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Senate advances bill to address hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (S. 937) will soon come to the Senate floor following an overwhelming, bipartisan 92-6 vote in favor of advancing it. Introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), the bill would strengthen federal efforts to address hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans in several ways: designate a Department of Justice employee to expedite the

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Paycheck Fairness Act heads to the Senate

After passing the House by a vote of 217-210, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2021 is heading for the Senate. To address the persistent gender pay gap in the United States, the bill would require employers to demonstrate that gender is not the reason they pay employees different wages, strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws,

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Tell Congress to repeal unfair Social Security penalties

More than 2.5 million people dedicated to public service, including many educators, have their Social Security benefits reduced—or lose them entirely—due to the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82), reintroduced in January of this year by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), would

Education News

Senators: Biden should cancel student debt—and fire loan servicers

By Mary Ellen Flannery Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who said, “borrowers shouldn’t be left holding the bag because of the failures of [student] loan servicers and bureaucrats,” Democratic Senators on a Senate banking committee this week called on President Biden to immediately cancel $50,000 in student debt for every borrower. Such cancellation would