'FAIRNESS Act Would Restore the Promise of Opportunity and Equality
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement on a civil rights bill introduced by senior Democrats
today. The bill is called FAIRNESS: The Civil Rights Act of 2004:
proud to join my Democratic colleagues, John Lewis, John Conyers,
Rosa DeLauro, and George Miller, as an original cosponsor of the
FAIRNESS Act to restore the promise of opportunity and equality
of struggle and the efforts of millions of Americans made civil
rights protections a reality and brought our country closer to achieving
our ideals of equality and opportunity for all. Yet as we prepare
to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
and the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, we must
recognize that recent court cases have undercut civil rights protections
in unacceptable ways.
have a responsibility to protect Americans from discrimination and
to ensure fair treatment of workers. But rather than being the guardians
of our basic civil rights and labor laws, ideological court rulings
have quietly but effectively dismantled these rights.
Act would restore many years of settled law and reassert the authority
of Congress to remedy discrimination and ensure fair treatment of
workers. It would overturn court decisions that hold employers harmless
for unfair labor practices committed against undocumented workers.
It would provide the same remedies to victims of intentional gender,
disability, and religious discrimination as those afforded to victims
of intentional race discrimination. And it would enhance protections
for older workers and strengthen enforcement of the Equal Pay Act.
pass this bill to send a clear message that Americans do not want
to dismantle the civil rights and labor laws that so many have fought
so hard to achieve."