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    What’s Happening in Washington

    Week of JUNE 10th

    Headlines to Know

    Fiscal 2025 Appropriations

    • The House has advanced half of its annual spending measures, with one already passing the House floor.
    • The Military Construction measure, H.R. 8580, passed the House but faces opposition in the Senate due to controversial social issue riders.
    • The Homeland Security, State-Foreign Operations, Defense, and Financial Services spending bills passed their subcommittees. The full committee and the Legislative Branch bill will take them up soon.
    • The Agriculture-FDA bill is up for subcommittee review June 11th, with more bills scheduled for the week of June 24.
    • House lawmakers aim to pass all spending measures before the August recess.

    Biden’s Environmental Regulations

    • Several key environmental regulations are pending and could be vulnerable to repeal if Republicans gain control of Congress and the White House.
    • Infrastructure and Climate Spending
      • Less than 17% of Biden’s $1.1 trillion infrastructure and $551 billion climate spending has been used. The administration has years to spend this money but faces political pressure with an upcoming election.

    Democratic Opposition to Project 2025

    • House Democrats, led by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), have formed The Stop Project 2025 Task Force. This group, consisting of roughly six Democratic House legislators separate from party leadership, aims to develop policy proposals to mitigate the possibility of a Trump presidency.

      Other News to Know 

      Senate Tussle over ICC Sanctions

      • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is in a partisan deadlock over sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) for targeting Israeli officials. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) is blocking committee business until a bipartisan agreement is reached on the ICC bill. Democrats see this as political maneuvering, while Republicans accuse Democrats of avoiding serious bipartisan engagement.

      House ICC Sanctions Bill

      • The House passed a sanctions bill against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in response to arrest warrants for Israeli officials. The bill, H.R. 8282, passed largely along party lines and is expected to face challenges in the Senate.

      June AI Deadlines: Key Reports and Privacy Measures Under Biden's Executive Order

      AI Executive Order Report

      • Under President Biden’s October AI executive order, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo must submit a report by late June. This report is to be handed over to the director of the Office of Management and Budget and the President’s National Security Affairs assistant.
      • The report will identify new and existing methods for detecting, labeling, and authenticating synthetic content. It will also include recommendations to prevent the misuse of generative AI for creating nonconsensual intimate imagery.
      • Privacy-Enhancing Technologies
        • By the same late June deadline, Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation, must collaborate with agencies to incorporate privacy-enhancing technologies into their operations.

      GOP Primaries

      Key primaries are taking place in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Carolina. Notable races include:

      • Nevada: Sam Brown, endorsed by Trump, is favored in the GOP Senate primary.
      • South Carolina: Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) faces a challenge from Catherine Templeton, supported by Newt Gingrich.
      • North Dakota: Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) is running for governor with strong support from Trump.
      • Garland Contempt Dispute: House Oversight Committee Democrats argue that the Republican move to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt is a distraction from the Biden impeachment inquiry.
      • Ad Watch in AZ-01: Democrat Marlene Gal├ín-Woods launched her first ad against Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), criticizing his stance on reproductive rights and positioning herself against extremism.
      • Fundraising and Criticisms
        • Jim Jordan Fundraising for Huizenga: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) will fundraise for Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) in Michigan. Jordan’s support is seen as a significant boost for Huizenga’s campaign for a top Republican spot on the House Financial Services Committee.
          • Ritchie Torres Criticizes FHFA: Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) urged the FHFA to reconsider its approach to single-family closed-end second mortgages, arguing it may widen the wealth gap.

        Upcoming Legislative Actions

        • Right to Contraception Act (S. 4381)
        • BIOSECURE Act (H.R. 7085)
        • Various Fiscal 2025 spending bills (Homeland Security, State-Foreign Operations, Defense, Financial Services, Legislative Branch)
        • California bills regulating ticket sellers (AB 2808/SB 785/AB 8)
        • Other notable legislation

          • A bill taxing Big Tech to fund newsrooms.
          • The $378B MilCon-VA spending bill for fiscal 2025.
          • An anti-CBDC bill championed by Emmer.

          Major issues on the Supreme Court’s docket 

          • President Trump’s immunity claim 
          • Prescription and dispensing of abortion pills. 
          • Ensuring hospitals don’t turn away patients requiring emergency abortions. 
          • Felonious possession of a gun for those with a history of domestic violence 

        Hearings

        All Times EST.

        Tuesday, June 11, 2024

        12:00 PM (EDT) | H-313, Capitol

        • Committee: House Rules
        • Topic: H.R. 8070 – Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025; H. Res. ___ – (H. Rept. 118-527) – Report to accompany the Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives Find United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply with a Subpoena Duly Issued by the Committee on the Judiciary; H. Res. ___ – (H. Rept. 118-533) – Report to accompany the Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives Find United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply with a Subpoena Duly Issued by the Committee on Oversight and Accountability

        3:30 PM (EDT) | 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
        • Topic: Oversight hearing on the Coast Guard, focusing on sexual assault and harassment

        4:30 PM (EDT) | 360 Cannon House Office Building

        • Committee: House Veterans Affairs
        • Topic: The VA Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System: Mission Accomplished

        4:30 PM (EDT) | HVC-304 Capitol

        • Committee: House Intelligence (Permanent Select)
        • Topic: FY 2025 Intelligence Authorization Act (CLOSED) H.R.8512

        5:00 PM (EDT) | 232A Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Strategic Forces Subcommittee - Closed business meeting to markup provisions of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

        5:00 PM (EDT) | 217 CVC (Senate side)

        • Committee: Senate Foreign Relations
        • Topic: Closed briefing on policy developments and dynamics in the Middle East

        5:30 PM (EDT) | 232A Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Airland Subcommittee - Closed business meeting to markup provisions of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

        6:00 PM (EDT) | H-140 Capitol

        • Committee: House Appropriations
        • Topic: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee - Fiscal Year 2025 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Bill

        Wednesday, June 12, 2024

        9:00 AM (EDT) | 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Appropriations
        • Topic: Fiscal Year 2025 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and Homeland Security Bills

        9:30 AM (EDT) | 232A Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee - Closed business meeting to markup provisions of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

        9:45 AM (EDT) | 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Education and the Workforce
        • Topic: "NLRB Overreach: Trampling on Workers' Rights and Fostering Unfairness"

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Financial Services
        • Topic: Oversight of the FDIC’s Failed Leadership and Toxic Workplace Culture

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Foreign Affairs
        • Topic: Great Power Competition in the Western Hemisphere

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Energy and Commerce
        • Topic: Committee on Energy and Commerce Markup

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 310 Cannon House Office Building

        • Committee: House Homeland Security
        • Topic: Markup of various bills including: H.R.8663, H.R.6229, H.R.8645, H.R.8655, H.R.7311, H.R.8654, H.R.8671, H.R.8662, H.R.4574, H.R.8664, H.R.8658, H.R.8631, H.R.8150, H.R.1234

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Transportation and Infrastructure
        • Topic: Updated Committee roster

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 232A Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee - Closed business meeting to markup provisions of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 217 CVC (Senate side)

        • Committee: Senate Appropriations
        • Topic: Department of Defense Subcommittee - Closed hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2025 for the CIA and NSA

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
        • Topic: Hearings on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Budget
        • Topic: Hearings on making Wall Street pay its fair share

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Judiciary
        • Topic: Hearings on combatting the youth vaping epidemic

        10:00 AM (EDT) | G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Finance
        • Topic: Hearings on youth residential treatment facilities

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 253 Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
        • Topic: Business meeting to consider pending calendar business

        10:15 AM (EDT) | 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Transportation and Infrastructure
        • Topic: "Recapitalization of the United States Coast Guard"

        10:15 AM (EDT) | 1324 Longworth House Office Building

        • Committee: House Natural Resources
        • Topic: Markup of: • H.R. 1395 (Rep. Fitzpatrick), “Delaware River Basin Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2023”; • H.R. 1437 (Rep. Rose), “Black Vulture Relief Act of 2023”; • H.R. 1647 (Rep. Moulton), “Salem Maritime National Historical Park Redesignation and Boundary Study Act”; • H.R. 3119 (Rep. Soto), To provide for the issuance of a Manatee Semipostal Stamp; • H.R. 5441 (Rep. LaLota), “Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Reauthorization Act of 2023”; • H.R. 6395 (Rep. Curtis), “Recognizing the Importance of Critical Minerals in Healthcare Act of 2023”; • H.R. 7776 (Rep. Lee of NV), “Help Hoover Dam Act”; • H.R. 7872 (Rep. Curtis), “Colorado River Salinity Control Fix Act”; • H.R. 8446 (Rep. Ciscomani), To amend the Energy Act of 2020 to include critical materials in the definition of a critical mineral, and for other purposes; and • H.R. 8450 (Rep. Cammack), “Phosphate and Potash Protection Act of 2024.”

        10:15 AM (EDT) | 360 Cannon House Office Building

        • Committee: House Veterans Affairs
        • Topic: Does a Total Disability Rating Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Properly Compensate Today’s Veterans?

        10:30 AM (EDT) | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Judiciary
        • Topic: Administrative State, Regulatory Reform, and Antitrust Subcommittee - Climate Control: Decarbonization Collusion in ESG Investing

        10:30 AM (EDT) | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Oversight and Accountability
        • Topic: National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee - "Addressing Oversight and Safety Concerns in the Department of Defense’s V-22 Osprey Program"

        10:45 AM (EDT) | 216 Hart Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Seapower Subcommittee - Business meeting to markup provisions of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

        11:15 AM (EDT) | 232A Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Cybersecurity Subcommittee - Closed business meeting to markup provisions of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

        1:15 PM (EDT) | 1100 Longworth House Office Building

        • Committee: House Ways and Means
        • Topic: Trade Subcommittee - Looking Beyond 2025 for Trade with Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and Others

        2:00 PM (EDT) | 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Transportation and Infrastructure
        • Topic: Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee - "Amtrak and Intercity Passenger Rail Oversight: Promoting Performance, Safety, and Accountability"

        2:00 PM (EDT) | 360 Cannon House Office Building

        • Committee: House Veterans Affairs
        • Topic: Economic Opportunity Subcommittee - Legislative Hearing on H.R. 226, the Veterans Collaboration Act, H.R. 7543, the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2024, H.R. 7896, the VETS Opportunity Act of 2024, H.R. 7920, Agriculture Grants for Veterans Education and Training Services Act, H.R. 8529, Warriors to Workforce Act, H.R. 8661, the Reforming Education for Veterans Act, H.R. 8646, Modernizing the Veterans On-Campus Experience Act, H.R. 8647, the VA Home Loan Reform Act, H.R. 8514, To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for an annual increase in stipend for books, supplies, equipment, and other educational costs under Post9/11 Educational Assistance Program of Department of Veterans Affairs, H.R. 8560, the End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2024, H.R. 8627, the Student Veteran Debt Relief Act of 2024, and H.R. 8607, “To amend title 38 United States Code, to make certain legatees of certain eligible veterans eligible for housing loans guaranteed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

        2:00 PM (EDT) | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Judiciary
        • Topic: Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee - The U.S. Intellectual Property System and the Impact of Litigation Financed by Third-Party Investors and Foreign Entities

        2:00 PM (EDT) | 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Judiciary
        • Topic: Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights Subcommittee - Hearings on abortion bans and interstate travel for care after Dobbs

        2:30 PM (EDT) | 222 Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Closed business meeting to markup the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

        2:30 PM (EDT) | 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
        • Topic: Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee - Hearings on various bills, including S.2156, S.3123, S.3148, S.3322, S.3346, S.3593, S.3596, S.3617, S.3790, S.3870, S.3985, S.4310, S.4424, S.4431, S.4432, S.4449, S.4451, S.4454, S.4456, S.4457

        2:30 PM (EDT) | 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
        • Topic: Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee - Hearings on building our critical minerals workforce

        2:30 PM (EDT) | 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Indian Affairs
        • Topic: Hearings to examine S.2908, to assist Tribal governments in the management of buffalo and buffalo habitat and the reestablishment of buffalo on Indian land, S.3263, to reaffirm the applicability of the Indian Reorganization Act to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, S.4000, to reaffirm the applicability of the Indian Reorganization Act to the Lytton Rancheria of California, and S.4442, to amend the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010 to make improvements to that Act.

        2:30 PM (EDT) | 219 Hart Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Intelligence (Select)
        • Topic: Closed briefing on certain intelligence matters

        3:00 PM (EDT) | G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Joint Economic Committee
        • Topic: Hearings on the boom in U.S. manufacturing investment

        Thursday, June 13, 2024

        9:00 AM (EDT) | 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Appropriations
        • Topic: Fiscal Year 2025 Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Legislative Branch Bills

        9:30 AM (EDT) | 360 Cannon House Office Building

        • Committee: House Veterans Affairs
        • Topic: A Call to Action: Meeting the Needs of the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Veteran Community

        9:30 AM (EDT) | 222 Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Closed business meeting to continue to mark up the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

        9:30 AM (EDT) | 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
        • Topic: An oversight hearing to examine the Bureau of Land Management

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 1324 Longworth House Office Building

        • Committee: House Natural Resources
        • Topic: Indian and Insular Affairs Subcommittee - Oversight Hearing on "Examining GAO’s Findings to Address Data Gaps and Improve Data Collection in the Territories.”

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Science, Space, and Technology
        • Topic: Markup

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Financial Services
        • Topic: The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 210 Cannon House Office Building

        • Committee: House Budget
        • Topic: Medicare and Social Security: Examining Solvency and Impacts on the Federal Budget

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Oversight and Accountability
        • Topic: Government Operations and the Federal Workforce Subcommittee - “What We Have Here…is a Failure to Collaborate: Review of GAO’s Annual Duplication Report”

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Judiciary
        • Topic: Hearing on the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Energy and Commerce
        • Topic: Health Subcommittee - Checking-In on CMMI: Assessing the Transition to Value-Based Care

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 1100 Longworth House Office Building

        • Committee: House Ways and Means
        • Topic: The Crisis on Campus: Antisemitism, Radical Faculty, and the Failure of University Leadership

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Foreign Affairs
        • Topic: Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee - The Plight of Americans Detained Abroad

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 253 Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
        • Topic: Hearings on FAA oversight of aviation

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Appropriations
        • Topic: Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee - Hearings on proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2025 for the SEC and the CFTC

        10:00 AM (EDT) | G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Judiciary
        • Topic: Business meeting to consider pending calendar business

        10:00 AM (EDT) | 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Foreign Relations
        • Topic: Hearings on pending nominations

        10:15 AM (EDT) | 1334 Longworth House Office Building

        • Committee: House Natural Resources
        • Topic: Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee - Oversight Hearing Titled: "Destroying America's Best Idea: Biden's Border Crisis, Desecrating National Park Lands and Damaging Communities."

        10:30 AM (EDT) | 2322 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Energy and Commerce
        • Topic: Energy, Climate and Grid Security Subcommittee - “Securing America’s Critical Materials Supply Chains and Economic Leadership”

        11:00 AM (EDT) | 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Transportation and Infrastructure
        • Topic: Highways and Transit Subcommittee - "Revenue, Ridership, and Post-Pandemic Lessons in Public Transit"

        1:15 PM (EDT) | 310 Cannon House Office Building

        • Committee: House Homeland Security
        • Topic: “A Cascade of Security Failures: Assessing Microsoft Corporation’s Cybersecurity Shortfalls and the Implications for Homeland Security”

        2:00 PM (EDT) | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

        • Committee: House Science, Space, and Technology
        • Topic: Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee - Environmentalism Off the Rails: How CARB will Cripple the National Rail Network

        3:00 PM (EDT) | RHOB 2212

        • Committee: Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission)
        • Topic: Hearings to examine silenced dissent, focusing on the plight of political prisoners and search for accountability

        Friday, June 14, 2024

        9:30 AM (EDT) | 222 Russell Senate Office Building

        • Committee: Senate Armed Services
        • Topic: Closed business meeting to continue to mark up the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025

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                    118th U.S. CONGRESS

                    • Both Chambers are in session Tuesday through Friday, 6/14.

                    Executive Branch

                      Maryland General Assembly (446th session)

                      • The Maryland Legislative session ended at midnight on Monday, April 15th.
                      • For a general overview and information on the 2024 session, visit the General Assembly's Tutorial page
                      • Contact & More Information

                      Advocacy Affiliates

                      MCDA is an affiliate of NCDA, ACA, and MCA and its advocacy work is linked to these organizations. Your MCDA membership automatically links you to the advocacy efforts of all four groups. However, all MCDA members are eligible to join these groups.


                      NCDA Federal Advocacy 2023-2024

                      NOTE: Policy Areas are not in order of priority. Priority of these areas will be ever-evolving to mirror prominent issues within the legislature.

                      Policy Areas

                      1. Employment Opportunities and Job Market Adaptability
                        • Focus 1: Advocating for federal policies that foster a dynamic and inclusive job market, ensuring opportunities for all skill levels and backgrounds.
                        • Focus 2: Pushing for legislation that supports job transition programs, particularly for workers in declining industries or those impacted by automation and digital transformation.
                        • Focus 3: Collaboration with federal agencies to develop and promote initiatives that match job seekers with opportunities based on current and forecasted labor market trends.
                      2. Student Career Services
                        • Focus 1: Educate policymakers and advocate for the continuum of career services from early education through the end of life, with particular emphasis on meaning and purpose derived from work.
                        • Focus 2: Advocating for and supporting funding for high-quality career services in K-12 settings.
                        • Focus 3: Advocating for and supporting funding for high-quality career services in higher education institutions at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional (e.g. law and medical school) levels.
                        • Focus 4: Advocating for and supporting funding for high-quality career services in vocational programs, community programs, and additional services for minors and adults.
                      3. Professional Accreditation and Certification Standards
                        • Focus: Lobbying for federal standards and support for the accreditation and certification of career development professionals to ensure quality and uniformity across the field, with particular emphasis on NCDA’s professional and ethical standards, including credentials approved by the NCDA Credentialing Commission.
                      4. Access to Professional Development
                        • Focus: Advocacy for federal grants or subsidies aimed at promoting ongoing professional development among practitioners and educators in the career development field.
                      5. Workforce Development and Education
                        • Focus: Collaboration with federal agencies, including the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, to integrate career development into national education policies and workforce development programs.
                      6. Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
                        • Focus: Promoting legislation that ensures all individuals, especially those from underrepresented and marginalized groups, have equitable access to career development resources and opportunities.
                        • Focus: Advocating for legislation to protect workers from discrimination, especially those from underrepresented and marginalized groups.
                      7. Special Populations
                        • Focus: Advocating for legislation and programs that support special populations, including military veterans, individuals with disabilities, reentering formerly incarcerated individuals, immigrants, and other groups with barriers to workforce participation.
                      8. Mental Health and Career Development
                        • Focus: Pushing for policies that integrate career development as part of broader mental health and well-being initiatives at the federal level.
                      9. Funding for Research and Innovation
                        • Focus: Advocating for federal funding to facilitate research in career development trends, technologies, and best practices.
                      10. Small Business Development
                        • Focus: Support funding and programs supporting small businesses, including tax structures to support small businesses and their owners.
                      11. Data Privacy and Ethical Compliance
                        • Focus: Advocacy for ethical standards and data protection laws relevant to the gathering and storage of client information in the career development sector.

                      ACA Federal Advocacy

                      Agenda for Advocacy Power Hours (APH):

                      1. Introduction of attendees and ACA staff
                      2. State updates – ACA staff
                      3. Federal updates – ACA staff
                      4. State & regional updates – ACA members
                      5. Final call(s) to action – ACA staff
                      Q&A, wrap up, and important ACA administrative updates – ACA staff

                        Meetings and an updated schedule for the 2025 FY will resume in September 2024.

                          MCA Advocacy

                          • Our Counseling Compact WELCOMEs New Hampshire! There are now 15 states  signed to the Counseling Compact including:  Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia!
                          • Click here to access the MCA Advocacy Committee web page.

                            For any questions or to get involved in legislative advocacy at the local, state, or national level, 
                            please contact 
                            MCDA’s Legislative Co-Chairs MCDA.Legislative@MDCareers.org.



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