Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Affirmative Action Case

Jun 23, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, upholding the constitutionality of affirmative action initiatives:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision affirms that every American deserves access to a world-class higher education and the ladder of opportunity it provides.

“America’s institutions should reflect the beautiful diversity of America’s people.  The beauty is in the mix.  The strength of our economy, our society and our democracy depends on Americans of every background and ethnicity having the education to thrive, innovate and enrich our nation with new ideas.

“The Supreme Court’s decision recognizes we all have a role to play in addressing the real and enduring effects of discrimination on the lives of many Americans.  In Congress and across the country, we must continue to fight to ensure that access to quality and affordable higher education exists for all Americans, not just the privileged few.”

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