Joint Center Roundup

The Freedom to Vote Act, EITC Audits Cluster in Predominantly Black States & More: Sept. 16 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration President Biden and Vice President Harris support the Freedom to Vote Act: President Biden tweeted that the “sacred act to vote is under attack across the country” and that “we need to take urgent action to protect it,” before noting that he “strongly” supports the Freedom to Vote Act (a “compromise bill” on voting rights sponsored…

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Vice President Harris on Texas Voting Law, Biden to Appoint Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs & More: Sept. 9 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Vice President Harris criticizes new Texas voting law: Vice President Kamala Harris called the new Texas voting law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott “one of the most restrictive in the nation” and noted that “[t]he bill limits the options that enabled a historic number of Texans, especially citizens of color, to vote safely in our…

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Eviction Moratorium Heads to Supreme Court, John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act Heads to Senate: Aug. 26 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Eviction moratorium heads to the Supreme Court: A coalition of landlords and real estate trade groups in Alabama and Georgia challenged the latest eviction moratorium extension by the Biden administration. The group questions the “staggering amount of power” the CDC has and told the Court the moratorium “was a cynical response it should not…

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Biden’s Build Back Better for Black Communities, CBC Efforts to Advance Voting Rights: Aug. 19 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration How is President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda helping Black communities? The White House released a fact sheet on how the Build Back Better agenda will help Black communities. The document highlights President Biden’s plans to lower costs, cut taxes, and create jobs. Specific policy initiatives include lowering costs for prescription drugs, health…

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Makes Headway, Pushing for More African American Appointments & More: July 30 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Senate votes to move forward with bipartisan infrastructure deal: In a 62-32 vote, the Senate voted to continue with the bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal. The deal includes provisions that are consistent with recommendations by Joint Center Tech Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison in her issue brief on expanding broadband in the Black Rural South, including a $65 billion…

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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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Condemning Assassination of Haitian President, White House Civil Rights Meeting, Investing in Human Infrastructure: July 8 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 Biden condemns assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse: In a statement, President Biden condemned the “heinous act,” offered condolences, and indicated that the U.S. stands “ready to assist.” White House Press…

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