Policies - All

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:

National Urban League Issues FCC Comments to Save Lifeline, An Internet Service Program for Low-Income Americans

Policy: Telecommunications

  RE: WC Docket No. 17-287, Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers  WC Docket No. 11-42, Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization  WC Docket No. 09-197, Telecommunications Carriers Eligible for Universal Service Support    Dear Secretary Dortch:   

National Urban League Letter of Support for Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

Policy: Civil Rights

Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein:  

Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Policy: Jobs

Dear Ms. Melissa Smith:   The National Urban League writes in response to the Department of Labor’s (the Department) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), whereby the Department seeks to rescind portions of tip regulations it issued in 2011 (the 2011 Final Rule) pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  We oppose this NPRM in the strongest possible terms and urge the Department to withdraw it.    

National Urban League Encourages Resolution to Altice-Starz Dispute to Ensure Supplier Diversity in Entertainment

Policy: Telecommunications


Urban League Opposes Kenneth Marcus Nomination for Assistant Secretary of Office of Civil Rights at ED

Policy: Education

Dear Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray: On behalf of the National Urban League, a 107-year-old nonpartisan civil rights organization with 90 local affiliates serving more than 2 million people in 36 states and the District of Columbia, I write to express our concerns regarding the nomination of Mr. Kenneth L. Marcus for Assistant Secretary within the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.  

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.