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U.S. House Dems unveil new voting rights bill named for John Lewis

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — At the base of the bridge in Selma, Ala., where the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia almost died while marching for civil rights, congressional Democrats announced Tuesday the introduction of legislation that aims to protect voting rights across the country. Rep. Terri Sewell, an Alabama Democrat, unveiled what will be designated […]

Louisiana Legislature passes bill to prohibit election donations

DOJ civil rights official urges Congress to act soon on voting rights

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—A top Justice Department official on Monday stressed the need for Congress to pass  legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis in order to protect voting rights across the United States. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke told lawmakers that since a 2013 Supreme Court decision […]

U.S. House moderates won’t back Dem budget without passage of infrastructure bill

BY: - August 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nine moderate U.S. House Democrats including Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia and Jared Golden of Maine are threatening to oppose a budget resolution needed to pass a major social policy package unless a bipartisan infrastructure bill is first signed into law, according to multiple media reports. Opposition from the […]

Louisiana Congressman Troy Carter wants to erase student debt

BY: - August 12, 2021

U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) has made canceling student debt one of his top priorities as a new congressman. Carter filed legislation in late July to direct the U.S. Department of Education to get rid of up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt for each borrower. It was one of the first two […]

U.S. Senate to try again on voting rights in September

BY: - August 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate floor for a vote when the chamber returns from recess next month. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday that the Senate will take up a compromise version of the voting and elections bill, S.1, […]

Trump allies’ lingering election ‘audits’ spark public skepticism, concerns in Congress

BY: - August 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The months-long, Republican-led investigation in Arizona into the results of last year’s presidential election has cost millions of dollars and produced no evidence yet of major issues in tallying Maricopa County ballots.  Yet supporters of former President Donald Trump are still attempting to follow Arizona’s lead by pushing for so-called audits in several […]

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Gov. John Bel Edwards praises Biden administration for extending eviction moratorium

BY: - August 4, 2021

Days after Gov. John Bel Edwards said he couldn’t instill a statewide eviction moratorium despite demands from U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) and housing advocates that he take decisive action, the governor praised President Joe Biden’s administration for implementing a new 60-day federal moratorium on evictions that will apply to most (if not all) […]

Feds order new eviction ban in counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates

BY: and - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a new, narrower moratorium on evictions through Oct. 3, which would protect struggling renters in areas of the U.S. that have been hit hardest by soaring COVID-19 infection rates. The targeted eviction ban comes days after a federal moratorium in place since September expired on Saturday. The […]

Rep. Troy Carter, Louisiana housing advocates ask Gov. John Bel Edwards to block evictions

BY: - August 3, 2021

Louisiana has 267,943 people behind on their housing payments, U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) wrote in a letter to fellow Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, Monday.  Carter, who said the number of Louisianians who are behind is the most in the country, said in his letter to Edwards, “While I will continue fighting in […]

Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

BY: - August 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. But the White House said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been […]

Federal eviction ban to expire Saturday after attempt to extend it fails

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unsuccessfully scrambled on Friday to extend federal legal protections against eviction that will expire on Saturday. The end of the eviction moratorium jeopardizes housing security for millions of Americans who are struggling both to pay their rent and to access billions of dollars in slow-moving federal rental assistance funds. Top Democrats in […]

House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—House Democrats plan to next week unveil a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised H.R. […]