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BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay

BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay

The amount of time she has been waiting to be confirmed totals the wait time of the last seven attorney general nominees combined.
Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education

Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education

The Senate overwhelmingly approved of HR 2 on Tuesday, a $200 billion package that included an enormous increase of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula.
Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day

Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and five Democratic women of the Senate today to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault

This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault

Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act.
BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban

BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban

After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
Senator Introduces Four Extreme Bills Attacking Reproductive Rights

Senator Introduces Four Extreme Bills Attacking Reproductive Rights

Senator Vitter from Louisiana last week introduced four bills in the Senate that are all against reproductive choice.
House Republicans Push National 20-Week Abortion Ban on First Day Back in Congress

House Republicans Push National 20-Week Abortion Ban on First Day Back in Congress

When the 114th Congress came together for their first session, two legislators in the House of Representatives re-introduced a nationwide 20-week abortion ban.
Incremental Gains for Women in Congress

Incremental Gains for Women in Congress

At this rate, it would take more than another 2 generations of women to get to parity in Congressional representation. “Clearly, this is not acceptable,” said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees

Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was able to push for confirmation of 24 Obama nominees over the weekend.
Women Legislators Lead Fight Against Controversial Spending Bill

Women Legislators Lead Fight Against Controversial Spending Bill

In both chambers of Congress, women are leading the fight against the legislation, which contains controversial provisions on abortion, abstinence-only education, financial reform, and other issues impacting millions of Americans.
New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception for Survivors of Sexual Assault

New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception for Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014 would require hospitals that receive federal funding - including Catholic hospitals - to tell sexual assault survivors that emergency contraception is available to them and to provide it regardless of their ability to pay.
CVS Will Refund 11,000 Customers Illegally Charged for Birth Control

CVS Will Refund 11,000 Customers Illegally Charged for Birth Control

Congresswoman Jackie Speier alerted the chain that they were acting in violation of the Affordable Care Act earlier this month. Now, CVS has promised to issue refunds by October 1.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Says Controversial Nominee Lacks Support

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Says Controversial Nominee Lacks Support

Prominent Democrats voiced overwhelming opposition to the appointment of Boggs, who supported Confederate flag insignia as a Georgia state legislator, wanted to ban same-sex marriage, and supported the publication of abortion doctors' names on the Internet.
Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President's Desk

Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President’s Desk

The Senate on Thursday voted to renew the Debbie Smith Act, aimed at cutting the backlog of untested rape kits. The bill, already passed in the House, now heads to President Obama to become law.
Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

The Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act yesterday, marking the second time this year and the fourth time since 2012 legislators voted along party lines against the equal pay legislation.
Senate Holds Hearing on Police Militarization One Month After Michael Brown's Death

Senate Holds Hearing on Police Militarization One Month After Michael Brown’s Death

Senator Claire McCaskill led an oversight hearing Tuesday in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee highlighting growing concerns about the militarization of state and local law enforcement agencies.
UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

The Senate voted 73-25 to allow the bill to move forward to a debate.
Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

This marks the second time this year that the Senate will take up the equal pay legislation.
Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss's Business Act

Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss’s Business Act

Women's health advocates came together in Central Florida last week to rally against the US Supreme Court's June ruling in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and push for federal legislation to overturn the decision.
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.