Policy Letters

Policy Letters

Oppose S. 2155, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act”

Monday, March 5, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, I urge you to oppose S. 2155, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act.” Under the innocent-sounding guise of “regulatory relief,” S. 2155 would undermine one of our nation’s key … Read More

Letter to Secretary Acosta regarding the Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Tip Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Thursday, March 1, 2018

View a PDF of this letter online here.  Recipient: Secretary Alex Acosta, U.S. Department of Labor Dear Secretary Acosta: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Employment Task Force, we write to share our deep concerns about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fidelity to the rule of law in light of … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Economic Security

Oppose the Confirmation of Ryan Bounds to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Thursday, February 22, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the confirmation of Ryan … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Close the Digital Divide, Protect the Lifeline Program

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Chairman Ajit V. Pai Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554 Dear Chairman Pai: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 200 undersigned organizations that work directly with and advocate for low-income people, people of color, seniors, families struggling … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Media & Technology

Support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (S. 1917)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 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, we wish to express … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Criminal Justice

Oppose the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R. 620)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives OPPOSE THE “ADA EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2017” (H.R. 620) Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 organizations to promote and … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Disability Rights, Education, Human Rights

Serious Concerns about the Nomination of Kurt Engelhardt to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

View a PDF of this letter online here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write to express serious concerns about the nomination … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the 58 undersigned organizations, we are writing to urge … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Withdraw Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), RIN 1235-AA21, Tip Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Friday, February 2, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: Melissa Smith, Director of the Division of Regulations, Legislation and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor Dear Ms. Smith: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to protecting the civil and … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Economic Security

Letter re: House Markup of H.R. 4822, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA)

Friday, February 2, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: Committee on House Administration Dear Chairman Harper and Ranking Member Brady: We write to express our appreciation for the Committee’s bipartisan efforts to combat and prevent sexual harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination in Congress and to improve the current reporting and dispute resolution process.  H.R. … Read More

Oppose the Confirmation of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Nominations

Coalition Sign-on Letter on Reforming Procedures in Congress for Combating Harassment and Discrimination

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

View a PDF of this letter with footnotes here. Recipients: Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Gregg Harper, and Ranking Member Robert Brady Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi, Chairman Harper, and Ranking Member Brady: As organizations committed to advancing and protecting civil and human rights, equality, access to justice, and transparency, we write … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Economic Security, Women's Rights

Progressive Leader Letter re: DACA, Disaster Relief, and CHIP Reauthorization

Thursday, January 11, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipients: House and Senate Leadership Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Leader Pelosi, January 19 marks the end of the first full year of the Trump presidency. Over the past year, we have seen a sustained and unprecedented assault on our core values and on American … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Immigration

Oppose the Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Thursday, January 11, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the 31 undersigned organizations, we are writing to urge … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Protect the Census: Oppose DOJ Request to Add a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Dear Secretary Ross: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Census

Oppose the Confirmation of Howard Nielson to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the confirmation of Howard … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Reject a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census

Thursday, January 4, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Secretary Ross: I write as the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Census

Sign-on Letter Opposing the Nomination of Alex Azar

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator: The undersigned organizations, representing patients, healthcare providers, public health experts, women, people of color, workers, consumers, and people of faith strongly urge you to vote against confirming Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). We are deeply concerned by … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Health Care

Request for Meeting to Discuss Preserving Access and Affordability in Government Sponsored Enterprise Reform

Friday, December 15, 2017

View a PDF of this letter online here (Senate). View a PDF of this letter online here (House). We, the undersigned civil and human rights organizations, write to express our profound concern with the ongoing discussions in Congress about comprehensive Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) reform legislation, and to request a meeting to ensure that our … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Financial Services

Oppose the Confirmation of Matthew Kacsmaryk to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the confirmation of Matthew … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose H.R. 4560, the “GSE Jumpstart Reauthorization Act of 2017”

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: House Financial Services Committee Dear Chairman Hensarling and Ranking Member Waters: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our opposition to H.R. 4560, the “GSE Jumpstart Reauthorization Act of 2017.” In particular, we object to Section 3 of the bill, which would force Federal … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Financial Services

Letter re: enforcement of IDEA provisions regarding significant disproportionality

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipient: Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 112 undersigned organizations, we write to offer our strong support for the robust enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provisions regarding significant … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Nomination of James Ho to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Serious Concerns

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write to express serious concerns about the nomination of … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Letter Urging Robust Vetting of Ken Marcus, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Monday, December 4, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, we are writing to urge robust vetting of President Trump’s … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Oppose the Confirmation of Mark Norris to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the confirmation of Mark … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations