Democrats Take Control of U.S. Congress and
Since his inauguration, President Joe Biden has issued a slate of executive orders, memoranda and agency directives. Many of these address the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery. The president's actions also notably include ending the "Muslim travel ban"; preserving the DACA program; establishing a process to review federal agencies' efforts to advance and embed principles of racial equity into their work; preventing discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation; including noncitizens in the census count and revoking changes made to the federal rulemaking process. He also extended the CDC eviction moratorium until the end of March and the pause on student loan repayment obligations through September.
Additionally, the Legal Services Corporation has requested $350-500 million in additional funding in any stimulus legislation, a request that has been supported by a letter from the new chairs of the Congressional Access to Legal Aid Caucus, Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
NLADA will keep members informed as developments occur on Capitol Hill.