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U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change. The announcement happened to take place hours before Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her second State of the State address in Lansing.
More than 900 people crowded into the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. They had gathered to hear Rev. William Barber, the dynamic and prophetic co-leader (with Rev. Liz Theoharis) of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. They came not only to hear Rev. Barber but also to sing and bond and listen to poor people tell their own stories.
On Tuesday night, ahead of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, Democrats presented a united front at Rep. Maxine Waters’ 3rd annual Millennial Media Row, bringing their message back to a core one — affordable and accessible health care for all.
The companies responsible for a collapsed dock that spilled contaminated soil into the Detroit River in November have operated outside of the law, and no government agencies appeared to be aware of it until it was too late.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) laid out their agenda for the year Tuesday at an “emergency summit” at the U.S. Capitol. Atop their to-do list: ensure a full and accurate count of people of color in the decennial census this year and elect a new president in November.
Dozens of Democratic lawmakers – all women – strutted into the House chamber this evening wearing white to send a message to President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address. The Democratic Women's Caucus in the House organized the effort.
Even in my brief professional career, I just had one of those “full circle” moments. But not in a good way. I recently read a report detailing two Michigan lawmakers’ efforts to reauthorize the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, providing $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave. But they disagree on how to do it. U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill last week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on the best approach.
The U.S. House is expected to vote next week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic U.S. Rep. Susie Lee — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by President Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos.
Local leaders including embattled UAW President Rory Gamble and the late former Congressman John Conyers Jr. are among those to be honored this month at an event hosted by Rev. Jesse Jackson that honors the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Let Freedom Ring Awards, scheduled on the MLK Day holiday Jan.