Daily Actions for September 17, 2021

Email Senator Cantwell: Phone: (202) 224-3441 Fax: (202) 228-0514 Press releases
Email Senator Murray: Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238 Press releases
Email Rep. Kilmer: Phone: (202) 225-5916 News

    1. Contact our senators and tell them to modify the filibuster if necessary to pass the Freedom to Vote Act,” introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin, Raphael Warnock and Amy Klobuchar as well as H.R.4, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021.” The Freedom to Vote Act counters state laws that allow partisans to overturn lawful elections. It puts in place procedural safeguards against local election officials being removed for partisan purposes and makes intimidating election workers a felony. The bill enables all voters to request mail-in ballots and puts in place minimum standards to ensure that drop boxes are available to all voters. The bill requires states to offer at least 15 days of early in-person voting, to register eligible voters automatically with their driver’s license, and to offer Election Day registration. In addition, the bill sets standards to constrain voter-registration purges. The bill makes Election Day a holiday. It also targets Georgia’s inhumane new law that prohibits individuals from providing water or food to voters waiting in long lines. The bill requires paper ballots and sets up a grant grant program for the purchase of updated and secure voting equipment. Candidates and their election committees are required to report to federal authorities any foreign contacts seeking to contribute to or coordinate campaign efforts. The bill contains provisions to curb gerrymandering. The bill also contains provisions to moderate dark-money political contributions. Read more here. The bill does NOT include any provisions of H.R.4, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021,” which would create procedural rules governing voting-rights violations, which still needs to be passed if the DOJ is to have any ability to challenge states on their voting rights legislation in the future. Read about the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act here.

    2. Contact our members of Congress and urge them to vote for H.R.3755/S.1975, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021. The bill would protect a person’s ability to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide abortion services. Read more here and here.

    3. Contact Sen. Cantwell and thank her for introducing S.1315, the Lymphedema Treatment Act, which would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items under the Medicare program. Lymphedema is the accumulation of fluid in the limbs that often occurs when lymph nodes are removed because cancer has spread to them. Sen. Murray is a co-sponsor and Rep. Kilmer is a co-sponsor of the identical bill in the House, H.R.3630.

    4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to co-sponsor and pass H.R.5167 to provide an additional $400 million in emergency support for older foster youth under the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood. A 2021 John Burton Advocates for Youth survey found that: 73.8% of young people reported experiencing high degrees of financial insecurity, 50% of young people reported housing instability or homelessness, 68% of young people age 18-24 reported a negative impact on employment during the pandemic. More info here.

    5. Contact our members of Congress and urge them to support tax plans that raise taxes on the wealthy. According an article at HuffingtonPost.com, Democrats have lowered their sights on tax reform. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has proposed a 26.5% top corporate tax rate, slightly lower than the 28% rate wanted by Pres. Biden. Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed taxing stock buybacks. That’s thin gruel compared to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s S.510, the “Ultra-Millionaire Tax” on fortunes over $50 Million, described here

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