In today’s blog post, we’re highlighting three events that we expect to make headlines in March.
- Today (March 1) President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address to Congress, fulfilling a duty outlined in Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution. According to The Washington Post, Biden will address several issues in his speech including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, lingering COVID-19 restrictions, voter angst driven by high crime and climate change via clean energy tax credits. He will also address his economic plans, calling on Congress to raise the maximum Pell Grant award, create a national paid family leave program and raise the federal minimum wage, The Washington Post reports.
- The Senate’s latest stopgap spending bill is set to expire on March 11, opening the door for a government shutdown if negotiators are unable to finalize a comprehensive spending deal for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. Because bills from the previous year expire at that time, a new set of 12 appropriations bills to fund federal agencies must be approved.
- March 24 will mark Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into the year it takes women to earn what men earned the year prior. The issue of equal pay was recently at the forefront of a class-action lawsuit filed by the U.S. women’s soccer team, which ended in a $24 million settlement. Equal Pay Day has been observed since 1996, but questions over equal pay persist, from the soccer field to the executive suite.
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