Congressional Black Caucus members finally meet with Obama
July 9th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
10 months ago

Congressional Black Caucus members finally meet with Obama

Washington (CNN) - In their first meeting in more than two years, President Obama and members of the Congressional Black Caucus had voting rights, the economy and immigration reform at the top of the agenda.

The president sat down with one of his most important constituencies on the White House grounds for an hour and a half, according to participants.

"The lines of communication have not only been open but we will have broader and deeper discussion as a result of today," said Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, who chairs the caucus.

Fudge told reporters the Supreme Court's June decision on voting rights topped the discussion. Last month, the high court ruled that key parts of the Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of voter discrimination to get approval from the federal government before making changes in their voter laws were no longer valid.

"We talked about other ways to determine a formula as opposed to doing it by states," said Fudge and she said the caucus will also be working with the Justice Department as it continues to work on the issue.

The economy and high unemployment in the African American community was also on the table.

President Obama has been criticized in the past by some black leaders for not doing enough to ease high unemployment especially among African Americans.

A formula to target federal funds to specific communities to ease problems like high unemployment was discussed according to Rep. James Clyburn, D- South Carolina.

"[W]e put a formula in the rural development section of that called 10-20-30 to target funds into those areas … where 20% of the people have been stuck below the poverty level for the last 30 years." said Clyburn.

"It can be education. It can be broadband deployment. It can be water and sewage development. Whatever you are doing to improve communities making sure it gets to communities of need. And it creates jobs dramatically."

As the president continues to press Congress for passage of comprehensive immigration reform, CBC members also pressed the president to make sure that immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa are included in the reforms.

"We want to be sure that the people we represent, those that come from underserved countries, poorer countries are included in the bill," Fudge said.

Members said a follow-up White House meeting has not been planned.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. just askin

    A formula to target federal funds to specific communities to ease problems like high unemployment was discussed according to Rep. James Clyburn, D- South Carolina.
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    great... race based unemployment benefits. white people need not apply.

    July 9, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "great... race based unemployment benefits. white people need not apply."

    Keep it up, champ. You're doing great....for the Dems.

    /popcorn

    July 9, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Peoples State of Illinois

    just askin

    A formula to target federal funds to specific communities to ease problems like high unemployment was discussed according to Rep. James Clyburn, D- South Carolina.

    great... race based unemployment benefits. white people need not apply.

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    Exactly what I was thinking. But we should not be suprised, with the racist in the white house.

    July 9, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. tom l.

    The soft bigotry of low expectations.

    July 9, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Guest

    I've left numerous messages for the white caucus and no one ever returns my calls....whats up with politicians these days? I just want equality....

    July 9, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    What is this nonsense of black caucus, white caucus brown caucus. Total nonsense in this nation. We are all Americans. First watch out for foreign invasion on H1-B, J1 visas to rob our benefits. This nation is in doldrums. Pathetic.

    July 9, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    @just askin – "great... race based unemployment benefits. white people need not apply."
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    Really??? You assumed the formula would be based on race, not on unemployment or income levels? Should I assume that you are just another whining loser blaming their lack of accompliishment on afirmative action, quotas, immigrants, or whatever other convenient scapegoat comes along?

    July 9, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Oh Well

    Why is Obama concerned about voting rights? he used the IRS to manipulate an election already so he's proven that American votes don't count.

    July 9, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. George's Kel-Tec

    If your community is depending on federal funds to ease problems like unemployment, then your community is so far behind they will probably never catch up with the rest of the country.

    July 9, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Oh Well

    Why is Obama concerned about voting rights? he used the IRS to manipulate an election already so he's proven that American votes don't count.
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    No, he did not use the IRS. He used Acorn to win the 2012 re-election.

    July 9, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Peoples State of Illinois

    @George's Kel-Tec

    If your community is depending on federal funds to ease problems like unemployment, then your community is so far behind they will probably never catch up with the rest of the country.
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    Thus, it will be more tax payer dollars down the drain.

    July 9, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    In other words........they were LOBBYING, for special advantages and privileges, that others do NOT receive.

    The caucus is a LOBBYIST!

    July 9, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "If your community is depending on federal funds to ease problems like unemployment, then your community is so far behind they will probably never catch up with the rest of the country."

    There's not a community in the country that doesn't rely on federal aid and funding. Moreover, without it, the vast majority would go belly up, particularly in red states, where they suck off the gov't teat in order to keep local taxes low in order to say they have low taxes...and then the low taxes don't create all sorts of industry like they're supposed to so the communities end up with p-ss poor education systems etc. and need more federal aid than they paid into the system in taxes in the first place....so the blue states end up making up the difference and carrying these silly morons, who then turn around and pretend it's all working out fine because they have low local taxes.

    July 9, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. just askin

    Anonymous
    @just askin – "great... race based unemployment benefits. white people need not apply."
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    Really??? You assumed the formula would be based on race, not on unemployment or income levels?
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    i assumed nothing. he was talking to the congressional black caucas. their proposals are always race based. btw, an unemployed person has no income level.

    July 9, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein

    Everyone is expected to help their own group. Is it a surprise that members of the CBC want more from him?

    July 9, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "The soft bigotry of low expectations."

    Oh give it a rest. Next up, you'll be the first one trying to use the higher unemployment statistics for minority communities as ammunition, as if those statistics aren't what's driving the need for this kind of attention to be paid to the communities suffering the worst economically.

    July 9, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Oh Well

    Rudy NYC

    Excellent point Rudy!!

    July 9, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. anonymous

    More broadband and sewers!!! YEAH!!!! That'll get them working again!!! Can you say race based Porkulus?

    July 9, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. tom l.

    @Sniffit,
    Nope. I just can't believe that you think a person just by the very nature of their skin pigmentation needs help these days. I think it's sad. It is bigotry of the highest degree that you think that they need help. I believe in the individual. I look at people like Clarence Thomas, Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, Colin Powell, Condeleeza Rice, Charlie Rangel and recognize that they were able to succeed at a time when there was a lot more racism than there is today. They all are intelligent people who had drive and a desire to succeed. Each one of those individuals would no doubt, if born today, succeed without your "help" that you think you're giving them. You're just putting them down and making them feel they need help when all they really need is desire.

    July 9, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. smith

    "Black caucus" why isn`t their a latino or jewish caucus, what about asian, native american, white, or arab caucus. If were going to be equals we need to stop seperating everybody into groups based on race or creed.

    July 9, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. George's Kel-Tec

    "There's not a community in the country that doesn't rely on federal aid and funding. Moreover, without it, the vast majority would go belly up, particularly in red states, where they suck off the gov't teat in order to keep local taxes low in order to say they have low taxes...and then the low taxes don't create all sorts of industry like they're supposed to so the communities end up with p-ss poor education systems etc. and need more federal aid than they paid into the system in taxes in the first place....so the blue states end up making up the difference and carrying these silly morons, who then turn around and pretend it's all working out fine because they have low local taxes."
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    Be very careful what you say. By "red states" you really mean "southern states". Have you ever dug in to the demographics of the lowest performing groups from these areas? If you do, you will find that these are large African-American populations within these states who score so abysmally low in education performance that is drags down the rest of the sample group. Because their education performance is low, their job prospects are low resulting in reliance on government aid.

    July 9, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |