This morning, in a procedural vote, the Senate voted 51-49 to advance Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh toward a confirmation vote that may happen as soon as Saturday, Oct. 6. After the release and review of the FBI report into allegations against Kavanaugh, Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Joe Manchin III (D-W.V.) cast previously undecided votes in favor of Kavanaugh; although there are indications that Collins is not as certain in a vote to confirm. If you wish to express your position on the possible confirmation, find your elected officials in the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Policy Action Center

Contributions in Exchange for State or Local Tax Credits

The proposed amendments provide rules governing the availability of charitable contribution deductions under section 170 when a taxpayer receives or expects to receive a corresponding state or local tax credit. With a deadline of Oct. 11, 2018, we encourage members with concerns and comments to submit them directly to the Federal Register website. 

Tax Reform 2.0

As anticipated last week, the House passed H.R. 6760 with a vote of 220-191. H.R. 6760 contains multiple bills collectively labelled as Tax Reform 2.0 and proposes to, among other items, amend the IRS code to make permanent several tax provisions that were enacted in 2017 and are scheduled to expire at the end of 2025. We do not expect the Senate to take up H.R. 6760 until after the election. 

Farm Bill/Nutrition

Staff actions to conference the Interior-Environment, Financial Services, Agriculture, and Transportation-HUD minibus package of bills, H.R. 6147 continue, with legislative action not anticipated until after the midterm elections. The House Farm Bill proposes to drastically cut healthy, nutritious food for those most in need. If you are interested in where Congress stands on food related issues, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, we encourage you to check out An Eater's Guide To Congress from Food Policy Action.

These bills remain in committee and unchanged at present:

  • S. 2945 – Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018
  • S. 3231 – Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act of 2018

Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

Earlier this week, the Alliance issued a special message about the release of a letter from Jerry Milner, acting commissioner of the Administration of Children, Youth and Families. The letter outlines key steps toward implementation that the Children’s Bureau has made to date including a broad stakeholder engagement strategy that has featured regional listening sessions, site visits, national webinars, state convenings to develop prevention plans, and a formal request for public comment on key provisions.

Most importantly, the letter makes clear that the Children’s Bureau has decided to provide sub-regulatory guidance rather than a full regulatory process. It provides a timeline with links to useful documents and an overview of requirements. 

Public Charge

This morning, the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, was posted for public review. The NPRM will be published in the Federal Register Wednesday, Oct. 10, and the comment period will start that same day and end Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. The Alliance Office of Public Policy and Mobilization is reaching out to members who work with immigrant populations to gather comments; however, if you are eager to provide comment, share them via email

Recently Proposed Legislation

This week the Alliance has inquired about, is incubating positions/statements for, and wants to share the following:

S. 3503 - American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2018 Sept. 26, 2018 Introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. S. 3503 aims to help end homelessness and housing poverty through investment in the national Housing Trust Fund and an expansion to programs that help families climb out of poverty. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition supports the bill. The Alliance is interested in your comments on this proposed bill. Send them to the Alliance Public Policy Office

If you have a position or interest in any of these listed, or there are others on you radar, email the Alliance Public Policy Office.