The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to block a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year, but the clock is still ticking on a potential government shutdown.
Progressive lawmakers are attempting to shift the discussion from budget deficits, which are abstract to many Americans, to something more real: the “deficits” in the nation’s education, infrastructure, wages, and social safety net.
The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid time off to care for a new child, a sick relative, or oneself during a serious illness.
Including the Hyde Amendment in the president’s budget isn’t new. But advocates, and even some members of Congress, are working to make it news.
“The tax code today is stacked in favor of people who make money off of money and against those who make money off of hard work,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said in a speech this week.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has committed up to $35 million to fund the clearance of rape kit backlogs across the country, in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog program.
After months of squabbling, Congress last week was unable to pass a budget bill that included funding to decrease the backlog in rape kits across the country.
On Thursday, the Senate rejected a last-minute Republican effort led by Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to scuttle President Obama’s current and future efforts at immigration reform.
May 11-17 marks National Women’s Health Week, when women are encouraged to get checkups and health screenings and build relationships with their health-care providers. Meanwhile, a significant source of care for women, infants, children, and youth living with HIV is under attack.
So far this year, lawmakers in at least five states have introduced legislation to prohibit the practice of shackling pregnant inmates.