So far, it’s been a good year, budget-wise. We got most of our funding asks, so the programs for which we advocated will do well for the rest of the year.
In Washington D.C., we are still working on H.R.2062 – Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act of 2021 (POWADA). As of 6/24/2021 – it has been received in the Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Let our Senators know that we still want this to go through, and are thankful for their support.
Also, the Credit for Caring Act (S. 1670/H.R. 3321) has been stuck in committee since May 24th; the House bill is in the Ways and Means Committee and the Senate bill is in the Finance Committee. This bill would provide a new, nonrefundable federal tax credit of up to $5,000 annually for eligible working family caregivers, help address the financial challenges of caregiving, and help working family caregivers remain employed.
Please thank Representative Ro Khanna and Senator Feinstein for signing on as co-sponsors. Also, please urge Senator Padilla and your local Member of Congress to support and co-sponsor these bills.
State Legislature: We are still advocating for SB 650 (see page 2) and need your continued help. This is the Nursing Home Transparency bill and is now in the Assembly and would increase corporate transparency requirements for nursing homes. So far, it has gone back and forth between the Committee on Health and the Appropriations Committee, with several amendments from each. Please urge our Assembly members to support this bill.