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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass, Congressional Black Caucus Introduce Jobs and Justice Act of 2018

May 10, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) introduced the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, omnibus legislation that would, if passed, increase the upward social mobility of Black families, and help ensure equal protection under the law. The CBC hopes the legislation will serve as a guiding light for any White House, major legislative caucus, or member of Congress who claims to care about the African-American community, other communities of color, and rural communities.

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald J. Trump asked the African-American community “What do you have to lose?” in reference to voting for him. When the Rep. Bass and members of the CBC executive leadership team met with President Trump in March 2017, the caucus answered his question in the form a 130-page policy document titled, “We Have A Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.” President Trump never responded to the document. 

Since that time, President Trump has taken numerous actions that threaten the African-American community, from proposing massive cuts to programs that help families in need, to failing to do anything to rebuild the bonds between police and the communities they serve. Now, the CBC has turned the “We Have A Lot To Lose” policy document into omnibus legislation. In addition to including bills introduced by almost every member of the CBC, the legislation includes the National Urban League’s Main Street Marshall Plan to address economic and social inequities and injustices.