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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

First Oval Office Meeting: Delivering on Our Power, Our Message

Apr 15, 2021

Earlier this week, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), joined by CBC Executive Leadership, led a meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House Oval Office.

During the meeting, CBC leadership discussed a number of topics, including economic empowerment, voting rights, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and the American Jobs Plan’s tremendous impact on workers, families, and small businesses.

After the meeting, Beatty addressed reporters outside of the White House. “It was very productive. We shared our thoughts and talked about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, the resulting economic crisis, and centuries-old social injustices have had on Black Americans.” Beatty added, “This is the first of what will undoubtedly be more meetings with the Administration, and we look forward to continuing our work with the White House to ensure all Americans can build back better.” An archived recording of the press conference can be viewed on C-SPAN.

The CBC-White House meeting comes on the heels of growing calls for police reform, accountability, transparency, and equal justice. Moreover, over the course of the last week, our nation has been forced to relive 9 minutes and 29 seconds of a knee on George Floyd’s neck, the inexplicable death of Daunte Wright, and pushback against restrictive state voting laws.