tv Congressional Black Caucus Ceremonial Swearing- In CSPAN January 11, 2015 2:00am-3:11am EST
spectrum, but they especially help middle and low income households because those households spend a larger share of their budget on energy. in 2013, energy accounted for 27 percent of after-tax household income for families making less than $30,000, but only 9 percent for households making $50,000 or more. but make no mistake, gasoline prices aren't lower now because opec decided to give us a christmas present this year. they're lower because of the oil and gas renaissance in places like the bakken in north dakota and montana, the eagle ford in texas, and oil produced by our friend and ally, canada, as well. for us to continue to produce more energy and retain all of these benefits, we need more pipelines to move crude at the lowest cost and in the safest and most environmentally friendly way. the state department's
environmental reviews of the project have consistently found that the keystone xl pipeline will have no significant impact on the environment. let me repeat that -- no significant environmental impact. in fact, the review says that if we don't build the pipeline canadian oil will still find its way to market by rail, requiring 1,400 tanker cars every day on our railroads to move the same volume of oil. a lack of pipeline capacity is already causing congestion on the tracks, which is delaying shipments of agriculture goods and other commodities. clearly the keystone xl pipeline is in the national interest of our country. it will support more than 42,000 jobs, boost our economy by $3.4 billion, and help reduce our reliance on middle eastern oil. for all of these reasons, the keystone xl pipeline, and others like it, make sense. but there's another reason we've made it the first bill we take up in the senate. it's important not only because
it's vital energy infrastructure legislation, but also because it has bipartisan support in congress, the overwhelming support of the american people and it represents a real opportunity to break through the grid-lock in the senate by returning to what's called regular order. regular order, which our new majority leader mitch mcconnell is reestablishing, means allowing an open amendment process and real debate on important issues for the country. in other words, senators will have an opportunity to advance their ideas, have them debated in an open, transparent way, and then get a vote. measures will need 60 votes, which neither party has, meaning legislation will have to be bipartisan, and have bipartisan support to pass. that's healthy. that's how the senate has historically done business. that's how the american people want it to work. they want congress to work in a bipartisan way to get things done for the good of our country.
yet after a delay of more than six years, this past week the president threatened to veto the keystone xl approval bill, even before he's seen the final product. so i'd like to close with a question. if the president isn't willing to get on board with the keystone xl pipeline, which nearly 70 percent of the american people support, all the states along the route have approved and a bipartisan majority of congress has passed , what will it take for him to work with us to get something done? mr. president, it's time to work with congress on this and other important issues for the american people. >> next, a discussion on possible global conflicts and areas of instability in 2015. after that, dan glickman and robert bennett discuss bipartisanship.
members of the congressional black caucus were sworn in tuesday morning at the capital. gk butterfield said criminal justice reform will be a top issue. nancy pelosi also spoke. this is just over one hour. >> good morning. facing the rising sun of our new day. what an extraordinary group of americans i have is my colleagues to face that rising sun. with new challenges and new opportunities. i want to congratulate my dear friend, marcia fudge, on the extraordinary leadership she has given. [applause] congratulate my
friend marcia on her extraordinary leadership. [applause] [applause] [applause] and to commiserate with my brother, leader butterfield and all of the officers. thank you all for being here today. martin luther king said that i may not get there, but i have seen the comments. and everybody in this audience knows that we may have seen the
promised land but the promise is not yet within it. but there is still much to do and allows congress and the cdc to play a central role. as this new congress begins a new challenges facing our country, we will continue to look at the group that is known as the conscience of the congress. the ideas and inspired leadership and inspiration. for over four decades we have promoted a place where everyone has an equal shot to pursue the american dream entitled to equal justice under the law. that is the objective and that is the vision. that is the promise.
no one in this auditorium would say that promise has been redeemed yet. so there is still much work to be done. and it needs not be only a vision but a reality. sadly it is not. but it must continue to be the goal for which we strive and to which the congress works. and there are no members of the congress of the united states who further that vision more passionately or more focused as john lewis would say keeping their eye on the prize been my colleagues in the congressional black caucus. how proud those of us are who serve their leadership and inspiration of their integrity and their courage. under the chairwoman of the cbc
has continued to raise knowledge and an active policy not only bettering the lives of african-americans but expanding opportunities for all americans. and my buddy will tell us all about this that lifting of all of us irrespective of race from the ravages of want is a major objective of us all. with chairman butterfield, i know this important work will continue. for the 114th congress, the cbc has grown to include the largest number of members in its history. comprising nearly a quarter. [applause]
>> almost 25% of the democratic caucus. 10% of the congress of the united states african-americans. that is not just the color of their skin that is so important. it is the content of their character that they display on a daily basis calling us all to the best that is within us and the best that is america. members represent 22 states and the district of columbia. all five of the new cbc members for the 114th congress are women. [applause] and i remember them bringing the total to 20. almost half of the members of the congressional black caucus and in another historic first of
the strength in policymaking. seven full committee ranking members are cbc members. [applause] [applause] will the ranking member stand. [applause] >> this speaks to the enormous progress that we have made over the past 50 years. in 1965 john lewis walked across the bridge and two weeks later martin luther king walked across that bridge. the conscience of america was moved and we made progress. today the voting rights act is under threat and all of our
effort has not yet exceeded for a new generation of americans. supreme court said things were much different and indeed, they are much different. but the supreme court was wrong for the job was done and i want to congratulate my friend for his leadership in ensuring what has been bled for and died for. when the law was passed and was very active in my own state. a segregated state and a southern state in many ways and i come from a region that is a southern as any region in the country. and we had great problems in cambridge and baltimore and yes, in my county as well and thanks to the cbc, these battles are
being carried forward with strength and conviction and a dogged determination in congress as we prepare to mark the 50th anniversary. i am looking forward to accompany many of you to other places where people die than five for the freedom and dignity of my three children as well as all children of color. we're in this together and every individual, everyone has their eyes on them and they ought to have eyes on them as well. i am so very proud to be here to congratulate all of you. those of you who are new and those of you who have fought the
fight for decades. those of you who began this black caucus. you have made congress better. and much more important you have made america better. god bless you and god speed and thank you. [applause] [applause] >> all right everyone. everyone say a change will come. right now it will come on this program. the weather has permitted leader nancy pelosi to be here and i want to introduce her purse and then we will hear from congressman clyburn. thank you.
>> good morning everyone. i see the hearty souls who weather the storm and thank you for your introduction and thank you to my colleagues i have come to join my colleagues in bearing witness to the fact that for more than 40 years as we all know the congressional black caucus has served as the conscience of the caucus championing an america of justice and opportunity for all. the members of this historic caucus have fought and won critical battles to make this full for working-class families for every person who dreams of a better life for themselves and their family. reverend, as i was coming over here, the walls of the capital were shaking from your vocation
and all of you gathered here to champion the equality and dignity and prosperity. today as we are in the 114th congress of the congressional black caucus it is as bold and necessary as ever. select start with marcia. anyone who has ever wanted to know anything about marcia fudge, all they needed to do is to follow the "colbert report." the host found out that she was a fencing champion in high school and he decided that he would suit up and challenge her. mind you, she had not engaged in this for decades. i'm not going to say anymore but for decades. he learned with practice and
trying to take her by surprise when she came on his show that she got the first touch. and he learned what we all know. marcia fudge rules. [laughter] the congressman takes the helm of the cbc and we know that they will continue to provide strong outspoken and effective leadership for every man and woman and child in our country bringing his judicious demeanor and southern courtesy to our work. don't mistake that courtesy for anything other than strength. congratulations and best wishes to you chairman butterfield. your success is the success of america. and the 114th congress mr. clyburn will continue to serve as the third-highest
ranking democrat in the house of representatives. and with great dignity and respect. he mentioned that the members were service ranking members and i'm going to name names. judiciary john conyers, financial services maxine waters. veterans affairs science and space and technology and education and work force bobby scott. homeland security bennie thompson and oversight and government reform elijah cummings. aren't we proud? we also welcome the surge of freshmen members and we are so honored that the 100 woman who served in the congress is elma
adams, a member of the cdc. and i know that i distinguished the chair and debbie wasserman schultz, takes very special pride in that as well. respect the past confront the future, today john conyers becomes the dean of the house after a half decade of service in the congress. [applause] [applause] >> have a century of service those 50 years have seen historic progress in our nation but it is clear that there is more to do. we respect the past and we confront the future with a conviction that we can and we must continue to affect change.
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere as we mark the 50th anniversary of the voting rights act and how proud we are to have a tireless moral leadership of congressman john lewis on these matters. as we are now called to action. and to improve the quality of justice in every american community to awaken us to the power of the vote. the vote destroys injustice and creates opportunities and gives us a new effort to increase voter participation. today we are having a new congress to start the new year. it also serves as an epiphany. as you now. i am hoping that i will say to the congress when we open in session later, let us have our own epiphany about what our responsibility is to the american people.
let us not say that we shouldn't have disagreement. of course we have our principles and our values and our beliefs. that is what makes our country strong. we don't always agree in the different schools of thought in the congress, but a democracy is about debating those issues and finding solutions. having the humility to compromise and find a way forward. but it also is about fighting for the right to vote in the congress of the united states and then we can put that aside. and so it is important for us as we view how we manage our issues
and our differences. that all comes back to value. shared value and the cbc foundation under the leadership and they have long supported the values and goals and together we will build an economy and we have a moral obligation, a value we will restore confidence to american justice. including prosperity and promise ..
ladies and gentlemen first i remind you of our theme for the day respecting the past. confronting the future. i want to thank the chairwoman for two very successful and highly productive years as chair of this caucus. i want to wish george kenneth butterfield -- [laughter] -- godspeed and he takes the reins of this committee dedicated and sometimes contrarian public servants.
martin luther king junior wants in town everyone can be great because everybody concerned. we have been elected to serve at an interesting time in our country's development the united states supreme court has gutted the 1965 voting rights act that made it possible for us to serve. in the citizens united the supreme court overturned 100 years of restraint on corporations funding of political campaigns. and they have made money speech. it cannot be be reasonably regulated to protect our democracy.
legislatures all over the country are stacking and bleaching legislative and political districts. state and local government are imposing new impediments to voting and establishing new criteria for police and citizens use of force. this effectively undermines and ruptures the relationship that should exist between the police and the public and people to each other. there are significant movements taking place all across the country. and although they may not be knew -- they may be knew to some of us they are not knew to the country.
we have been here before. we respect election results. but we remember that ben tillman and lester maddox were elected officials who were swept into office by denigrated blocks. we respect law enforcers but we remember cops who built their repetitions by brutalizing freedom fighters. we respect court decisions but we remember that dred scott and plessy versus ferguson were supreme court decisions that relegated blacks to second-class citizenship.
it took hard work and personal sacrifices to move the country to a better place. thanks to the advocacy of the naacp the urban league masonic orders fraternities and sororities the f tlc the student nonviolent coordinating committee and countless others. every september the congressional black caucus foundation recognizes various people and organizations with our phoenix awards. that name was not pulled out of a hat. nor was it selected by a contest. the phoenix award honor
prophetic speech delivered from the well of the united states house of representatives by a predecessor from north carolina george white as he unceremoniously ended his career and an era of black in the congress over a generation before another black set as a member of this august body. contrary to popular opinion the country does not move on a linear plane. our countrymen's like the pendulum on a clock. it goes from left to right and back left again.
how long the country rests in any position depends upon the intervention and level of participation of the electorate. in. in a couple of hours we we will take our seats as members of the 114th congress. a unique road. roslyn brock, cornell brooks, unique. mark mario michael need off and the urban league have unique but partial roads. the legal defense fund
national action network and many others have roles to play. we all have our roles to play. hopefully, the lessons of our history will allow us to play our roles effectively and efficiently. few people know about history better than she cute butterfield. he suffered many indignities while serving in defense of this country. a doting father, he experienced election laws that steeled his determination to study and practice law. a former state supreme court justice who knows what it is like to suffer defeat. he
has lived much of america's history. he has learned its lessons. i believe he would take this caucus to a better place. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen president washington. [applause] >> good morning, everyone. on behalf of my colleagues it is my pleasure to welcome and thank you all for your presence this morning as we celebrate the beginning of the 114th congress and in
particular the members of the congressional black caucus. special guests friends, and partners joining us. we are honored to host this tradition was recognizing our nation's african-american members of congress whose efforts continue to move our country and communities forward. this is an historic time. with the largest and the most diverse geographical representation since its founding they elevate the public policy discussion on several issues. there remains a lack of diversity and congressional staff and this is the inspiration for the newest initiative. over the next few years we will expand opportunities to emerging african-american leaders by providing 535
internships and congressional placements in offices and committees. we are eager to do our part. [applause] and the cdc remains an integral part of this effort. our event partners for today's ceremony include revlon, national association of broadcasters, celgene corporation sentry link comcast nbc universal t-mobile, t-mobile, and verizon. we are able to fulfill our mission because of the generous support you each
provide and for that we thank you. [applause] enclosing and on behalf of of the staff i would like to thank our outgoing chairwoman for her strong support of the congressional black caucus chairman chairman elect and all of the new officers whom we look forward to working with join me in congratulating and saluting the members of the 114th congress. [applause]
>> the members of our corporate committee. [applause] the foundation is uniquely situated because of our most important stakeholders the congressional black caucus. i want to thank the members for their partnership as we go forward. i want to say a few things about the work we are doing and have been together. first and foremost, we placed 148 students in internships 18 and fellowships, internships, 18 and fellowships, and have awarded 702 scholarships. thank you. [applause]
that is a little bit of money. and it helps pay the bills so that our young people can get an education. we also launched an online community and think of it as an online alc weekend where you can get real-time information about the work of the congressional black caucus its members and have actual input into the policy development process. as if it was not challenging
enough she took on the responsibility to lead the congressional black caucus. i have seen her in public and private and does not equivocate in 1 inch and has been an authentic leader. we can ask nothing more of her. thank you thank you for all that you have done. [applause] dozens of young people spend time studying abroad. she paved the way for some 400 young people to participate in math program. i want to say to our new chairman you have to watch g.k. butterfield. i mean, he we will not let you maneuver.
all i can say is when he asks you to do something consider it. once you commit, you must follow through because he is a determined leader. as we go into a new congress i note a number of people. my beautiful and brilliant wife who is here my daughters, my dad. give them a round of applause. [applause] i saw ernie green thumb from the little rock 92 is here. then i saw a young man who has been in prison in cuba and because of the work of the congressional black caucus and many others and the bold steps that our president has taken
reopening relationships with cuba he is now here. give him a big welcome home. [applause] [applause] he and his wife are here. [applause] barbara lee and other members of the caucus and members of the congress democrat and republican it is great to welcome you home. it could not have happened without a former member to now serves as president to step in a different direction. we can rebuild the walls if we have in mind to work.
in a few hours we we will be sworn in and get to work making our catch a more perfect union. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. the swearing-in of congressional members is a long-standing tradition. the ceremonial oath of office we will be administered by fourth circuit judge of the united states court of appeal from north carolina and served as an associate judge for the north carolina court of appeal and the north carolina supreme court before his nomination by president obama in 2,009 congressman butterfield's friend and former law partner. [applause]
>> to the distinguished members of the congressional black caucus, this is a a special pleasure for me, and i tell you this it was not brown versus board of education that was the most important decision, nor was it the civil rights act nor the voting rights act nor even the election of our esteemed president in 2,008. significant date and events in the history of african-americans in this country was the abolition of slavery 150 years ago. [applause] and that occurred when the state of georgia became the
state that made the requisite number of states to abolish slavery by the ratification of the 13th amendment to the constitution on december 6 1865. so it gives me great pleasure to administer the oath of office to a most distinguished group. please rise. and if the officers will face me. just the officers, please. and if the officers will face me all officers and repeat after me. i, state your name do solemnly swear or affirm that i will support and defend the constitution of
the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic and that i will i will put your true faith and allegiance to the same that i take this obligation freely and without mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which i i am about to enter. so help me god. congratulations. [applause]
>> all right. ladies and gentlemen, i i present to you the congressional black caucus. [applause] [applause] [applause] >> at this time i would like a special presentation to highlight some of the critical work undertaken by the congressional black caucus of the 113th congress. entering her fifth term serving ohio's 11th 11th congressional district. her hard work and commitment has earned her the confidence and respect of her peers.
continued the making good health my reality to her educating americans around the country of the affordable care act can improve their lives and remains vigilant at the forefront of the agenda. although these are significant, she knows the work of advancing the african-american community is far from finished. her determination and fair -- fearlessness has made her one of the most recognizable and respected leaders in congress. please now direct your attention to this short video.
>> here at home we are unable to fully address our own issue. >> the gentleman is correct. the house will be in order. please proceed. ♪ >> known as the conscious of the congress, a strong voice for people of color and underserved communities founded in 1971, committed to using the full constitutional power statutory authority and financial resources of the united states government to ensure access to the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of congress. present and active on issues impacting african-americans and other underserved communities.
presented -- prevented devastating cuts. fair and readily available to those who need them and rolled back the protections of the voting rights act legislation was developed to safeguard the right to vote. >> we want to be sure it is in fact, comprehensive. people who have curative or been done with diversity. we want to to make sure those who we represent are included. >> remaining steadfast in its vision. poised to transform this into legislative reality in
the upcoming 114th congress. >> elected unanimously and i take this work very seriously. it is the role to try every day to try to protect those in our community. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> and now we will swear in all of the members. please stand. if all of you would repeat after me. raise your right hand. i, state your name do solemnly swear or affirm
that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic and that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that i take this obligation freely and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office as members of the congressional black caucus so help me god. congratulations. >> thank you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen,
please welcome the outgoing chairwoman. [applause] >> good morning. i do not give shout outs as a general a general rule but their are two members i must recognize. please stand and be recognized. ms. clayton, mr. watt. let's give them a hand please. [applause] i am certainly happy it is my determination that barbara lee should be the ambassador to cuba. i will be working on that. now that i have more time. it has been a pleasure and
an honor to serve as the 23rd chair 23rd chair of the congressional black caucus. i did not lead this caucus. no one can. i compare by experience to that of a conductor of an incredible orchestra who came together over the past few years and managed to make wonderful music. to my colleagues, i thank you. we are the oldest smartest and most and most effective caucus and the house of representatives. [applause] i want to thank you for working together free of independent agendas to ensure the continued success of our caucus for the benefit of this nation. thank you for your unwavering commitment to do what is right. let us continue to stand strong.
to to our new members welcome. you are now part of a special family. lead us into the future with fresh ideas. stand new members, please. [applause] and to my staff i want to to thank you for your hard work and sacrifice. i may not have said it often or enough but i appreciate each and every one of you. you have served well, and i thank you. i have been given the honor of presenting to you the 24th chair of the congressional black caucus
my friend congressman g.k. butterfield who followed in his father's footsteps the first black elected since reconstruction, a champion for so many things affordable healthcare, medicaid education investment in rural communities just to name a few. you heard him talk about his work on the judiciary. you you have served this country and congress with distinction. now you have been elected to serve as the chair of the cdc. may god grant you wisdom and patience. please accept the gavel as a symbolic token of our trust, confidence and admiration. please join me in welcoming g.k. butterfield.
[applause] [applause] >> thank you. first, let me begin by thanking congresswoman fudge for her and for taking the congressional black caucus to higher heights. someone asked me if i thought i could fill her shoes. no one in their right mind should ever believe they can fill her shoes. a unique leader who commands respect. thank you very much. [applause] to the dean dean of the congressional black caucus, the house of representatives
congressman john conyers junior. [applause] to my other colleagues and their families the cbc f chair, congressman chaka fattah ms. miss washington and your team the congressional staff, thank you for all that you do. my former law partner for administering the oath of office. god has been good to us so many times. thank you. two democratic leader pelosi and the whip, steny hoyer, thank you. assistant leader abcafifteen, we are honored to have one of your caliber among us.
representing 30 million people. 23 of the house democratic caucus 10% of the house representative, seven ranking member full committee leadership positions. we are one of the largest caucuses in the house of representatives and i'm proud to say we have 20 women members all of our new members are female. [applause] as joe biden would say, that is a big deal. [laughter] the competition of our caucus brings a diverse set of experiences and viewpoints to address the challenges of african-american communities. members of this caucus go beyond
their constitutional duties to lead in their communities. they are making a difference. all of them are making a difference in the lives of millions of people. my colleagues are smart. you know that. they are intelligent. each of them was selected because they prepared themselves , they serve to their communities, and they knocked down barriers. i'm also mindful we were elected to congress because great men and women, great men and women over the past 150 years got their hands dirty. some gave their lives to empower future generations. during the reconstruction and post reconstruction, 20 african-americans, 20, served in this congress. they advocated for educating the children of the former slaves. they advocated building black high schools and colleges, for
jobs and decency and they even sought to make it a federal crime to lynch. the work of these 20 congressman was too visionary for the southern power structure and so in 1900, seven states passed literacy tests as devices to prevent black people from voting. and now in the 21st century, efforts are afoot to disenfranchise african-american voters. as a consequence of the literacy test and acts of violence, black participation in 1901, when george h white stood in the well, stood where we will all be in just a few minutes, at the close of the 56 congress, this is what he said. i will paraphrase. mr. chairman, the negro asks no
special favors, but demands he be given the same chance for existence for earning the livelihood, for raising himself in the scales of manhood and womanhood, obble late rate race, hatred, party prejudice and help us do the greatest good for the greatest number. this, mr. chairman, is perhaps the negro's temporary farewell to the american congress. but phoenix-like, he will rise again someday and come again. as we stand here now on the dawn of a new congress, the 114th congress, we must tell the full story. for many black americans, for many black americans, they are not even close to realizing the american dream. depending on where they live an
economic depression hangs over their head and it's burning the potential of their children. black america is in a state of emergency today as it was at the turn of the century. my message, my message to those across the country who are tired of business as usual, and for those who want to hold our country accountable for treating you with disrespect, i hear you. the c.b.c. hears you. america hears you. the world hears you. that is why our theme today is so important. learn from our past. but boldly, boldly confront an uncertain future. this caucus was formed in 1971 because its founders understood that black lives matter, black boys matter, black girls matter.
the black church matters. black america in its totality matters. in 2015 we're still fighting. we're still fighting generations of indifference on the part of those in power. the statistics tell the story. 25% of black households, that's one in four, 25% of black households live below the poverty line as compared to 8% for white households. one out of three black children, our children, lives in poverty. african-americans are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. african-americans earn $13,000 less per year than their white counterparts. the unemployment rate of african-americans has consistently been twice as high as for whites over the last 50
years. for every $100 in wealth of a white household, the black household only has $6 in wealth. what is this? what is this if it's not an emergency? america's not working for many african-americans and we as the congressional black caucus have an obligation. we know. that we talk about it all the time. we have an obligation to fight harder and smarter in the next congress and help repair the damage. and so my leadership of this caucus will be influenced by my experiences growing up in a segregated south. jim clyburn often says that we are the sum total of our experiences. and that is so very true. my life's experiences are similar to many of my colleagues. we saw racism at its worst.
in my hometown of wilson, north carolina, the railroad tracks divided our town. our town with 23 miles of unpaved streets greeting black citizens every day. requesting citizenship, fathers and grandmothers aunts and uncles who work every day seven days a week to support the jim crow economy. i recall vividly we would drive to neighborhoods to transport black women to the paved streets on the west side of town to do domestic work for just a few dollars a week. i recall white farmers coming at six am to
transport black laborers to harvest crops for $0.50 per hour. i recall the structurally inferior black schools and how great black educators were paid less than their white counterparts. counterparts. my generation, we escaped the south as quickly as we could. most most of us went to north, song to college. and so those experiences have helped mold my perspective and make me determined to fight every day to expose and defeat racism and discrimination wherever it may exist. if anyone has any doubt that this chairman and this congressional black caucus will have any real loss -- reluctance, you are mistaken. [applause]
[applause] >> she is over there talking about me. [laughter] the years work, if nothing else. let's get serious again. you will see the congressional black caucus make criminal justice reform a centerpiece of our work. a a well-founded -- i need to develop this for a minute before you applause. criminal justice reform a centerpiece of our work. a a well-founded mistrust between the african-american community and law enforcement officers the
statistics are clear, video clips are clear. we recognize the overwhelming majority of law enforcement to put their lives on the line every day to protect our community, and most do it well. there are some who abuse the sacred responsibility to protect and serve by using an excessive and sometimes deadly force when a less severe response is warranted we will seek legislative action to reverse this trend let me be clear to reinforce reform the law enforcement system we will not by itself reform the criminal justice system. we will continue to address outdated sentencing laws unethical prosecutors and we will communicate the importance of criminal
defendants our sons and daughters and cousins and next-door neighbors in our communities, that they have competent counsel in court. you will see the congressional black caucus fight for targeted funding for persistently targeted communities. 20% 20 percent or more of the population has been living below the poverty line not since the recession started but for the last 30 years. ..
>> and. >>. [applause] we will continue to fight against any additional leverage to reduce the deficit by and dismantling the social safety net that our communities depend on and programs that create jobs for the unemployed and the underemployed. irresponsible budgeting of this congress will be met with dogged resistance. [applause]
this cdc in the stands there is nothing more important than in education system that works for black children and encourages or to meighen's to have legislation to have opportunities for african-american students to strengthen the 105 historically black colleges said universities who educated black children with other institutions were closed for:we will continue to push for science and technology and engineering and math recall is stab for young african-americans to provide retraining for adults in the 21st century. and june 25th 2013 u.s. supreme court suspended use of section five of the voting rights act because