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Sending Office: Rush, Bobby L.
Sent By:
Kevin.Lacosse@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Cosigners (13): Brown, Danny Davis, Espaillat, Foster, Hastings, Jackson Lee, Robin L. Kelly, Barbara Lee, Moore, Norton, Richmond, Sewell, Adam Smith

Dear Colleague:

Ensuring that the American people know the full history of the Civil Rights Era is a matter of national importance.  Today, several Civil Rights Cold Cases remain unsolved for a variety of reasons, including at times a lack of will on the part of law enforcement. 
These cases, some of which include horrific crimes like lynching, are an important part of America’s civil rights history.  Fortunately, we are now in a position where we have moved past much of the enmity of that era, and professionals are ready and willing
to help solve these atrocities.

In January 2019, the
Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018
became law.  This law requires public disclosure for unsolved Civil Rights Cold Cases by granting members of the Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board the authority to obtain access to Cold Case Records. 
Upon review of these cases, the Review Board is mandated to determine which records should be made available for public release.

To continue this important work, I urge you to sign on to the attached letter to request appropriations towards the Civil Rights Cold Case Collections and the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board at the National Archives and Records Administration. 
In seeking these funds, we hope to continue receiving the same bipartisan support which was received for the initial law that created these programs and the appropriations that funded them.

I invite you to join me in supporting robust funding for this important program.  As Members of Congress, we owe it to our constituents to ensure that the American people know the full history of the Civil Rights Era.  Together, we can continue to shed light
on a dark chapter in our Nation’s history.

If you would like more information or to sign on, please contact Nishith Pandya in my office at
Nishith.Pandya@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Bobby L. Rush
Member of Congress

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March XX, 2020

The Honorable Mike Quigley                                           The Honorable Tom Graves
Chairman                                                                           Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Financial Services                                Subcommittee on Financial Services
and General Government                                                  and General Government
2000 Rayburn House Office Building                              1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515                                                    Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Quigley and Ranking Member Graves:

As you prepare the FY2021 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, we urge you to allocate funds to the Civil Rights Cold Case Record Collections and the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board at the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA).

In January 2019, the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 became law (PL 115-426).  This law mandates public disclosure for unsolved Civil Rights Cold Cases by granting members of the Review Board the authority to obtain access to Civil
Rights Cold Case Records.  Upon review of these cases, the Board is mandated to determine which records should be made available for public release.

As you know, many of the Civil Rights Cold Cases include horrific crimes like lynching.  These cases remain unsolved for a variety of reasons, including, at times, the lack of will on the part of law enforcement.  We are now in a position where we have moved
past much of the enmity of that era and professionals across the country are ready and willing to help solve these atrocities.  We, as a nation, should do what we can to support them in this important endeavor.  As Members of Congress, we owe it to our constituents
to ensure that the American people know the full history of the Civil Rights Era, including information about Civil Rights Cold Cases.

We appreciate your steadfast support of this program in FY2020.  In once again seeking these funds, we hope to continue to garner the same bipartisan support as was received in the passage of the law that created these programs and the appropriations that
funded them.  Therefore, we respectfully request that the Subcommittee ensure NARA receives robust funding for these programs that will be used to help shed light on a dark chapter of our nation’s history.

Sincerely,

Bobby L. Rush
Member of Congress

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