January 7, 2018
Congress returns to action
The Senate returned on January 3 and will be joined by the House tomorrow, January 8. Pressing issues include the need to extend funding once again to keep the government open after January 19, enacting a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). All of these issues are intertwined and must be resolved before the month is out or the government could shut down!
Tell Congress to pass the Dream Act
More than 13,000 of the 800,000 young Americans once covered by DACA are already at grave risk of deportation — and the number grows by more than 100 every day that Congress fails to act. The Dream Act, the most inclusive solution for DACA recipients and others brought to the United States as children, provides multiple pathways to citizenship via higher education, military service, or employment. Click on the take action button to call members of Congress and tell them to pass the Dream Act now!
Tell Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program
Health coverage for nearly 9 million children and pregnant women remains at risk due to Congress’ failure to put CHIP on a firm financial footing. The stopgap funding bill passed just before Christmas provides only enough money to keep CHIP going until March. Click on the take action button and tell Congress a short-term fix is not enough. GOP leadership needs to allow CHIP to be fully renewed!
Cheers and Jeers
Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) for their sign-on letter urging President Trump to include infrastructure spending on public schools in his comprehensive infrastructure package