Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Barbara Lee (THE ONLY TRULY PRO-PEACE CONGRESSPERSON) has troubling concerns....

Congressional Black Caucus chairperson Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is questioning Judd Gregg's appointment as Commerce Secretary, citing his opposition to census funding, a key issue for African-American members...


Lee's statement:

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus released the following statement today on the nomination of Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) to head the Commerce Department:

“The Department of Commerce has sweeping jurisdiction over a host of agencies charged with serving as business incubators. As Secretary, Sen. Gregg would play a vitally important role as the administration and Congress work to move our nation toward economic recovery. “Two of the most important responsibilities of the Commerce Department are to ensure that minority-owned businesses are fully integrated in our nation’s economic recovery and to conduct the decennial census. “In this light, Sen. Gregg’s record of previously voting to abolish the Commerce Department and his attempts to block President Bill Clinton’s efforts to secure adequate funding for the 2000 census raise troubling concerns regarding his commitment to the department’s core missions. “As the Census Bureau prepares for another count in 2010 it is important to ensure the census is fully funded to guarantee a thorough and fair counting of all Americans. “I trust that Sen. Gregg’s confirmation process will allow for the detailed examination of his past record and future commitment to the mission of the Commerce Department.”

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