Young Adults DC Update for 1/13/23

Legislative branch updates:

  • Kevin McCarthy elected Speaker of the House: After 15 rounds of voting, Kevin McCarthy officially became speaker of the House late last Friday night. His election came after several days of negotiations with a group of far-right conservative lawmakers from the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), who won several key concessions. These include making it easier to remove the speaker, commitments to fight for stringent cuts to government spending, and more spots on top committees for HFC members.
  • Foxx back as chair of Education and the Workforce Committee: On Monday, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)  was chosen to chair the House Education and the Workforce Committee again after receiving a term-limits waiver. (The committee’s name has changed from Education and Labor to Education and the Workforce, as is customary when the chamber switches from Democratic to Republican control.)
  • New House Labor-H chair: Kay Granger, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, is expected to propose Robert Aderholt (R-AL) as the new chair of the Labor HHS-Education subcommittee. Tom Cole (R-OK), who was the top Republican on the subcommittee, would move to the Transportation-HUD subcommittee.


Executive branch updates: HHS announced $245 million in new youth mental health grants, stemming from funding in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Take Action/News/Resources:

  • Leaders of the Partnership for a Civilian Climate Corps wrote an op-ed this week laying out what it will take for infrastructure spending to make a CCC possible
  • New York Times story on how infrastructure spending from BIL and IRA will translate to jobs
  • OY Stakeholder Briefing: Our next briefing is Monday, January 23, 2022.
  • NYEC Annual Forum, April 4-7, 2023, in Indianapolis: Still time to register and sponsor!
  • The Forum for Youth Investment continues to track federal funding streams and provide updates on program and grant opportunities to support older youth. To learn more about opportunities through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, click here.
  • TCN National Conference, March 7-9,2023 in Washington, DC. Registration will open soon! Please note this will be a hybrid event. While the focus and hub of activity is our in-person gathering, there will be a virtual attendee option with access to plenary sessions, select workshops, and online networking.
  • The RYC advocacy resource page contains information and resources for conducting meetings with your member of Congress including a toolkit, recording video training and infographic.