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(Washington, D.C.)—Last evening, President Obama announced an executive order that will allow up to four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years to apply for a program that will protect them from deportation and allow many to work legally. The order will also protect an additional one million people from deportation through other parts of the plan—including expansion of an existing program for “Dreamers,” young immigrants who came to the United States as children.
(Washington, D. C.)—This afternoon, the Senate passed, and will send to the President for his signature, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), which will improve health and safety standards of child care facilities, make it easier for families to get and continue to receive help paying for child care, and support training and professional development of child care providers. This is the first reauthorization in nearly 20 years.
We helped pass landmark health care reform legislation and end insurers’ practices of charging women higher premiums than men, excluding coverage for maternity care and treating domestic violence and Cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions.
A coach in Birmingham, Alabama, Roderick Jackson was not afraid to speak his mind. When he witnessed the inferior practice and game conditions provided for his girls’ high school basketball team, compared to those provided for the boys, he complained to school administrators, calling it as he saw it: unfair sex discrimination.
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There is still time for the Senate to make even more headway on filling judicial vacancies before the end of the year.
A recent study on pregnancy in transgender men who had transitioned from female to male highlights the significant problems transgender people experience in obtaining appropriate and culturally competent health care. Problems with transgender health care, however, aren’t limited to pregnancy.
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