Advocacy Update

December 2, 2021

Build Back Better continues to advance, but a number of hurdles remain. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced he is planning to pass the Build Back Better Act before Christmas, but several hurdles remain. Senate Democrats need to come to agreement on paid family leave, immigration, and clean energy provisions..

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CMS Vaccine Mandate Temporarily Halted Nationwide by Courts

December 1, 2021

By: Christopher Findlay

The U.S. District Court’s decision prevents CMS from requiring compliance with the vaccination mandate’s Dec. 6 deadline for most healthcare workers.

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House Passes the Build Back Better Act

November 19, 2021

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) completed its full cost analysis earlier than expected, paving the way for passage in the House. Progress on passing the Build Back Better Act, the legislative vehicle for President Biden’s $1.75 trillion “human infrastructure” framework, has taken a big step forward. On Thursday the CBO..

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Newly Arrived Afghan Families Find a Home in Iowa

November 17, 2021

Tens of thousands of Afghan families have come to the United States since the withdrawal of troops over the summer. From Virginia to Arizona and Minnesota to Florida, the Lutheran Services in America network is working to assist the newest generation of Americans in planting new roots. Finding housing for..

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Build Back Better Act Awaits Official Cost Estimate, Final Votes

November 11, 2021

Updated Nov. 15, 2021 A group of House Democratic moderates is withholding support until the full cost of the legislation is determined. The timeline for passing the Build Back Better Act remains uncertain. It is unlikely the House will be able to advance the legislation until a full cost analysis from the..

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