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Black lawmakers press Biden on agenda at White House meeting


The Congressional Black Caucus met with President BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell ‘helpless’ to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send ‘warmest greetings’ to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE at the White House Tuesday seeking to win progress on its legislative agenda.

The meeting comes as race in America dominates the country’s attention, with the troubling rise of Asian American hate and fierce national pushback against another Black man being shot and killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday.

Nearly a dozen caucus members were present, including caucus chair Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyDemocrats spar over COVID-19 vaccine strategy Black Caucus backs Biden’s pick to head DOJ Civil Rights Division Sole GOP vote on House police reform bill says he ‘accidentally pressed the wrong voting button’ MORE (D-Ohio), House Majority Whip Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnThe information superhighway must be accessible and affordable for all Pelosi says Ethics Committee should investigate Gaetz The digital divide existed long before COVID-19 — let’s make sure it doesn’t live on after MORE (D-S.C.), Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeGeorgia election law prevents African American, Latinx, others from exercising the right to vote Chicago suburb could serve as road map for reparations Republicans call for hearing on border surge MORE (D-Texas) as well as Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally Top Democrat calling for expansion of child care support When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what’s a moderate Democrat to do? MORE (D-N.J.) and Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockBiden praises settlement in dispute between electric vehicle battery makers Georgia lawmaker arrested while governor signed election bill won’t be prosecuted Democrats see opportunity as states push new voting rules MORE (D-Ga.). Vice President Harris and White House senior adviser Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondBiden to announce executive action on ghost guns, red flag laws Biden expected to announce executive action on guns Biden adviser clashes with Peacock host: ‘Clearly you have health insurance’ MORE — both caucus alums — were also in attendance.

“We’re in the business, all of us meeting today, to deliver some real change,” Biden told reporters from the Oval Office before the meeting. “Every single aspect of our government including every agency has a primary focus of dealing with equity. It’s not a joke.”

Biden also signaled that economic advancement as well as his ambitious infrastructure plan would be on the list of topics discussed.

Outside of the White House after the meeting, Beatty said that it had been an “amazing meeting.”

“We were able to share our thoughts and ideas but we also came because we know there will be challenges,” Beatty said, noting that it’s been a “tough week” for members of the caucus.

At 57 members strong, the half-century-old caucus is the largest it’s ever been. It began the session with 58 members, but decreased with the passing of longtime Rep. Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Tax March – Congress returns; infrastructure takes center stage Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Democrats see political winner in tax fight MORE (D-Fla.) last week.

Many of the CBC’s legislative priorities are issues that have become relevant for the whole country.

For example, the caucus heavily supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the sweeping police reform bill that passed the House at the beginning of March, but faces stiff opposition in the Senate.

Before going into the meeting, the president also briefly addressed the death of Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man, who was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn. on Sunday afternoon.

Biden described what happened as “god…



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