Congress Returns from Recess

As Congress wraps up their first week back in session after a six-week long recess, much remains on their list of priorities. First and foremost is to hammer out a deal to keep the government open past the September 30 end of the fiscal year.

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Tell Your Senators to ACT NOW to Protect Jobs for People with Disabilities and Veterans

Nonprofit agencies including many local Goodwill® organizations provide a critical source of employment through the AbilityOne® Program to nearly 40,000 people with significant disabilities, including more than 2,800 veterans with disabilities.

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Goodwill Supports All Learners

For many, Labor Day is associated with the end of summer, a three-day weekend and the start of a new school year. My social media has been flooded with pictures of kids holding up their “First Day of School” signs while sporting a new outfit.

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Twenty Three Years of TANF

This week the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program turns 23. A human services program that provides assistance temporarily to families with children in poverty has been proven to be both vital to short- and long-term success for families and children.

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National Thrift Shop Day

Most people know Goodwill® for our donated goods retail stores. In fact, 82 percent of the US population lives within 10 miles of a Goodwill location. So it’s natural that we’re celebrating National Thrift Shop Day on Saturday, August 17.

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Many Issues Remain for Congress to Address

After reaching the budget deal that we shared last week, both the House and Senate are in recess until after Labor Day. Typically, lawmakers spend their summer break back in the district, meeting with constituents, hosting town halls, and even touring local Goodwill® organizations to see the mission in action.

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Congress Passes a Budget Agreement

Just prior to leaving for the August Congressional recess, the Senate passed a bipartisan budget deal, which was also agreed to by the White House.

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Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act

This week marks the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, education and public accommodations.

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Pledge to America’s Workers Month

A year after signing an Executive Order establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker, President Trump has declared July as Pledge to America’s Workers Month.

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Making the DISABILITY VOTE Count

A national effort is underway from July 15 – July 19, 2019 to make the DISABILITY VOTE more influential. The REV UP Campaign coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) each year on the third week of July to increase the political power of people with disabilities.

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Congress Can Restore Giving

GivingUSA recently released The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018, and the results are troubling. During this time of economic growth, charitable giving should also be growing or at least keeping pace.

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Policymakers Reflect on Fatherhood

In recognition of Father’s Day last Sunday, the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on opportunities for the federal government to support and promote responsible fatherhood.

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