Disaster Housing Recovery Update, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Congress The conference committee created to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills met today. The DHRC sent a letter to the conference committee and all other congressional offices outlining the DHRC’s concerns about the possible impact on disaster recovery. The committee is expected to finish their work this week, with votes in the House and Senate next week. The next disaster supplemental could be included as part of a larger legislative package at the end of the year or early January. The DHRC is continuing to urge the…

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When Did the Republican Tax Plan Ever Focus on the Middle Class?

View Comments A Washington Post article on the Republican tax proposals being considered by Congress implies that they are sharp departure from the plans Donald Trump put forward in the campaign in the benefits it provides to the rich. The headline is “as tax plan gained steam GOP lost focus on the middle class.” This description is pretty much 180 degrees at odds with reality. While Donald Trump always promised to help the middle class, the proposals he put forward during his campaign were hugely tilted toward the rich. The…

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Beat the Press Economic Justice 

Washington Post Tells Readers Republicans Believe Tax Cuts Will Make Rich Donors Happy

View Comments Of course the Washington Post would never make such an assertion, even if there is good reason to think that it is true. Instead an article on Friday’s jobs report told readers: “President Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill have said they hope to pass sweeping changes to the tax code by the end of December, a move they believe will create more good-paying jobs and supercharge economic growth.” This is again an inexplicable excursion into mind reading. The Post really has no idea what Republican politicians believe….

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CFPB Economic Justice Letters and Statements Mulvaney Trump Wall Street Wells Fargo 

AFR Statement: Trump Tweets Tough on Wall Street As Record Shows Opposite

Share this Page: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 8, 2017 Trump Tweets Tough on Wall Street As Record Shows Opposite Washington — Today President Trump tweeted out a promise to stiffen penalties against Wells Fargo, the scandal-ridden megabank, and other banks. The message was an apparent response to a Reuters report that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would ease up on Wells in a current enforcement action. “The notion that this administration is or will be tough on Wall Street doesn’t pass the laugh test, and that fact is evident in…

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AFR Statement: Public Interest Groups File Amicus Brief In Support of Leandra English as CFPB Director

AFR Statement: Public Interest Groups File Amicus Brief In Support of Leandra English as CFPB Director – Americans for Financial Reform – Americans for Financial Reform <!– –> body { behavior:url(“http://ourfinancialsecurity.org/wp-content/themes/arthemia-premium2/scripts/csshover2.htc”); }http://afr.designadvocates.com/wp-admin/theme-editor.php?file=index.php&theme=arthemia-premium <!– http://ourfinancialsecurity.org/wp-content/themes/arthemia-premium2/modal.js http://ourfinancialsecurity.org/wp-content/themes/arthemia-premium2/jquery.cookie.js –> <!– –> Home » Financial Reform News AFR Statement: Public Interest Groups File Amicus Brief In Support of Leandra English as CFPB Director Submitted by team on December 8, 2017 – 1:33 pm …

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Economic Justice 

Why are children of renters more vulnerable to asthma?

As asthma rates rise in the United States, researchers and policymakers are looking at the impact housing quality has on adverse health outcomes. A new healthy homes module released with US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s American Housing Survey allows us to analyze the relationship between children with asthma and conditions in their homes. A new Urban Institute report reveals that childhood asthma disproportionally affects renters, particularly publicly assisted renters, and causes higher emergency room use. Asthma prevalence is closely related to environmental, genetic, and demographic factors, such as…

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Economic Justice 

America’s investment in young children will decline, even with proposed tax and budget changes aside

Federal spending on young children ages 8 and younger helps ensure kids are fed, housed, and healthy and can reach their full potential. But federal spending on children ages 8 and younger (and for all children) is slated to decline over the next decade, under current law. A child’s early years are a critical time for brain development and can influence the ability to learn, self-regulate, and manage stress. Children who aren’t proficient at reading by the end of third grade (approximately age 8) are four times more likely to drop…

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