Posts tagged "congress"

House Majority Passes Yet Another Anti-Abortion Bill

The House on Wednesday voted 245-182 to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016, a bill which would restrict access to abortion by allowing healthcare workers and health insurance providers to refuse to cover abortion services.

House Holds Hearing on Anti-LGBTQ Bill despite Widespread Criticism

Exactly one month after the massacre at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman claimed the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on a piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation known as the First Amendment Defense Act.

House Investigation of Abortion Providers Set to Exceed $1 Million

According to the House Administration Committee, the Select Investigative Panel scrutinizing abortion providers is requesting around $500,000 to continue its probe into the practices of the organizations. If approved, the total cost of the investigation will exceed one million dollars by the end of the year.
Activists Rally for Latina Equal Pay Day

Activists Rally for Latina Equal Pay Day

Latina women on average have to wait 10 months into the calendar year to be paid the same as white men in the previous year.
Deal in Trans-Pacific Partnership is Reached

Deal in Trans-Pacific Partnership is Reached

The United States and ten other countries have reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, leaving environmentalists, human rights activists, women’s rights activists, doctors, and many others concerned.
House Republicans to Launch New Select Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood as Attacks on Clinics Continue

House Republicans to Launch New Select Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood as Attacks on Clinics Continue

House Republicans will assemble a new select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, two Planned Parenthood clinics in two different states have been set on fire in apparent arson.
Congress Passes a Continuing Resolution, Avoids Government Shutdown For Now

Congress Passes a Continuing Resolution, Avoids Government Shutdown For Now

Congress passed a continuing resolution hours before the midnight deadline, avoiding a shutdown and protecting funding for Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood President Testifies Before House Committee

Planned Parenthood President Testifies Before House Committee

Amid calls from anti-abortion lawmakers to defund Planned Parenthood, the organizations’s president Cecile Richards testified today in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The initial purpose of the hearing was to “investigate” Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funds in light of unscrupulous and thoroughly debunked claims that the organization profits from fetal tissue...
PPFA President Agrees to Testify Before House Committee; House Dems Demand CMP Testify, Too

PPFA President Agrees to Testify Before House Committee; House Dems Demand CMP Testify, Too

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards has agreed to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is chaired by Reps. John Chaffetz (R-UT). The House Committee is “investigating” allegations against Planned Parenthood after the release of highly edited and misleading videos from anti-choice group calling itself the Center for...
Senate Democrats Block Restrictive 20-Week Abortion Ban

Senate Democrats Block Restrictive 20-Week Abortion Ban

Senate Dems blocked HR 36, a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors under 18 years of age seeking abortion care to report the crime to authorities.
Planned Parenthood Clinic Blaze Ruled Arson As Legislative Attacks Continue

Planned Parenthood Clinic Blaze Ruled Arson As Legislative Attacks Continue

Physical attacks join legislative attacks; as a Planned Parenthood clinic blaze in Washington is ruled arson, Republicans in Congress call for a full defunding of the women's health organization.
Claims Against Planned Parenthood Repeatedly Proven Bogus

Claims Against Planned Parenthood Repeatedly Proven Bogus

Five states have now concluded investigations into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and every single investigation has concluded no wrongdoing. These investigations were stimulated by highly doctored and deceptive videos falsely claiming PPFA has been selling fetal tissue. State agency representatives from Georgia, South Dakota, Florida, Indiana, and Massachusetts have independently confirmed that all...
Senate Democrats Protect Funding for Planned Parenthood

Senate Democrats Protect Funding for Planned Parenthood

Senate Bill 1881 would have slashed $528 million in federal funds from Planned Parenthood.
The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today

The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today

Sponsored by Republican Senator Joni Ernst, Senate Bill 1881 would prohibit all Federal funding of Planned Parenthood or "any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

A vote to eliminate all federal funding to the national organization fell short of the votes necessary for such an action.
The EACH Woman Act Expanding Abortion Access Was Just Introduced in Congress

The EACH Woman Act Expanding Abortion Access Was Just Introduced in Congress

Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, and Diana DeGette today introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, which would lift restrictions on health insurance coverage for abortion.
TPP "Fast Track" Headed Back to the Senate Again

TPP “Fast Track” Headed Back to the Senate Again

In what has become a procedural roller-coaster, the House voted 218 to 208 yesterday to pass Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Senate Blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act Again

The Senate Blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act Again

The Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), championed by Senator Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY), was once again blocked by the Senate in a vote yesterday.
Eleanor Smeal Calls the TPP a "Bad Deal" for Women

Eleanor Smeal Calls the TPP a “Bad Deal” for Women

Dozens of activists, leaders, and members of Congress joined Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal this morning to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act

Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday filed the Military Justice Improvement Act as an amendment to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act.