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A city employee reminds a woman to wear her face mask on Sept. 7, 2020 in Manhattan Beach, California, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Immigration bill would create expedited citizenship path for some farmworkers

Feb 19, 2021
Farmworkers who can show they’ve worked at least 400 work days in the last five years would be eligible for a faster track.
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Biden administration extends housing protection to LGBTQ Americans

Feb 12, 2021
They'll be protected under the Fair Housing Act.
The new interpretation of the Fair Housing Act includes people renting apartments, at shelters or involved with mortgage and other real estate transactions, said Spencer Watson, who runs the Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement and Research.
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$15 minimum wage would reduce poverty but cut jobs, CBO says

The CBO report says a $15 minimum wage would pull 900,000 people out of poverty but cost almost 1.5 million jobs.
Service industry workers listen to remarks and hold up signs during a rally at the National Mall on Jan. 26, 2021 in support of the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act, which includes a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers and is also included in President Biden's American Rescue Plan.
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Who might get $1,400 stimulus checks with next COVID relief package?

Feb 9, 2021
The income threshold for stimulus checks remains the same at $75,000 per person and $150,000 per couple.
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How much control do presidents really have over the economy?

Feb 5, 2021
Normally presidents have very few tools to control the economy. With the COVID-19 pandemic, however, things are a bit different.
President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office on Jan. 28, 2021.
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Some businesses may struggle to follow Biden's "Buy American" rules

Jan 28, 2021
Certain products have been outsourced for so long that finding a domestic supplier could be tough, one business owner said.
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Biden to announce executive actions on fighting climate change

A New York Times report says Biden's order will eventually ban new drilling leases on federal land.
The coming executive actions are a start, but in order for Biden to meet the ambitious goals he’s set on climate change, he’ll need legislation passed by Congress.
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Biden takes a step toward $15 federal minimum wage

Jan 22, 2021
This is a fraught time to tackle minimum wage increases. It would address long-term inequities but more businesses are in trouble now.
President Joe Biden signs an executive order as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on during an event on the economic crisis Friday.
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Another challenge for the Biden administration: thousands of federal appointments

Jan 22, 2021
Biden is inheriting a depleted federal workforce requiring thousands of appointments, including many that need Senate confirmation.
The Senate confirmation hearing for Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's pick for secretary of Homeland Security, on Jan. 19.
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