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Mar 11, 2021

The Largest Stimulus Package in U.S. History

Congress voted Wednesday to approve the latest COVID stimulus relief package. At $1.9 trillion, it’s the largest spending package in American history. The legislation, passed via budget reconciliation , will now head to President Biden for signature on Friday . Stimulus checks are scheduled to begin going out before the end of the month.  The bill approves $1,400 stimulus payments for individuals making up to $75,000 and couples […]

Mar 4, 2021

Examining H.R. 1: For the People Act

Yesterday, the House passed sweeping voting rights legislation that’s been on Congressional Democrats’ wishlist since 2018. The nearly 800-page H.R. 1 , For the People Act , would make federal updates to absentee voting, in-person voting, campaign finance and ethics reform measures. Polling from 2019 and this year shows the bill is broadly popular with the public, but previous legislation did not pass in the Republican-led Senate in […]

Feb 25, 2021

Making sense of the minimum wage debate

This week, the U.S. House and Senate are set to vote on another COVID-19 relief bill, which includes a hotly debated $15 federal minimum wage hike .  In President Biden’s proposal, the minimum wage would be raised in increments, hitting $15 in 2025, as outlined in Raise the Wage Act of 2021 . Congressional Democrats’ plan that would use federal dollars to increase low-earning workers’ income. Republican lawmakers […]

Feb 18, 2021

In the News – The “Perfect Storm”

Millions of Americans have been without power this week after a winter storm brought snow, ice, and historically cold temperatures to 25 states. Nearly 75% of the Lower 48 states were under snow or ice cover, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Snow Analysis. Texas has been hit especially hard, with millions still without […]

Feb 10, 2021

In the News – Going Back to School

In the wake of the pandemic, parents are struggling with keeping their children’s education on track. Remote learning , while necessary during the initial months of the pandemic, has failed many students who are suffering academically, mentally and emotionally. So after nearly 365 days away from schools, where does the decision stand? And why are so many […]