On the Hill
Obama Makes His Mark on Federal Appeals Courts

Obama Makes His Mark on Federal Appeals Courts

The make-up of the thirteen US federal appeals courts experienced a marked change under the Obama Administration.
Obama Proclaims June 2014 LGBT Pride Month

Obama Proclaims June 2014 LGBT Pride Month

"During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains."
Senator Lindsey Graham Pushes Federal 20-Week Abortion Ban

Senator Lindsey Graham Pushes Federal 20-Week Abortion Ban

The bill has no Democratic sponsors, but 41 Republican Senators have already pledged support of the bill.
Bill Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers Re-Introduced

Bill Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers Re-Introduced

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) re-introduced the Peace Corps Equity Act in the Senate and House last week.
President Obama Announces That US Will Help Nigeria Find Kidnapped Girls

President Obama Announces That US Will Help Nigeria Find Kidnapped Girls

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the US will assist Nigeria in finding the over 200 teenage girls who were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram three weeks ago.
Senate Republicans Block Vote on Federal Minimum Wage Increase

Senate Republicans Block Vote on Federal Minimum Wage Increase

The Senate voted 54-42 along party lines to end debate on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act - short of the 60 votes needed to move forward.
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.
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.