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June 14, 2024

Random Lengths News: Rep. Barragán Leads Letter to HUD and Urges Ratification of U.S.-Croatia Double Taxation Treaty

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44) June 10 led more than 30 members of Congress in a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development that recommends strong policies to promote housing opportunities for individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. This letter comments on HUD’s notice of proposed rule making, which was announced last April and would amend regulations for certain HUD programs to reduce barriers to affordable housing for individuals with a criminal record.

“In the United States, nearly 80 million Americans have a conviction or arrest record,” the Congressmembers wrote. “Without access to safe and stable housing, individuals returning from incarceration are more likely to fall into homelessness and return to prison or jail. These obstacles complicate successful reentry and create a cycle between incarceration, homelessness, and reincarceration…HUD must consider the entire tenancy cycle and enact policies that help secure and maintain housing for these individuals, who are working towards building a new life but are often targeted due to their past.”

Details: View the letter here.

Rep. Barragán and Congressional Croatian Caucus Urges Ratification of U.S.-Croatia Double Taxation Treaty

Washington, D.C. — This week, Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44), co-chair of the Congressional Croatian Caucus, with fellow co-chair Dave Joyce (OH-14) and vice chairs Dan Kildee (MI-08) and Claudia Tenney (NY-24) sent a letter to the Senate to engage with the Department of Treasury to address any issues holding up the U.S.- Croatia treaty for the avoidance of double taxation and to ultimately ratify the treaty. The treaty was signed by the United States and the Republic of Croatia in December of 2022.

“The Republic of Croatia is a critical ally to the United States, and the Senate must work with Treasury to resolve issues and move towards treaty ratification. said Congresswoman Barragan. “This treaty builds on 30 years of diplomatic partnership and will further deepen cooperation between our nations and will serve the interest of American and Croatian taxpayers. These opportunities to strengthen social, economic, and cultural partnerships with Croatia are vital to the United States and my district, which is home to one of the largest and liveliest Croatian communities in the United States.”