Congress in Action
Congressional action is expected this week as the Senate is scheduled to consider both Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) and the Dream Act. Repealing DADT will permit military personnel to serve openly without regard to their sexual orientation, ending the harassment and expulsion of LGBT members of the military. The Dream Act is a partial immigration reform which will provide incentives for undocumented students to earn U.S. citizenship.
The Tax Debate
The battle over the extension of the Bush Tax cuts continues as the Obama Administration has drawn a line in the sand insisting that those earning over $250,000 a year should not have their tax cuts extended, while continuing tax cuts to everyone earning less than $250,000. While 31 House Democrats signed a letter in support of extending the tax cuts for everyone, it is clear that they were simply supporting the GOP plan to hold tax cuts for the middle class hostage to the tax cuts for the wealthy. The debate continues to rage while the budget rules are clear; without Congressional action, all of the tax cuts will expire as originally intended at the end of 2010.
- ADA's National Director Michael J. Wilson was a panelist at the 40th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference legislative workshop, "Working Class Prosperity and African Americans." Along with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-DFL) who convened and moderated the panel, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Sheila Crowley, the President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the panel discussed the issues of housing, jobs, and foreclosure in the current economy.
- On Saturday, Michael will address the Civil Rights Conference of the Communications Workers of America in New Orleans and discuss the 2010 Election.
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