Disability News on Voting

Disability News on Voting

Public Charge

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to lift a nationwide injunction imposed by a federal judge in New York, halting the implementation of the public charge rule while the case is playing out in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Trump administration can move forward with this rule to make it harder for immigrants who rely on public assistance to gain legal status while a court challenge plays out.

Plain language: 

  • The public charge rule can happen. Public charge means someone who would depend on the government for support. The new rule would stop some of those people from getting benefits.

What this means to you:

  • Allowing the rule to start while it is challenged in court will lead to confusion and uncertainty in the immigration system.

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Campaign 2020 

Presidential candidates have been releasing various policy plans that impact the disability community. Some have specific disability plans, while others have disability embedded throughout other plans. Stay informed with each. What's in it? What's not? What could this mean to you?

Democratic Candidates: 

Republican Candidates: 

Thirty-six (36) of 100 Senate seats are up in 2020 - a mix of standard cycles and special elections. All House of Representatives seats are up, with at least 36 members not seeking reelection. Now is the time to get ready to vote! Here are things to do:

Plain Language:

  • Make sure you can vote in this year's election and get ready for it.

What this means to you:

  • The power of the disability vote is HUGE and your voice and vote will make an impact.

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Census 2020

The United States Census Bureau kicked off the 2020 Census last week with the first count in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Every ten years, the Census Bureau is mandated by the Constitution to count every person living in the US, including the five US territories.

Plain Language:

  • The Census is a way to count every person living the United States and is used to make choices about our government.

What this means to you: 

  • Participation in the 2020 Census is important. Data or information about people collected will influence community funding and Congressional representation for the next decade and will inform federal funds for things like transportation, education, Medicare, and Medicaid. Data from the 2020 Census and other surveys done by the Census Bureau are also used in many NIDILRR-funded studies to understand the disability community.

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President's Administration

On Tuesday, February 4, President Trump will deliver the State of the Union address. The annual speech by the president is delivered to a joint session of Congress, providing an update, as stated in the Constitution, on the country's current political and economic status. You can watch live coverage.

Budget and Appropriations

Next week, it is expected that President Trump will release his Fiscal Year (FY) 21 budget proposal. The proposal lays out the Administration's policy agenda and vision. AUCD is beginning FY21 appropriation requests.

Plain Language: 

  • The president will share his budget for the government.

What this means to you: 

  • Many programs that impact the disability community and your centers receive federal funding impacted by the President's budget and priorities.

Action Steps:

Disability Policy Seminar

Registration is now open for the Disability Policy Seminar and the AUCD Emerging Leaders Policy Forum. Learn more information about the events.

You do need to register for both events if you plan to attend the Sunday AUCD Policy Forum before DPS.

AUCD Policy Talk

With Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' new #Medicaid block grant announcement, hear from Rylin Rodgers, Director of Public Policy at AUCD, on why we should worry and what we can do at #AUCDPolicyTalk. #CripTheVote

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