COVID-19 Roundups

Black Women Nominated for Appellate Court & Op-Ed on Tech CEOs Testimony: April 1 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Biden’s First Appellate Court Nominations: Three Black Women. For his first three federal Court of Appeals nominations, President Biden named three Black women—Ketanji Brown Jackson, Tiffany Cunningham, and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi. The Joint Center—which urged President Biden to prioritize Black federal appellate court nominations in February—commends President Biden for this major step. The nominations are critical because…

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DC Statehood, OMB Director, Gun Reform & Tech CEOs Testify: March 25 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Funding for infrastructure: The Biden Administration may propose $3 trillion to spend on its Build Back Better jobs and infrastructure proposal, The Hill reports. The new package will reportedly be “split into two separate bills” including one focused on infrastructure (manufacturing and climate measures, broadband and 5G, and roads and bridges) and another focused on funding…

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Feb. 24 Roundup: The Possibility of a Black Woman as OMB Director

Biden Administration Aid for Black essential workers: In a roundtable with Black essential workers, President Biden said the White House is focusing on the needs of “the most left-behind community: the African American community” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An April 2020 report found that Black workers are overrepresented in public transit, childcare and social services, health care, trucking, warehouse,…

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Stimulus, HBCU Funding & Black Woman on Fed Board Possible: Feb. 18 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Biden talks equitable COVID-19 recovery in stumping for stimulus: At a CNN town hall, President Biden talked about his plan to address the challenges and solutions to ensure vaccine distribution is equitable. Solutions include ensuring more communities have facilities with vaccines and spending $1 billion on public education to help people get online to register…

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CBC Agenda, Black Appellate Judges & 230 Reform: Feb. 10 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration President Biden pays tribute to Black service members: President Biden visited the Pentagon for the first time since taking office and spoke about the significance of Black service members throughout history who served the United States while the struggle for civil rights at home is continuing, and the first Black Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin. Yellen…

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Democrats Prepare to Pass Biden Stimulus: Feb 3 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Democrats prepare to pass Biden stimulus: Senate Democrats moved forward with a procedural vote to allow them to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic rescue plan with a simple majority rather than requiring 60 votes to defeat a filibuster. The resolution passed with a 50-49 vote with one Republican member (Senator Patrick Toomey (PA)) not present. The vote…

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