Delayed Executive Action Threatens to Shatter an Ohio Family

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The recent announcement by the Obama administration to delay the promised executive action on immigration will affect millions of hardworking individuals and their families. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants will be deported while we wait for the president to bring some sanity to a broken immigration system.

HouseImmigrationBill_pic_newOne family in Ohio deeply understands the dire consequences of delay. Seleste Wisniewski, an American citizen, is desperately worried that her husband, Pedro Hernandez Ramirez, may be deported in the coming days. Pedro, who has lived and worked in the U.S. for more than a decade, was just notified that his yearlong stay of deportation had been canceled and he would be sent back to Mexico soon. Pedro is ineligible to be sponsored by his U.S. citizen wife because he has been in this country out of status for too long.

The biggest impact of Pedro’s deportation would be felt by their four U.S. citizen children—particularly Juan, 24, who has severe cerebral palsy. Pedro is the only one in their home who can lift Juan in and out of his wheelchair, bed, and bath. The family also depends on Pedro’s income from working in a landscape nursery.

In a recent story in The New York Times, Seleste asked an urgent question of Obama and the politicians who convinced him to delay action: “Why are we going to wait until later to fix a problem we have today?”

Seleste has been advocating on behalf of her husband publicly for the last year, when Pedro was detained in a county jail and days away from deportation before he received a stay. He returned to his family, and ever since they have been hoping that Washington would act in time to spare him. When Congress failed to move forward this spring, Seleste and Pedro were relieved to hear President Obama promise to provide some relief “by summer’s end.” Now that broken promise could have a shattering impact on their family.

The recent delay has been devastating for the entire family. Their 17-year-old daughter, Stephanie, said that Pedro is the “glue” keeping the family together and the one who teaches her “right from wrong.” Their five-year-old son loves to play basketball with his dad but lives in fear that he will be taken away again—this time forever.

Seleste knows they are “in a race against time.” She doesn’t understand why she has to “choose between her husband and her country.” She is pleading with President Obama to act as quickly as possible to ensure that her family stays together.

Latino Poverty Rates in Decline, Household Financial Anxiety Remains High

highway-guardrail_560x292New Census data is out which shows that Latinos’ hard work is translating into higher income and lower poverty. According to the data, there were 900,000 fewer Latinos, including 500,000 fewer Latino kids, who were living in poverty in 2013 compared to the year prior. The poverty rate is still alarmingly high at 23.5 percent for 2013, but the new data shows some improvement.

“We are pleased to see an improvement in these indicators of economic well-being. Half a million fewer Latino children in poverty is a testament to our community’s commitment to hard work and sacrifice,” said Vice President of Policy, Eric Rodriguez in a statement. “However, all American workers, including Latinos, would have experienced greater gains had it not been for the congressional choices that have stunted economic growth and slashed investments in education, housing and nutrition services. This austerity agenda, together with stagnant wages, has left too many working families without sufficient income or supports to meet their basic needs.”

You can read more in our analysis of the data, available below.

2013 Data Latino Poverty Analysis

Taking a Closer Look at Racial Injustice in America

Recently, NCLR held a Capitol Hill briefing on racial injustice in America. Speakers at the event included: Dr. Francisco Villarreal of Michigan State University, The Honorable Steven Teske, Juvenile Court of Clayton County, GA /National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Kevin Bethel of the Philadelphia Police Department, Luis Cardona of the Montgomery County Gang Prevention Initative, and Jessica Sandoval of the Campaign for Youth Justice. Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) was also in attendance at the event.

Watch the whole briefing below:

Weekly Washington Outlook – September 15, 2014

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What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House of Representatives

On Monday evening, the House will vote on a number of bills under suspension of the rules:

1) H.R. 4771 – Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts / Energy and Commerce Committee)

2) S. 2154 – Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Sen. Robert Casey / Energy and Commerce Committee)

3) H.R. 83 – To require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of action plans aimed at reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels and increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Del. Donna Christensen / Energy and Commerce Committee)

4) H.R. 3044 – To approve the transfer of Yellow creek Port properties in Iuka, Mississippi (Sponsored by Rep. Alan Nunnelee / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

5) S. 1086 – The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski / Education and Workforce Committee)

6) H.R. 5108 – To establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries / Judiciary Committee)

7) H.R. 3006 – To authorize a land exchange involving the acquisition of private land adjacent to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona for inclusion in the refuge in exchange for certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Riverside County, California (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert / Natural Resources Committee)

8) S. 476 – A bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission(Sponsored by Rep. Ben Cardin / Natural Resources Committee)

9) S. 1603 – Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act (Sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow/Natural Resources Committee)

10) H.R. 5205 – Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei / Natural Resources Committee)

11) H.R. 3222 – Flushing Remonstrance Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Natural Resources Committee)

12) H.R. 2569 – Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers Act(Sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch / Natural Resources Committee)

13) H.R. 4119 – West Hunter Street Baptist Church Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson / Natural Resources Committee)

14) H.R. 5405 – Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick / Financial Services Committee)

15) H.R. 3374 – American Savings Promotion Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Derek Kilmer / Financial Services Committee)

16) H.R. ____ – Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014(Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)

17) H.R. 2866 – Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Lee Terry / Financial Services Committee)

18) H.R. 2996 – Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

On Tuesday and the balance of the week, the House is scheduled to consider the following:

1) H.R. 3593 – The VA Construction Assistance Act of 2014, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 5404 – Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 4276 – Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Improvement Act of 2014(Sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

4) S. 2258 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014(Sponsored by Sen. Mark Begich / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 24 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Broun / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

6) H.R. 5169 – Senior Executive Service Accountability Act, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

7) H.R.5170 – Federal Records Accountability Act of 2014, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

8) H.R. 5418 – To prohibit officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service from using personal email accounts to conduct official business(Sponsored by Rep. Charles Boustany / Ways and Means Committee)

9) H.R. 5419 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations (Sponsored by Rep. Charles Boustany / Ways and Means Committee)

10) H.R. 5420 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the release of information regarding the status of certain investigations (Sponsored by Rep. Charles Boustany / Ways and Means Committee)

11) H.R. 3043 – Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Ways and Means Committee)

12) H.R. 495 – Free File Program Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)

13) H.R. 4137 – Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert / Ways and Means Committee)

14) H.R. 4994 – Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways and Means Committee)

15) H.R. ___ – To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for limitations on the fees charged to passengers of air carriers (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Homeland Security Committee)

H.J. Res. 124 – Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee)

H.R. ___ – American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Terry / Natural Resources Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee)

H.R. ___ – Jobs for America Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways and Means Committee)

On Thursday, the House and Senate will meet for a joint session for the purpose of receiving the Honorable Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine.

Senate:

The Senate will take a procedural vote Monday evening on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) and two nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Later in the week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) may bring up stalled legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 (S. 2223).

White House:

On Monday, the president will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry. In the evening, President Obama will attend a DSCC event in Washington, DC.  On Tuesday, he will travel to Atlanta to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers helping those affected by disease at home and around the world. The president will also receive an updated on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest.  In the evening, President Obama will travel to Tampa, Fla., where he will remain overnight.  On Wednesday, the president will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. CENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria. The president will receive a briefing from his top commanders at CENTCOM, and thank the men and women who will partner with others in the region to carry out the president’s strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL. In the afternoon, he will return to Washington, DC to hosta picnic for Members of Congress at the White House in the evening.  On Thursday morning President Obama will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office.  At this event, he will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington.  In the afternoon, the president will host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the White House. The visit will highlight the United States’ firm commitment to stand with Ukraine as it pursues liberal democracy, stability, and prosperity.  President Obama looks forward to discussing with President Poroshenko efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine as well as our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.  In the evening, the president will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC. On Friday, President Obama will participate in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.

Also This Week:

Appropriations – House members had initially planned to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11th at current levels last week.  In order to have time to decide how to move forward with the President’s last minute request for additional funds to fight ISIL and potentially authorize the use of force against the terrorist group, Leadership postponed consideration of the measure.  A vote on a stopgap spending measure is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday, allowing the Senate to hopefully pass this quickly by the end of this week or early next.

Healthcare – CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will testify Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the status of healthcare.gov.  On the floor, members will vote on an omnibus tax bill, the Jobs for America Act, which includes ACA-related language to limit the law’s scope and a repeal of the medical device tax.  Elsewhere, the Census Bureau will release tomorrow its annual estimate of health insurance coverage.

Education – The House will vote on Monday on an amended version of a Senate-passed re-authorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant.  The reworked language is the product of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to update childcare programs for low-income families.

Banking – The Senate Banking Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday on consumer financial issues, including small dollar lending, credit reporting, debt collection, auto lending, and others.  In the House, members will vote on a series of Dodd-Frank related bills aimed at limiting regulatory authority.

Ending the $2.13/Hour Tipped Minimum Wage Will Narrow the Latino Pay Gap

By Ricky Garza, Communications Coordinator, NCLR

Photo: Torbakhopper

Photo: Torbakhopper

While cities across the country are fighting for increases in the minimum wage, thousands of servers are stuck earning the shockingly low federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 an hour. Unlike the standard minimum wage of $7.25, the tipped minimum wage has remained unchanged for 23 years, forcing workers to rely on tips for the majority of their income.

For these workers, who are disproportionately Latino, $2.13 per hour plus tips is rarely enough to make ends meet.

In a recent National Journal piece, tip work and insufficient pay are a fact of life for Jimmie Luthuli, a tipped worker earning $2.77 in Washington, DC. Though federal law says tipped workers earning less than the standard minimum wage after tips must be paid the difference—called the tip credit—Jimmie Luthuli often makes far less. According to the Economic Policy Institute, 83.8 percent of full-service restaurants surveyed by the Department of Labor violated tip credit provisions.

Fortunately, some states have countered such labor violations by revising their minimum wage laws for tipped workers. In eight states around the country, the tipped minimum wage has been abolished in favor of a single minimum wage for all workers, tipped or otherwise. According to a new study from the National Women’s Law Center, these states have made progress in closing the pay gap between Latina workers and White men and reducing poverty rates between men and women.

In states that maintain separate tipped and standard minimum wages, the pay gap is larger. For these states, Latinas working full-time earn $0.51 on every White male worker’s dollar, a wage gap of $0.49. For Latinas working in states with a single minimum wage for all works, the pay gap falls slightly to $0.47. Although the decrease is small, the study underscores the fact that minimum wage policies have real implications for reducing racial pay disparities.

Beyond this, the report also found female tipped minimum wage workers in states without a separate tipped minimum wage have poverty rates 33 percent lower than in states with tipped minimum wages of $2.13 an hour. While women still had higher poverty rates than men in all states, ending the tipped minimum wage made a significant difference in lowering these rates.

The tipped minimum wage should end and be replaced with a strong living wage applicable to all workers. Policymakers from city halls to statehouses to Congress should ensure no one working full-time is forced to live in poverty. For Latino families, raising the minimum wage for all workers would represent a significant step in the fight against poverty and the persistent racial wealth gap. It’s time to end the unconscionably low tipped minimum wage and give all workers the robust living wage they deserve.

Unmasking the Common Core: Shedding Light on Its Educational Benefits

By Kevin Myers, Director of Academic Achievement, Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools

40x504_commoncore_72aAt the Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools (YPICS), we have been focusing on the big picture. A huge portion of our summer professional development series was spent refocusing on our school hallmarks, mission, vision, and outcomes. A clear understanding of why we are doing what we are doing is imperative to the success of an organization. Many people jump into a job, a frame of mind, or a pedagogy without fully understanding the big picture or the “why” behind it. This is certainly true for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and many people who do not understand the purpose behind these standards are raising huge concerns about them.

When I was a student trudging my way through the college track for math at my high school, I struggled on homework and tests if the assigned problems differed in any way from the examples given in class. Anything short of substituting new numbers into the algorithm demonstrated in class would send me on a downward spiral of confusion and frustration, leading me to come in early the next day to work with my teacher on my homework. At the time, I did not have any concept of instructional pedagogy. I didn’t know that my teacher was teaching to a very low depth of understanding. It was similar in my other classes. I had always enjoyed reading, but mainly I enjoyed stories for their plot and not necessarily for the deeper meanings and lessons intended to be learned by the reader. I needed support and instruction that would scaffold my learning and thinking; I needed guidance in order to think more analytically.

The instruction required by the CCSS is different than the state standards we have all grown to know and understand, and this is scary for some people. Parents who learned reading, writing, and arithmetic another way are fearful about how they will support their kids as the current generation of students learns concepts in a totally new instructional paradigm. Teachers who have been using a certain set of strategies for their entire career are worried about how to instruct their classes with this new set of standards.

CCSS_boys_303x197But a lot of this discomfort is fear of the unknown. Many people are attacking the CCSS without reading them or fully understanding that the underlying purpose of these standards is better comprehension. We don’t just want our kids to be able to “do problems” or to simply read a text; we want our kids to push to deeper levels of analysis and understanding that will help them succeed in college and in their careers. And that is what is at the heart of Common Core State Standards.

At Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools in Los Angeles, we have fully embraced the Common Core standards. We see them as a set of requirements that will guide our teachers to do what they do best: teach! We feel that teaching the Common Core is not new and different—it’s just quality instruction. Our goal has always been college readiness for all of our students. At YPICS, we ask our kids to CRACLL: to be College Ready, Active Citizens, and Lifelong Learners. The depth of understanding required by the Common Core allows our teachers to continue to develop lessons that will help our kids to not only CRACLL, but to also be ready for college and for their careers.

As a nation of students returns to school, teachers need to be ready to implement the Common Core State Standards. Instead of facing this new endeavor with fear and apprehension, I would encourage our country’s teachers to dive in and give the CCSS their all. Teachers want success for their kids, and quality implementation of the Common Core State Standards will help our kids to get there.

Latino Leaders Dismayed by President’s Immigration Delay, Will Push Community to Vote in November

Imm_Presser_post1Today, we joined the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda for a press conference to express our disappointment with President Obama’s recent decision to delay immigration action and to reveal the latest Congressional immigration scorecard. Our President and CEO, Janet Murguía, as well as our Vice President for Policy, Eric Rodriguez, represented NCLR. Latino voter engagement was also a major focus of the event as we gear up for the mid-term elections, which are just eight weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now and go to the polls in November!

Watch the full press event below. We’ve also included higlights from the event after the video.

Weekly Washington Outlook – September 8, 2014

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What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House of Representatives:

House members return Monday afternoon from their “summer vacation” to consider twenty-one uncontroversial bills under suspension of the rules. The majority of these are naming postal facilities. Others on the calendar include:

1) H.R. 2495 - American Super Computing Leadership Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Science Committee)

2) H.R. 5309 - Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici / Science Committee)

3) H.R. 744 - Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz / Judiciary Committee)

4) H.R. 3109 - To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)

5) H.R. 4283 - To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in Idaho (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson / Natural Resources Committee)

6) H.J.Res. 120 – Approving the location of a memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 slaves and free Black persons who fought for independence in the American Revolution(Sponsored by Rep. G.K. Butterfield / Natural Resources Committee)

7) H.R. 4527 - To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Michaud / Natural Resources Committee)

8) H.R. 4751 - To make technical corrections to Public Law 110‐229 to reflect the renaming of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial (Sponsored by Rep. Derek Kilmer / Natural Resources Committee)

On Tuesday and the balance of the week, the House will continue to vote on bills under suspension of the rules, including:

1) H.R. 5057 – EPS Service Parts Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner / Energy and Commerce Committee)

2) S. 276 – A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir (Sponsored by Sen. James Risch / Energy and Commerce Committee)

3) H.R. 5161 – E-LABEL Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee)

4) H.R. 4067 – To provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2014(Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Energy and Commerce Committee)

5) H.R. 4701 – Vector-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Gibson / Energy and Commerce Committee)

6) H.R. 4290 – Wakefield Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Matheson / Energy and Commerce Committee)

7) H.R. 3670 – Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Energy and Commerce Committee)

8) H.R. 669 – Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone / Energy and Commerce Committee)

In addition to possible consideration of a continuing resolution, the House has scheduled votes on the following legislation:

H.R. 5078 - Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Southerland / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

H.Res. 644 - Condemning and disapproving of the Obama administration’s failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing the Taliban 5 (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Scott Rigell / Armed Services Committee)

H.R. 3522 - Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee)

Senate:

The Senate returns Monday evening and has scheduled confirmation votes on several executive and judicial nominees. After those votes, the Senate will take a procedural vote to advance S.J.Res. 19, a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections. If the Senate does not move this amendment forward, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will either move to bring up any of the following:

  • A bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 (S. 2223)
  • A bill sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to allow students to refinance their loans at lower rates by enacting the “Buffet Rule” to levy higher taxes on investment-based income (S. 2432)
  • A bill sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to overturn the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision exempting closely-held religious corporations from providing contraception to employees (S. 2578).

All three measures have previously been blocked and bringing them back is part of a legislative strategy to advance a Democratic agenda before the mid-terms.

White House:

On Monday, the president will attend meetings at the White House with Treasury Secretary Lew and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. On Tuesday, he will meet at the White House with the “Big Four:” Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio), and House Minority Leader Pelosi (D-Calif.). On Wednesday evening, the president will address the nation on the situation on his foreign policy and the situation with the Islamic State. On Thursday, President Obama, the Vice President, the First Lady, and White House staff will gather on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The president and first lady will then travel to the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony. On Friday, the president will deliver remarks at an AmeriCorps Pledge ceremony on the South Lawn to mark the 20th anniversary of the national service program. Joining him will be President Clinton, who established the program and swore in the first class in 1994.  In the evening, President Obama will travel to Baltimore to attend a DSCC event.

Next Week and Beyond:

Appropriations – Now that Congress has returned from its five-week recess, the first order of business is passing a spending resolution to keep the government open beyond September 30. Despite speculation earlier this summer that members would try to force a shutdown over immigration-related policy riders, House and Senate Leadership have made clear that this stopgap measure will not have anything controversial that would prevent its passage. There is a clear desire to take care of this must-pass legislation as quickly and quietly as possible to allow members to return to their districts to campaign. While exact details of the continuing resolution remain are not yet known, signs indicate it will extend current spending levels through mid-December.

Immigration – In response to concerns from vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election this cycle, the White House announced over the weekend its intention to delay announcing its plan for administrative relief until after the mid-term elections.

Campaign Finance – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to schedule a vote on S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment that would set limits on campaign contributions. The amendment is a legislative response to the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court cases that removed such limits. This vote is largely symbolic as the House is unlikely to bring the measure up. If it were to pass both Houses of Congress, three-fourths of state legislatures would then need to ratify the resolution.

Healthcare – The House will vote this week on a healthcare messaging bill. H.R. 3522 would allow health insurers to sell the plans offered in 2013, before new standards in coverage took effect under Affordable Care Act (ACA). The measure is sponsored by Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-La.), running for Senate in a tight contest against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Elsewhere, the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday on ACA implementation.

Education – Little is expected on education in Congress in September. The Senate may vote on a bill from Senator Warren allowing students to refinance their loans, but this is not likely to advance. Elsewhere, the House Education and Workforce Committee’s K-12 Subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday on Department of Education oversight. The Senate Special Committee on Aging will also meet Wednesday, but will focus on senior citizen’s student loan debt.

Tax – Treasury Secretary Lew will speak on Monday at the Urban Institute on the need to restructure the corporate tax system. He is not expected to announce a new plan to stem corporate inversions. On the Hill, Senator Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a draft bill aimed at making inversions less attractive by limiting future interest deductions to companies that reincorporate abroad. As drafted, the bill would be retroactive to any inversion after 1994.

Banking – The Senate Banking Committee will hear from Mary Jo White, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Timothy Massad, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, on Tuesday. The three will testify on the Dodd-Frank Act’s effectiveness at regulating the financial sector.

Law Enforcement – As a response to the situation in Ferguson, Mo., the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday on the militarization of local police. The hearing will address federal programs providing military-grade equipment to law enforcement.

Latino Millennials’ Attitudes Toward the Job Market

New job numbers are out which also means the latest Monthly Latino Employment Report is also out. Last month, Latino unemployment fell to 7.5 percent. While there was lower-than-average employment growth overall this August compared to last, there were better outcomes for Latino workers.

This month’s report also takes a closer look at the challenges Millennials of color are facing as they enter the job market.

Read more in the report below: