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Aug 03, 2023

Although the U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2023, struck down President Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 of federal student debt for 40 million borrowers, the Department of Education’s (ED) July 14 Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) Account Adjustment announcement and President Biden’s June 30 “Plan B” response to the Court’s ruling offer alternative ways to cancel and reduce student debt.

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Jul 21, 2023

H.R. 3073/S. 1452, the bipartisan Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act of 2023 (CMWRA), is a landmark bill that will fund community-led initiatives that use a public health approach to prevent and heal mental health problems caused by toxic stresses, emergencies, and disasters.

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Jul 06, 2023

Supreme Court Strikes Down Proposed Student Debt Cancellation

In August of 2022, President Biden announced a new student loan debt relief program that would provide eligible student loan borrowers with up to $20,000 in debt cancellation for Pell Grant recipients, and up to $10,000 in cancellation for non-Pell Grant recipients. However, ongoing lawsuits put the program on hold.

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Jun 28, 2023

Nearly 100 social workers from 44 states and two U.S. territories attended 143 meetings with Congressional offices in the U.S. House and Senate on June 28, 2023, to build bipartisan support for key federal legislation that will assist the social work workforce, our clients, and communities.

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Mar 27, 2023

Thanks to sponsors Senator Debbie Stabenow and Representative Barbara Lee and cosponsor Senator Kyrsten Sinema the Social Work Month Resolution introductions have been made to both the US Senate and House. The Resolutions recognize with gratitude “the contributions of the millions of social workers who have advanced individual, family, community, and the Nation’s health and well-being since the founding of the social work profession over a century ago and continue to do so today.” Read the full Resolutions at S.Res. 125 and H.Res. 257.

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Jan 10, 2023

The FY2023 omnibus appropriations package was signed by President Biden on December 29, 2022. This $1.7 trillion-dollar spending bill will keep the government running through September 2023, the end of the current fiscal year, and also served as a year-end legislative vehicle for legislative priorities.

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Nov 23, 2022

In response to advocacy by NASW and our coalition partners, the Department of Education announced an extension of the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections that was set to expire on December 31, 2022.

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Oct 21, 2022

Student Loan Debt Cancellation Website Now Live

Apply by December 31, 2023

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Oct 18, 2022

NASW continues to work to make student loan debt relief a reality. One step in this is the Biden-Harris Administration’s federal student loan cancellation program.

President Biden announced on October 17, 2022, that millions of working- and middle-class borrowers can apply for federal student debt relief right now.

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Oct 05, 2022

On Thursday, September 29, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Mental Health Matters Act (H.R. 7780) with bipartisan support by a vote of 220-205. The bill seeks to address the mental health needs of students, families, and educators that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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