NAACP Strongly Opposes U.S. House-Passed Federal Bill, Which Cuts DOJ Funding
NAACP STRONGLY OPPOSES U.S. HOUSE-PASSED FEDERAL BILL, WHICH CUTS DOJ FUNDING TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATORY VOTER PHOTO ID REQUIREMENTS, PREVENT RACIAL PROFILING IN ANTI-IMMIGRATION LAWS, AND PROTECT HEALTH CARE REFORM AMONG OTHER REGRESSIVE MEASURES
BILL NOW HEADING TO THE U.S. SENATE FUNDS THE DEPARTMENTS OF COMMERCE, JUSTICE AND VARIOUS SCIENCE PROGRAMS HAS ANTI-CIVIL RIGHTS PROVISIONS AND MUST BE STOPPED
On May 10, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 5326) funding the Departments of Commerce and Justice and a number of federal science programs in fiscal year 2013. The NAACP strongly opposes this bill because, in addition to a number of problematically low funding levels for NAACP- supported programs, the final bill contained a number of policy “riders” which are strongly opposed by the NAACP. Most of these “policy riders” would bar the Administration for enforcing existing laws; in some cases these laws have been in effect for almost 50 years.
Specifically, the final bill which passed the House contains language which would:
- Bar the U.S. Department of Justice from pursuing lawsuits which seek to overturn or invalidate state voter identification requirements which may be in clear violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act;
- Bar the U.S. Department of Justice from pursuing lawsuits which seek to overturn or invalidate specific immigration laws in 8 states; laws that often lead to racial profiling. The 8 states are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah;
- Bar the U.S. Department of Justice from defending the 2010 NAACP-supported health care reform law if and when it is challenged in court;
- Bar the U.S. Department of Justice from pursuing litigation against states on behalf of the National Labor Relations Board with respect to secret ballot union elections; and
- Bar the U.S. Department of Justice from pursuing litigation to implement or enforce a guidance issued just last month by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which provides employers with information on how they may and may not use arrest and conviction records in their employment decisions in accordance with the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
THE BILL WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE U.S. SENATE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
THE NAACP STRONGLY ENCOURAGES ALL SENATORS TO OPPOSE AND VOTE AGAINST ANY AND ALL OF THE POLICY RIDERS INCLUDED IN
THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE BILL.