1983 - LAWMAKERS - Congressional Black Caucus
U.S. House Representative George Miller (D-CA), in office, says that he voted for the Congressional Black Caucus budget because its premise was about the programs important to Americans - children, education, elderly - were right, and it took priority away from "extravagant military spending". Cokie Roberts speaking with Rep. Miller; Roberts (vo) notes that Rep. Miller's district is 48 percent African American. Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY), in office, says that the offhand dismissal of the CBC budget was a matter of racism, and thinks there a belief that only white men are capable of compiling documents or discussing philosophy. Black leaders are only expected to talk about welfare or food Stamps, and their exhaustive research on putting together a comprehensive economic document is dismissed. VS of CBC meeting; Roberts (o/s) states the CBC's desire to expand past the civil rights agenda to be effective legislators, and become a voting bloc with the ability to block legislation.