Monitor Weekly - September 17, 2011
|The Leadership Conference Education Fund||September 17, 2011|
Civil Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Pass Jobs Act, Help Homeowners
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is calling on Congress to pass "strong, bipartisan proposals" contained in the American Jobs Act, provide help to struggling homeowners, and preserve recently-enacted consumer financial protections.
Census Poverty Data Reveal Disparity and Urgent Need for Congressional Action
Census Bureau data released this week reveal significant increases in poverty and a weakened middle class in the United States, underscoring the urgent need for Congress to enact policies that create jobs and to protect programs that benefit low-income Americans.
House Passes Transportation Extension Unanimously, Moves to Senate
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an extension to continue programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for four months and to continue federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs for six months. The current bill funding the FAA expires Friday, while the current version of the surface transportation reauthorization is scheduled to run through September 30.
Legislators and Civil Rights Groups Call on Congress to End Racial Profiling
At a press conference this week designed to push Congress and the Obama administration to pass the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 (ERPA), the Rights Working Group released a new report advocating not only for the prohibition of racial profiling but for greater oversight of law enforcement with regard to civil rights protections.
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