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Fudge Leads Black Caucus during Tumultuous Times

Stacy M. Brown | 3/6/2013, 12:23 p.m.

She's also concerned about the well-being of blacks and others.

President Barack Obama's health care initiative provides Americans an opportunity to obtain health insurance, Fudge said. "[Overall], I think the president is doing a good job."

However, Fudge said, many of the president's initiatives are a direct result of the CBC's efforts.

"... It is the Black Caucus that has its fingerprints on a lot of these programs people now see. Initiatives like Head Start, Early Head Start, the Pell Grants and so many other important things were born out of the Black Caucus," Fudge said.

"We've gotten community clinics put in and things that help us, especially in the black community. The president's jobs bill came as a direct result of the jobs tour the [CBC sponsored] last year. So, all of this means that we have to keep working hard," she said.

Fudge continues to fight for an increase in the federal minimum wage. And, her work on behalf of legislation to protect women has finally paid off. The House passed the Violence Against Women Act on Feb. 28.

Fudge and her colleagues in the House worked to improve the measure by expanding protections in the bill to include members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, along with Native American and immigrant communities.

"Underreported cases of domestic assault, dating violence, sexual assault and other acts of violence against women continue to be a serious problem in this country, and I hope that Congress' bipartisan support of this legislation shows victims they are not alone," Fudge said. "Passage of this legislation ensures victims of these crimes will continue to have options available to find the assistance they need."