Chairman Xavier Becerra on 50th Anniversary of LBJ’s Great Society Speech

May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement marking the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society speech:

“Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Baines Johnson unveiled his vision to build a Great Society — in our cities, in our countryside, and in our classrooms. President Johnson worked with one of the most productive Congresses in American history to enact nearly 200 major pieces of legislation, including the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Medicare, and to protect the air we breath and the water we drink, and to ensure that our veterans had the care they deserve.

“That’s the model of government that we should strive to achieve — where we put the American people first, not the special interests. Unfortunately, this Republican-led Congress seems more interested in shutting down the government, in shutting down the Affordable Care Act, in shutting down investments to grow our economy, create jobs and strengthen the middle class. It’s not too late for this Congress to change course, work with President Obama and focus on the priorities of the American people — to raise the minimum wage, renew emergency long-term unemployment insurance, guarantee equal pay for equal work and finally fix our broken immigration system.

“The 1960’s was not an easy time in our nation’s history but it was a time when the American people had confidence in their elected leaders to work together and accomplish great things in a great society.”

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