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    February 2016 MARCH 10TH IS NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY. TO LEARN MORE VISIT THE…
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February 2016

MARCH 10TH IS NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY. TO LEARN MORE VISIT THE OFFICE ON WOMEN'S HEALTH.

January 2016

NBCSL CELEBRATES 365 DAYS OF BLACK HISTORY AND RECOGNIZES BLACK HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY

December 2015

President Barack Obama signed the 2016 Budget which provides a $1.2 trillion catch all spending bill and prevents a government shutdown at the end of the year.   The bill includes a $622 billion tax bill that provides tax breaks to individuals and families.

August 2015

The House and Senate passed a more conservative version of the No Child Left Behind bill.  The measure takes much of the control away from the federal government by preventing it from requiring or encouraging specific standards, such as Common Core, and places it with the states.  It also allows low-income children receiving federal funds to use those funds at the schools they choose.

July 2015

The United States Supreme Court in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, ruled that the EPA must consider the costs to power plants when providing regulatory rules on emissions. The ruling on the Clean Air Act will place the issue back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

June 2015

President Barack Obama is looking to fast track the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) which would allow a free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific area. The administration argues that the TPP will lead to greater opportunity for U.S. exports as well as increase U.S. strength in foreign policy.

May 2015

Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) launched a bipartisan Congressional Caucus on HBCUs. The Caucus will focus on addressing the needs and challenges of HBCUs and their students, such as decreased financial aid and low graduation rates.

April 2015

It has been five years since the Affordable Care Act was implemented. The ACA has been able to insure 16 million individuals who did not have insurance. In 2015, 11 million people signed up or renewed their health insurance. The law, which is lauded as President Obama’s signature program, has brought health insurance through Medicaid expansion, elimination of preexisting conditions as barriers to insurance, and extension of health coverage to young adults up to 26 years old on their parents’ health insurance plans.

March 2015

The 114th Congress is considering reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The House rewrite of the bill that has provided a framework for education, allows states more flexibility in their K-12 requirements, including how Title I dollars are spent and teacher accountability. Several education policy advocates have come together to submit recommendations on how Congress should move forward in providing children with access to quality education.

February 2015

President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union Address. In it, he outlined his plans to focus on middle-class economics and ensure more Americans have access to the American Dream. To find out more see: Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address | January 20, 2015

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