Executive Director Bruce: “Keeping our current dysfunction on auto-pilot is bad for democracy and bad for Black and Brown communities who need real leadership in Washington.”
Washington, D.C./December 20, 2022 – Today, Concerned Communities for America (CCA) Executive Director DaQuawn Bruce issued the following statement calling for the current Lame Duck Congress to avoid passing a long-term spending bill and instead leave the door open for the new Congress to implement innovative policy solutions that will help Black and Brown communities, which are suffering under the status quo.
“A Lame Duck Congress should not pass a sweeping spending bill that punts difficult decisions far into the future. Keeping our current dysfunction on auto-pilot is bad for democracy and bad for Black and Brown communities who need real leadership in Washington.
“Passing a long-term spending bill in the waning days of this session means fewer opportunities for innovative policies – such as targeted tax incentives and regulatory reform – that could help Black and Brown communities build generational wealth and shrink the racial wealth gap. It’s also a convenient way of ignoring pressing priorities — like building bipartisan support for better policing and community safety practices, better schools and the freedom to choose which ones we send our children to, and improved electoral practices so that all Americans can have faith in the outcomes of our elections.
“Business-as-usual is not working for minority communities. If we are going to solve the problems that continue to hold back Black and Brown Americans from achieving their full potential, we need to let the new Congress start from a clean slate and bring new voices into the conversation.”