The Congressional Black Caucus Lends Its Voice to the Immigration Debate

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 2:45 pm

On February 4, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) held its first meeting on comprehensive immigration reform. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) made critical points in the meeting that are oftentimes missing from the debate.


Fatster’s News Roundup from July 9, 2012

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 6:10 am

Missed the news yesterday. Catch up with Fatster’s roundup of stories, including news about Pakistan supply routes, Egyptian democracy, Libyan elections, Spanish bond rates, Greek politics, CBO stimulus studies, corporate taxes, Mexican drug cartel, LIBOR, AG Holder, Congressional Black Caucus, Texas voting rights, Moonie Times, telecoms, Hillary Clinton and much more.

Congressional Black Caucus to Walk Out of Holder Contempt Vote

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 9:30 am

The Congressional Black Caucus plans to walk out en masse from the House chamber during the vote today to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The CBC believes that the contempt vote is a ploy to embarrass the President and his Administration.

Bowles-Simpson Goes Down in Flames in House

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 7:40 am

The most interesting portion of the night was the vote on a plan modeled on Bowles-Simpson, the plan from the chairs of the 2010 catfood commission. Reps. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH) introduced the budget, which includes all the elements of Bowles-Simpson, including the tax increases, entitlement cuts, and magic asterisk for health care. And to prove that nobody in Washington cares about deficit reduction as much as they talk about it, the Bowles-Simpson plan crashed and burned, attracting only 38 votes.

James Clyburn (D-SC) “Cringed” When Obama Told Black Caucus to “Stop Crying”

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 10:30 am

As I noted the other day, Maxine Waters (D-CA) didn’t care for the President’s strange tirade at the Congressional Black Caucus’ award dinner — and as it turns out, neither did James Clyburn.

Maxine Waters (D-CA) Not Amused by Obama’s Badgering

By: Monday September 26, 2011 10:30 am

In case you missed it over the weekend, the president attended the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner — and promptly told them to quit bitching.

Towns Stepping Down from Oversight, Setting Up Three-Way Battle for Ranking Member

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 3:40 pm

Ed Towns will give up his post as the Democratic ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, setting up a potential battle for that spot, opposite Darrell Issa, who has promised vigorous and probably endless oversight of the Obama Administration.

Interpretation and Enforcement Gutting 14th Amendment

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 7:00 pm

The U.S. is a signatory to the U.N. Human Rights Resolution, which establishes precedent for treating all of us with dignity. The extension of rights to good lives to all of us would give more stability to the society as a whole.

Rep. Waters’ Ethics Spat Bears No Relationship to Rangel’s

By: Sunday August 1, 2010 7:30 am

You don’t have to carry a torch for Maxine Waters to know that her case is wholly different than the case of Charlie Rangel’s, and that they’re being placed together because of coincidental timing and skin color.

Why Is the White House Holding Conference Calls with Barbara Lee Every Day?

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 9:30 am

I jumped on a White House conference call with Barbara Lee (D-CA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, yesterday. The topic was the youth summer job program, which the House has passed but the Senate has yet to take up. I get an advisory in my inbox that there’s another call with Lee today, where she’ll be joined by Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA) and Biden economic advisor Jared Bernstein.

What’s going on?

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