Butterfield and Adams introduce a resolution recognizing the significance of the Greensboro Four Sit-In of 1960

Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced a resolution recognizing the significance of the Greensboro Four Sit-In of 1960.

The resolution recognizes the four students of Greensboro, North Carolina for their contribution to the civil rights movement and encourages all States to include this historical account in their educational curriculum.

“The four young college students known as the Greensboro Four blazed a trail that ignited a movement to challenge racial inequality in public facilities throughout the segregated South” said Congressman Butterfield. “It is imperative that we learn the lessons from the past and reaffirm that ethnic…

This week the Congressional Black Caucus officially adopted the principles of the CBC Infrastructure Task Force, which is Chaired by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. The Congressional Black Caucus has developed these infrastructure principles to help guide this Congress on building a stronger, more effective nation that works for every American — not just a select few. The 7 principles are as follows:

  1. Redefining Infrastructure.
  2. Providing Robust, Long-Term Federal Funding.
  3. Connecting People with Opportunity.
  4. Promoting Inclusion in Infrastructure Building.
  5. Building for Sustainability and Resilience.
  6. Planning Multi-modal Transportation Networks.
  7. Future-Proofing for All.

“The Congressional Black Caucus has been the conscience…

Congressional Black Caucus Statement on House Passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) released the following statement after the House passed H.R.4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, critical legislation to restore the full strength of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).

“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy. Yet from the founding of our nation, we have struggled to extend the franchise to all. During the civil rights movement, courageous Americans fought in the courts, marched, agitated, and gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ for all of us to exercise this precious right. …

Congresswoman Moore and Congresswoman Fudge Introduce Legislation to Fight Poverty and Honor Unpaid Work

Congresswoman Moore and Congresswoman Fudge introduced the Worker Relief and Credit Reform (WRCR) Act to expand and modernize the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to meet the demands on America’s workforce, including rising costs and stagnant wages. Key reforms to the EITC include changes to the eligibility rules, the maximum credit, phase-in rates, phase-out rates, and creation of a new advance payment regime.

Ways the WRCR Act changes the eligibility rules include (1) decoupling the credit from the number of children a taxpayer has, (2) expanding the age range by reducing the lower age limit to 18 and removing the…

Congressional Black Caucus Statement on Trump Administration Rule to Cut SNAP Benefits

After the Trump Administration issued a final rule that threatens the welfare of hungry Americans in need of SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) released the following statement:

The decision by the Trump Administration to hurt poor and working-class Americans by requiring Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) to submit to more onerous restrictions to qualify for food stamps is disgraceful.

Over 36 million Americans rely on SNAP for nutrition assistance. This final rule weakens SNAP, the nation’s most effective anti-hunger program.

Enough is enough.

Unfortunately, the Trump Administration fails to understand that people want…

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) issued the following statement following a border trip to Tijuana, Mexico, to meet with Black immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. The trip was led by CBC Chair Karen Bass (CA-37) and included Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Yvette Clarke (NY-09), as well as Representative Juan Vargas (CA-51), who represents the U.S. side of the border.

“There is an untold story woven into the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Most Americans are well aware of the impact of the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies on people fleeing Latin and Central American countries. What they…

Congressional Black Caucus Expresses Outrage Over Trump Administration SNAP Proposal Cutting Free School Meal Eligibility for One Million School-Age Children

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) sent a letter today to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the Department’s proposed rule to eliminate broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its adverse impact on access to school meals for nearly 1 million school-age children.

“It is unfathomable that as Americans are preparing for the holiday season and Thanksgiving, President Donald Trump’s Administration is considering a proposal to keep 1 million hungry children from receiving access to free school meals,” said Rep. Bass.

“SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger and food…

I am proud to lead my colleagues in a resolution that makes clear that any and all assaults on civil rights protections for Americans will not be tolerated by the U.S. Congress.

Ahead of the first day of oral arguments in the Supreme Court case Comcast Corp. V. National Association of African American-Owned Media (NAAOM), Congresswoman Maxine Waters led her colleagues in introducing a resolution that affirms the vital role that the Civil Rights Act of 1866 — particularly Section 1981 of the Act — has played in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity when making and enforcing business contracts.

Should Comcast Corporation, the plaintiffs in the case, prevail at the Supreme Court, it will be nearly impossible for entrepreneurs, innovators, and creators of color who have been victims…

Tri-Caucus and Census Caucus Letter Urges Congress to Approve Full Funding for 2020 Census

Today, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus — Congressional Black (CBC) Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) — and the Congressional Census Caucus — sent a letter to House Leadership and appropriators urging them to ensure the United States Census Bureau receives robust funding in the next spending package to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census.

The letter, led by Tri-Caucus Chairs Rep. Karen Bass (CBC), Rep. Joaquin Castro (CHC), and Rep. Judy Chu (CAPAC), and Census Caucus Co-chair Rep. Carolyn…

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