Biden Proposes Meaningful Solutions in First Address to Joint Session of Congress

Media 04.28,21

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WASHINGTONWade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the below statement following President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress:

“We applaud President Biden’s leadership and his continued commitment to push meaningful solutions addressing our nation’s most serious challenges, including COVID relief and continuing the fight against the pandemic, the urgent need for criminal-legal system reform and police accountability, overhauling our broken immigration system, and investing in education, workers, and families — especially those in vulnerable communities. We appreciate the President calling on Congress to send to his desk key legislation, including the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, the Equality Act, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the For the People Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.”

“The time for action is now, and it is critical that Congress put partisan politics aside to work with President Biden on these significant measures. We look forward to continuing to work with the Biden-Harris administration and members of Congress to advance the civil and human rights of every individual in our country.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit