On the Hill
Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services

President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Senate Republicans Filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

Senate Republicans Filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

The Senate blocked efforts to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) by a 54-43 vote today along strict party lines, with Republicans and moderates - including Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) - voting no.
Senators and President Obama Mark Equal Pay Day With Actions To Close Wage Gap

Senators and President Obama Mark Equal Pay Day With Actions To Close Wage Gap

"The time has passed for us to recognize that what determines success should not be our gender, but rather our talent, our drive, and the strength of our contributions."
Senate Votes to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Senate Votes to Extend Unemployment Benefits

The Senate voted 50-38 yesterday to approve a bill that would restore jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months.
Obama Poised To Sign Two Executive Actions On Equal Pay

Obama Poised To Sign Two Executive Actions On Equal Pay

President Obama will sign two executive actions tomorrow to promote equal pay for women.
Senate To Vote on Equal Pay Legislation

Senate To Vote on Equal Pay Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the Senate will vote on equal pay legislation as soon as next week.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Contribution Caps

Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Contribution Caps

Justice Breyer wrote in the dissent, joined by Justice Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, that the Court's decision, "eviscerates our Nation's campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve."
Senate Votes to Reauthorize Child Care Bill

Senate Votes to Reauthorize Child Care Bill

The Senate voted 96-2 last week to pass the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), a federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families and funding for child care initiatives.
Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act

Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act

"I always hoped we could do the right thing here – and deliver a military justice system that is free from bias and conflict of interest – a military justice system that is worthy of the brave men and women who fight for us."
Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

"Today's filibuster should concern every person who care about our justice system."
President Obama Increases Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

President Obama Increases Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

President Obama signed an Executive Order Wednesday increasing the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.
Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

“Full time work should not be rewarded with full time poverty. Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs should have a chance to support themselves and their families and build a little economic security. It is time for Congress to act and raise the minimum wage."
President Obama Signs Defense Bill Expanding Efforts to Prevent Military Sexual Assault

President Obama Signs Defense Bill Expanding Efforts to Prevent Military Sexual Assault

Late last week, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA), which expands efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthens protections for victims. Under the new law, any individual in the military who sexual assaults another will face dishonorable discharge, and commanders will not be able to overturn jury decisions. Legal...
FAMILY Act Introduced Today

FAMILY Act Introduced Today

If passed, the act will help millions of workers afford take time off to address their own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member or new child.
Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief

Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief

The Senate Banking Committee voted 14-8 to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve.
US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan's Transition

US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan’s Transition

The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014.
Voters Decided on 31 Ballot Measures in 2013 Elections

Voters Decided on 31 Ballot Measures in 2013 Elections

Voters across the United States decided on 31 ballot measure in six states during Monday's elections. Here's what they voted for and against.
Save Your Seat: Feminist Majority's 2013 Women, Money, Power Summit Begins October 8!

Save Your Seat: Feminist Majority’s 2013 Women, Money, Power Summit Begins October 8!

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to grab a seat at the table with our nation's political and feminist thinkers and activists and get to work.
Ohio Judge: ‘I Don’t Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness’

Ohio Judge: ‘I Don’t Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness’

After making headlines for months because of court cases regarding early voting in Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted is once again battling with a judge over voting. This time, the case concerns Husted’s 11th hour directive that could cause legitimate provisional ballots to be thrown out in the state of Ohio. Provisional ballots were...
HERvotes Takes On the Jobs Crisis

HERvotes Takes On the Jobs Crisis

This post originally appeared on the Ms. Blog Our first #HERvotes blog carnival was so successful, we’re doing it again! On August 25-26, to mark the anniversaries of the passage of the 19th amendment and the March on Washington, Ms. joined with 21 women’s organizations to collectively publish 77 blog posts with a single harmonious...