- - -  THIS WEEK: MARCH 9, 2018  - - -

Hill Headlines

DACA Deadline Passes: On March 5th, the Trump administration’s proposed deadline for a legislative solution for Dreamers passed. Current DACA recipients can still renew their permits while lawsuits against President Trump’s termination of the DACA program proceed. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on whether the Trump administration can fully rescind the protections at a later date.

Legislative Updates

Restraining Orders for Gun Purchases: Sen. Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Nelson (D-FL) announced a bill incentivizing states to allow law enforcement and family members to get a court order to prevent an individual from being able to purchase a gun if they believe they are at risk of dangerous actions.
Single Payer Health Care: Rep. Ellison (D-MN-5) assumed lead sponsorship of H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which seeks to provide universal health coverage to all Americans.
Higher Rates for Payday Lending: After passing the House last month, H.R. 3299 is expected to be voted on by the Senate in the near future. The bill would make it easier for banks to sell their loans to payday lenders with higher interest rates than some states currently allow.

School Safety and Mental Health Services Improvement Act: Sen. Alexander (R-TN) introduced S. 2513, which would direct federal funding to support mental health resources and violence prevention efforts in schools.

Strengthening Pregnancy Discrimination Protections: Rep. Walberg (R-MI-07) and Rep. Noem (R-SD-At Large) introduced H.R. 5194, which would amend the Civil Rights Act to explicitly protect pregnant workers in cases of workplace discrimination.

Hill Events

March for Dreamers

Poligon participated in a march in support of Dreamers on March 5th. Imams, other faith leaders, and immigrant rights activists spoke about the importance of protecting immigrants and called on Congress to pass the Dream Act.

Further Reading

It’s virtually impossible to get a waiver from Trump’s Muslim ban, according to new data | ThinkProgress | March 6, 2018

Ryan: Infrastructure plan will come in 'five or six different bills' | The Hill | March 8, 2018

Why Trump can raise tariffs without Congress | Vox | March 8, 2018

Why are (some) Democrats signing on to the Republican bank bill? | CNN | March 8, 2018

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Hill Buzz

On Addressing DACA:

“House Republicans must bring legislation to the Floor to protect DREAMers and provide a pathway to citizenship - I call on them to let the House work its will.” - Rep. Hoyer (D-MD-5)

"I think [Republicans] have a chance, but to get 218 [votes] with no Democrats strikes me as a tall order."  - Rep. Cole (R-OK-4)

On Restricting Gun Purchases:

“I believe the country wants to have a broader debate...but that shouldn’t stop us from doing what we agree on.” - Sen. Rubio (R-FL)

"I am very grateful that [Sen. Rubio] is willing to take this step which I think in light of what had happened at the CNN town hall was very courageous.” - Sen. Nelson (D-FL)

On President Trump Raising Steel and Aluminum Tariffs:

"I don't think Republicans will put up with this, and I personally believe that we may be able to stop it in the Congress.” - Sen. Hatch (R-UT)

“The haphazard way these tariffs were put together has caused the policy to miss the mark." - Sen. Schumer (D-NY)

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