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Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Senators Should Be Ashamed of Themselves for Blocking Consideration of the American Jobs Act

For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, simpson@civilrights.org
October 11, 2011

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following today’s filibuster that denied the Senate the opportunity to consider the American Jobs Act:

“The senators who voted to keep the Senate from debating the American Jobs Act should be ashamed of themselves. No issue is more pressing than the jobs crisis. Yet instead of the bold action that Americans are demanding, the Senate today delivered only more procedural gamesmanship.

The American Jobs Act is a serious and comprehensive plan to reduce unemployment in the short term and put our nation on a more solid economic footing in the long run. It’s a plan that should receive strong bipartisan support – even in today’s contentious political climate. Even senators who disagree with parts of the plan should be willing to debate the bill on the Senate floor and to work, in a bipartisan fashion, to improve it.

It’s long past time for Congress to take the steps necessary to get our economy working by helping to create the good paying jobs that Americans depend on to support their families and their communities. The Senate had a chance to do so today, and if failed miserably.”

Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals.

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