Hearing on Politicization at DOJ's Civil Rights Division
House Judiciary Subcommittee Investigates Politicization at Justice Department's Civil Rights Division
(Washington, DC) - Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will hold an oversight hearing titled,"Changing Tides: Exploring the Current State of Civil Rights Enforcement within the Department of Justice" at 10 a.m. in 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will investigate allegations of politicization in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division - which have led to a decrease in enforcement of civil rights statutes, particularly in the areas of voting and employment.
The Citizen's Commission on Civil Rights released a report earlier today "The Erosion of Rights: Declining Civil Rights Enforcement Under the Bush Administration," which examines the effectiveness of the Civil Rights Division in executing its mission to enforce anti-discrimination laws. Witnesses will testify about the report and the Department's reluctance to enforce civil rights laws, particularly on behalf of African-Americans.