Congressman Charles B. Rangel was proudly recognized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference) for his 100 percent civil rights voting record in the 112th Congress. The Leadership Conference is the nation's premier civil and human rights coalition, committed to the protection and advancement of civil and human rights for every person in the United States.
"I am proud to be recognized by such a highly respected and long serving coalition of civil rights organizations," said Rangel. "As a young man I looked up to the leaders of these groups and was influenced greatly by their work to make this nation a more perfect union."
Twenty of Rangel's votes were highlighted, including those against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (H.R. 6079), in support of the Department of Justice's lawsuits against discriminatory state immigration laws, against efforts to prevent the DOJ from challenging restrictive state voting laws, and against eliminating prevailing wage requirements (votes on amendments to H.R. 1, H.R. 2055, H.R. 658, H.R. 2354, H.R. 2017, H.R. 5854, H.R. 5325, H.R. 5856). He was also lauded for his support of a more comprehensive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4271), against the efforts to defund planned parenthood (H.AMDT.95 to H.R. 1), and against the attempt to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation's basic field funding (the Duncan Amendment to H.R. 1), which would have affected the lives of millions of low-income individuals.
"Day in and day out, I've worked to push back against the assault on the needs of our communities and the rights that we hold dear," said Rangel. "Marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 taught me the importance of utilizing the rights that you have and standing up for the rights that you should have."
For over a half century, The Leadership Conference has led the fight for equal opportunity and social justice. Founded in 1950 by heads of powerful organizations, including A. Philip Randolph of Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Roy Wilkins of the NAACP, and Arnold Aronson of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, The Leadership Conference was built upon the firm conviction that the struggle for civil rights would be won, not by one group alone, but through coalition.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society -- an America as good as its ideals.
"The progress we have made in this country is undeniable, but we must be ever vigilant and remain committed to improving our civil and human rights record in every area where this kind of injustice arises," said Rangel. "I salute The Leadership Conference for the all the ways in which they have helped to transform and improve our great nation over the past 70 years."