Crist Takes House Floor to Fight Racial Inequality

U.S. Representative Charlie Crist spoke on the House floor in support of his proposal to tackle and address racial disparities in Congressional policymaking and oversight. The Crist proposal was included in the Rules package governing the operations of the 117th Congress. Crist’s proposal would gear Congress towards being more intentional in the fight to close racial and ethnic gaps in wealth, homeownership, maternal health, and other areas. The House is expected to vote on the Rules package later today.

Specifically, the Crist proposal, found on Page 7, Line 8 of the Rules package, would amend Committee Oversight Plans to prioritize efforts to address inequities on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or national origin. This move affirms ongoing efforts from our Chairs to fight systemic racism and enshrine it as a duty of the Committees.

This Rules change is but a first step in that process that would ultimately ask the Congressional Budget Office to include a Racial and Ethnic Impact “score” in its reports. Last October, Congressman Crist called on Congress to institute such a score so that lawmakers will have a better understanding about the impact proposed legislation would have on minority communities to support closing racial disparity gaps, or at the very least, not making them worse.

The Crist-championed policy comes in the wake of a year when Americans across the nation took to the streets in the largest demonstration in our history to protest racial injustice.  

Watch as Congressman Crist speaks on the House floor in support of this effort.

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