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    The three former officials called the bill 'the most significant piece of climate legislation in United States history.' Three former Environmental Protection Agency administrators, who served in Democratic and Republican presidents' cabinets, called on Congress to pass the recently introduced Inflation Reduction Act, specifically citing the effect the legislation would have in the fight against climate change. The legislation, which was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), would use $369 billion of its projected $739 billion on measures to alleviate the effects of climate change. Climate experts have estimated that the law would cut carbon emissions 40% by 2030, lower energy costs, and create jobs in the green energy sector. The statement was released on Friday by three former EPA administrators: Christine Todd Whitman, who served under President George W. Bush, William K. Reilly, who served under President George H.W. Bush, and Carol Browner, who served under President Bill Clinton. "As former Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency of both Democratic and Republican Administrations, we support the Inflation Reduction Act which represents the...
    In this article INTCUS Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, alongside members of Congress, holds the CHIPS and Science Act, providing domestic semiconductor manufacturers with $52 billion in subsidies to cut reliance on foreign sourcing, after signing it during an enrollment ceremony on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, July 29, 2022.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesThe global semiconductor shortage that has left consumers waiting on coffee makers, computers, cars and medical devices — anything with a computer chip — might have an end in sight. After three years of stops and starts, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $52 billion package last week designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. and improve competitiveness with China. The bill passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support, and will now go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The bill, known as the CHIPS-plus or Chips and Science Act, addresses concerns expressed by both parties that the U.S. needs to bring the production of these vitally important components back home and rely less on Asia-based...
    by J.D. Davidson   The lack of federal subsidies Intel said was holding up its planned $20 billion chip plant in suburban Columbus cleared the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The CHIPS Act, which passed 64-33, would provide $52 billion to U.S. semiconductor manufacturers to help build plants to make microchips. After announcing in January plans to build and create 3,000 jobs at a microchip facility in Ohio, Intel pulled back over the summer, canceling its July 22 groundbreaking while the federal money remained in limbo. “Today’s passage of the CHIPS Act is critical in the effort to bring semiconductor manufacturing back to the United States, protect our national security and create thousands of high-paying jobs in Ohio,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. “I was proud to help lead efforts in the Senate to pass this legislation and ensure that Intel’s planned semiconductor plant in central Ohio remains on track and reaches its full potential. Intel’s announced investment is already the largest in Ohio’s history and the company has indicated that with this CHIPS legislation its record investment will grow even larger over time.”...
    The House on Tuesday night voted 267 to 157 to pass a bill that would recognize same-sex marriage in federal law. Forty-seven Republicans joined all Democrats in sending the Defense of Marriage Act to the Senate where it faces a tougher challenge of getting through.  The vote came amid concerns that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access could jeopardize other rights. Democrats argued intensely in favor of enshrining marriage equality in federal law, while Republicans steered clear of openly rejecting gay marriage.  Instead leading Republicans said the bill was a sham and unnecessary amid other issues facing the nation and the Biden administration. Liz Cheney, GOP conference chair Elise Stefanik and NRCC chair Tom Emmer were among members of their party to cross the aisle. Scott Perry of the Freedom Caucus and Nancy Mace, who is facing a tough midterm, also sided with Democrats.  The House on Tuesday night passed a bill that would recognize same-sex marriage in federal law. Forty-seven Republicans joined all Democrats in sending the Defense of Marriage Act to the Senate where it...
    "An orchard worker unloads a bag of pears in Hood River, Oregon on August 13, 2021." The U.S. House under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi last year passed a historic bill that would put undocumented farmworkers onto a path to legal status. That legislation passed the chamber with support from 30 Republicans, surpassing the bipartisan support for the bill legalizing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries.  But more than a year after House passage, the U.S. Senate has failed to take up and pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (along with the Dream and Promise Act). On Wednesday, labor icon and United Farm Workers (UFW) Co-founder Dolores Huerta was among the voices reminding lawmakers that farmworkers are still feeding America, and still need relief. RELATED STORY: House passes path to citizenship for DACA recipients, temporary status holders, and farmworkers Campaign Action "Farmworkers throughout the United States need to be granted the same labor protections as other industrial and public workers,” Huerta said during a press conference hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). “They are, after all, the essential workers that put the food on our table every day. There...
    Samuel Corum/Bloomberg The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a series of proposals that make full congressional passage of a retirement-improvement package more likely this year. Called the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act, the measure contains some provisions that are the same or similar to those proposed in the House, which passed the Securing a Strong Retirement Act (H.R. 2954) in late March in a bipartisan 414-5 vote. Known as "Secure 2.0," that bill is intended to build upon the original Secure Act of 2019, which ushered in changes aimed at increasing retirement security by increasing access to workplace savings plans, among other efforts. More from Personal Finance:Cost to finance a new car hits a record $656 per monthHow to get started building credit as a young adultStimulus checks rewired how some Americans see money The Earn Act "includes more than 70 proposals aimed at helping more Americans save — the culmination of months of collaboration between just about every member of the committee, Democrat and Republican," said Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in opening remarks at...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A new federal law named for a Minnesota rape survivor establishes a grant program supporting trauma-informed trainings at police departments to improve law enforcement response to sexual assault cases. The “Abby Honold Act” instructs the Department of Justice to create a program that awards competitive grants to law enforcement agencies that implement trauma-informed, victim-centered techniques when responding to and investigating domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. “To be able to take by far the worst thing that ever happened to me in my life and to be able to make something out of that—even if one survivor is helped by this it would be worth it,” Honold said. Honold was raped in 2014 by another student while attending the University of Minnesota. She said she called 911 for help, but the response that followed only intensified her pain: The police officer dispatched wasn’t trained on how to handle a case like hers with care, and she recalled that he interpreted her behavior like she was lying or trying to cover something up. But a nurse...
    (CBS Detroit) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to the White House on Wednesday to seek support and funding for legislation that will boost semiconductor chip production. Whitmer spoke with President Joe Biden about funding to pass the Creating Helpful Incentive For Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act. READ MORE: Michigan's Average Gas Price Continues To Rise, Nearing State RecordThe visit comes after Whitmer led a group of 21 bipartisan governors calling for final passage of economic competitiveness legislation with full funding of the CHIPS Act last month. “It would create thousands of high-skill, good-paying jobs and show businesses that the United States is the place to build the future,” Whitmer said. “It would lower costs for American families by breaking up delays in our supply chain. This is game-changing, bipartisan legislation that will make a real difference in people’s lives if we get it done. It’s the kind of bill that can set us up for decades of economic success.” READ MORE: Tire Shops Swamped By Repairs From PotholesThe legislation passed in both U.S. House and Senate...
    During his fiery State of the Union address, President Joe Biden urged Congress to pass the LGBTQ Equality Act, and urged the protection of transgender Americans, especially trans youth, who are being targeted by over a dozen states, most recently Texas and Florida. "And for our LGBTQ+ Americans, let’s finally get the bipartisan Equality Act to my desk. The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is wrong," President Biden said. "As I said last year, especially to our younger transgender Americans, I will always have your back as your President, so you can be yourself and reach your God-given potential." Watch:President Biden: "The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is simply wrong." #SOTU pic.twitter.com/WAyb5YerRL— The Recount (@therecount) March 2, 2022 Report typos and corrections to: [email protected]#story_page_post_article Should Trump be indicted? Understand the importance of honest news ? So do we. The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to...
    "An Afghan interpreter and Special Immigrant Visa recipient, with Afghan veterans, refugee advocates, and Afghan evacuees, speaks during a press conference to urge members of Congress to pass an Afghan Adjustment Act, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022." Advocates including refugee resettlement agencies and U.S. military veterans gathered outside the U.S. Capitol building on Monday to urge the passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act, proposed legislation that would protect tens of thousands of Afghan refugees from deportation. While the Biden administration was able to quickly evacuate many vulnerable people under a process known as humanitarian parole, it does not provide a pathway to legalization. Of the over 76,000 people evacuated as part of Operation Allies Rescue, roughly 36,000 arrived through humanitarian parole. Without congressional action, they could be vulnerable to deportation when their relief expires. Human Rights First said that among the speakers at Monday’s rally was “Lucky,” a former Afghan translator who survived numerous blasts while aiding U.S. military. Now an American thanks to a special visa, he urged lawmakers to extend that same kind of permanent relief to other vulnerable people. “I served with...
    The Catholic bishops of New Jersey have expressed their dismay over the passage of sweeping state legislation proclaiming a right to abortion all the way up to birth. In their statement this week, the bishops express their “profound disappointment and deep concern about the passage of S49/A6260 — the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, which codifies into state law an individual’s right to an abortion, including late-term abortions.” This law departs from the fundamental understanding that “all life is sacred from conception to natural death,” the bishops assert. “Even more distressing is that the legal and ethical calculus that underlies this new legislation absolutely and forthrightly extinguishes the human and moral identity of the unborn child.” “Perhaps the legislators who rushed through this Act in the waning moments of their terms did not want citizens to understand fully its inhuman and lethal consequences,” the bishops add. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) praised the passage of the bill and signed it into law on Thursday. “A bill to codify a woman’s right to choose into state law and expand access...
    Martin Luther King III addresses a 'Let's Finish the Job for the People' rally near the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 14, 2021 in Washington, D.C. That it’s taking an act of protest from Martin Luther King Jr.’s family, along with dozens of civil rights groups, to call for a “no celebration” of MLK Day in order to pressure Congress to pass the federal voting rights bill is incomprehensible.  Despite the fact that Democrats are sitting in seats of power—executive, House, and Senate—the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act continue to stall.  King’s family—Martin Luther King III, his wife Arndrea Waters King, and their daughter Yolanda Renee King—are mobilizing on MLK weekend to pressure President Joe Biden and Congress to deliver on the promise to pass these bills in the same way they got the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed. “You show up for the bridges now show up for the people!” Martin Luther King III said sternly of President Biden. “We are coming together at symbolic bridges. We’re hoping that it will be replicated across...
    The Senate’s delay of the $4.9 trillion Build Back Better Act to 2022 renders the passage of the bill through the House insignificant. Biden announced Thursday evening that the Build Back Better Act will likely be stalled into 2022 after he failed to strike an accord with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the critical Senate Democrat swing vote. Biden’s statement does not set a timetable, meaning the bill could take significant change and time: My team and I are having ongoing discussions with Senator Manchin; that work will continue next week. It takes time to finalize these agreements, prepare the legislative changes, and finish all the parliamentary and procedural steps needed to enable a Senate vote. We will advance this work together over the days and weeks ahead; Leader Schumer and I are determined to see the bill successfully on the floor as early as possible. Democrats have a one-member majority in the Senate, meaning every Democrat, including Manchin, would have to vote for the bill, and have Vice President Kamala Harris break the tie in the chamber to pass the legislation,...
                 The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act, sending the bill to President Joe Biden. If signed by Biden, Tennessee’s national defense infrastructure is likely to receive additional funding and equipment for its operations. The bill includes a pay raise for all military service members and enhances military health care. Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma will be designated as a hypersonic facility, allowing the base to expand its research operations. Funding will also be provided for Ground Based Strategic Deterrent research programs. “The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will bolster our nation’s defenses to ensure we are able to confront adversaries like Communist China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The defense bill is a major victory for Tennessee servicemembers along with their families, and the many Tennessee-based scientists and engineers who support our national security mission at home and abroad,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn. “I fought to secure major wins for our state that will directly benefit our military and research communities across Tennessee, including in Clarksville, Tullahoma, Oak...
    After a series of false starts and delays, the Senate passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act by voice vote Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, targets slave labor in Xinjiang and surrounding provinces, where China is conducting a genocide of the Uyghur people. It passed the House by voice vote Tuesday and is expected to be signed into law by President Joe Biden. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act creates a “rebuttable presumption” that goods produced in Xinjiang or by certain listed Chinese business entities are produced by the forced labor of Uyghurs or other ethnic minorities. Companies may continue to import products from Xinjiang if they provide “clear and convincing evidence” to the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection that their supply chains do not include forced labor. #Senate update: Sen Rubio achieved passage of his bill on Uyghur forced labor by UC. This also set up 3 confirmation votes at 430: 1 Nicholas Burns to be ambassador to China 2 Ramin Toloui to be an Asst Sec of State 3 Rashad Hussain to...
    Stacey Abrams says she's "bullish" about voting rights legislation like the John Lewis Act passing, especially as lawmakers continue to sound the alarm about restrictive voting laws taking effect across the country. Voting rights is at the top of lawmakers’ minds for the 2022 midterms, where new redistricting maps will take effect across the country. Already, some of those maps have faced pushback because lawmakers seemingly can’t even be bothered to be subtle about gerrymandering. And according to the Brennan Center for Justice, between the beginning of the year and Sept. 27th, “19 states enacted 33 laws that make it harder for Americans to vote.” More than 450 Congressional seats are up for grabs next November—34 in the Senate and all 435 House seats—making the midterms especially consequential. To Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, voter suppression is an issue akin to the insurrection and poses a direct threat to our democracy. “Warning lights are blinking red,” Griswold told Reuters. “We are seeing January 6, the attempted stealing of an American presidency, just in slow motion right now. What we're seeing right now is...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Climate activists marched to Gov. Kathy Hochul‘s office Saturday, demanding the passage of the Climate and Community Investment Act. Community leaders and environmental organizations walked from Times Square with handmade signs and a marching band. Some lied on the streets, chanting and singing. “Climate justice is justice, and the people who are affected by not having climate justice right now are the people who are always affected, who are always affected by lack of health care, lack of education, by over-policing — Black and brown communities, communities of more color, working class communities,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said. The legislation would generate $15 billion a year from corporate polluters to create green jobs and invest in communities most impacted by climate change.
                        Passage of the Infrastructure Investment  and Jobs Act over the weekend brought accolades from a chief negotiator, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) as well as U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). But conservative U.S. Representative Warren Davidson (R-OH-08) (pictured above) had harsh words for 13 GOP representatives who bucked the Republican leadership and helped pass the $1.2 trillion spending package Davidson dubbed “a trojan horse” for the pending Build Back Better legislation. Portman, who served as a chief negotiator of the legislation in the Senate, lauded the  229-206 U.S. House vote on Nov. 5 on legislation that also gained 18 other Senate Republicans when it passed in August.  The legislation had languished since then as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and progressive members of her party attempted to tie a vote on the infrastructure bill to Senate vote on the omnibus Build Back Better legislation which is chock full of spending on progressive policies. “I am pleased that the Bridge Investment Act, included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,...
    Hours after introducing a pared down voting rights bill, Democratic senators in support of the legislation called for Senate action in the coming weeks. Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThis week: Democrats kick off chaotic fall with Biden's agenda at stake Breyer says term limits would 'make life easier for me' Hillicon Valley —Apple is not a monopoly, judge rules MORE (D-Minn.), Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyMore insidious power grab than one attempted Jan. 6? Colorado River cutbacks set stage for decade of drought politics Wyden asks White House for details on jet fuel shortage amid wildfire season MORE (D-Ore.) and Alex PadillaAlex PadillaConservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan Voting rights: Black and Latino allies More insidious power grab than one attempted Jan. 6? MORE (D-Calif.) joined voting rights groups outside the Capitol in an effort to rally support for the measure, which faces an uphill battle to win over the 10 Republicans needed to avoid a filibuster. “We will take our democracy back again from those who are trying to take away people's constitutional rights to...
    WASHINGTON -- A decades-old fight to expand and protect voting rights will intensify this weekend, when multiracial coalitions of civil, human and labor rights leaders hold rallies in Washington and across the nation to urge passage of federal voter protections eroded since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.It's a united front that rights advocates say hasn't been seen in two generations, back when the landmark federal legislation removed barriers keeping voters of color from easily accessing the ballot box.Some progress was made this week, when the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would restore sections of historic voting legislation that allowed legal challenges to state voting laws. The Voting Rights Act also required states with a history of voter discrimination to get federal preclearance before changing laws.True victory now hinges on the Senate, where Republicans have promised to block voting rights legislation and where Democrats don't have enough votes to overcome a filibuster rule that requires some GOP support for passage. And with midterm elections approaching next year, some fear the window of opportunity is closing to do...
    Immigrants and allies rally in New York City for a pathway to citizenship, July 2021. A group of more than 80 mayors spanning nearly 30 states is urging President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats to protect millions of young undocumented immigrants, essential workers, and Temporary Protected Status holders through the budget reconciliation process. A majority of Americans already support legalization for undocumented communities. Now “it’s time for Congress to act,” the mayors write. “As our state and local communities continue to confront a public health and economic catastrophe that has claimed more than 500,000 lives and exacerbated deep racial and economic inequities, it is vital that Congress enact protections for Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential immigrant workers to secure the health of our nation and to lay the foundation for an equitable economic recovery for all communities across the country,” the mayors said. “Today, there are an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants working in construction, agriculture, food services and production, transportation, healthcare, and other essential industries who have risked their lives and the lives of their families to keep our nation running during...
    Kamala Harris became the first sitting vice president to march in a Pride event on Saturday as she and her husband, second gentlemen Douglas Emhoff, surprised the crowd with an appearance at the Capital Pride Walk and Rally in Washington, D.C.  "We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected," Harris told marchers of the LGBTQ movement while wearing a pink blazer and a white T-shirt that said, "Love is love."  "We need, still, protections around employment and housing. There is still so much more work to do. And I know we are committed and we understand the importance of this movement and our roles of leadership in this ongoing movement. Happy Pride Day!" she said to cheers. The vice president stressed the importance of passing the Democrats’ Equality Act, which would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, WRC-TV reported.  Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, center, attend the Capitol Pride Walk and Rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Getty Images)...
    More than 300 advocacy, civic, faith and labor groups sent a letter to the Biden administration on Monday urging them to "do everything in their power" to push for the passage of a sweeping voting rights bill that is stalled in the Senate.  “Today, 302 advocacy, civic, faith and labor groups representing nearly 2.5 million Americans from 43 states and the District of Columbia publicly released a letter which they sent yesterday to President BidenJoe BidenBiden DOJ adopts Trump's liability stance in E. Jean Carroll defamation suit Boston mayor fires city's police commissioner months after domestic abuse allegations emerge Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election MORE and Vice President Harris,” Indivisible Marin, a group that advocates for inclusive democracy, said in a press release Tuesday. The letter details the concerns the group has about voting laws that are being passed in Republican-led states which they say “largely target people of color, grossly undermine the fundamental fairness and integrity of our elections.” The For the People Act would work to stop states...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of West Virginia ran a mobile billboard outside the local  offices of Sen. Joe Manchin, urging him to champion passage of the Dream Act, bipartisan legislation that would put young undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship. In a picture tweeted by the organization, a billboard reading “Sen. Joe Manchin: Congress must act to protect Dreamers” is seen passing directly in front of one of his offices. Advocates launched the mobile billboards as recent polling shows that majority of voters in the state—nearly two-thirds—support legalization for young undocumented immigrants. The polling further found that more than half of voters in the state also support citizenship for undocumented essential workers, with another half overall saying they believe immigrants make their state a better place to live. “Senator Manchin recently expressed support for the Dream Act, stating that ‘we have children that came here that have no other home but America. There should be a pathway for that, for our Dreamers,’” the ACLU of West Virginia said in a statement. While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has reportedly been “actively exploring” passing...
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders in San Francisco’s Asian American community held an event in Portsmouth Square on Thursday to highlight recently passed legislation intended to make it easier to report hate crimes against the Asian community. Rep. Grace Meng, D-New York, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, introduced the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in response to a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE: San Jose Mass Shooting: Samuel Cassidy Detained Reentering U.S. in 2016 with Terrorist Writings Between March 19, 2020, and March 31, 2021, there were at least 6,600 hate crimes reported to the San Francisco-based nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate, which operates a reporting center for racist, discriminatory and xenophobic acts against the AAPI community. Experts have said the true number of hate crimes against Asian Americans over the last 18 months is likely even higher since many go unreported. In addition, the Pew Research Center found last July that 31 percent of Asian Americans reported being the target of racial slurs or jokes...
    President BidenJoe BidenTulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization Trump discussing resumption of MAGA rallies: report Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE on Wednesday called for the passage of the PRO Act and an increase in the federal minimum during his first address before a joint session of Congress. The PRO Act, a sweeping pro-union bill,  was passed the House in March. The legislation as well as a proposal for a $15 minimum wage remains stalled in the Senate. The PRO Act is the top priority of labor unions. "The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America, that’s what it says. And, it recognizes something I’ve always said. The guys and women on Wall Street, Wall Street didn’t build this country. The middle class built this country. And unions build the middle class," Biden said. "And that’s why I’m calling on Congress to pass the Protect the Right to Organize Act, the PRO Act, and send it to my desk to support the right to unionize. By the way, while you're thinking about sending things to my...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore city and state leaders spoke Wednesday about how the Maryland is the first in the nation to use trauma-informed governance. With the passage of the Healing Maryland’s Trauma Act, a commission on trauma-informed care will work on framework to heal the state and city of Baltimore. READ MORE: As Black Bears Emerge From Hibernation, Wildlife Officials Warn Western Maryland Residents, Visitors To Keep Food, Grills Stowed Away “Throughout my career I have pushed Maryland to invest in systems of care, instead of systems of incarceration. This legislation marks an important moment in our history, as we embrace healing,” said Senator Jill P. Carter. The statewide bill will build on the late Rep. Elijah Cummings Healing City Act and Healing City movement. It will prioritize how the state responds to trauma-based issues and delivers state services that impact children, youth, families, and older adult. READ MORE: Maryland Finalizes $577M Settlement For HBCU Federal Lawsuit “As a public health professional, I fought for the Healing Maryland’s Trauma Act because I know the catastrophic impact trauma has on our...
    Young undocumented immigrants and their allies celebrate passage of the Dream and Promise Act on Thursday Undocumented young immigrants and their allies cheered, danced, and chanted “our power is undeniable” following the bipartisan passage of the Dream and Promise Act by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. The legislation, which also encompasses immigrants with temporary status, stands to protect up to 3 million people. The first time the House passed this bill, during the previous sessions of Congress, immigrants and advocates applauded from the gallery of the chamber, where they’d been watching the voting unfold. This time, novel coronavirus pandemic restrictions forced them to watch from a giant video screen outside the U.S. Capitol. The sky was a bit cloudy, but their enthusiasm was no less dampened. Click through for reactions, including from President Joe Biden. “Today’s passage of the Dream & Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act in the House are victories made possible by our undocumented, youth-led movement and a Black-led, multi-racial political coalition that delivered victories in the House, Senate and White House in November,” United We Dream’s Greisa Martinez Rosas...
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today on passage of the American Rescue Plan Act by the U.S. Senate. “I am grateful to the U.S. Senate for passing the American Rescue Plan today to bring much-needed nutrition assistance and financial relief to millions of families struggling to pay the bills and put healthy food on the table. President Biden made this transformative piece of legislation his first priority upon taking office, and he fulfilled his pledge to the American people. If you’re a mother or father struggling to get by, who didn’t always know when or where the next meal would come from, you will rest easier tonight knowing help is on the way. The bill not only boosts SNAP benefits through September, it also increases targeted nutrition assistance to mothers and young children and expedites more nutrition aid to U.S. territories. Farmers, business owners, and workers across the food supply chain will see additional assistance to respond to market disruption, as well. “The American Rescue Plan is...
    Taylor Swift has said that she has « her fingers crossed » that an important bill in favor of the rights of the LGBTQ + collective is approved in the United States Senate. The singer celebrated on Thursday night (February 25), after the House of Representatives voted 224-206 to pass HR 5 and S. 788, also known as the Equality Act. The proposed legislation will create federal protections for LGBTQ Americans against discrimination on the basis of « sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, » in a wide selection of areas including housing, employment, and access to public accommodations (such as restaurants and toilets). While the bill has passed the first chamber, it must now be approved by the Senate to become law. « YES !!! Fingers crossed and praying that the Senate sees trans and lgbtq rights as basic human rights, » Swift tweeted after the news was confirmed. Swift has been a long-term advocate for the proposed legislation and published an open letter expressing her support in 2019. In an attack on then-President Donald Trump, he wrote: « Personally, I reject the...
    February 20 marks the 75th anniversary of the Employment Act of 1946. You might ask, so what? Why should we care about a 75-year-old law? Here are two reasons: The debates over President Biden’s American Rescue Plan are taking place in the context created by the Employment Act of 1946 and subsequent legislation, and Minnesotans played key roles in creating this economic policymaking world. The Employment Act of 1946 Congress enacted the Employment Act of 1946 in the wake of the Great Depression and World War II. The wartime experience, in particular, demonstrated that the US economy was capable of producing goods and services at levels far beyond what businesses and policymakers thought possible in 1940. The question Congress started debating in 1945 was the role the Federal government could or should play in maintaining these levels of output and employment. The original legislation, entitled the Full Employment Bill of 1945, set out a sweeping goal: Article continues after advertisement All Americans able to work and seeking work have the right to useful, remunerative, regular, and full-time employment, and it...
    President BidenJoe BidenDeath toll from winter weather rises to at least 40: AP On The Money: House panel spars over GameStop, Robinhood | Manchin meets with advocates for wage | Yellen says go big, GOP says hold off Top political donor sentenced to 12 years in prison for illegal campaign contributions MORE called on Congress Friday to quickly pass the Equality Act, legislation that would significantly expand LGBTQ protections. The bill, re-introduced on Thursday by Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineHouse to launch antitrust hearings starting next week Congress faces news showdown with Facebook, Google Biden pledges action on guns amid resistance MORE (D-R.I.), would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to include LGBTQ Americans, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for housing, education, employment and in other areas.  “Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all,” Biden said in a statement on Friday.  The House is expected to...
    MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma has ordered the new owners of an Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary to turn over all the lion and tiger cubs in their possession, along with the animals’ mothers, to the federal government. U.S. District Court Judge John F. Heil III issued the order last week in the case against Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe and the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park based on claimed violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act. “The Lowes have showed a shocking disregard for both the health and welfare of their animals, as well as the law,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jonathan D. Brightbill of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Jeffrey Lowe’s attorney, Daniel Card of Oklahoma City, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The Lowes took over operations of the zoo, which was previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage — also known as Joe Exotic — and featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year...
    The Métis Nation Calls for the Speedy Passage of An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Canada NewsWire OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 3, 2020 OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 3, 2020 /CNW/ – The Métis National Council welcomes today’s introduction of An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and calls for its speedy adoption. This is just the first step in the Parliamentary process. Our highest priority is to see the passage of this legislation. Today’s introduction is an important step for our country, and we thank Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Lametti for fulfilling his promise to table legislation to implement the UN Declaration by the end of 2020. We also thank the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for working with us to shape this legislation and bring this day about. The Métis National Council recently held successful engagement sessions with citizens from across the Métis Nation. We heard strong messages of support for the implementation of the UN Declaration and its potential...
    The House on Monday passed a bill that would ban discrimination that stems from race-based hairstyles. The legislation, called the CROWN Act, would apply in part to situations in employment, housing and federally funded programs. Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrated the bill’s passage in a Monday tweet. “For far too long, Black women have been penalized for simply existing as themselves—that ends today,” Omar wrote. “This passage is long overdue, but an important step forward to combat racial discrimination,” she said. Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the first co-sponsors of the bill first introduced in Dec. 2019, also lauded its passage. “No one should feel forced to change their natural hair. I’ve been rocking my crown for decades & everybody should feel empowered to rock theirs too,” the California Congresswoman wrote on twitter. Seven states, including New York, have already adopted laws prohibiting race-based hair discrimination.
    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin was joined by other Democrats from Illinois on Monday to draw attention to United States Postal Service cuts and to call for the Senate to pass the Delivery for America Act. Louis DeJoy, who became the Postmaster General on June 15, has come under fire for making changes such as cutting overtime pay and other expenses. DeJoy said concerns about mail deliveries were a “false narrative,” but vowed not to implement major reforms until after Election Day. U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, a Democrat who represents the 6th Illinois district, voted in favor of the Delivery for America Act, which is designed to stop the Postal Service from implementing operational changes that could reduce the speed of mail delivery. It also allocated $25 billion for Postal Service operations. “The overwhelming majority of the American people care about whether people get their medications, they care about whether we are defending democracy, and if you are nervous about whether the majority of the American people are going to express their will in November, that’s a threat,”...
    Ivanka Trump visited the Rocky Mountain National Park Thursday to celebrate an Outdoors Act that will soon be signed into law. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made us value, now more than ever, the national treasure that is our parks and the respite they afford our families,” the first daughter captioned her post on Instagram, along with a handful of stunning snaps that captured the views from the park. (RELATED: Ivanka Turns Heads In Yellow And Black Floral Dress During Munich Trip) “Today Secretary Bernhardt and I visited Rocky Mountain National Park to celebrate yesterday’s passage of the Great American Outdoors Act,” she added.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Jul 23, 2020 at 11:32am PDT The first daughter concluded her post by noting that “this landmark bill, soon to be signed into law by President [Donald] Trump, is single largest piece of conversation legislation since the creation of the National Park System by President Theodore Roosevelt.”  (RELATED: Ivanka Turns Heads In Gorgeous Yellow Plaid Skirt Suit) Several other pictures from...
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