On August 1, 2019, the U.S. Senate passed a two-year budget bill, already approved by the House, for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. While this year’s bill did not include a specific funding commitment for child care, it paves the way to maintain and build on last year’s historic increase.
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.
In Illinois, trusted advocates worked with state agencies and policymakers from the Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and governor’s office to develop a single definition of career pathways and provide guidance to practitioners.
Recent activities show that Congressional Republicans have not abandoned their legislative goals of rolling back the ACA and block granting Medicaid even while the Trump Administration has shifted this year to undermining our health care safety net through Medicaid waivers, regulatory retrenchment and litigation.
The Senate's bipartisan farm bill would strengthen SNAP, ensuring millions of people are able to put food on the table and access pathways to good jobs. This is a stark contrast from the House farm bill, which would rip away SNAP from people in need.