Last Tuesday, the Congressional Black Caucus had it’s first meeting with President Obama in over two years.
Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, who chairs the caucus, said the group discussed the high unemployment rate among African-Americans, now at 13.7 %. Education and poverty, particularly directing funds into poor under-served communities as a whole was also a part of the conversation in what was “an excellent meeting,” Fudge said Saturday on MSNBC.
When asked what suggestions the president had regarding the recently gutted Voting Rights Act, Fudge made it clear that the caucus, not the president, were the ones with the ideas.
“It wasn’t so much the president offering suggestions, it was the black caucus offering suggestions as to what we think can be done through the justice department, what we think should be done through congress,” she said.