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Biden announces policy shielding undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation

June 20, 2024

President Joe Biden is taking executive action to protect undocumented spouses of American citizens—a move that would shield about 500,000 immigrants from deportation, reports NBC News.

The White House announced the election-year policy on Tuesday, June 19—framing it as “new action to keep families together.”

NBC News reported last week that action protecting the spouses was likely to be announced soon; after urging action from immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers, and as the president courts Latino voters in crucial battleground states.

The new policy would allow noncitizens who have been in the country for at least ten years and are married to a U.S. citizen, and their children, to apply for permanent residence without leaving the country.

During a ceremony at the White House, Biden called the steps a “commonsense fix” to a system that is “cumbersome, risky and separates families.”

He said the order would go into effect this summer and stressed that it would not benefit people who recently came into the country. Instead, it would help people who are “paying taxes and contributing to our country” and their family members.

“This is the biggest thing since DACA,” said a source familiar with the matter, an immigration advocate.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—announced by then-President Barack Obama in 2012—allowed immigrants who illegally came to the United States as children to stay in the country.

Foreshadowing the likely battles to come over the policy, the White House was keen to stress that it has been tough on unlawful border crossings and has worked to dismantle people-smuggling networks.

The president “believes that securing the border is essential,” it said in a news release Tuesday outlining the new action.

“He also believes in expanding lawful pathways and keeping families together, and that immigrants who have been in the United States for decades, paying taxes and contributing to their communities, are part of the social fabric of our country,” the statement said.

The statement added that the spouses eligible to apply for this have been in the United States for 23 years on average. The program would also make it easier for some undocumented immigrants to get a green card and a path to U.S. citizenship.

Sources also say that the undocumented spouses would be allowed to obtain work permits on a case-by-case basis.

The action includes plans to allow DACA recipients who earned degrees in higher education and are seeking a job in that same field to more quickly receive work visas.

Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, blasted the executive action.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Wisconsin, Trump said that if he’s elected in November, Biden’s new immigration policy would be immediately “ripped up and thrown out.”

“It’s been a nonstop catastrophe, but one of crooked Joe’s most destructive moves yet is the lawless executive action he’s taken today,” Trump said. “Under this program, a deluge of illegals will be given immediate green cards and put on the fast track to rapid citizenship so they can vote.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for president, who has made immigration and border issues a cornerstone of his campaign, said “millions” of immigrants would benefit from the program—a figure that contrasts with a White House estimate that it would impact roughly 500,000 people who are spouses and 50,000 non-citizen children who are under 21 with a non-citizen parent who married an American before they were 18 who may also qualify.

The new program is expected to be challenged in court.

Noting the likelihood of lawsuits, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that passing legislation would be “the only action that will fully allow these deserving individuals to put down roots, start families, further their education, and continue contributing to our society without fear of deportation.”

But Durbin also acknowledged that getting a bill through Congress would be unlikely given Republican opposition to previous immigration overhauls.

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Jewish senators alarmed by Alito’s pro-Christian agenda

June 17, 2024

Jewish Democratic senators are alarmed by conservative Justice Samuel Alito’s sympathy for basing government on Christian principles—something he expressed at a Supreme Court gala when he endorsed the idea of returning the nation to a place of “godliness,” reports NBC News.

Democratic senators, including several Jewish lawmakers, fear Alito’s majority opinions in several high-profile cases—such as the Dobbs decision, which overturned the right to abortion—were driven by his religious views.

And they are not buying Alito’s claim that he had nothing to do with and couldn’t prevent the flying of an “Appeal to Heaven” flag, a symbol of the Christian nationalist movement, at his New Jersey beach house.

Senate Democrats say members of the Supreme Court have a right to religious freedom; but warn that when they try to impose their religious views on others, it crosses a line.

A Jewish Democratic senator who requested anonymity to comment on Alito said he is pushing a sectarian religious agenda on the court.

“I don’t think there’s really any doubt. I don’t think Alito and [conservative Justice Clarence] Thomas are being shy. They have a view of the world, and they’re trying to establish an official religion, and a specific denomination,” the lawmaker said.

Five of the court’s conservative justices are Catholic, and a sixth, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was raised as a Catholic but also attends Episcopal services.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Marland), who is Jewish, said it’s alarming “when you take a look at Dobbs and see how the majority in the Supreme Court could disregard precedent that protects the individual against the abuses of power,” including what he called the power of “religious fundamentalism.”

He said the conservative majority’s erosion of individual rights, including the right to abortion and potentially the right to contraception or same-sex marriage, is especially worrisome “to those of us that have different religious views.”

“I do worry that when you get these fundamentalist views that we’re a Christian state when we’re not a Christian state, the minority religions are going to be in trouble,” he said.

Cardin said “the trend of this court” is “you see four or five justices that have seemed to be pretty determined for an agenda to take us in a wrong direction.”

“When I’m in a meeting, a public meeting, I don’t particularly want to hear government officials supporting one religion over another. And I’m in a minority religion, being Jewish, so I want to make sure there’s not an expansion for that,” he said.

Cardin said he’s often invited to churches as a senator and doesn’t mind being in the midst of Christian worship, “but I don’t want our government doing that.”

Alito found himself embroiled in controversy once again this month after he was recorded telling a liberal activist at a Supreme Court gala that he agreed the country needs to return “to a place of godliness.” The activist was posing as a conservative, and Alito did not know he was being recorded.

The recording became public a few days after The New York Times reported an “Appeal to Heaven” flag, which has become a symbol of Christian nationalism, was displayed at his New Jersey beach house.

Alito explained in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) that his wife hoisted the flag at his property and insisted he “had no involvement in the decision to fly [it].” He also said he “was not familiar with the ‘Appeal to Heaven’ flag when my wife flew it.”

But Democratic senators are skeptical: “I think there is a far-right group that is exploiting religion for a political agenda that is anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-science and wants to roll back our essential constitutional rights, and they’re exploiting every institution, whether the Supreme Court or Congress, to advance that agenda,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), who is Jewish, said when asked about the rise of Christian nationalism on the right and the display of the “Appeal to Heaven” flag at Alito’s property.

“I’m not as sure that a lot of the faith leaders in this country realize how potentially damaging to democracy it is,” he said.

Blumenthal said he’s worried Alito’s biggest decisions have blurred the line between church and state.

 “It’s downright scary,” he said. “The founders of our Constitution came to this country or descended from people who made that journey here because they wanted to be free of the government telling them what their faith and religious belief should be.”

Blumenthal emphasized he’s “a person of faith, and I respect other people’s faiths,” but he said “to advance one faith over another or to discriminate against any faith is abhorrent and repugnant and should never be part of any law in this country.”

“My hope is that Alito and others who seem to share that view that they want to turn this nation into a country reflective of only one faith will be rejected by the vast majority of Americans,” he said.

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Lindsey Graham says he will block Democrats’ effort to pass Supreme Court ethics bill

June 12, 2024

Senator Lindsey Graham, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, plans to block an effort by Senate Democrats to unanimously pass a Supreme Court ethics billon Wednesday, June 12, on the Senate floor, reports NBC News.

“I will object,” Graham (R-South Carolina), told NBC News. Graham’s objection means the bill won’t be able to move forward, because any senator can block a request.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said earlier on Tuesday, June 11, that he would make a unanimous consent request to pass Supreme Court ethics legislation that the panel advanced last July. A unanimous consent is an agreement on any question or matter before the Senate that sets aside a rule of procedure to expedite proceedings.

It isn’t clear whether the measure will come up for a vote under the normal process, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said he’s considering it.

Even before Graham made his comments, Democrats doubted the legislation would advance. “I think I know the outcome, but we’re going to go through the exercise to make sure that both parties are in the record,” Durbin told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

The Democratic-led Judiciary Committee advanced the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act on a party-line vote nearly a year ago, but it can’t break a filibuster on the Senate floor without 60 votes. Democrats have 51 members, and no Republican is on board with the bill.

In a news release, Democrats said the vote follows “a myriad of apparent ethical lapses by Supreme Court justices, which demonstrate the need for ethics reform.”

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.

The bill would give the court 180 days to adopt and publish a code of conduct—allowing the public to submit ethics complaints that would then be reviewed by a randomly selected panel of lower-court judges. It would also establish new rules for disclosing gifts and travel.

In addition, the legislation would require justices to publicly explain any decisions to recuse from cases.

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Trump is scheduled for Monday pre-sentencing interview after hush-money conviction

June 10, 2024

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled for a pre-sentencing interview with a probation officer on Monday, June 10, following his hush-money trial conviction last month, reports CNN.

The interview will be virtual and, as CNN previously reported, Trump attorney Todd Blanche will be present. Typically, a convicted defendant meets with a probation officer without an attorney.

Monday’s routine pre-sentencing interview—which was first reported by NBC News—will form part of the report the probation department will submit to Judge Juan Merchan to help decide Trump’s punishment ahead of his sentencing, set for July 11.

Last month, a Manhattan jury found Trump—the presumptive GOP presidential nominee—guilty of all 34 charges in his hush-money trial, making him the first former president to be convicted of a felony.

Trump does not have to cooperate with the routine pre-sentencing investigation, but a judge can take a negative inference from a defendant’s lack of cooperation with the process.

In the pre-sentencing interview, a defendant is typically asked about his or her conviction and other basic background information; such as their employment and criminal history.

As part of the process, Trump’s legal team can submit letters of support from his friends and family to Merchan. The former president’s team is scheduled to submit its sentencing recommendation on Thursday, June 13, according to a source familiar with the plan.

Attr“President Trump and his legal team are already taking necessary steps to challenge and defeat the lawless Manhattan DA case,” Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said in a statement on Saturday, June 8.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office also will submit a memo telling the judge what sentence it sees fit for Trump.
Merchan could sentence Trump to probation—or up to four years in state prison on each count, with a maximum of 20 years.

Prosecutors have never sought to remand Trump into custody, so the former president is free as he awaits sentencing.

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to Maryland ‘assault weapon’ ban

May 20, 2024

On Monday, May 20, the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a gun law in Maryland that bans assault-style weapons such as the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, which has been used in various high-profile mass shootings, reports NBC News.

The decision not to hear the case for now leaves the ban in place in the state. Litigation over the ban and similar laws enacted by other states is ongoing and the issue is likely to return to the justices. The court has an appeal pending concerning a similar law in Illinois.

The Supreme Court has been at the center of the gun rights debate following its 2022 decision that expanded rights under the Constitution’s Second Amendment. That ruling has led both to the enactment of state laws and to old ones being struck down by judges applying the justices’ new test.

The Maryland law bans what the state defines as “assault weapons” akin to weapons of war like the M16 rifle. Banned firearms include the AR-15. The state law was enacted in 2013 in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed the previous year.

That law was challenged in previous litigation and upheld by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. But a new set of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit following the 2022 gun rights ruling, and the Supreme Court ordered the appeals court to take a second look at the issue.

The appeals court has yet to rule despite having had almost two years to do so. The plaintiffs opted to leapfrog that step in the litigation and instead asked the Supreme Court to weigh in directly. The court rarely takes up such appeals.

The high court is currently weighing a follow-up case to its 2022 ruling concerning a long-standing law that bans people accused of domestic violence from owning firearms.

In a separate gun-related case, the court also is considering whether to strike down a federal ban on “bump stocks,” a type of gun accessory that allows semiautomatic rifles to be fired rapidly.

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Netflix inks deal to stream its first NFL games on Christmas Day

May 16, 2024

Netflix will stream its first NFL games on Christmas Day, reports NBC News.

The streaming giant  announced on Wednesday, May 15 that it will feature both December 25 matchups scheduled for this year, with at least one other Christmas game coming in 2025 and 2026.

“Last year, we decided to take a big bet on live—tapping into massive fandoms across comedy, reality TV, sports. and more,” Bela Bajaria, Netflix chief content officer, said in a statement. “There are no live annual events, sports or otherwise, that compare with the audiences NFL football attracts. We’re so excited that the NFL’s Christmas Day games will be only on Netflix.”

The announcement is a seismic moment in the media landscape—bringing together the biggest streaming platform and the most lucrative U.S. sports league. Terms of the deal were not made public.

The NFL had not yet announced who will be playing on Christmas as of Wednesday morning.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be the first professional sports league to partner with Netflix to bring live games to fans around the world,” Hans Schroeder, NFL executive vice president of Media Distribution, said in a statement. “The NFL on Christmas has become a tradition and to partner with Netflix, a service whose biggest day of the year is typically this holiday, is the perfect combination to grow this event globally for NFL fans.”

The Christmas 2024 games will also air on broadcast TV in the competing teams’ cities and will be available on mobile devices via NFL+.

Netflix has been working to break into live sports, although so far has only hosted one-off events in tennis, golf, and a boxing match between Mike Tyson and YouTube star Jake Paul on July 20. And starting in January 2025, it will be home to WWE’s weekly “Raw” series.

But the NFL games signal Netflix is willing to pay big money to land what remains the most consistent ratings driver in America.

It also continues Netflix’s push into overall live broadcasting. In the last month, the streaming giant “aired” a live Tom Brady Roast, as well as its six-part live comedy special “John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in L.A.”

The Netflix deal comes as sports rights across the board change hands—with traditional broadcast companies now increasingly locked into battle with streaming platforms. Notably, the NBA is in intense negotiations for its next media partners, with bids reportedly surpassing $2 billion.

In a world of dwindling returns to traditional TV formats, live sports continue to command reliably large audiences.

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Biden campaign launches Arizona ad blitz on heels of abortion ruling

April 15, 2024

President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign launched a paid media blitz about reproductive rights in Arizona on Thursday, April 11—two days after the state’s Supreme Court upheld a near-total abortion ban  dating back to 1864, reports NBC News.

The seven-figure ad buy focuses on former President Donald Trump’s latest abortion stance, in which he again took credit for overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling because of the justices he appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and said states should decide abortion policy.

The move is part of a larger, more aggressive strategy to seize on Trump’s record on abortion, with the Biden team quickly mobilizing to respond on an issue it sees as the most motivating one for voters in November.

“Because of Donald Trump, millions of women lost the fundamental freedom to control their own bodies,” the ad opens, with Biden narrating and then saying: “Women’s lives are in danger because of that.”

The 30-second spot, which first aired Thursday on MSNBC, will target key young, female and Latino voters, both on television and online, according to the campaign.

“Your body and your decisions belong to you, not the government, not Donald Trump,” Biden says directly to the camera before he vows: “I will fight like hell to get your freedom back.”

The campaign said it hopes to reach voters in the battleground state this month with ad placements on shows like Abbott Elementary, Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy, American Idol, The Voice, and  Saturday Night Live, as well as sports events and entertainment programming on TNT, TLC, ESPN, FX, and Bravo.

“This week, women across the state of Arizona are watching in horror as an abortion ban from 1864 with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the health of a woman will soon become the law of the land for Arizonans,” campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said in a statement Thursday. “This nightmare is only possible because of Donald Trump.”

A 60-second spot released on Monday, April 8,  features a testimonial from a Texas woman who says she nearly died twice from a miscarriage because she was denied care.

At the end of that video, the ad text says: “Donald Trump did this.”

Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to travel to Tucson on Friday to hold a political event focused on reproductive freedom, where she plans to put Trump front and center on abortion, a Biden campaign official said.

When Biden was asked Wednesday for his message to Arizonans about the state Supreme Court’s Civil War-era ruling, he told NBC News, “Elect me,” adding that he was from the “21st century, not back then. They weren’t even a state.”

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A California bill would let workers ignore their bosses during off hours

April 4, 2024

A new bill is aiming to give Californians more work-life balance by restricting when employers can contact them during off-hours, reports NBC News.

So-called “right to disconnect” laws already have made headlines overseas. If passed, California would be the first state in the USA to try it.

Under the bill proposed by San Francisco Assemblymember Matt Haney, California companies would have to better specify employee “compensated” hours.

In turn, employees wouldn’t be expected to respond to calls, texts, or emails outside that timeframe—a welcomed change for remote workers like Rob Hayes.

The Solano County resident says, “It feels like I have to set my phone on silent certain times; not open up my computer certain times. If I don’t right now, I kind of feel like I would be left behind or not seen as someone who works hard; so I think it’s really beneficial.”

The state’s labor commission could investigate and fine employers for interrupting employees’ personal time. Management expert professor Amira Barger believes the bill addresses workplace equity issues.

“We are dealing with an epidemic of burnout and that’s part of how we got here,” said the Cal State East Bay professor. “This is a necessary adaptation as we look towards the future of work. Employees are demanding more of employers and they are demanding a new value proposition of what work looks like.”

The bill makes exceptions for emergencies, scheduling, and collective bargaining—but also aims to create boundaries in business that assembly member Haney says are missing.

“California created many of these technologies that allow people to be available 24/7. We should also lead the way in making sure we can make them sustainable for work-life balance,” he says.

But California’s Chamber of Commerce argues the bill is a step backwards for workplace flexibility and fails to consider California’s longstanding laws regarding hours worked and compensation.

Haney disagrees—saying he feels it actually does the opposite, while also creating a stronger workforce.

“I’m hopeful that this increases the competitiveness of California’s industries and helps people to come back to work, or come to work in California,” he said. “I think this is actually going to help our competitiveness as a state for industries, for highly skilled workers.”

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César Chávez’s family demands RFK Jr. stop using images of the iconic labor leader in his campaign

April 2, 2024

The family of César Chávez wants independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to stop referencing the late labor and civil rights leader on the campaign trail, reports NBC News.

“We respectfully call upon you and your campaign to cease using images of our father to associate yourself with him and suggest your campaign’s goals are compatible,” said the letter signed by Chávez’s eldest son, Fernando Chávez.

“It is our sincere conviction that this association is untrue and deceptive,” he added.

The letter said that the family would “pursue all legal action available” if Kennedy failed to halt his campaign’s use of the United Farm Workers co-founder’s name and imagery.

When reached for comment, Kennedy campaign spokesperson Stefanie Spear said: “RFK Jr.’s father, Robert F. Kennedy, was a good friend of César Chávez and a staunch supporter of farmworkers throughout his life. RFK Jr. has carried on that legacy and has spent more than 40 years fighting against the poisoning of workers and consumers.”

On Friday, ahead of César Chávez Day, the Chávez family formally endorsed President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign. One of César Chávez’s granddaughters, Julie Rodriguez Chavez, serves as Biden’s 2024 campaign manager. Dolores Huerta, Chavez’s partner in founding the UFW, has also remained a Biden ally.

In 1968, Kennedy’s father, former Attorney General Robert Kennedy Sr., flew to California to join Chavez after he had engaged in a water-only fast for 25 days. Kennedy Sr.—at the time running for the Democratic presidential nomination—lent considerable political backing to the farm labor movement’s nonviolent efforts, which included a multiyear strike of the California grape industry. His relationship with Chavez was a key marker for the Democratic Party’s embrace of the farmworkers’ labor rights movement. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.

Kennedy Jr. is holding an event in Los Angeles that his campaign said will “celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, a good friend of RFK and RFK, Jr.” The invitation for the event includes a photo of Kennedy Sr. and Chávez.

In July 2023, at a conference for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Kennedy commented on his family’s relationship with Chavez.

“My father’s close—and probably most important political alliance—which was César Chávez, who helped him win the California primary during the last day of his life and remained a very, very close friend of mine for most of my adult life,” Kennedy said.

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What the National Association of Realtors’ settlement means for consumers, real estate brokers

March 21, 2024

New rules could start saving home buyers and sellers thousands of dollars in lower commissions as soon as this summer, but experts say it will take the market some time to digest the changes, reports NBC News.

groundbreaking $418 million settlement announced on Friday, March 15, by the powerful National Association of Realtors is set to usher in the most sweeping reforms the American real estate market has seen in a century. It could dramatically drive down homebuyers’ costs—and push some real estate brokers out of business.

Here’s a look at how we got here and what to expect in the months ahead.

 NAR already has lost a big case

For decades, the NAR has required home sale listing brokers to provide an offer of compensation to a buyer’s agent up front. That usually comes out to about 6%, split between a seller’s broker and a buyer’s agent.

But that model has come under intensifying scrutiny from critics, who have likened it to a cartel. Late last year, a jury in a Kansas City federal court found the longstanding practice to be a form of collusion that artificially inflated real estate fees—awarding a massive $1.78 billion judgment against NAR.

What changes now for homebuyers and sellers

If the settlement announced last Friday is approved by a federal court, the standard 6% commission goes away. Sellers would no longer have to make a compensation proposal to prospective buyers and their agents. Critics have said that this move will encourage brokers to push their clients toward more expensive properties.

Another new rule would see homebuyers having to sign an explicit deal with a broker before they start working with one—something experts say would lead many homebuyers to forgo using brokers entirely.

The new rules would kick in within months of approval—currently expected around mid-July.

What about the next few months?

Everyone involved in the market should expect “a certain amount of uncertainty for the coming months,” says Marty Green, principal at mortgage law firm Polunsky Beitel Green.

“The industry will be in transition as everyone digests the settlements and market forces begin working,” he predicts. “We will begin to see some creative buyer’s agent arrangements that may have been harder to get traction on before.”

Home buyers and their agents will need to decide on a commission and put it in writing. Sellers, likewise, will need to work carefully with their listing agents as the new rules come into effect.

U.S. consumers might save in the long run …

The changes could mean buyers will save on commissions—eventually bringing U.S. fees more in line with the much lower transaction costs seen in other residential property markets around the world.

Some commissions could even be cut in half, Jaret Seiberg, housing policy analyst for TD Cowen Washington Research Group, told clients in a note on Friday.

The new rules “should lead to commissions falling 25% to 50%, which we view as benefiting online real estate brokers,” Seiberg wrote, but he warned it’s too early to declare “the end of local real estate agents, given their local expertise and reputation in neighborhoods. It is why we do not see this following the travel agency model in which online eclipsed local offices.”

… but buyers could face more confusion

Holden Lewis, a home and mortgage expert at NerdWallet, warned of a “potential negative trade-off”: “Buyer-seller negotiations will become more complex, and buyers with plenty of cash might navigate the process more easily than buyers who don’t have a lot of savings,” he said. Seiberg flagged a similar concern in his note, saying it could particularly affect first-time buyers with limited means to pay for an agent.

Brokers and agents have come out against the settlement, saying it will make the home-buying process more byzantine for consumers and discounts the important role agents play in helping them navigate it.

“I’m a full-service real estate agent, so when I go to list my client’s house, I align their goals with my goal; and that goal is selling for the highest amount possible,” says Roy Remick, a realtor based in Northern Virginia, who said he often pays thousands of dollars of his own for services like staging homes to aid the sale process.

“This is ultimately someone saying, ‘You guys make too much money,’ which I don’t think is right for someone to dictate,” he comments.

Buyers’ agents will be left “flying blind” since they won’t know how much they’ll end up making from a given home, Remick warns. “We’ll have to make a bunch of phone calls, because now we don’t know what [the commission] is because we can’t see it in the MLS. But we’ve already got an agreement with buyer [sbout] how much they’ll be able to compensate us.”

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