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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff Is Devastating to Blacks

The Obama administration released a report Thursday that explains how the "fiscal cliff" impacts African Americans at a time when so many black families are struggling to make ends meet. President Barack Obama met with several civil rights organizations including Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, the NAACP, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, and the National Urban League to discuss the fiscal cliff before releasing this report.
Black state legislators from across the country lend official support behind President Barack Obama’s plan to avoid the fiscal cliff and aid middle class families.
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators, led by Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, met with President Barack Obama earlier this week and pledged to support him in efforts to avoid the "fiscal cliff" and help middle class families.
State Representative Calvin Smyre, past president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and dean of the local Legislative delegation, was among eight members of the caucus group at the White House Tuesday for a meeting with President Barack Obama.
State Representative Eric Johnson Tuesday met with President Barack Obama to discuss the country’s looming fiscal cliff. Johnson, D-Dallas, was one of a dozen elected officials from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators to sit down with Obama and several of his top advisers. He was the only lawmaker from Texas in the group.
 Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Rep. Elijah Cummings urged members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators on Thursday to continue fighting racial disparities in health care, voting and unemployment. Brown, a prospective front-runner to replace Martin O'Malley as Maryland's governor in 2014, offered surprisingly low-key comments, notably brief, that focused on thanks and recognition for various attendees.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

NBCSL Nation Builder Awards Dinner

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) held its David P. Richardson, Jr. Nation Builder Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest on Friday, Dec. 7. Over 200 state legislators, elected officials, representatives and their guests attended the black tie event hosted by The Washington Informer publisher, Denise Rolark Barnes and comedian Jonathan Slocumb.
At its 36th Annual Legislative Conference last week, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) passed a resolution that expressed a need for statewide tele-health laws. In the resolution submitted by NBCSL Region VI Chair and Florida State Representative Mia Jones on September 10, 2012, Resolution #PS-TST-13-0B calls for the more than 600-member caucus to collaborate with their colleagues in their respective state legislatures.
Mitchell, the eldest son of civil rights leader Clarence M. Mitchell Jr., became the nation's youngest black legislator when he was elected at age 22 to the Maryland House of Delegates. He helped pass sweeping desegregation legislation in the state and moved the country toward racial equality as president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) has always taken its commitment to the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised, and the poorest among us very seriously. We remain acutely aware of the health disparities and the lack of equal access to health care in this country. Therefore, as state legislators, we look upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as our greatest opportunity, and our biggest challenge, to addressing the health needs of our constituents and ensuring health equity.
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