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Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan'

Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan'
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Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairperson Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyUsher attends Juneteenth bill signing at White House Advocates warn against complacency after Chauvin verdict Democrats demand Biden administration reopen probe into Tamir Rice's death MORE (D-Ohio) on Wednesday rolled out the group’s “100 Day Plan,” outlining the CBC’s legislative priorities that it hopes to see come to fruition during the first months of President BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE’s administration.

The virtual event began with a video introducing the caucus’s new theme “our power, our message,” featuring CBC members celebrating Black History Month and the caucus’s 50th anniversary. Established in 1971, the caucus has a record 58 members, three more than the previous record set in the last Congress.

The release of the caucus’s “100 Day Plan” comes as Black activists and lawmakers have set high expectations for the Biden White House. In November, after becoming president-elect, Biden promised to have Black Americans’ backs, a pledge that the caucus fully expects the president to keep.

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Black voter turnout was up across the country, with record turnout occurring in Georgia, a traditionally Republican stronghold that Democrats were able to flip. Notably, Democrats swept the Peach State’s Senate runoff races, giving the Democratic Party the majority.

Vice President Harris — a CBC alum — casts the tie-breaking vote on bills split along party lines, a slim advantage that could potentially give Democrats the ability to get certain legislation passed.

To this point, part of the “100 Day Plan” includes the creation of an internal domestic policy leadership team headed by Beatty and co-chaired by Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerZombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Rand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why Absences force Senate to punt vote on Biden nominee MORE (D-N.J) and Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOvernight Defense: House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq war powers | Pentagon leaders press senators to reimburse National Guard | New pressure on US-Iran nuclear talks House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq war powers Overnight Defense: Biden, Putin agree to launch arms control talks at summit | 2002 war authorization repeal will get Senate vote | GOP rep warns Biden 'blood with be on his hands' without Afghan interpreter evacuation MORE (D-Calif.).

Other members of the leadership team include Reps. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesDemocrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street Congress tiptoes back to normality post-pandemic White House to Democrats: Get ready to go it alone on infrastructure MORE (D-N.Y.), Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar Lawrence14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Tulsa marks race massacre centennial as US grapples with racial injustice After George Floyd, how much has changed? MORE (D-Mich.), Steven HorsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordWorkers and seniors deserve investments in home care infrastructure Biden unveils plan for racial equity at Tulsa Race Massacre centennial Tulsa marks race massacre centennial as US grapples with racial injustice MORE (D-Nev.), Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellAlabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary Rep. Terri Sewell declines to run for Senate in Alabama Amazon union battle comes to Washington MORE (D-Ala.), Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownDemocrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street Bottom line House panel to take up 2002 war authorization repeal in 'coming weeks' MORE (D-Md.), Colin Allred (D-Texas), Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.), Andre CarsonAndré CarsonOcasio-Cortez leading effort to block arms sale to Israel House Democrats call for Blinken to pressure Israel to vaccinate Palestinians Democrats debate fast-track for infrastructure package MORE (D-Ind.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.). 

Under the leadership team are over a dozen policy co-chairs that will oversee committees on issues most important to Black communities.

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Two pieces of legislation high on the caucus’s priority list are the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and the John LewisJohn LewisJoe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill Hundreds in West Virginia protest Manchin's opposition to voting rights legislation Pelosi urges Democrats to pass voting rights bills: 'The clock is ticking on our democracy' MORE Voting Rights Advancement Act. The bills passed the House in the last session of Congress, but never made it past then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell shoots down Manchin's voting compromise Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE’s (R-Ky.) desk for introduction into the chamber.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has its own policy subcommittee; a separate policy panel is focused on civil and voting rights.  

Another of the CBC policy committees is focused on COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected communities of color.

Members of the caucus have been vocal during the first month of the Biden administration about the need for greater COVID-19 vaccine distribution among communities of color which have been hardest hit by the pandemic. They have also stressed the need for greater vaccine education in Black communities that have a deep-rooted mistrust of the government.