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SGAP Newsletter for May 2023 (32-Hour Workweek + Gas Stoves)
President Biden Proposes Stiff EPA Emission Limits to Boost U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales
ON APRIL 12, the Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s most ambitious climate regulations to date—plans designed to ensure two-thirds of new passenger cars and a quarter of new heavy trucks sold in the United States are all-electric by 2032.
The new rules would require nothing short of a revolution in the U.S. auto industry. The Biden administration is proposing to crack down on vehicle pollution with tailpipe emission limits so tough they will compel automakers to ensure two out of every three cars and light trucks sold in 2032 are electric models.
The government’s challenge to automakers is monumental. Last year, all-electric vehicles accounted for just 5.8 percent of new cars sold in the United States.
SGAP Newsletter for April 2023 (Dream Act + Universal Child Care)
U.S. TikTok Ban Legislation Advances in House
ON MARCH 1, Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee forced through a bill that could effectively ban TikTok from all mobile devices in the U.S. despite united opposition from Democrats.
“Everybody knows what TikTok is,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the bill’s sponsor. “It’s too dangerous to be on our phones as members of Congress. It’s too dangerous to be on our children’s phones. That’s the whole point of this bill.”
The committee ultimately advanced Rep. McCaul’s DATA Act, H.R.1153, by a vote of 24 to 16, with all Democrats voting no.
SGAP Newsletter for March 2023 (Petroleum Reserve + DC Statehood)
President Biden Delivers State of the Union Address to ‘Interactive’ Audience
ON FEB. 7, President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union (SOTU) address since he’s been in office. Speaking to a divided Congress for the first time, an optimistic Biden made the case that the nation was stronger and more stable than when he assumed office two years ago.
Throughout Biden’s speech, tensions were on display in the chamber. On several occasions, Republicans interrupted the President by heckling, despite the attempts of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to shush his congressional colleagues and control the emotion.
The most disruptive moments came when President Biden charged that Republicans wanted to “sunset” Social Security and Medicare as part of their efforts to reduce the deficit. Republicans erupted in almost theatrical outrage. “Liar,” shouted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) while others booed and jeered.
Many Republican members of Congress, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), have stated that they are not in favor of cutting the Social Security and Medicare programs.
SGAP Newsletter for February 2023 (TikTok Ban + Cryptocurrency)
McCarthy Wins House Speaker Election, Finally
ON JAN. 7, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) officially secured the House speaker’s gavel, elected on the 15th ballot with 216 votes, after four days of unsuccessful votes and some last-minute drama. Elected representatives were finally sworn in as members of the 118th Congress, and the House got to work.
McCarthy had been in tense negotiations for days with a small but critical group of far-right conservative lawmakers who made extended demands for concessions that would essentially make it easier to depose a speaker and weaken the powers of the speaker’s office to drive the legislative agenda and assign committee posts.
SGAP Newsletter for December 2022 (Social Media + Minimum Wage)
2022 Midterm Elections: Red Wave Turns into Mix of Red and Blue; Dems Keep Senate; Control of House a Toss-Up at Press Time
DAYS AFTER AMERICANS voted in the Nov. 8th U.S. midterm elections, votes were still being tallied and control of Congress hung in the balance. Both sides waited on pins and needles for the results of races in states such as Arizona and Nevada to be announced.
However, on Sat., Nov. 12, the Fox News Decision Desk projected that Democrats will maintain power in the Senate, thanks to Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) being declared the winner in her race against Republican Adam Laxalt in Nevada.
Cortez Masto received 48.77% or 487,829 votes while Laxalt received 48.11% or 481,273 votes. That’s a difference of only 6,556 votes. Lesson learned? Every vote counts!
SGAP Newsletter for November 2022 (Student Loan Debt + Puerto Rico Statehood)
What Are the Midterm Elections and Why Are They Important?
ON NOV. 8, during the 2022 midterm elections, control of Congress will be in the balance. President Joe Biden won’t be on the ballot, but many of the people elected to Congress in state and local offices will. And they will have a big impact on what he can get done for the remainder of his first term. The big question on everybody’s minds is: As a result of the midterm elections, which party will control the U.S. House and Senate?
SGAP Newsletter for October 2022 (Methane Emissions + For the People Act)
Inflation Reduction Act Signed Into Law, but Will It Reduce Inflation?
ON AUG. 16, President Joe Biden signed into into law H.R.5376 or the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022,” which passed in the Senate earlier in August. The legislation is an ambitious measure that aims to lower prescription drug prices, tackle climate change, reduce the deficit and impose a 15-percent minimum tax on large corporations. The Congressional Budget Office said the Inflation Reduction Act will have “a negligible effect” on inflation in 2022, and in 2023 it would reduce inflation by 0.1%. Biden was joined by Democratic leaders including Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), whose support was crucial to passage of the act along party lines. Biden said that the legislation is “one of the most significant laws in our history.”
SGAP Newsletter for September 2022 (Gun Safety and Court Packing)
Congress Passes Bipartisan Legislation on Gun Safety: ON JUNE 25, President Joe Biden signed into law the ”Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” the first major gun safety legislation passed by Congress in nearly 30 years. The signing came just over a month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 children and two adults. Sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the bipartisan legislation includes incentives for states to pass so-called red flag laws that allow groups to petition courts to remove weapons from people deemed a threat to themselves or others.
SGAP Newsletter for May 2022 (Energy Independence + CROWN Act)
Changes to Longstanding Traditions Signal Shakeups for 2024 Presidential Elections: IN APRIL, both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC) initiated changes to longstanding party traditions, signaling shakeups to come for the 2024 presidential elections. On April 13, the Democratic National Committee voted to stop giving Iowa and New Hampshire the automatic privilege of going first in holding presidential nominating contests in the primary process.
SGAP Newsletter for April 2022 (Daylight Saving Time + Border Wall)
Congress Steps into Spring with New Legislation: Biden Signs Spending Bill into Law that Dedicates Billions to Ukraine Aid but Falls Short of Climate Support. ON MARCH 15, President Joe Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, a 2,741-page spending bill that will fund the federal government through September and provide $13.6 billion in fresh aid to Ukraine as the country fights back against Russia’s invasion. The spending package, known as the omnibus, will provide funding through fiscal year 2021, which started in October. Lawmakers have been negotiating over the legislation for months and have passed three stopgap funding bills to keep the government running in the meantime.