3. Dangerous gun law concealed in bill supporting DV survivors
The incredibly dangerous Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is going to be attached to the very helpful Fix NICS bill in the House Rules Committee tomorrow, and the combined bills will be voted on by the full House of Representatives on Wednesday. Concealed Carry Reciprocity would guarantee that abusers can stalk their intimate partners across state lines while carrying a concealed weapon. FIX NICS, on the other hand, would ensure the FBI’s database is up to date so that domestic violence abusers do not pass background checks. While we want Fix NICS to become law, we can’t support it alongside Concealed Carry Reciprocity.
2. Don't be fooled by the name - this bill guts sick days
The deceptively named "Workflex in the 21st Century Act" would gut local and state paid sick and fair scheduling laws, giving corporations the power to bypass laws in 40 jurisdictions across the country. On Wednesday, this bill will be debated in a subcommittee hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee. Go to paidsickdays.org to send an action alert to Congress to tell them the bill is an attack on local democracy and hard-working Americans.
1. There's still time to stop this terrible tax bill
Both chambers of Congress have passed versions of a tax bill that will have a negative impact on healthcare for millions of Americans -- and could result in cuts to programs like Medicare, Social Security, and food stamps. An additional $1.4 trillion in debt will have grave consequences for our country, putting into jeopardy services that support women and children like housing assistance and child care subsidies. Right now the House and Senate leaders are starting to combine the different versions into a single tax bill that must be voted on again in both chambers – this means there is still time to make sure your member of Congress is a vocal opponent. Thirteen million Americans will be left without health insurance, insurance premiums will skyrocket for millions, and students will be left with an incredible tax burden while eighty percent of millionaires pay less in taxes if the new tax compromise is passed in the House and Senate. Call your members today and let them know where you stand.
And for you...
Here at JWI, we're getting ready for next Monday's Women to Watch. As we have for the past 17 years, we're recognizing 10 remarkable women leaders. this week, tag @JewishWomenIntl on social media and share with the world the names of women who inspire you.