Black Caucus feuding with President Obama

    The Congressional Black Caucus is upset with what, in their opinion, is a lack of concern for African-American issues by the president and his cabinet.


     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Congressional Black Caucus is upset with what, in their opinion, is a lack of concern for African-American issues by the president and his cabinet.

    The CBC isn’t happy with President Barack Obama’s job performance thus far. The group, of which the president was a part of during his tenure in Congress, boycotted a House Financial Services Committee vote last week, reports Politico.com
    . The Caucus is upset at the current administration attitude towards African-American issues and favoritism for financially conservative Democrats.

     
    The bill passed without votes from the CBC (there are 43 members in all), but leader Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, hinted that her entire Caucus could begin to vote with Republicans on other issues in order to show their dissent.
     
    Maxine met with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel prior to the vote to discuss the bill and some of the her group’s goals, which include increasing employment and diminishing home foreclosure for their constituents.

     
    “I think that it is important for us to educate those people around [President Obama],” said Rep. Waters. “We’ve got to get his people educated and moving. We have not brought these issues to him personally — it is important first to educate those people around him so they understand.”
     
    “There are those who choose not to speak about African-Americans or the working class,” continued the Congresswoman, who insiders say has a "rocky" relationship with President Obama. “We can no longer be in denial that certain sectors of our population, including the African-American community, are feeling the recession to a greater extent.”
     
    Rep. Waters admitted that she has not brought her concerns to the president directly. His office did release a statement about the boycott, however.
     

    “We share the concerns raised by CBC members about struggling minority communities, and that’s why we’ve engaged in a positive way to make progress on these issues,” said Jennifer Psaki, President Obama’s spokesperson. “We have not been informed of the reasoning behind their decision not to vote on the bill, but we continue to think it is important to move financial reform forward to prevent future crises from damaging our economy and disrupting the lives of millions of Americans, including African-Americans.”

     

     

    – Whitney Teal

     

     

     

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