This Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Asha Banerjee discusses the AAPI community's immense achievements in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the systemic racism and hardship AAPI workers and families regularly face.
In the early '90s, the federal government allowed states to reshape welfare policies, including imposing family caps on cash assistance. While nearly half of all states initially adopted the caps, there has been a trend toward repealing them.
Low-wage workers and their families need federal workplace standards like the Schedules that Work Act, which would provide fair scheduling protections, and the Healthy Families Act, which would establish a paid sick days standard. These policies strengthen economic security. H.R. 4219 is not that federal standard.