Testimony by Nancy Keenan, Director of Education Policy, People For the American Way before the Select Committee on Constitutional Amendment Implementation The Florida Senate on Implementation of Voter-Approved Amendment 9
The $2.23 trillion federal budget that President Bush sent to Congress this week effectively asks House and Senate members to serve as willing accomplices in a scheme that seriously shortchanges children, seniors, low-income families and others who are among the most vulnerable Americans. The president’s new budget demonstrates that the Bush moniker of “compassionate conservative” is a veneer, not the values guiding this White House.
President Bush's commission on Title IX has endorsed recommendations in their final meeting that threaten three decades of progress toward equal funding and opportunity. Instead of focusing on the limited enforcement of Title IX since its passage thirty years ago, the commission chose to examine a wide range of proposals to alter or weaken the legislation.
Statement by PFAWF President Ralph G. Neas Welcomes Condoleezza Rice’s Message on Affirmative Action
President Bush's urging the Supreme Court to rule against the University of Michigan's affirmative action program shows that his administration's policies on civil rights and equal opportunity bear no relation to its rhetoric. It also puts Bush at odds with members of the military and business community who have come out in support of the University of Michigan program.
A review of 17 significant votes since Sen. Bill Frist joined the Senate in 1995 demonstrates that the possible replacements for Sen. Trent Lott have very similar voting records on a range of issues, including civil rights, affirmative action, hate crimes legislation, reproductive choice, private school vouchers, economic opportunity, and judicial nominations.
What exactly are the real civil rights agenda and the judicial philosophy of the Bush administration and Republican senators? This debate is urgently needed because the Republican Party’s civil rights problem is far broader and deeper than Trent Lott – and because the next 12 to 24 months could determine the law of the land for the next several decades. And if George Bush and Senate Republican leaders get their way – not just Trent Lott, but all the other contenders – they could turn back the clock on half a century of legal and constitutional protections.