Monica Gallegos didn’t plan to miss work for two months, but then she received the diagnosis: The pounding headache she thought was a migraine had been caused by a brain aneurysm behind her eye, and she needed surgery. That was early June. When Gallegos returned home a month later to the Westwood apartment she shares with two teenage sons, the rent was already overdue. No paycheck was in sight, and she would have to wait a few weeks for clearance to return to her job as a dental assistant. “Everything hit me at once,” said Gallegos, 43. “I’m single, and I didn’t have any help. … I honestly thought I was going to be homeless.” She made it through the crisis with help from a new city program that has provided short-term assistance to hundreds of Denver residents who were temporarily at risk of losing their homes over rent or utility bills. The program has been among the most visible efforts of Denver’s 10-year, $150 million … [Read more...] about Denver’s affordable housing fund covered a woman’s rent after a medical emergency. Here’s what else $24 million is accomplishing.
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By Erica Grieder Published 5:07 pm, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 U.S. Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks on the House floor February 7. Pelosi urged Republicans to take action to solve their status before the March 5 deadline President Trump has set for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. less U.S. Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks on the House floor February 7. Pelosi urged Republicans to take action to solve their status before the March 5 deadline President Trump has set for the ... more Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images Pelosi takes to the House floor to defend Dreamers 1 / 1 Back to Gallery This morning, Nancy Pelosi began speaking on the floor of House of Representatives, telling the stories of … [Read more...] about Pelosi takes to the House floor to defend Dreamers
At 10:04 a.m. Washington time, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood up in the House chamber and began speaking. More than seven hours later, she is still standing in four-inch heels, reading the stories of people brought to the country illegally as children, the people known as “Dreamers.” She’s told stories of children who were smuggled across the border in a trash can. She’s spoken of Dreamers who gave high school graduation speeches but weren’t able to get loans to follow their classmates to college. She’s described the anxiety of people who lost their work permits following the initial short period President Trump gave them to renew their protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Watch live as Pelosi speaks on the House floor The San Francisco Democrat is demanding that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan commit to vote on fixing the legal status of Dreamers in exchange for support for a two-year spending plan to keep the government … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi is still giving the longest speech ever on the House floor
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post Published 12:41 pm, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 READ ANOTHER OPINION McConnell and Schumer jam the House: Six things that just...12:41 PM First, a military parade. Will a mock uniform with epaulets be... No wonder Trump's panic level is rising Trump's lapdogs now accept the labeling of opponents as... The crafty Senate majority and minority leaders announced a two-year budget deal that marks the end of the disastrous 2011 Budget Control Act. News reports indicate that "the plan eliminates mandatory spending cuts for two years and increases Pentagon spending by $80 billion and domestic spending by $63 billion for the 2018 fiscal year." The bill includes funding for disaster relief, children's health care and funding for fighting the opioid addiction. On the defense side of the ledger, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared, "First and foremost, this bipartisan agreement will unwind the sequestration cuts … [Read more...] about McConnell and Schumer jam the House: Six things that just happened
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the rare step Wednesday of launching a marathon speech supporting attempts by Democrats to legalize the status of young immigrant "dreamers," in a bid to pressure Republicans to act. Pelosi, D-Calif., began speaking shortly after 10 a.m., using her right as minority leader to speak for how long as she wants. She began by saying that she would lead opposition to a sweeping, two-year budget agreement that also includes several important Democratic priorities, but is silent on the issue of immigration - the topic that has prolonged the spending debate for several months. The hope is that Pelosi and Democrats - whose support is often needed to pass spending bills in the face of opposition from fiscal conservatives - can pressure House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., to hold votes on immigration legislation, as the Senate is poised to begin doing next week. "Why should we in the House be treated in such a humiliating way when the Republican Senate … [Read more...] about Pelosi launches hours-long filibuster-style speech in bid to force immigration votes in the House