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Infrastructure, Historic Appointments & Diversity Among Biden Chiefs & Senate Committee Top Staff: July 23 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Eviction protection: While the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of July, Forbes reports the Biden Administration is “under fire” as state and local officials only distributed $3 billion of the over $46 billion in rental aid allocated by Congress amid the coronavirus pandemic. On July 21, The White House held its second eviction…

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Bipartisan Agreement on Infrastructure, Analyzing The White House Budget: July 2 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Bipartisan agreement on infrastructure: Lawmakers have reportedly come to an agreement on an infrastructure deal. The $1.2 trillion bipartisan deal, introduced as the INVEST in America Act, will direct “federal investments in roads, bridges, transit, rail, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, reimagines our national transportation policies and helps meet the President’s vision to…

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Voting Rights Reform Blocked, Biden Supports Sentencing Disparity Fix: June 23 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Biden administration endorses bill to end longtime drug sentencing disparity: President Biden endorsed the Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law Act, or Equal Act, which if passed, “would end the disparity in sentences between crack and powder cocaine offenses.” In 1986, then-Senator Biden crafted the bill that mandated “a five-year minimum sentence for trafficking…

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Infrastructure, Fair Housing Rules Reinstated, Civil Rights Leaders Meet with Manchin & More: June 9 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Infrastructure negotiations shift: President Biden ends infrastructure negotiations with Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) and continues the discussion with a bipartisan group of senators who are aiming to release a proposal by the end of the week. President Biden’s decision to move forward came after the “GOP group’s refusal to significantly increase the number of new…

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Economic Equity After Tulsa, Voting Rights, Black Pride & More: June 2 Joint Center Roundup

Due to this week’s holiday, the Joint Center is releasing an abbreviated roundup. We will resume our more robust roundup next week. Biden Administration America’s atonement: On Tuesday—the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre—President Joe Biden became the first sitting president to visit Tusla, Oklahoma, and address the racially motivated mass killings of many African Americans and…

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Tulsa Massacre, George Floyd & Historic Confirmations: May 27 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Economic equity 100 years after the massacre on Black Wall Street: President Joe Biden will visit Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 1 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, and Stacey Abrams will keynote a commemoration. The commemoration comes after three survivors of the Tulsa massacre testified before Congress last week for a House Judiciary subcommittee…

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HBCU Funding, Child Tax Credit, Senate Top Staff Diversity & More: May 19 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Biden’s infrastructure plan gains momentum: Bloomberg reports that “Senate Republicans are set to deliver a revised offer of a package that includes roads, public transportation, and airports to the White House as early as Monday.” Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: President Biden applauded Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Congressman John Katko (D-NY) “for their leadership…

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Black Women Appellate Judicial Nominations, Vaccine Disparities Among Older Americans & More: May 13 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Declining a job could lead to loss of benefits: Earlier this week, President Biden said “[w]e’re going to make it clear that anyone who is collecting unemployment who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits,” and added that the stipulation would include “a few COVID-19-related exceptions.” However, Black workers…

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