Since 1941 the NAACP has been the premier civil rights advocacy entity on Capitol Hill. The NAACP was a leading force behind the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Restoration Act and the 2002 Help America Vote Act, the most current reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act among countless others.
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The job of the NAACP Washington Bureau is to turn NAACP priorities, as approved by the national Board of Directors, into federal public policy through the legislative process. General topics include the promotion and protection of civil rights, securing a fair and equal criminal justice system, ensuring high quality educational opportunities for all Americans, a fair labor environment, and securing affordable adequate housing and health care for all Americans.
The NAACP addresses the new United States Senate rules that require a simple majority vote for judicial and executive appointments, avoiding filibuster.
A la carte was the really bad idea from several years ago which would have required cable and satellite companies to provide customers access to channels on a “price-per-channel” or a la carte basis.
Today NAACP Director of the Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, Hilary O. Shelton sent out the following email to over 500 NAACP activists who shared emotionally gripping gun violence stories:
For too many years, senators have been using a more problematic version of the filibuster rule – a procedural tool meant to ensure the minority party could extend debate on a piece of legislation to obstruct Congress, create gridlock, and paralyze progress. We think it’s time to end this destructive practice.