Policy Letters

Policy Letters

Response to Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Monday, September 15, 2008

Recipient: James B. Lockhart III, Director Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) September 15, 2008 James B. Lockhart III, DirectorFederal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)1700 G Street, NW4th FloorWashington, DC 20552 Dear Mr. Lockhart: We write to request a meeting with you to discuss the future role of the Government SponsoredEnterprises (GSEs) in the housing market under … Read More

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Measuring American Poverty Act

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Recipient: Chairman James McDermott, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support Chairman James McDermottSubcommittee on Income Security and Family SupportHouse Committee on Ways and MeansU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman McDermott: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition … Read More

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Support the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to express our support for H.R. 3221, the “Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.” H.R. 3221 takes a number of crucial steps in the right … Read More

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Oppose the No Child Left Behind Recess Until Reauthorization Act

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives Dear Representative: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we urge you to oppose the No Child Left Behind Recess Until Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6239).* LCCR believes that quality education for all children is a … Read More

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Overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Ownership Rule

Monday, May 12, 2008

Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition with nearly 200 member organizations, we urge you to support the S. J. Res. 28 Resolution of Disapproval introduced by Senators Dorgan and Snowe, and co-sponsored by Senators … Read More

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LCCR Sign On Letter in Support of Economic Stimulus Package

Monday, May 12, 2008

Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives May 12, 2008 Dear Representative: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Coalition on Human Needs, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, we urge you to enact swiftly a package of initiatives that will alleviate mounting … Read More

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Opposition to Nominations of Robert Conrad and Steve Matthews

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Recipient: Senate Judiciary Committee The Honorable Patrick LeahyChairmanCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States SenateWashington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Leahy: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we write to express our opposition to the nominations of Steve Matthews, who is currently … Read More

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Support the Emergency Home Ownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives Dear Representative: We, the undersigned organizations, strongly urge you to support the bipartisan substitute version of H.R. 3609, the “Emergency Home  Ownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act.” This legislation will help hundreds of thousands of families stay in their homes while they repay their mortgage debt. It will also help … Read More

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Support Title IV of the Foreclosure Prevention Act

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: We, the undersigned civil rights, consumer, and labor organizations, strongly urge you to support Title IV of S. 2636, the “Foreclosure Prevention Act.” There is growing agreement among leading regulators, economists, and other experts that mortgage loan balances must be reduced to avoid unnecessary foreclosures that will further damage the … Read More

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Support the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Recipient: U.S. Senate Troubled Mortgage Lenders Can Get Bankruptcy Relief – Why Can’t Troubled Homeowners? February 26, 2008 Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we urge you to support S. 2636, the “Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008.” In … Read More

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Support Fair and Rational Sentencing by Eliminating the Sentencing Disparities between Crack and Powder Cocaine (Senate)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we urge you to eliminate the sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine. In the wake of recent changes to the federal sentencing guidelines and recommendations by the U.S. … Read More

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Support Fair and Rational Sentencing by Eliminating the Sentencing Disparities between Crack and Powder Cocaine (House)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives On behalf the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we urge you to eliminate the sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine. In the wake of recent changes to the federal sentencing guidelines and recommendations by the U.S. … Read More

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Opposition to Judge Pratter’s Nomination to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Recipient: Senate Judiciary Committee The Honorable Patrick LeahyChairmanCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States SenateWashington, DC 20510 The Honorable Arlen SpecterRanking MemberCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States SenateWashington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Specter: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights … Read More

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LCCR Letter in Opposition of Honaker to District Court

Friday, February 8, 2008

Recipient: Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Specter February 8, 2008 The Honorable Patrick Leahy                                  The Honorable Arlen SpecterChairman                                                                     Ranking MemberCommittee on the Judiciary                                      Committee on the JudiciaryUnited States Senate                                                 United States SenateWashington, DC 20510                                             Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Specter: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s … Read More

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Opposition to the Nomination of Richard Honaker to the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming

Friday, February 8, 2008

Recipient: Senate Judiciary Committee The Honorable Patrick Leahy Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Arlen Specter Ranking MemberCommittee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Specter: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, … Read More

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LCCR and Coalition on Human Needs Letter Asking for Support of the Senate Finance Stimulus Package

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Recipient: U.S. Senate   Support the Senate Finance Stimulus Package   February 6, 2008  Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nationýs oldest, largest, and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations with nearly 200 organizations, and the Coalition on Human Needs, an alliance of over 110 … Read More

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Rescind the OLC Opinion that Undermines the Credibility of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Recipient: Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey The Honorable Michael B. MukaseyAttorney GeneralU.S. Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20530-0001 Dear Attorney General Mukasey: On behalf of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”) and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (“LCCR”), we write today to urge you to rescind an opinion of the … Read More

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LCCR and Coalition of Human Needs Letter for Effective Economic Stimulus Package

Monday, January 28, 2008

Recipient: U.S. Senate Support an Effective Stimulus Package that Puts Money in theHands of People Who Will Spend It January 28, 2008 Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations with nearly 200 organizations, and the Coalition … Read More

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Letter in Support of 2007 Mortgage Bill

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Recipient: Reps. Conyers and Smith The Honorable John Conyers, Jr., Chairman The Honorable Lamar Smith, Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Conyers and Ranking Member Smith: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse coalition of … Read More

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Support the Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act of 2007 (Senate)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Recipient: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy   Chairman      Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions       428 Dirksen Senate Office Building   Washington, DC 20510-6300     The Honorable Michael B. EnziRanking MemberCommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions428 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510-6300 Dear Chairman Kennedy and Ranking Member Enzi: On behalf of … Read More

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Support the Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act of 2007 (House)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Recipient: House Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer1705 Longworth House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515-2005 The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.2449 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515-4905 Dear Majority Leader Hoyer and Congressman Sensenbrenner: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most … Read More

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Support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives Dear Representative: We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our support for H.R. 3685, the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007” (ENDA). ENDA would prevent most employers from firing, refusing to hire, or denying a promotion to any worker on the basis of sexual orientation. In doing so, this legislation represents … Read More

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Opposition to the Confirmation of Judge Michael Mukasey to be U.S. Attorney General

Monday, November 5, 2007

Recipient: Senate Judiciary Committee The Honorable Patrick J. LeahyChairman Committee on the JudiciaryUnited States SenateWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Arlen SpecterRanking MemberCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Specter: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our opposition to the confirmation of Judge Michael … Read More

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Support the DREAM Act

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, we are writing to urge you to support the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act (S. 2205). The DREAM Act would … Read More

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Mukasey Sign-on Letter by LCCR

Monday, October 15, 2007

Recipient: Senate Judiciary Committee The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy Chairman Committee on the JudiciaryUnited States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Arlen SpecterRanking MemberCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States SenateWashington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Specter: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to you regarding the nomination of Judge Michael B. … Read More

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