Category Archives: Congress

Cummings, CBC to Trump: Wrong!

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., says President Donald Trump is making things up when he said he backed out of a meeting with the president. Trump, answering a question at his Thursday press conference about whether he would include the Congressional Black Caucus in his agenda for inner cities, went off on a tangent about… Read More »

Black voters aren’t happy with President Trump or Democrats

African American voters feel taken advantage of by Democrats and nervous about President Donald Trump’s leadership, according to a national poll conducted for the Congressional Black Caucus. Black lawmakers discussed the results last week at their retreat in Washington as a guide for the 115th Congress. The results showed African Americans’ dissatisfaction with the Democratic… Read More »

Trump and the Congressional Black Caucus: So far, not so good

No one expected President Donald Trump and Congress’ black lawmakers, most of whom are Democrats, to become fast friends. But it turns out they’re hardly even speaking. “We’re off to a horrible start,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat and the Congressional Black Caucus chairman. “I’m not sure that I’ve seen anything, to this… Read More »

Black Caucus chafes at Latino who wants to join

Rep. Adriano Espaillat wants to join the Congressional Black Caucus. The question for the group’s members is whether he qualifies as African-American. So far, the answer is no. Espaillat, who in November became the first Dominican-American elected to Congress, identifies himself as a “Latino of African descent.” The CBC has a long-standing policy of limiting… Read More »

Senate Republicans continue to blow away their Democratic counterparts with hirings of new black staff members

Moments ago I received an exciting email announcing that another United States senator had just hired an African-American chief of staff. That may sound like small potatoes, but it’s hands down the most important position you can have in the Senate, and until now, only one other senator had an African-American chief of staff. While… Read More »

Civil Rights Leaders React to Confirmation Hearing of Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions

Following the first day of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, civil rights leaders provided immediate reaction and discussed his deplorable civil and human rights record. As reported by a coalition of organizations, Sessions’ initial Senate Judiciary Questionnaire had hundreds of concerning omissions. Despite a supplement of new entries submitted weeks later, a second… Read More »