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Congressional Black Caucus Airs List of Grievances to Bush

HeadlineFeb 01, 2001

Black lawmakers aired a list of grievances to President Bush yesterday, reiterating their deep opposition to John Ashcroft as attorney general, reminding Bush of the wounds inflicted by the Florida election deadlock. Thirty-one members of the Congressional Black Caucus discussed more than 20 issues with the Republican president, including racial profiling, election reform, AIDS, Africa, education and civil rights. Bush pledged a high-level sensitivity on civil rights and promised to make Africa a high priority. Three Black Caucus members from Florida did not attend the White House meeting because they felt it was inappropriate given the disputed election there. Those who attended informed Bush of the absences. The caucus, whose members are all Democrats, walked out on January 6 as Congress certified George W. Bush’s victory when the electoral votes were counted.

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