Danny K. Davis was chosen by the people of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois as their Representative in Congress on November 5, 1996.
In the 113th Congress, Representative Davis serves on Oversight and Government Reform including subcommittees: Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs; Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements; and Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Committee on Ways and Means including the Subcommittee on Oversight. Congressman Davis is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Community Health Center's Caucus, and the Congressional Sugar Caucus. Congressman Davis has distinguished himself as an articulate voice for his constituents and as an effective legislator able to move major bills to passage. He has developed a unique and energetic style of communication and interaction with his constituents setting up dozens of advisory task forces to consider significant questions of public policy. He hosts several weekly television and radio shows which feature audience call in and produces regular written reports to every household in the district. In addition, he maintains weekly office hours in the district and is widely sought after as a speaker at district events. In the 113th Congress Representative Davis has indicated a focus on issues of job creation, poverty, health care, education, youth and criminal justice reform. Prior to his election to the Congress he served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners having been elected in November 1990 and reelected in November 1994. Previously, he served for eleven years as a member of the Chicago City Council as Alderman of the 29th Ward. Before seeking public office Congressman Davis had productive careers as an educator, community organizer, health planner/administrator and civil rights advocate. He has received hundreds of awards and citations for outstanding work in the areas of health, education, human relations, politics and advocacy including six honorary Doctorate Degrees from well known Colleges and Universities. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has spent time in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and in South and Central America. Born in Parkdale, Arkansas, on September 6, 1941, Congressman Davis moved to the Westside of Chicago in 1961, after having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas A.M. & N. College. He subsequently earned both Masters and Doctorate degrees respectively from Chicago State University and the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married to Vera G. Davis, has two sons, Jonathan and Stacey, and is a member and Deacon of the New Galilee M.B. Church.
HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE THE HEROES ACT
Bold, Transformative Legislation Meets the Challenge of the Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON — House Democrats today introduced The Heroes Act, a bold and comprehensive coronavirus response bill that will meet the challenge this pandemic poses to our nation.
The legislation follows the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act enacted on April 24; the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27; the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18; and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6.
The text of The Heroes Act, H.R. 6800, is here. A one pager on the legislation is here. A section-by-section summary is here. A resource on the state and local relief provisions is here.
I support the Emergency Social Security Benefits Improvement Act because I believe we should #ExpandSocialSecurity to help our nation's most vulnerable: seniors!
#ExpandSocialSecurity and put money in the hands of those who need it most during #COVID19 : seniors, communities of color, and people with disabilities - not corporations. We should be strengthening #SocialSecurity, not giving a payroll tax cut to corporations and the wealthy. That is why I joined @RepJohnLarson on the Emergency Social Security Benefits Improvement Act, to help our most vulnerable during the #COVID19 pandemic. #ExpandSocialSecurity
Today, I joined @RepBobbyRush in calling on @EPA to secure equal rights to clean air protections. Air pollution has not only contributed to the climate crisis, but is linked to the lethality of COVID-19 in our most vulnerable communities.
A Repost Reminder:
Action Needed for SSI Recipients with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment.
There is still time to act, SSI recipients who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and who have qualifying dependents should immediately go to the IRS’s Non-Filer Tool to provide information about themselves and their children. They need to act by Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payments as soon as possible. By doing so, they may receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. We strongly encourage completing this process now, in order to avoid having to wait to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.
Please note that Direct Express card holders who use the IRS’ Non-Filer tool will not receive their $1,200 payment on their Direct Express card. They will receive both their $1,200 payment and each child’s $500 payment on a non-Direct Express bank account they can provide, or by mail if they leave bank information empty. If they do not use the Non-Filer tool, they will receive their $1200 payment on their Direct Express card.
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Late last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued updated guidance for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients with qualifying dependents eligible for COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. SSI recipients who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and who have qualifying dependents must submit additional information using the IRS’s Non-Filer tool by Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payments as soon as possible. Eligible SSI recipients will start receiving their automatic payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May.
Please note that Direct Express account holders may use the IRS’s Non-Filer tool, but they cannot receive their and their children’s payment on their Direct Express card. They may only enter non-Direct Express bank account information for direct deposit, or leave bank information empty to receive a paper check by mail.
I encourage you to share this information with all interested parties. Tell them to act now to receive all their Economic Impact Payment money.
Larson, Davis, Urge Treasury to Extend Deadline for Social Security Beneficiaries to Receive Economic Impact Payment for Dependents
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REP. DAVIS AND DIRECTOR GENERAL HUANG OF TAIPEI ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL OFFICE WITNESS ARRIVAL OF 100,000 DONATED SURGICAL
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April 20, 2020
Congressman Danny K. Davis joined Director General Eric Huang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and Chicago Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez at the United Center in Chicago to witness the arrival of, and express thanks and appreciation for, the donation of 100,000 surgical masks.
Davis stated, “We deeply appreciate this timely donation from the people of Taiwan to the people of Chicago. It is not only an act of generosity and support but an important expression of solidarity in this time of global response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We, like the people of Taiwan, understand that we share a single global home and in an era of so many global challenges we must stand together in responding to these challenges. On behalf of the people of Illinois I thank the Taiwanese people for their generous expression of support.”
Director General Huang noted “Taiwan has donated more than 3 million medical masks to the U.S. including, 300,000 surgical masks to Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, where the spread of Covid-19 has the biggest impact in the Midwestern States, and several other millions to countries around the world to help protect medical workers in fighting the global pandemic. Taiwan aspires to meaningfully participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) as Taiwan has the capability to help the WHO “Health for All” global effort. I thank Representative Davis, who is also a member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, for his longtime support for US-Taiwan relations.”
Last month, I proudly voted for the CARES Act to provide relief to businesses and families, including child care. Child care is a critical part of our economy that all other industries depend on, and providers need relief to continue serving their communities. I'm pleased Illinois will receive $118,420,119 through the CARES Act to support providers during this crisis. https://bit.ly/3euotZF
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced it will release additional Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds to states. The $3.5 billion was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill that passed....
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US Treasury, IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments
IRS.gov feature helps people who normally don’t file get payments; second tool next week provides taxpayers with payment delivery date and provide direct deposit information
WASHINGTON – To help millions of people, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return.
The non-filer tool, developed in partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. The feature is available only on IRS.gov, and users should look for Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here to take them directly to the tool.
“People who don’t have a return filing obligation can use this tool to give us basic information so they can receive their Economic Impact Payments as soon as possible,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “The IRS and Free File Alliance have been working around the clock to deliver this new tool to help people.”
The IRS reminds taxpayers that Economic Impact Payments will be distributed automatically to most people starting next week. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will receive the payments automatically. Automatic payments will also go in the near future to those receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits and Railroad Retirement benefits.
How do I use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool?
For those who don’t normally file a tax return, the process is simple and only takes a few minutes to complete. First, visit IRS.gov, and look for “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here.” Then provide basic information including Social Security number, name, address, and dependents. The IRS will use this information to confirm eligibility and calculate and send an Economic Impact Payment. Using the tool to get your payment will not result in any taxes being owed. Entering bank or financial account information will allow the IRS to deposit your payment directly in your account. Otherwise, your payment will be mailed to you.
“Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info” is secure, and the information entered will be safe. The tool is based on Free File Fillable Forms, part of the Free File Alliance’s offerings of free products on IRS.gov.
Who should use the Non-Filers tool?
This new tool is designed for people who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who don’t receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits or Railroad Retirement benefits. Others who should consider the Non-Filers tool as an option, include:
Lower income: Among those who could use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool are those who haven’t filed a 2018 or 2019 return because they are under the normal income limits for filing a tax return. This may include single filers who made under $12,200 and married couples making less than $24,400 in 2019.
Veterans beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients: The IRS continues to explore ways to see if Economic Impact Payments can be made automatically to SSI recipients and those who receive veterans disability compensation, pension or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and who did not file a tax return for the 2018 or 2019 tax years. People in these groups can either use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info option now or wait as the IRS continues to review automatic payment options to simplify delivery for these groups.
Social Security, SSDI and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries with qualifying dependents: These groups will automatically receive $1,200 Economic Impact Payments. People in this group who have qualifying children under age 17 may use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info to claim the $500 payment per child.
Students and others: If someone else claimed you on their tax return, you will not be eligible for the Economic Impact Payment or using the Non-Filer tool.
Coming next week: Automatic payments begin
Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 and chose direct deposit of their refund will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and $500 for each qualifying child. Individuals who receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits, SSDI or who receive Railroad Retirement benefits but did not file a return for 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive a payment in the near future.
Coming next week: Get My Payment shows Economic Impact Payment date, helps with direct deposit
To help everyone check on the status of their payments, the IRS is building a second new tool expected to be available for use by April 17. Get My Payment will provide people with the status of their payment, including the date their payment is scheduled to be deposited into their bank account or mailed to them.
An additional feature on Get My Payment will allow eligible people a chance to provide their bank account information so they can receive their payment more quickly rather than waiting for a paper check. This feature will be unavailable if the Economic Impact Payment has already been scheduled for delivery.
More Information on Economic Impact Payments
The IRS will post additional updates on IRS.gov/coronavirus on these and other issues.
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Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted his Chicago district and statewide in Illinois.
Last Night , the Council on Foundations and its other partners in the charitable sector held a reception to highlight the important work the sector does. The reception honored the bipartisan work of Congressmen Danny Davis and George Holding in advancing the vital mission of the charitable sector.
Congratulations! You have been named a 2019 Champion for Children by the First Focus Campaign for Children.
On behalf of the children of America, we thank you for working to positively address the problems facing our nation’s kids and for making “the best interest of the child” a top priority in the House.
Only 39 of your colleagues will share this honor with you in the United States House of Representatives. Just 120 members of Congress in total, across both chambers and parties, have been named Champions or Defenders for children in the 116th Congress.
President, First Focus Campaign for Children
Many Thanks To The Child Welfare League of America
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Congressional Black Caucus’s Push for Childless Workers’ EITC, Then and Now
February 27, 2020 at 11:15 AM
By Chuck Marr
As we celebrate the contributions of African Americans this month, we’d like to highlight a policy area where the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) — created in 1971, a year after the first observance of Black History Month — has played a pivotal role and where many of its members are now working to build on past achievements. It’s the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), particularly the EITC for working people who aren’t raising minor children in their home but are working hard for low wages and trying to gain a foothold in the economy. The EITC for childless workers should be substantially larger, but without the CBC’s work, it wouldn’t even exist.
President Clinton’s first budget proposed both to expand the EITC for families with children and to create, for the first time, a small EITC for childless workers. During intense House-Senate negotiations over the package, the Senate proposed dropping the childless EITC. The CBC pushed back and made clear its members wouldn’t support the package as a whole without the childless EITC, and their work proved decisive.
“[T]he notion that some people carry that in this institution you should be seen and not heard is something we want to explode immediately,” said CBC Chairman Kweisi Mfume on the caucus’s strong stand on this and other key issues. By flexing its political muscle, the CBC helped ensure that the childless EITC provision became law. The CBC also played a central role that year in enacting important improvements to the Food Stamp Program known as the Mickey Leland Childhood Hunger Relief Act, named after the former congressman who had been both a CBC chairman and chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger but then died tragically in a plane crash.
The EITC has a proven track record of boosting incomes and reducing poverty; along with the Child Tax Credit, it lifts more children out of poverty than any other program. This success reflects the effect of multiple expansions over several decades in the EITC for families with children.
By contrast, policymakers haven’t expanded the childless workers’ EITC since its creation in 1993. And because the childless workers’ EITC is so small, the federal tax code actually taxes more than 5 million childless adults aged 19-67 into or deeper into poverty; their EITC is too small to offset the federal income and payroll taxes they owe.
In response, many current members of Congress, including leading members of the CBC, are fighting to deliver a more robust EITC to childless adults.
Rep. Danny Davis, a long-time EITC champion, has introduced the Foster Opportunity EITC Act, with a childless workers’ EITC expansion as its centerpiece; Rep. Dwight Evans is a lead sponsor of the Working Families Tax Relief Act (WFTRA); Rep. Gwen Moore and Rep. Marcia Fudge recently introduced the Worker Relief and Credit Reform Act; and earlier this Congress, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman introduced the Cost-of-Living Refund Act of 2019. These bills, which numerous CBC members (and other House members) have co-sponsored, all would substantially expand the EITC for childless workers. Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris each have introduced and co-sponsored legislation in the Senate that would effectively do so as well.
The Davis bill’s childless EITC proposal, which is similar to the WFTRA’s, would raise the maximum EITC for childless workers from roughly $530 today to $2,000 and raise the income limit to qualify for the credit from about $16,000 for a single individual to $24,000. It would also expand the age range of childless workers eligible for the credit from 25-64 today to 19-67. The bill would boost the incomes of 19 million working childless adults, including 3.4 million African Americans.
To grasp the importance of such a change, consider a health aide who works full time at the federal minimum wage and earns $14,500, only slightly above the poverty line for a single individual (estimated at $13,340 in 2019). She now pays over $1,300 in combined federal income and payroll taxes (counting only the employee portion). Since she only receives a small EITC of $99, the tax code pushes her below the poverty line. The Davis bill would increase her EITC by more than $1,400, so she would no longer be taxed into poverty and would secure an important income boost.
As we celebrate the contributions of African Americans this month, we’d like to highlight a policy area where the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) — created in 1971, a year after the first observance of Black History Month — has played a pivotal role and where many of its members are now worki...
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Danny K. Davis was chosen by the people of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois as their Representative in Congress on November 5, 1996. He has been re-elected by large majorities to succeeding Congresses.
In the 116th Congress, Representative Davis has been reappointed to the Committee on Ways and Means. Congressman Davis is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Community Health Center's Caucus, the Congressional Sugar Caucus, the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Re-entry.
Congressman Davis has distinguished himself as an articulate voice for his constituents and as an effective legislator able to move major bills to passage. He has developed a unique and energetic style of communication and interaction with his constituents setting up dozens of advisory task forces to consider significant questions of public policy. He hosts several weekly television and radio shows which feature audience call in and produces regular written reports to every household in the district. In addition, he maintains weekly office hours in the district and is widely sought after as a speaker at conferences and events.
In the 116th Congress Representative Davis is resolutely committed to preserving our democracy, protecting social security, maintaining our nation’s gains in civil and human rights, women’s rights, voting rights, protection of the environment, consumer and labor protections, reducing inequality, and ensuring quality, affordable health care for all, while maintaining his long time focus on issues of job creation, poverty, health care, education, youth and criminal justice reform.
Prior to his election to the Congress he served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners having been elected in November 1990 and reelected in November 1994. Previously, he served for eleven years as a member of the Chicago City Council as Alderman of the 29th Ward.
Before seeking public office Congressman Davis had productive careers as an educator, community organizer, health planner/administrator and civil rights advocate. He has received hundreds of awards and citations for outstanding work in the areas of health, education, human relations, politics and advocacy including six honorary Doctorate Degrees from well known Colleges and Universities. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has spent time in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and in South and Central America.
Born in Parkdale, Arkansas, on September 6, 1941, Congressman Davis moved to the Westside of Chicago in 1961, after having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas A.M. & N. College. He subsequently earned both Masters and Doctorate degrees respectively from Chicago State University and the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He is married to Vera G. Davis, has two sons, Jonathan and Stacey, and is a member and Deacon of the New Galilee M.B. Church.
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