Wednesday, June 29, 2022

CBPP Analysis: Coverage Gap and Premium Tax Credit

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how vital it is for Latinos and underprivileged communities to access affordable health coverage. The health and financial stability of the Latino community have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and other economic crises. Furthermore, nearly 11 million low-income Latinos still lack health coverage. More than 600,000 low-income […]

Hispanic Caucus Endorses Patrick Branco, Who Could Become Hawaii’s First Latino Representative

On Tuesday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ campaign, known as Bold PAC, endorsed Patrick Branco, a Hawaii state lawmaker, who could become the first Latino from the state elected to Congress. Bold PAC’s endorsement is timely since Branco is running in a two-way Democratic primary against former state Sen. Jill Tokuda. The endorsement could potentially mean […]

Members of Congress Reach Compromise on Puerto Rico Status Bill

Members of the House of Representatives who authored competing bills on how to fix Puerto Rico’s territorial status in relationship to the U.S. have introduced a new piece of legislation combining both. House Majority Leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD., has led a months-long effort to get lawmakers on both sides of the debate to compromise […]

Congress pushes new legislation that can grant citizenship to ‘documented DREAMers’

This week, Senators introduced a bipartisan bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for some children and young adults who were raised in the United States but are at risk of deportation at age 21. The legislation, called the America’s Children Act, was introduced after the House advanced the text of a sweeping $3.5 […]

House Committee approves immigration language for reconciliation bill

This week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the immigration language for the reconciliation bill being used for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan, which the party hopes to approve without any Republican support. The proposal gives shape to what had previously been an abstract push to grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of undocumented […]

Biden administration appeals DACA’s unlawful ruling

Last week, the Biden administration appealed a Texas court ruling that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful, causing uncertainty for thousands of DREAMers. The Justice Department filed a notice to appeal US District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling, starting the appeals process in the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, a conservative […]

Divisions heat up over Democrats’ $3.5 trillion bill

Divisions over what should be included in the Democrats’ reconciliation package are spilling into lawmakers’ return to Capitol Hill, previewing the fight and signaling how fragile the execution of Biden’s domestic agenda is. For months, Democrats have been able to decide what policy should be included in their $3.5 trillion bill, but with September here […]

New budget packages include pathway to citizenship for millions of people

Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution package directs lawmakers to chart a pathway to citizenship for millions of people while investing in border security. The bill includes about $107 billion for the Senate Judiciary Committee to spend, giving lawmaker a soft deadline of September 15th. The package doesn’t specify how many people or which groups would […]

Bush Calls on Congress to Tone Down ‘Harsh Rhetoric” on Immigration

Earlier this week, former President George W. Bush called on Congress to tone down the “harsh rhetoric” on immigration, adding that he hopes that doing so will “set a tone that’s more respectful” of immigration and lead to immigration reform. In an interview Bush stated, “I do want to say to Congress, please put aside […]

Congressman Richie Torres Makes History as the First Openly Gay Afro-Latino

Bronx Representative, Richie Torres becomes the first openly gay Afro-Latino. Before being sworn in, he stated, “There is, I think, always tremendous pressure when you are the first. For me, that pressure is to make sure I’m not the last.” Torres will be representing New York City’s 15th District, which is where he grew up. […]