2 days ago ago on Facebook
I joined Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, who spoke at a press conference Wednesday with me and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Chariman of the Congressional Black Caucus, following a hearing on the Flint Water crisis. The water in Flint tested positive for disease-carrying bacteria and high levels of lead.
Since April 2014, more that 8,000 children were exposed to dangerous levels of lead and other contaminants in their public drinking water. Complaints were ignored and State of Michigan failed to take corrective action. This is a public health crisis that requires accountability. The victims of this disaster deserve the truth about how this happened.
ICYMI: Special thanks to Democratic House Leadership, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, both of California, who were so kind to me during the recent three-day conference retreat. It was a special honor to introduce my friend, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, during the retreat.
3 days ago ago on Facebook
This morning, the Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics announced that for the unemployment rate now stands at 4.9 percent, the lowest rate in eight years. In addition, the economy has added 14.3 million jobs over 71 straight months, extending the longest streak on record.
In spite of these tremendous gains since 2009, the fact remains that the American Dream still remains out of reach for too many families. Unemployment for the African American community is much higher than 4.9 percent and unemployment is especially acute for young African Americans, another example of the disparities for communities of color evident in this country.
Congress needs to pass impactful jobs legislation that will help all those still struggling to find full time employment. Let’s make 2016 a year of action and economic prosperity.
Gun violence is a public health epidemic. We cannot stand in silence for every mass shooting and then not do anything to address problem. We cannot stand silent for every victim of gun violence in the streets of Chicago. We cannot stand silent for the senseless shootings taking place all across this great country.
Congress needs to act. Every year, over 100,000 people are shot in America —more than 30,000 of them fatally. This is a crisis and we are losing a generation to gun violence.
I have multiple bills that would reduce gun violence, but the simplest one– H.R. 224 – would require the Surgeon General to submit to Congress a report on the public health impact of gun violence. This way we can fully understand its mental health effects and its community impact and its economic costs.
The American People are tired of their representatives paying lip service to tragedies they were elected to help prevent. It is time for Congress to stop making excuses and address an issue that can save lives.