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Bill Highlight: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 23, 2020

By Zachary Tashman On March 18, the Senate passed, and the President signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) an emergency package of legislation that guarantees “free coronavirus testing, expands nutrition security programs, establishes paid sick leave, enhances unemployment insurance, and increases federal Medicaid funding.” Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority […]

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Issue Feature: Calculating Poverty in the United States

February 27, 2020

By Zachary Tashman In early February, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing entitled, “A Threat to America’s Children: The Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to the Poverty Line Calculation” in reaction to a May 2019 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) public notice widely seen as raising the possibility of changing the […]

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Issue Feature: Paid Family Leave

February 11, 2020

By Zachary Tashman Background The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not guarantee paid time off for families to take care of a newborn child or a sick relative on a national level. Though the federal government guarantees women 12 weeks unpaid job protected maternity leave through the Family […]

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Building on the Public Policy Momentum – Sector Leadership Spot

January 30, 2020

By David L. Thompson, National Council of Nonprofits 2019 was a pretty good year from the perspective of nonprofit advocacy and public policy. Can the positive momentum continue into 2020? Based on what’s already happened, the answer is an emphatic: Yes. Especially for human service providers. (Spoiler alert: forward progress is being made in getting […]

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Proposed Fair Housing Regulation Would Harm Fair Housing Efforts

January 28, 2020

By Zachary Tashman On January 7, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a proposed rule that would weaken the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulatory requirement on state and local governments receiving HUD funding to report on housing discrimination and access problems under the 1968 Fair Housing Act (FHA), as […]

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