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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Civil Rights

Civil Rights issues affect us all and how they are dealt with is important to my work in Congress

I first came to Kansas City to establish a new chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in support of the local and national Civil Rights Movement as it moved to the forefront of public conversation.  Decades later, as a Member of Congress, a primary role of mine is to defend the Constitution and the rights it guarantees to each and every citizen of our nation.  While we have come a long ways since the days of SCLC establishment there are many civil rights issues still challenging us today.

Voting Rights Act and Supreme Court Decision

As many of you know, the Supreme Court recently overturned key provisions of The Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The ability of our citizens to exercise their right to vote is a critical act that defines the United States as a constitutional democracy.  This recent decision threatens that ability, especially for groups of voters that are most likely to become disenfranchised.  I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court on this decision, but I believe Congress has a unique opportunity to make things right.  I hope to continue the fight for voting rights for all and believe that the good and decent people of this country need to speak out.

EASY (Equal Access to Support Youth) Voting Act

The most important protection for our democracy’s future is the involvement of our future leaders.  Engaging our youth in the electoral process is critical.  Recognizing this, I introduced the EASY Voting Act during the 112th Congress that would prohibit efforts to discourage voter registration and electoral participation of students at institutes of higher education.  Key provisions would allow students to utilize a school-issued ID for in states that require photo identification and stop the dissemination of false information about the registration process.  My intention is to re-introduce this bill to the 113th Congress with the hope that Congress will pass these key provisions to protect and encourage our youth’s civic spirit.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Fifty years ago, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law that required employers to give women working in the same jobs as men equal pay to their male counterparts.  This legislation was monumental in the women’s rights movement but unfortunately women all across our nation are still making thousands less than their male colleagues.  This reality is more than just a moral failure; it is an economic one as well.  This income disparity, like any other income inequality, undermines the economic security of our families and falls short of the economic promise our nation makes to all.  My hope is to seek and promote any opportunity, legislative or otherwise, available to remedy this problem.

More on Civil Rights

Feb 27, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II served as the guest speaker for the annual Black History Month Celebration for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the CFPB. The CFPB, created in 2008 after the financial crisis, was designed to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive and or abusive practices. Congressman Cleaver is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and was recently re-elected Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. Congressman Cleaver received a standing ovation following his speech.

Feb 6, 2017

(Kansas City, MO)- Over 1,100 people gathered at the Manual Technical Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, February 4, 2017 to hear information regarding recent changes to the nation’s immigration and refugee policies at a town hall event hosted by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II. Heartfelt testimonials, were from given from two special guests; Robert Sagastume- a DREAMER/ DACA student, (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors),(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) who spoke about his struggles as an undocumented student and Kilindo R.

Sep 9, 2016

The Popular On-line Booking Site Announces a 90-Day Review of Platform Practices Following Reports of Exclusions of African Americans and other minorities from booking rooms on its website.

Aug 5, 2016

Tomorrow marks the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Three years ago, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidated a key component of the VRA that prevented discrimination before it occurred. Since then, the right to vote has been under coordinated attack around the country. New restrictions have been put in place in 22 states since 2010, making it harder for millions of Americans to exercise their right to vote.

Aug 5, 2016

KANSAS CITY, MO – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) today marked the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and called on his colleagues in Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to restore the VRA. Three years ago, in Shelby County v.

Feb 17, 2016

Retirees are facing extreme pension cuts, some up to 60 percent, from the Central States Pension Fund plan. A town hall meeting of nearly 1,000 retirees was held in Kansas City, February 16, 2016. They told their life stories and hoped for a change. 

Dec 18, 2015

As we rapidly approach the holidays, I want to bring something to your attention. On Wednesday, I sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Stephen Ostroff, calling on them to investigate slave-peeled shrimp in Thailand, which is entering the United States’ food supply.

Jul 2, 2015

Last week was a historic week for our nation, as the Supreme Court announced two key decisions that will forever mark a victorious few days in the fight for equal rights and basic healthcare.

Since the wedding at Cana, when Jesus turned water into wine, he taught us that the main thing and the plain thing was love. Today that is still true. Only a handful of the Bible’s one million verses relate to same-sex relationships. Neither the Jewish prophets nor Jesus Christ ever spoke of it. What Jesus did talk about was love.

Jun 26, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released a statement on the historic ruling from the Supreme Court: that there is a fundamental right to marry under the Constitution, in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Jun 26, 2015

Today, I am on my way to Charleston, South Carolina, to attend the funeral of the late Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney.