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(Washington D.C.) - Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II joined the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) led by Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), in sending a letter to Uber, calling on the ride-share service company and other technology companies to prioritize diversity when filling senior leadership positions.
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II launched an investigation into small business FinTech lending, including online companies that offer payday loan-like products for small businesses and individual consumers.
In recent years, the small business lending market has seen a number of new entrants primarily operating online. Many of these entrants offer “merchant cash advances,” which are loans given to small businesses in exchange for a percentage of their future credit card sales receivables.
(Washington D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II sent a letter to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, requesting an investigation into FinTech or financial technology companies and whether their small business lending algorithms are discriminatory. The letter is included here.
In June, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and I sent a letter to the CEO of Airbnb, Inc. Brian Chesky. The letter, which can be found here, addressed recent reports of discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities who attempt to book rooms online with Airbnb.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-5) and Congressional Black Caucus Chair, G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) submitted a letter to the CEO of Airbnb, Inc., Brian Chesky. The letter, which can be read here, addresses recent reports of discrimination against African Americans and other minorities who attempt to book rooms online with Airbnb.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) recently submitted a letter to the Department of Labor asking for technology companies that hold sizable government contracts to develop written affirmative-action programs. The letter, which can be found here, is cosigned by several members of the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II praised today's announcement by Google Fiber and Secretary Julian Castro of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development regarding the access of free internet services to several residents in Kansas City's public housing. The digital divide is an issue Congressman Cleaver has been working tenaciously to close as the Ranking Member of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee on Financial Services.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Cleaver sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging him to structure the upcoming Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction for broadband access so that funding is made available on a priority basis for fiber to the home networks. Approximately $400 million in funding for broadband in the State of Missouri will be awarded to broadband providers in a reverse auction that is expected to take place in 2016.