Issa tries to ‘clear the air’ with Rep. Cummings
March 6th, 2014
11:42 PM ET
3 months ago

Issa tries to ‘clear the air’ with Rep. Cummings

One day after cutting off his Democratic counterpart's microphone, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa telephoned ranking member Elijah Cummings and apologized.

Issa tweeted Thursday evening, "I just wanted to clear the air with @RepCummings." The tweet included a link to a U-T San Diego article in which Issa says he had personally apologized to Cummings.

"I could have offered to reopen the hearing and allowed (Cummings) to make a second statement," Issa told the California paper. "As chairman, I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility."
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa
December 8th, 2013
07:16 PM ET
8 months ago

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa

Updated 9:32 a.m. ET, 12/9/2013

(CNN) – More than 20 members of the U.S. House, mostly Democrats, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will travel to South Africa to honor and commemorate former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

House Speaker John Boehner tapped Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, to lead the official delegation of House members to South Africa for Tuesday's service. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Chairwoman Marcia Fudge, will join the official congressional delegation.
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Obama blasts Republicans at Congressional Black Caucus awards
September 22nd, 2013
12:54 AM ET
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Obama blasts Republicans at Congressional Black Caucus awards

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama blasted Republicans Saturday evening for risking a government shutdown in their effort to defund Obamacare saying, “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis."

President Barack Obama was speaking at the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner. His speech focused on an array of topics, including health care, gun violence and creating economic opportunity.
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Congressional Black Caucus members finally meet with Obama
July 9th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
1 year 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.
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Holder, Michelle Obama weigh in on voting rights at DC dinner
September 23rd, 2012
12:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Holder, Michelle Obama weigh in on voting rights at DC dinner

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder and first lady Michelle Obama weighed in Saturday on a battleground in the 2012 election: voting rights.

Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Gala, Holder said voting rights are more than a partisan issue, while Obama recalled the pains many withstood in the civil rights struggle. The right to cast a ballot, she said, is significant, important, and should be protected.

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Congressional Black Caucus blasts Artur Davis over party switch
August 28th, 2012
09:24 AM ET
2 years ago

Congressional Black Caucus blasts Artur Davis over party switch

(CNN) – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus disparaged former Rep. Artur Davis Tuesday, blasting the former Obama supporter for endorsing Mitt Romney this cycle.

Davis switched party affiliation from Democrat to Republican this year, two years after he failed to capture the Democratic nomination in his bid for the Alabama governorship.
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Congressional Black Caucus plans walk out of Holder contempt vote
June 27th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Congressional Black Caucus plans walk out of Holder contempt vote

Washington (CNN) - Dismissing a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress as a "political stunt," a group of House Democrats, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, is planning to walk out of the House chamber on Thursday and boycott the vote.

The move mirrors a similar walk out by House Republicans in 2008 when Democrats, who then controlled the House, held a vote to hold two top Bush Administration officials in contempt of Congress.
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Obama's race problem is black and white - and green
September 29th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's race problem is black and white - and green

Washington (CNN) - Even as he charges into his re-election battle, President Barack Obama has a festering weakness on a flank that, by all accounts, ought to be rock solid: the one held by African-American Democrats. Their support for his programs, belief in his leadership and enthusiasm for another term is softening just as he needs it most.

In the past few weeks, the president has been chastised by the Congressional Black Caucus for avoiding troubled inner-city districts, peppered with tough questions on BET, and suffered plummeting poll numbers among black voters.

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CBC members react to Obama's speech on jobs, the black community
September 25th, 2011
11:40 AM ET
3 years ago

CBC members react to Obama's speech on jobs, the black community

Washington (CNN) – In a fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner, President Obama challenged Republicans in Congress to show they care about job creation and was roundly cheered for showing he’s “going to fight” to fire up his supporters in a battle to “save the country.”

As he has done frequently in the weeks since he introduced the American Jobs Act, the president repeatedly called on Congress to pass the bill.
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Obama urges black community to 'march with me'
September 24th, 2011
04:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama urges black community to 'march with me'

Washington (CNN) - While acknowledging the hard-hit black community and budding criticisms in its ranks, President Barack Obama said in a speech Saturday night to the Congressional Black Caucus that he wouldn't give up - and urged members of the black community to join him to jump-start the still sluggish economy.

"I expect all of you to march with me, and press on," Obama said. "... Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We've got work to do."

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