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New immigration bill provides pathways to citizenship

President Biden’s promise “to restore humanity and American values to our immigration system” is the basis for the U.S. Citizenship Act introduced Feb. 18 in both the Senate and the House. The bill would provide legal status and pathways to citizenship for Dreamers—people brought to the United States as minors who know no other country

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House to vote on Equality Act this week

The House is scheduled to vote this week on the Equality Act (H.R. 5) to give LGBTQ Americans explicit protection from discrimination in key areas of life: employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act,

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Key committees approve components of COVID-19 package

Key components of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus and relief package advanced this week as they passed out of these House committees: Education and Labor, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Oversight and Reform. The next stop is the House floor the week of Feb. 22, and then the Senate. Democrats are pushing

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Dr. Miguel Cardona gets bipartisan support at confirmation hearing

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to advance Dr. Miguel Cardona’s nomination for Secretary of Education by a vote of 17-5. During his confirmation hearing, Cardona stressed that “we must be able to reduce spread and contain the virus” to reopen school buildings safely. “If we really want to recover, we