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The Washington Bureau champions public policy initiatives that promote economic and social justice that will achieve the outcomes embodied by the League’s Empowerment Goals:

Nine National Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Oppose Tax Bill

Policy: Civil Rights

Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of the National Urban League and the undersigned leaders of national civil rights organizations we write to urge rejection of the proposed tax legislation now before you. By giving huge tax cuts to wealthy Americans and profitable corporations—cuts that will inevitably be paid for with funding cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, education and other vital public services—this tax plan is bad for America generally, but especially bad for communities of color.

Civil Rights Organizations Urge DHS to Extend Temporary Protected Status to Haitian Nationals

Policy: Civil Rights

The Honorable Elaine C. Duke Acting Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528 Dear Acting Secretary Duke, With the November 23, 2017 deadline for redesignation quickly approaching, we write to urge you to fully extend Haitian Nationals Temporary Protected Status designation for an additional 18 months, as large-scale repatriation or deportation would severely disrupt the struggling nation’s recovery efforts from environmental disasters and public health crises.

National Urban League Response to DOL on Overtime Final Rule

Policy: Jobs

Melissa Smith Director of the Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation Wage and Hour Division U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue N.W, Room S-3502 Washington, DC 20210 Re: RIN 1235-AA20, Comments in Response to Request for Information; Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees Dear Ms. Smith:

Fact Sheet to Oppose 2017 Congressional Cuts

Policy: Civil Rights

  FACT SHEET Oppose Judge Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court

National Urban League Letter Opposing Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch

Policy: Civil Rights

Dear Senator:   As President and CEO of the National Urban League, I am writing to express our strong opposition to elevating Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. I urge you to vote “no” on his confirmation and to hold Judge Gorsuch to a super-majority, 60-vote standard for confirmation.  

21st Century Innovations in Energy: An Equity Framework

21st Century Innovations in Energy: An Equity Framework

Policy: Energy

The National Urban League (NUL), through its Washington Bureau, submits this report focusing on the economic opportunities of the American energy industry and hereby issues the National Urban League Plan for Working with Private and Public Partners (NUL Energy Plan). At the onset it is important to point out this report is not intended to serve as an environmental position paper on the various types of energy. NUL will continue working with its diverse partners on climate change and environmental justice issues. However, this report has a very specific scope. It is an economic and inclusion...

National Higher Education Summit

Policy: Education

Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League, and William D. Hansen, President & CEO of USA Funds, cordially invite you to a National Higher Education Summit - Building an Equity & Opportunity Agenda: The Economic Imperative for College Completion. This unprecedented gathering of nearly 200 education, business and government leaders in Washington, D.C. will confront the urgent need to enhance college and career success for students of color and low-income students to be fully prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century workforce.

The White House Summit on Worker Voice—Affiliate CALL TO ACTION!

Policy: Jobs

  TO:                 Affiliate Chief Executive Officers FROM:             Marc H. Morial                                                                    President and Chief Executive Officer                        Don Cravins, Jr.                       SVP for Policy

It’s Lifeline Awareness Week

Policy: Telecommunications

Last week marked “National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week.” Each year during this week numerous public interest groups, organizations, and government agencies nationwide raise awareness about the Universal Service Fund’s “Lifeline Program,” which provides low-income families with a discount on telephone service. 

African Americans Should be Extra Worried about Government Shutdowns

Policy: Jobs

CHARLES D. ELLISON is a Contributing Editor for TheRoot.com and Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune. He can be reached @ellisonreport.