As I shared with you before, I was on Morning Joe to discuss our continuing jobs crisis, and what I am working on as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The mission of the Caucus, since our founding in 1971, is clear: "to promote the public welfare through legislation designed to meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens." As the conscience of the Congress, our work is never done.
The CBC is one of the largest and most influential groups in Congress. Being elected Chair has helped me do far more good for our District than bad. Since I have become the Chair, I have had the opportunity to be at the center of many national discussions and be in a better position to push for even more jobs and resources for our community. Because we now occupy the minority, the challenges have been greater, but as you know, I have spent a great deal of my career in Congress reaching across the aisle. Those efforts are more important now than ever.
Over six months into the 112th Congress, no jobs creation legislation has been considered on the House floor despite the introduction of over forty bills by members of the CBC. It is clear that the unemployment numbers throughout the country require effective legislation and tangible action to address the crisis. The reported unemployment numbers in the African American community are hovering over sixteen percent.
The CBC is not standing idly by, but rather with the For the People Jobs Initiative, we are providing all of our constituents with what you need--aggressive action that remedies the stymied economy instead of protecting special interests and embarking on ideological crusades. To address the unemployment crisis and the need for job creation solutions in underserved communities, the CBC has called upon the private and public sectors to immediately remedy the crisis by going into communities with legitimate, immediate employment opportunities for the underserved.
It is time for action on the most important issue of our time--economic opportunity through jobs! Every American deserves the right to be gainfully employed or own a successful business and the Congressional Black Caucus is committed to that right and will not rest until there is parity in access to economic opportunity.