Engel on the 55th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Engel on the 55th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act


Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement on the 55th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:


"55 years ago, Lyndon Johnson signed one of the most consequential pieces of legislation ever in American history, the Civil Rights Act. It's hard to overstate the importance of that moment. On issues of housing, employment, voting rights, integration and so much more, the Civil Rights Act changed the course of our nation's history for African Americans and other minority populations. And while it's important to celebrate that milestone in equality, it's just as critical to acknowledge that the fight for civil rights is far from over. Disparities in education, wages, access to health care, and treatment in the criminal justice system are just some of the issues House Democrats are currently working on today, in hopes that we may someday find true equality for all.


“We’ve already passed record levels of spending for education and made serious investments in affordable public housing. We’ve also passed legislation aimed at protecting access to the ballot. But the President and his Administration have continually sought to undermine these critical programs and initiatives. His budget seeks to cut billions of dollars from key agencies under the guise of fiscal responsibility, often at the cost of African American and other minority communities. I remain committed to fighting against this Administration’s attack on our nation’s progress, and to ensuring that we live up to the promise that all people, regardless of race, religion, gender or creed, are created equal."