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While You Were Out – DC Council

September 18, 2016
In July, the DC Council recessed for the summer, leaving business unfinished on the Universal Paid Leave Act. At the time, the Washington Post's Aaron Davis reported that parents should "go ahead and have that baby — paid family leave isn’t coming to D.C. soon," a burdensome proposition when...
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Important gains in household income, poverty rate, and health care coverage. Yet there is more to be done.

September 16, 2016
On Sept. 13, the U.S. Census Bureau released important new data on poverty, median household income, and the number of Americans covered by health insurance. Below is a statement by Deborah Weinstein , executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs , responding to the new data. The official...
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Impossible Choices.

September 14, 2016
Of course we know that hunger exists in America – and that an estimated 15.3 million children in our country, or one in five, live in a household where there is a real risk they will go hungry. Often studies of childhood hunger involve very young children – up to five years of age, for example, and...
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New Fair Housing Act Guidance Regarding Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Vulnerable Residents

September 13, 2016
Imagine being injured in a domestic violence incident, but instead of calling 911 for help, you decide to put down the phone. You’re afraid your call for emergency services will get you evicted from your home. It’s unimaginable that anyone experiencing violence at home would have to make a decision...
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MomsRising on Donald Trump’s Paid Family Leave & Child Care Proposals

September 13, 2016
This morning, Donald Trump’s campaign announced that it would roll out policy proposals aimed at reducing child care costs and providing new mothers with up to six weeks paid maternity leave . Right now, America’s families and economy are facing a crisis. So it’s good, but not surprising to see...
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Paid Sick Days for Morristown, NJ!

September 13, 2016
Morristown could become the next municipality in New Jersey to pass paid sick days!
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Declining TANF Child Care Funds Underscore Need for Major Child Care Investment

August 31, 2016
August marks the 20th anniversary of welfare reform , which created the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. As part of welfare reform, Congress also made new investments in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) recognizing that low-income mothers need help...
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OUTRAGEOUS. Tell the CEO of Mylan: It's Time to Bring the Price of EpiPens Down!

August 24, 2016
“Where’s your EpiPen?” I’ve asked that question more times than I can count. I'm the mom of a food allergy kid. I have the sleepless nights. The grey hairs. The worry lines of that fate. My son, Connor, has had life-threatening anaphylactic allergies to foods—including to eggs—since shortly after...
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Let's Make St. Paul the Next City with Earned Sick Time!

August 24, 2016
The St. Paul City Council is voting on earned sick time TODAY! This is our final chance to have an impact on the outcome of this important ordinance.
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TANF at Twenty

August 24, 2016
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the law that placed a time limit on cash assistance for poor families with children and required some degree of work, job search, or training to receive benefits. The new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), replaced Aid to...
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