After a long summer recess, Congress is back in session; and while they’ve been away we’ve been planning, advocating, and turning passion into action. Congress will have until the end of the year to act on many of the policy issues we care about and that directly impact women, children, and families.
Take action with us this fall and learn more about the issues at the forefront of our democracy. Write, call, and email your lawmakers. Together, we can make change happen.
Abortion access is under a sustained and coordinated attack. Since 2010, state lawmakers have passed over 400 restrictions forcing providers to perform unnecessary tests, regulating the width of clinic hallways, or even banning abortion outright. Encourage your lawmakers to champion abortion access for all by supporting WHPA and the EACH Woman Act today.
The Background Check Expansion Act (S 42), introduced by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) on January 8, 2019, would expand the National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS) to require a background check on nearly every gun sale or transfer with exceptions for gifts to family members, hunting, target shooting, and self-defense. Urge your senators to expand background checks and save lives today.
A Supreme Court decision in 2013, Shelby County v. Holder, struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which required jurisdictions with histories of voting rights violations to submit proposed changes to election laws to the Department of Justice before they went into effect to ensure they were not discriminatory. The VRAA would restore section 4 and the strength of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Tell your representatives to cosponsor HR 4 today.
In September, President Trump nominated Steven Menashi to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That’s just one step below the United States Supreme Court. Menashi currently works in the White House counsel’s office and, throughout his career and schooling, has worked to advance an extreme, partisan ideological agenda. Tell the Senate why Steven Menashi is bad for our judiciary and why they should reject his nomination.