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August 31, 2021 House Passes Rule to Advance Budget Resolution

During a brief return from recess, the House of Representatives reached agreement to move forward the Senate’s budget resolution and simultaneously set a date for a full House vote on the Senate's bipartisan physical infrastructure package.

August 31, 2021 Supreme Court Ends CDC Moratorium on Evictions

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) order temporarily halting evictions for nonpayment of rent and similar housing-related payments in counties with heightened levels of community transmission of COVID-19.

August 31, 2021 DOE’s Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigation Regarding Indoor Masking Bans

The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office for Civil Rights opened investigations into Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah to determine whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminates against students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by preventing them from safely accessing in-person education.

August 31, 2021 New DOE Guidance Reaffirms Importance of IDEA

The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to stakeholders reiterating commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and educational experiences in the 2021-2022 school year.

August 31, 2021 AARP Poll Shows Strong Support for a Caregiver Tax Credit and Expanded In-Home Care

AARP released results of a new poll of voters 50 and older showing overwhelming bipartisan support for a tax credit for family caregivers and increased resources for in-home care.

August 24, 2021 House Leadership Working to Reach Agreement

The House returned this week faced with a procedural vote to open consideration of pending legislation and the budget resolution.

August 24, 2021 President Biden and HHS Outlines Plan for COVID-19 Booster Shots

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a joint statement with medical experts on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots.

August 24, 2021 President Biden, HHS Announce Intent to Require Vaccination in Nursing Homes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will be issuing an emergency regulation requiring staff of nursing homes funded by Medicaid and/or Medicare to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

August 24, 2021 DOE Announces New Regulation For Automatic Total and Permanent Disability Discharges

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced a new regulation which would allow automatic student loan discharges for borrowers who meet standards for total and permanent disability.

August 24, 2021 States Begin Administering Vaccine Mandates

States have independently started issuing vaccine mandates to apply to varying types of workers—ranging from health care workers to public employees—with differing definitions of who is affected by the mandates. Below is a list of example state mandates.