The civil rights of disabled people came under attack Thursday as Congress made it more difficult to sue businesses that are inaccessible to people with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although dozens of activists showed up to loudly voice their protest, the House passed HR 620, weakening the 28-year-old law.
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As members of Congress worked to pass a spending bill that once again failed to include protection for undocumented DREAMers facing uncertainty as the March 5 expiration for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program looms, hundreds of people turned out in the bitter cold in the New York City's North Bronx to demand a "clean" DREAM Act.
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In the wee hours of Feb. 9, both houses of Congress eventually voted to pass the budget deal -- a bipartisan agreement to repeal expenditure limits and fund the government for the next two years, if everything goes to plan. However, Paul's midnight brinkmanship cast a sour note on its passage.
Paul had a point.
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The new budget agreement crafted by Congress is projected to raise budget deficits by $150 billion annually over the next two years, an increase of a bit more than 0.7 percent of GDP. This follows the passage of the tax cuts, which are projected to increase the deficit by an average of more than 1 percent of GDP over the next five years.
Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the decision to repeal net neutrality rules is already improving broadband deployment, but critics say Pai is cooking the books.