Congressman Steven Horsford Votes to Pass the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act

July 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) voted to pass the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act (H.R. 1636), which will establish a commission to examine the social disparities that disproportionately affect Black males in America. 

It is intolerable and unacceptable that many Black men come to believe, often for good reason, that the American Dream is not available to them. Centuries of systemic racism has caused significant economic, educational, and social disparities for Black men and boys throughout American. Today, many Americans are taking to the streets to protest the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black men and boys just like them from the hands of law enforcement,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. As a Black man and a father of two young Black men, I am proud to pass long-overdue legislation that will help our country address the root issues of police violence and work to confront systemic racism in all its forms.” 

The Commission will review homicide rates, arrest and incarceration rates, poverty, violence, fatherhood, mentorship, drug abuse, death rates, disparate income and wealth levels, school performance in various grade levels and health issues. It will also investigate potential civil rights violations affecting Black males. The Commission will be tasked with creating an annual report addressing the current conditions affecting Black men and boys and make recommendations to the president and their cabinet, Congress, and chairs of the appropriate committee of jurisdiction. 

The bill received strong, bipartisan support from the Senate with unanimous passage in June and will now go to the President’s desk for signature. This legislation brings us one step closer to dismantling barriers of oppression for Black males in areas of education, criminal justice, health, and employment. 

H.R. 1636 has been endorsed by several entities including the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, New Democrat Coalition, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity, Catholic Charities USA, Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, My Brother's Keeper Alliance, NAACP, National Action Network, National Football League, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Reform Alliance, The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, The Council of the Great City Schools, Teach For America, actor Omari Hardick, and Reverend Jesse Jackson. 

 

In 2019, Congressman Horsford joined Congresswoman Wilson (FL), as an original cosponsor, to introduce this monumental legislation.