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Senator Cortez Masto Meets with Local Health Care Advocates to Ensure Comprehensive Coverage

Last Friday, May 25th, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto held a roundtable meeting with Health Care Advocates and Organizations to discuss the latest developments surrounding health care policy at the federal level. The topic of the day was “junk plans”, or health insurance plans designed to provide bare-bones coverage at a low rate. Previously, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), such plans were phased out in favor of more robust, comprehensive plans which cover pre-existing conditions, prescription drugs, and maternity…

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Nevadans Speak Out on DACA, TPS, and the Future of Immigration Reform

Last September, President Donald Trump announced the end of the DACA program that has shielded some 900,000 DREAMers from deportation. The Trump Administration has since followed that up by scaling back the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that’s offered legal protection to select refugees. What does this mean for local immigrant communities? Here are a few stories of the Nevadans who are suddenly on the front line of Congress’ immigration debate. (more…)

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Rosen and Titus Meet with Immigrant Activists, Promise Action on DREAM Act and TPS

Last Thursday, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Henderson) met with immigrant rights activists in Las Vegas to discuss ways to protect DACA and TPS recipients. The next day, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) gathered with activists and community leaders at Las Vegas City Hall to outline her plan of action to help immigrant communities. With the Trump Administration ending DACA and rolling back TPS, activists are demanding that Congress pass legislation with permanent legal status and a path to citizenship. During their…

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Where’s the DREAM? Here’s What’s at Stake with Congress’ Debate Over DACA and TPS

Four months have passed since President Donald Trump announced his decision to revoke DACA protection for over 800,000 DREAMers. Since then, the White House has also announced the revocation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of refugees. As of today, Congress has yet to act on either issue. But with another critical budget deadline coming up this month, immigrant rights activists are demanding Congress finally pass legislation to protect these vulnerable communities that the White House has placed at…

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2017 in Review, Part 2: The Year of Epic Struggles

2017 may have been just one year, but it had more than enough news to span a decade. That certainly proved true in the second half of the year, as Nevadans tried to make sense of Congress’ debate over health care and taxes. Las Vegas then suffered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and the nation once more had to come to terms with its gun laws. By the end of the year President Donald Trump signed his tax…

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DREAM Act Deferred Again As Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown

Congress decided to postpone its budget and debt ceiling deadline yesterday, as Republican leaders opted not to risk a government shutdown during the winter holidays. But in doing so, Congress also delayed (again) decisions on key legislative priorities, such as reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and passing the DREAM Act to protect DACA recipients. Though the Nevada delegation split along party lines, there was enough bipartisan support in both chambers to send another continuing resolution to the President’s…

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Dollars and Sense: A Conversation with Francine Lipman on What’s Actually in the Trump-GOP Tax Plan

Congress just passed the most consequential tax legislation in over three decades. It’s been sold by the White House as a “middle-class tax cut”, but is it really? What’s actually in this bill? We speak with UNLV Boyd Law Professor Francine Lipman on how federal tax law is changing, and Nevadans can expect from this tax bill in the years ahead. (more…)

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What the Heller? A Conversation with Health Care Activist Laura Packard on the Trump-GOP Tax Plan Means for Nevada

With the House and the Senate narrowly approving the Trump-GOP Tax Plan in the past 36 hours, the bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. What did Senator Dean Heller (R) and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) just vote to pass? We speak with Las Vegas resident, stage four cancer survivor, and nationally renowned health care activist Laura Packard on what this bill means for her, and for the future of health care in Nevada. (more…)

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Amodei Joins Fellow House Republicans to Pass Final Version of Trump-GOP Tax Plan

With only three days left for Congress to finish its work for the year, including passing a budget bill to keep the government open, Republican leaders rushed through their final version of the Trump Tax Plan. Despite the bill’s growing unpopularity, the House approved it on another mostly party-line vote of 227-203. That division materialized again among Nevada’s Members of Congress, as Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) broke with the rest of the state’s delegation to vote for the tax…

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This Is Hunger: Temple Beth Sholom Hosts Exhibit on America’s Food Security Crisis

On Monday, Temple Beth Sholom hosted a trailer on its Summerlin campus to tell the story of hunger in America. As many Americans rush to finish their holiday gift shopping and prepare their holiday party menus, over 41 million Americans struggle with food security. As the season of giving kicks into high gear. Temple Beth Sholom and anti-poverty activists are hoping their fellow Nevadans won’t just remember the less fortunate, but also do something about this crisis in our own…