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Senate Votes to Proceed with Unemployment Insurance Extension Bill

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Senate today passed a procedural vote (60-37) to allow consideration of a bill that would temporarily extend unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans struggling with long-term unemployment.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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Yellen Confirmed to Head Federal Reserve

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Senate voted Monday afternoon 56-26 to confirm Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve. Yellen is the first woman to fill the position and succeeds Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term ends on January 31. The Federal Reserve is the country’s central banking system created just over 100 years ago to provide the nation with a safer and more stable monetary and financial system.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy

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Congress Passes Federal Budget Deal

Thursday, December 19, 2013

In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress passed the Murray-Ryan Budget Agreement, a two-year government spending plan. After the House of Representatives passed it last week (332-94) with overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate approved it yesterday (64-36) with nine Republicans voting in favor of the plan.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy

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Half in Ten Campaign Releases New Report: Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of the States 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

As part of its annual reporting on data to track progress in its goal to cut poverty in half in 10 years, Half in Ten released a new report yesterday, “Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of the States 2013,” examining 14 indicators of economic security and opportunity at a state-by-state level.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare

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Department of Labor to Measure Federal Contractors’ Compliance with Veterans and People with Disabilities Employment Rules

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections recently held a hearing to examine the Department of Labor’s recent final rules from its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regarding federal contractors hiring of veterans and people with disabilities.

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Categories: Disability Rights, Discrimination

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Civil Rights Groups Urge Washington to Change Football Team Name

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

At its annual meeting last week, The Leadership Conference passed a resolution calling for the Washington Redskins to change its name, saying it “cannot in any reasonable way be viewed as honoring the culture or historical legacy of any particular Native American tribe or individual.” The resolution also urged state, local, and federal governments to break association with the franchise.

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Categories: Discrimination, Indigenous Peoples

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Pillard Approved to Fill Second of Three D.C. Circuit Vacancies

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Senate voted 51-44 early Thursday morning to confirm Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the second of President Obama’s three nominees to the court to be confirmed since the Senate changed its filibuster rules.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Senate Confirms Watt to Head FHFA

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Senate voted 57-41 on Tuesday to confirm Congressman Mel Watt as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), a position that oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration.

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Categories: Housing & Lending

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Senate Approves Millett, First Nominee Confirmed Since Senate Rules Change

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Senate voted 56-38 on Tuesday morning to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming just the sixth woman to serve on the court in its 120-year history.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Support Equal Employment Bill

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 49 other organizations submitted a letter to the Senate this week in support of a bill – called the Equal Employment for All Act – that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D. Mass., will introduce next week.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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