Senate to Reject Nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to 5th Circuit for History of Opposing Civil Rights
    Posted in Press Releases on April 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02) and CBC Judicial Nominations Task Force Chair Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) – called on the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Richmond and Norton said Duncan “has time and time again worked in service of interests that are stridently opposed to progress and to civil rights for America’s racial and et... Read more

  • CBC Chairman Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 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 former First Lady Barbara Bush. “Barbara Bush was not only the matriarch of an American political dynasty but the matriarch to many throughout the country – one who raised a family of national leaders, including a president and a governor. As First Lady, Barbara Bush championed the cause of literacy and understood, as the members of the Congressional... Read more

  • CBC Statement on Trump-Ordered Review of Programs that Help the Working Poor
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: White House 45, Poverty Reduction & Safety Net Programs

    Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02) and the co-chairs of the CBC Poverty Reduction Task Force, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI-04) – released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order to restrict access to healthcare, housing, food, and many other programs that help the working poor. “It’s crystal clear that President Trump, a man who comes from wealth, doesn’t underst... Read more

  • CBC Chairman: Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Freedom Fighter
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights

    Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of civil rights legend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement: “As we commemorate the 50th year since Dr. King was brutally taken from us, let us never forget his relentless fight for freedom. Dr. King is often remembered as a peaceful man concerned about unity above all else. As we commemorate this mournful day, I urge Americans to remember tha... Read more

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