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This Week in Washington

The Supreme Court began arguments today on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Read ADA President Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s (D-CA) Op-Ed, “Affordable Care Act already has helped millions in U.S.”,  featured in papers across the nation.

Parties from both sides of the debate are rallying outside of the Supreme Court this week.  Want to help?  Join us in protesting in support of the Affordable Care Act.  Although we still strongly prefer single-payer Medicare for All, we encourage all ADA members to stand up in support of health care reform. 

Upcoming Events

Join us April 11th for a  "summit meeting" of America's leading voices on progressive tax reform, which will focus on inequities in the tax code and how to make the system fairer.  This event is hosted by the ADA Education Fund with the Congressional Progressive Caucus serving as honorary host.

Tax Equity: Paying Fair
When:  Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – Noon to 1:30 PM
Where:  Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 209-08


    John Nichols, Nation magazine (moderator)
    Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
    Elspeth Gilmore, Resource Generation
    Mike Lapham, Responsible Wealth campaign, United for a Fair Economy
    Chuck Marr, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
    Robert McIntyre, Citizens for Tax Justice
    Rebecca Thiess, Economic Policy Institute

Learn more and RSVP for the Tax Equity round-table event!

After the April 11st panel, we’re going to take it to the streets for our Tax Day Rally.  Join other patriotic Americans at noon in downtown Washington, D.C., April 17 — Tax Day 2012 — at the offices of Grover Norquist, the anti-government zealot who has devoted his entire life to making sure the top 1% never pay their fair share!  

Learn more about this exciting rally and bring your signs, your voice, and your outrage!  RSVP for the Tax Day Rally here.

Budget Vote This Week

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-W) is at it again with another disastrous federal budget proposal. He’s advocating for roughly $3 trillion in tax cuts (mainly for the wealthy), at the expense of seniors, the disabled and children.  A vote on Ryan’s budget is expected this week, but there is hope for a progressive budget.  Learn more about the People’s budget, proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.  

Hands down, the most effective way to influence this vote is by calling your Representative toll free now (Capitol Switchboard - 1-877-762-8762) and telling him/her to vote No on the 1% Ryan Budget and Yes on the People’s Budget


  • The Affordable Care Act Turns Two—Romney Care Turns Six” -- With arrival of these two anniversaries and with the Supreme Court considering the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, it is instructive to ask: What has happened under Romney Care in Massachusetts?
  • Working Families Win (WFW) Iowa organized two successful demonstrations against the cuts in academics at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) last week. On Thursday, over 100 people braved the pouring rain for a rally where State Senator Jeff Danielson and State Rep. Bob Kressig spoke in support of their efforts. Then on Friday, they helped organize a funeral procession, mourning the loss of academic programs at UNI.

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