Twenty six Senate Democrats are pressing President Obama to take executive action to “ban the box.” Banning the box would stop employers at federal agencies from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process.
The Senators who signed the letter sent to the President are Sens. Cory Booker (NJ), Sherrod Brown (OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Chris Murphy (CT), Chris Coons (DE), Dick Durbin (IL), Al Franken (MN), Ed Markey (MA), Tim Kaine (VA), Jeff Merkley (OR), Patrick Leahy (VT), Mazie Hirono (HI), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Ron Wyden (OR), Mark Warner (VA), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Patty Murray (WA), Tom Udall (NM), Tom Carper (DE), Ben Cardin (MD), Jack Reed (RI), Joe Manchin (WV), Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Brian Schatz (HI).
The letter in part wrote, “we ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process. This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job seekers and would give individuals re-entering the workforce the opportunity to apply for work based on their current merits rather than past wrong-doings.”
The President will be in Camden, New Jersey today speaking on criminal justice issues.