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117th US Congress
Neither the House nor the Senate are in session this week, 11/22.
Democrats' Build Back Better social spending bill has passed the House. On Friday morning, 11/19, all but one Democrat (and no Republicans) voted for the $1.7 trillion package of tax, health care and climate initiatives. This is an important step forward in following Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. The next step for the bill is negotiations in the Senate. However, the bill is not expected to see a vote there until next month at the earliest.
To get the latest from the White House . . .and learn more about our 46th president of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., our 49th vice president, Kamala Harris, and the growing number of Executive Orders, memorandums and proclamations: https://www.whitehouse.gov/
Maryland General Assembly (443rd session)
To connect to the Senate President and House Speaker, further explore House & Senate Standing Committees, Joint Standing Committees and MD Manual On-Line, click on: https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/07leg/html/ga.html.
The General Assembly convenes its 2022 session on Wednesday, January 12th at noon and closes its ‘90 day’ session on Monday April 11th. To prepare for the upcoming session, consider visiting the site's video Tutorial page for topics such as:
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Three key federal issues that will impact career counselors:
Each issue includes policy provisions, program developments or spending cuts that will directly affect career counselors across the country.
In the 2021 NCDA commissioned Harris Poll, . . .
most respondents (57%) shared that they accessed outside help when planning their career; 42% said that other people (i.e., friends, family, counselors) influenced how they chose a job. Only 13% of those surveyed said they had worked with a school or private counselor, or other career specialist. While professional career development assistance hasn’t been widely used, an overwhelming majority of Americans (85%) said that professional assistance is valuable. Both Millennials (89%) and Boomers (80%) said that career services professionals provide valuable assistance. College graduates were slightly more likely to agree than those with a high school diploma or less (89% vs. 82%). When asked if career choice as inspired by a career services professional, there were more positive responses from men than women (45% vs. 34%), those currently employed than those unemployed (48% vs. 30%), and Black (48%) and Hispanic (50%) participants than White participants (35%). And a majority of Americans (58%) regret not having worked with a career services professional in the past.
Also see the following pdf handouts:
In the new fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022), ACA's Advocacy Power Hour (APH) will be scheduled on the 2nd Thursday every other month at 3PM ET. Check back here to find more about the APH discussion topics. Typically they include state policy and Counseling Compact updates.
ACA’s 2021 virtual Hill Day is available to watch on-demand.
In April’s ACA APH climate changes impact on mental health was discussed by three experts in the mental health and environmental policy and advocacy fields. You can view "Climate Change and Mental Health" on ACA’s YouTube channel, Counseling Views, or at: Climate Change & Mental Health | ACA Advocacy Power Hour (April 2021).
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