On the Hill
President Obama Signs Executive Order Promoting Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

President Obama Signs Executive Order Promoting Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

President Obama signed an executive order last week aimed at promoting fair pay and safe workplaces for workers employed by federal contractors.
New Bills Would Advance Reproductive Healthcare Gains of Affordable Care Act

New Bills Would Advance Reproductive Healthcare Gains of Affordable Care Act

Two new bills introduced in Congress could help improve health outcomes for people of color, low income communities, and female members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
A Call for Action to Reduce Gun Deaths Among Victims of Domestic Violence

A Call for Action to Reduce Gun Deaths Among Victims of Domestic Violence

Over 250 people gathered inside the Dirksen Senate building on Wednesday to support legislation aimed at decreasing intimate partner homicide through gun violence.
Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

Representatives George Miller and Rosa DeLauro introduced a bill last week that aims to protect hourly workers from scheduling abuses and allow for greater flexibility and certainty around their work schedules.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

The treaty, among other things, reaffirms the need for fundamental human rights for all people with disabilities, and highlights the need to recognize and respond to discrimination against those with disabilities.
"From Passion to Progress" Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists

“From Passion to Progress” Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists

Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal.
Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

The President yesterday signed a long-awaited executive order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

New Clarification Requires Corporations Refusing Contraceptive Coverage To Inform Their Employees

The White House clarified on Thursday that closely held for-profit corporations refusing to provide contraceptive coverage will be required to inform their employees.
Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats in the House and Senate are expected to introduce companion bills today to reverse the US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by prohibiting for-profit employers from refusing to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
White House Holds Summit on Working Families Today

White House Holds Summit on Working Families Today

Ahead of the Summit, the White House released two reports on working families.
Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

The Senate today is expected to approve $41 million in funding to process hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country.
Obama to Issue Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT Employees

Obama to Issue Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT Employees

The Obama administration announced yesterday that the President will issue an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown

US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown

The remaining troops will help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations.
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.