Civil and Human Rights Coalition: America Needed Leadership Today

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398,

WASHINGTON— In response to the Senate’s vote on a three-week spending bill that fails to provide protections for Dreamers and American towns and cities recovering from record-breaking disasters, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement:

“America needed leadership today. We did not get it from either party. And we are deeply disappointed in a ‘deal’ that relies upon the promises of Mitch McConnell. The road to the Trump shutdown was paved with broken promises and bad faith from Republican leaders, and there is little reason to believe that will change.

It should be clear that the failure to reach an immediate, bipartisan solution was spurred by Republican appeals to an un-American, xenophobic agenda.

Meanwhile, millions of people are at risk because Congress is failing to solve the urgent crises manufactured by President Trump. Dreamers and communities still reeling from record-breaking natural disasters need an immediate solution. They do not need three more weeks of empty promises.

There is no moral excuse for further delay.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 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 200-plus member organizations, visit