Happy Friday! Here are the top five things you need to know to stay informed:
1. Net Neutrality Repealed
Yesterday, Trump-appointed FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai led the FCC in a 3-2 vote repealing Net Neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama Administration in 2015. This will give service providers free reign to prioritize internet service to different providers, which could result in slower internet, tiered pricing, or restricted access to certain websites. As of Thursday evening, 17 states were planning on suing the FCC to preserve the Net Neutrality rules.
2. Democrat Elected Senator in Alabama
The race for Senate in Alabama ended with much surprise when Democrat Doug Jones won over problematic Republican candidate Roy Moore. The reason this comes as such a shock is because Alabama hasn’t had a democratic senator in 25 years and has been a red state for ages. That being said, Roy Moore had been accused of molesting teen girls and has a very controversial past, and Jones only won by about 20,000 votes. Still, the fact that they chose Jones is really a step forward.
3. Child Care Tax Adjustment Expected
Republican lawmakers agreed to expand the childcare tax credit to benefit low-income families, a move to win the support of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who stated he would not vote for the tax bill without this provision. This adjustment will allow 70% of the $2,000 per-child tax credit to be refundable, when the original draft of the bill was only 55%. This would let families have up to $1400 in tax refunds per child.
4. Millions of Children Could Lose Health Insurance
4.9 million children receive health coverage from CHIP in the 16 states that are likely to to run out of money by January. 5.6 million children receive health coverage from CHIP in the 24 states that are likely to to run out of money by February. 7.7 million children get coverage from CHIP in the 36 states and D.C. that run out of money by the end of March. 8.4 million children get coverage from CHIP in the 46 states and D.C. that run out of money by the end of the summer.
These are the statistics, and they are terrifying. Welcome to Trump’s America…
5. Yesterday Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting
Just five years ago, a man went into an elementary school with a gun and killed 20 children and six teachers. This was something that was horrifying to everyone when the news came out, but now so many similar events have happened that mass shootings have become normal. Since the Sandy Hook shooting, there have been no gun-law adjustments; instead, schools have had to adjust how they teach. Now, students are taught in school how to prepare for a shooting. There are monthly lockdown drills at almost every school in America, because it’s become necessary for students to know how to survive when a gunman comes to their school.