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ONR 12-23-20: What the federal relief bill could mean, according to experts in EMS briefing.

Dudley Najieb also reviews the latest breaking news concerning Sen Harris's seat and the recommendation of Dr. Shirley Weber to CA Sec. Padilla's seat

By ONME Newswire

Producer host Julia Dudley Najieb breaks down the $900 billion relief bill recently passed through Congress; three experts featured during the Ethnic Media Services briefing talk about the relief bill relative to unemployment insurance, eviction stats and vulnerable populations.

First Dudley Najieb reviewed two breaking news stories overnight: Newsom appoints California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to complete Senator Kamala Harris's term to 2023; he will be the first Latino senator representing California. CMBC Chair Dr. Shirley Weber has been nominated to fill Sec. Padilla's seat as the first African-American to serve in that position.

According to experts, African-Americans are more at risk and vulnerable to the evictions and unemployment than other ethnic minority groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dudley Najieb featured experts:

Ted W. Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ted is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves. Ted attended Stanford University for his undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Political Science, and then Georgetown University, where he received his law degree magna cum laude after serving as Editor-in-Chief of the law review.

Chad Stone is chief economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Prioritie. He was the acting executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress in 2007 and before that staff director and chief economist for the Democratic staff of the committee from 2002 to 2006. He was chief economist for the Senate Budget Committee in 2001-02 and a Senior Economist and then chief economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1996 to 2001. He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

Peter Hepburn is an assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University-Newark. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in the Eviction Lab at Princeton University. His research examines how changes to three core social institutions — work, criminal justice, and housing — serve to produce and perpetuate inequality. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology & Demography and his M.A. in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago.

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