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Parties Part Ways in Budget Talks

With bipartisan budget talks collapsing again over the weekend, both parties have retreated to their corners to work up separate plans.  Republicans are pushing for a short-term deal, in hopes of forcing Democrats into multiple debt-raising votes for next year’s election.  Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is expected to release a proposal as early as today; it would protect entitlements, but cut other spending without increasing new revenues.  Meanwhile, financial markets are beginning to worry a deal won’t be struck, leading to a previously unimaginable default on U.S. obligations.

Just Announced:  NEA President Dennis Van Roekel Added to List of Honorees

The ADA Banquet Committee is proud to announce that Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association, will join House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and ADA Counsel Jack Blum to be honored at our upcoming Awards Banquet.
     When:  Tuesday, September 13, 2011
     Where:  L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC

Learn more about this exciting event and reserve your ticket today!

Congressional Briefing on Marriage Equality

Tomorrow, the ADA Education Fund will hold a Congressional Briefing on Marriage Equality on Capitol Hill. 
     When:  Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM
     Where:  2456 Rayburn House Office Building

Building off the momentum from the passage of a marriage equality law in New York, Americans are presented with a unique opportunity to address this growing demand for equal rights. This discussion will help shed some light on this movement and demonstrate how marriage equality affects all Americans.

     Panelists include:
     •Ms. Jo Deutsch, Federal Director of Freedom to Marry
     •Dean Nan Hunter, Georgetown Professor of Law; Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
     •Delegate Anne Kaiser (MD-14), Leading Legislative Advocate for Marriage Equality in the state of Maryland
     •Dr. Dennis W. Wiley, Pastor at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

Special Presentation by New York Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell -- An insider’s view from Albany by the lead sponsor of the recently passed Marriage Equality Act.

Also, be sure to check out the ADA Education Fund's new website!

More on Marriage

It's been a big week for marriage equality advocates.  Last week, President Obama endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act. This bill sponsored by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Nadler (D-NY), would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that has denied same-sex couples the freedom to marry.  Last Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first hearing on potential repeal of DOMA.  Watch this video of Senator Al Franken questioning the testimony and credibility of Tim Minnery of Focus on the Family.

Finally, over the weekend 659 couples got married in New York City and as the New York Times said, it "did not bring about the apocalypse."


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