Legislation
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Trump approves stimulus deal, government budget

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/28/20, 02:58 am

Days after demanding changes to the spending bill, President Donald Trump conceded on Sunday, saying it is his “responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship” caused by the pandemic. A week ago, lawmakers in the House and Senate approved a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill and a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package for the rest of the fiscal year. The package planned to give qualifying taxpayers $600 payments, but Trump had asked for up to $2,000 per person.

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Reasonable accommodation

Policy | The Americans With Disabilities Act, which turns 30 this month, steered Jim Terry toward a more accessible career
by Kim Henderson
Posted 7/02/20, 03:20 pm

The day in 1990 President George H.W. Bush inked the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), history and weather cooperated in a fitting way. At least, that’s what Irving King Jordan remembers.

Back then, he was president of Gallaudet University, the only university in the United States devoted specifically to the education of the deaf. Jordan—the first deaf president of Gallaudet—took his place on the South Lawn of the White House among 3,000 spectators soaking up sun and ceremonial signing alike. He smiles at the memory: “It was a shining moment and a shining day.” 

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What is (and isn’t) in the economic aid bill

Congress | Congress’ answer to the COVID-19 economic crisis offers relief to many and pork to others
by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/27/20, 11:31 am

By voice vote Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the CARES Act, Congress’ third legislative answer to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate unanimously passed it 96-0 late Wednesday.

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