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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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Biden Signs New Housing & Private Prison Racial Equity Orders: Jan. 27 Joint Center Roundup

President Biden Signs New Racial Equity Orders Biden signs housing and private prison racial equity orders: After President Biden signed executive orders on Day 1 of his Administration to launch a whole-of-government initiative to advance racial equity, this past Tuesday he signed new racial equity orders. The new orders include eliminating the Department of Justice’s use of privately operated criminal…

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On Day One, President Biden Signs Racial Equity Orders: Jan. 21 Joint Center Roundup

On Day One, President Biden Signs Racial Equity Orders Biden signs directives on economic relief and racial equity: On his very first day, President Biden signed executive orders related to grappling with the effects of the pandemic, including an extension of moratoriums on evictions, foreclosures, and federal student loan payments. Another order directed each federal agency to…

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For Biden, Black Secretaries Trail Black Votes: Jan. 14 Joint Center Roundup

Legislators Call for Trump’s Removal After Capitol Attack Trump Impeached: President Donald Trump becomes the first president to be impeached twice after a final vote of 232-197 (including all House Democrats and 10 House Republicans in favor of impeachment). The article charges Trump with “incitement of insurrection” and states that his rhetoric “encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol.”…

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Dec. 10 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Stimulus Talk Sounds Promising While a lack of consensus remains, Members of Congress continue to negotiate for a stimulus package. A bipartisan group of Senators continues to finalize the language of a $908 billion stimulus proposal, while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discuss a $916 billion package. Biden Pushes Masks in the First…

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Dec. 3 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Harris announces Black Chief of Staff: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named lawyer Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff. Since 2013, Flournoy has worked as the chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton, and before that she held several leadership positions at the American Federation of Teachers and the DNC. Biden appoints Rouse and Adeyamo: President-elect…

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