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CBC targets poverty, unemployment and judicial appointments

Stacy M. Brown | 1/24/2014, 6 a.m.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Courtesy Photo

“In every single report, African Americans have lagged behind everybody else. So, I’m just hopeful that we don’t fall any further behind than we already have,” said Fudge, 61.

“But, I know that we need to do more, no matter what the numbers show, to target communities of color and high poverty to make sure we can get them back to work.”

CBC members also listed education among their priorities for the upcoming year.

Lee says that the cost of college should not be a barrier to higher education and she continues to be a strong supporter of federal investments in education, including protecting access to higher education through grants, low student loan rates and student loan forgiveness.

“We are looking at how to reduce and eliminate barriers and to make sure our historically black colleges and universities receive the resources they desperately need,” said Lee, who said she also remains committed to protecting funding and access to after school programs and to increase funding for Head Start.

“It is time that our policy and funding priorities take a new direction for our children,” she said. “That means investing in education. When we do that, we invest in our future.”