Senate Republicans introduced yet another health care bill on September 13 in a final effort to repeal Obamacare by using a special budget procedure to advance the legislation with a simple majority by the end of September. League of Women Voters of the U.S. president Chris Carson issued the following statement:
“This last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is more of the same: cuts to Medicare and the loss of health coverage for millions of Americans.
“Senators are, once again, trying to rush through irresponsible legislation before the window closes this month…
“The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law but it has provided health care to millions of Americans who previously went without coverage.
“It is high time Congress stopped trying to repeal Obamacare and started focusing on ways to improve the law.”
The freedom to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Protecting our voting rights is part of the mission of the League of Women Voters. Politicians should not be putting up barriers that prevent people from voting, purging eligible registered voters and collecting their personal information.
The Commission on Election Integrity met on September 12 in New Hampshire. Reports about the meeting from NH TV stations can be found here and here.
Please help us encourage commission members to make voting easier, not more difficult. They should be protecting, not suppressing, the votes of Americans and building trust in our democratic process.
Public comments may be submitted at any time prior to the submission of the Commission’s final report. To submit a comment for future meetings of the Commission, please visit Regulations.gov and click the Comment Now button on the top right portion of the screen. For more information, see lwv.org.
On September 6, the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) joined the League of Women Voters United States (LWVUS) to file an Amicus Curiae Brief in Federal Court in the case of Juliana v. U.S. The press release from LWVOR states, “The Leagues support the 21 young people from across the United States who have filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government, via the Eugene, Oregon- based organization, Our Children’s Trust. The complaint asserts that, in causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.” Read the entire press release here.