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  • KING 5: Some Washington lawmakers take stand against restrictive Texas abortion law
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    SEATTLE — A new restrictive abortion law in Texas has caused a tidal wave of controversy across the United States, causing people like Sammy Detzer in western Washington to tell their story. "I had an abortion on May 20, 2015. I was nine weeks pregnant,” Detzer said. Detzer said her choice to have an abortion isn't something she looks back on in shame. So, when she heard about Texas' new abortion law, she was distraught. "My first thought was deep fear and sadness and I began thinking about wha... Read more

  • Washington Post: Inside House Democrats' tug of war over health-care expansions
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Moderates are more focused on expanding Obamacare than on expanding Medicare The health-care battle is on. Democrats are tussling over which health priorities will get the most cash in President Biden’s massive social spending package. Liberals are pitching a wide-ranging agenda — one that centers on a massive expansion of Medicare for older adults. But one large faction of Democrats has gotten noticeably less attention. Meet the crowd focused on shoring up Obamacare. The House’s New Democrat Co... Read more

  • HuffPost: Joe Manchin Thinks Parents Should Have To Work For Child Tax Credit
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Tax Reform, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) suggested Sunday that he’s fundamentally opposed to a key part of the Democratic agenda: monthly benefits for parents. Since July, the federal government has been sending most parents monthly cash payments, a revolutionary policy that could slash child poverty ― but the payments will stop after December if Congress doesn’t pass a new law to keep them going. Manchin voted for the American Rescue Plan, which started the payments, but is now evidently having second thoug... Read more

  • Washington Post: With bulk of their agenda on the line, Democrats gird for battle over $3.5 trillion budget package
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    The fate of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion economic agenda hinges on work that’s slated to resume on Capitol Hill this week, as Democrats attempt to overcome their internal divisions and craft what could be the largest spending package in U.S. history. The next few days could prove daunting for top lawmakers in the party tasked with assembling a bill that can satisfy their past promises to remake broad swaths of the American economy. The work is set to unfold primarily in the House beginning T... Read more

  • The Guardian: Joe Biden to referee Democrats in brewing battle over $3.5tn budget bill
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Congress will return from its summer recess later this month, and some Democrats are already gearing up for a political fight – with each other. Democratic lawmakers are looking to pass their $3.5tn spending package, after the House and the Senate approved the blueprint for the budget bill last month. The ambitious legislation encompasses much of Joe Biden’s economic agenda, including proposals to expand access to affordable childcare, invest in climate-related initiatives and broaden Medicare c... Read more

  • Everett Herald Editorial: Efforts for affordable housing need our support
    Posted in In the News on September 5, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Housing

    One groundbreaking can look pretty similar to another as it marks the start of a construction project: There are public officials giving speeches, donning hard hats and grabbing shovels to toss some dirt. It’s the stories of individuals, however, those who have been aided by similar projects, that make the case for attention to the start of such work. Among the speakers Monday at the groundbreaking for Housing Hope’s latest project — Twin Lakes Landing II, with 60 units of two- and three-bedroom... Read more

  • Everett Herald: U.S. Trade Representative meets regional food producers
    Posted in In the News on August 6, 2021 | Preview rr

    BURLINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai toured the Washington State University Bread Lab here Thursday and met with local farmers and tribal leaders at the university’s Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center. In opening remarks to more than 30 farmers, Tai said there’s no substitute for connecting directly with local producers. “Not only do we work for President Biden, we work for you,” Tai said. “We need to understand who exactly we are negotiating on behalf of when we are in p... Read more

  • Bellingham Herald: Fresh produce, shellfish prices will rise as NW farmers hope for drought, heat wave help
    Posted in In the News on July 27, 2021 | Preview rr

    The federal government isn’t providing enough financial assistance to Pacific Northwest farmers, who are reeling from the impacts of recent extreme weather events. At least that’s what members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest and beyond wrote in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday, July 26, in which they requested expanded federal aid for the region’s agricultural community... ...The bipartisan push is being led by Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington state Democrat, and Rep. ... Read more

  • Vox: Biden’s biggest anti-poverty plan is now a reality. Here’s how he can make it even better.
    Posted in In the News on July 15, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Thursday, July 15, 2021, could wind up being one of the most important days in the history of American anti-poverty policy. On this day, most parents in the United States began receiving monthly checks of up to $300 per child — no strings attached. What’s technically happening: The child tax credit (CTC), a policy that has existed in some form since 1997, was expanded with the enactment of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, both in its size (going from $2,000 per child per year to $3,00... Read more

  • Seattle Times: When families do well, America succeeds: Make expanded Child Tax Credit a permanent benefit
    Posted in In the News on July 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Thursday will be a historic day for American families as we recover from this pandemic. Parents will start receiving monthly payments of up to $300 per child thanks to the expansion of the Child Tax Credit. I know taxes and tax credits can be confusing, but what the Child Tax Credit really is in this situation is cash. Cash that you can use to help raise your family whether that means paying your rent in our expensive housing market, buying healthy food to put on the table, or even something as ... Read more