Policy Letters

Policy Letters

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

Letter Urging Rejection of New York’s ESSA Waiver Request

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 16 organizations listed below, we urge you to ensure that children receive the support and attention they deserve through the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As many of us … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Oppose the Confirmation of Leonard Steven Grasz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

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 Leonard … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the Confirmation of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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 Stuart … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and Any Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate Provision

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: U.S. Senate Dear Senator, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Health Law Program, and the National Partnership for Women & Families, we urge you to oppose the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” In addition to the overall inequity of the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Health Care

Oppose the Confirmation of David Stras to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Monday, November 27, 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 David … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Protect Lifeline and Diverse Media Ownership

Friday, November 17, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: Chairman Ajit Pai, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Dear Chairman Pai: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, we write to submit for the record our statement, “How the FCC Could Roll Back Hard Fought Civil Rights Advances.” The Leadership Conference is a coalition … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Media & Technology

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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 House tax bill, H.R. 1

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Representative, 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, I write to urge you to vote against H.R. … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Economic Security

Oppose the Confirmation of Don Willett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Tuesday, November 14, 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 opposition to the confirmation of Don Willett … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations