The interest rate on new federal student loans is set to double on July 1st to a whopping 6.8%. Higher education needs to be affordable for our students -- not at higher rates than Wall Street banks pay.
Sign on to the petition below in support of the Bank on Student Loan Fairness Act, proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren. If Congress doesn't act by July 1, our students will pay a rate nine times higher than the one our government grants to big banks. This bill would allow students to borrow money for their education at the same rate as big banks.
Even before formal budget negotiations have begun, President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are suggesting cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
They want to reduce Social Security payments by changing the inflation rates to "chained CPI", a flawed economic logic which assumes that if health care costs are too high, seniors will switch to cheaper options. While this may be true with cars and other purchases, it does not account for the fact that seniors often do not have a choice. As for Medicare, they have suggested savings from "means-testing" Medicare, or cutting benefits from middle-income retirees.
It's our job at ADA to stand up for the progressive issues that affect our communities. While we will praise the President for his good deeds, we are not afraid to criticize him when he veers too far towards the right. This reminds us too much of the 2009 health care negotiations when the President removed a single-payer option from the table before even sitting down. We cannot let that happen again.
Together, we must stand up and protect Social Security and Medicare. Sign the petition below and we'll send it to President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote on the progressive “Back to Work” budget, proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The “Back to Work” budget is focused on raising revenue, ending the ongoing jobs crisis, investing in our communities and ensuring that all Americans and corporations pay their fair share in taxes.
The GOP budget is not about saving money, it’s about destroying critical programs that benefit working Americans: transforming Medicare into a voucher program; cutting Medicaid and food stamps and turning over what’s left to state governments; ignoring infrastructure, and impoverishing education. All these program cuts are at stake, yet the Ryan budget finds room for millionaires and corporations to receive at least $200,000 in new tax cuts, adding an additional $5.7 trillion to the deficit.
We can’t let that happen.
Rather than Ryan’s plan to protect millionaires and big businesses, the “Back to Work” budget protects all Americans by:
Closing tax loopholes for millionaires and corporations so that everyone pays their fair share
Investing in education to modernize schools and rehire teachers
Creating at least 7 million new jobs in the next year, working to lower the unemployment rate to 5%
Improving America’s crumbling infrastructure, putting people back to work while repairing bridges and roads in communities across the country
Investing in protecting America’s unparalleled natural resources and addressing climate change
Reducing defense spending to more efficient and effective levels
These are the values that America voted for in November. These are the investments that our country needs to strengthen the middle class and create a better future for our children and grandchildren. We can’t let right-wing extremists hijack the conversation: let your representatives know that this is the budget we need.
The budget battle is on. With the Democrats and Republicans going head-to-head with opposing budget proposals, it’s critical that we work together to have our voices heard.
Paul Ryan’s latest budget proposal is not about saving money, it’s about destroying programs critical to working Americans: transforming Medicare into a voucher program; cutting Medicaid and food stamps and turning over what’s left to often hostile state governments; ignoring infrastructure, impoverishing education. If that wasn’t enough, Ryan and his fellow Congressional conservatives plan to give NEW tax breaks to tax-dodging corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
The Republican Tea Party is holding us hostage, and we can’t negotiate! Send this letter to your Senators now.
$85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts have just kicked in. When fully implemented, these automatic cuts (called a “sequester”):
Deny nutritional assistance to thousands of mothers and their infant children
Threaten our education system by cutting 70,000 pre-kindergarten students from the Head Start program, and 14,000 teachers
Take away jobless benefits for over 3.8 million people seeking employment, and deny job counseling to thousands of U.S. veterans
Batter countless other vital public services. Learn how it affects your state here.
What Can YOU Do To Stop the Cuts?
SIGN THE PETITION urging your Senators to pursue federal deficit reduction through higher taxes on the wealthy and closing corporate tax loopholes, NOT cuts to programs that support the middle class and poor.
While our government is struggling to raise revenue to avoid sequester cuts, billions of dollars are stashed in offshore tax havens by tax-dodging multinational corporations. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has proposed the “Corporate Tax Fairness Act”, which would prohibit corporations from sheltering income in tax havens.
According to a report by U.S. PIRG, tax havens cost the federal government $150 billion in lost revenues each year. As Congress looks to cut $85 billions of dollars to critical programs, we urge you to ask your Senator to co-sponsor to this critical legislation today. Please send this message to your Senators today:
Dear Senator: I urge you to co-sponsor the Corporate Tax Fairness Act and close the loopholes that allow for $150 billion in lost revenue each year. We need fair taxes, not cuts to vital programs.
We need your help. With only a few days left until the sequester deadline, we need to educate our communities and petition our elected officials to replace cuts that hurt working families with fair taxes on America’s wealthiest households and tax dodging corporations.
How will sequestration affect you? Click here to see President Obama’s state-by-state reports on just some of the programs and services that would be affected by the sequestration cuts. By restoring fair taxes--eliminating loopholes that allow tax breaks for private jets, S Corporations and foreign subsidiaries--our nation will prosper without making devastating cuts to the programs that Americans depend upon.
Won’t you join us and take action now? Send this letter to your members of Congress:
Today, ADA community organizers are gathering activists for events ranging from a statehouse press conference in Delaware, to a town hall forum in Iowa, to a game of "Corporate Tax Dodgeball" in Indiana. We believe that it’s time that “deficit reduction” debate should focus on all of us... not just the 98%.
You can do your part by sending a message to your Senator demanding that future deficit reduction efforts center on increased revenue from the top 2% and big corporations -- not by cutting spending for our schools, elderly, jobs, and countless other programs that Americans depend upon.
Send this message to your Senator now by entering your zip code below.
As your constituent, I urge you to ensure that any deficit reduction efforts center on increased revenue from the wealthiest 2% and large corporations -- not by cutting spending for programs and services that most Americans depend on.
We are only a few months into the new year and our state's Republican leaders have a new bag of tricks up their sleeves designed to rig the election. This month PA Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R) plans on introducing legislation to re-allocate Pennsylvania's electoral votes to the Republican presidential candidate - regardless of who wins the state as a whole. Under Pileggi's plan Mitt Romney would have been awarded extra electoral votes; votes that if enough states adopt a similar plan could turn the election in favor of the Republican candidate.
You would think the GOP would have learned their lesson after the burdensome voter ID laws they passed in 2012 failed in the courts and did not stop determined Pennsylvanians from standing for hours in long lines to make sure our voices were heard. Now the old dogs are ready to roll out their latest election rigging tricks. Contact your state Senator and Governor Corbett and tell them to vote against Pileggi's proportional allocation proposal.
Americans for Democratic Action believes that instead of devising new tricks to stack the deck in their favor, Republicans should reevaluate their extreme views and policies. Pennsylvanians have spoken loud and clear. We don't want Social Security privatized, we don't want Medicare downsized, we don't want tax breaks given to companies that ship jobs overseas and we don't want our votes to be manipulated for their political gain! Contact your state Senator and Governor Corbett and tell them to change their policies instead of trying to change our votes.
The Citizens United vs. FEC decision has brought about the bizarre results of unaccountable independent expenditure committees which now have more influence on who is elected than candidate and political party committees. They are not required to disclose the sources of their funding and this has resulted in the election of candidates who are substantially beholden to undisclosed interests.
ADA is proud to be a member of the "Declaration for Democracy" campaign to overturn Citizens United. President Obama, dozens of progressive organizations and over 2,000 public officials have already expressed support for amending the constitution to limit the influence of campaign money in our elections. Now, we need your help to add your Representatives to the list.
Have your policymakers signed on to this pledge? Click here to find a list of elected officials in your state who have taken leadership on this issue. If they haven’t signed on yet, contact them using the tools below and ask him or her to sign on to the following pledge:
“I, ____________, declare my support for amending the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people, undermined by Citizens United and related cases, to protect the integrity of our elections and limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process.” The full declaration can be found here: http://united4thepeople.org/index.html
Former ADA President, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has been a stalwart voice for the very best liberal ideas and ideals. Now, with Sen. John Kerry's Senate seat soon-to-be vacated, we ask for your help to call on Massachusetts’ Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint Senator Barney Frank.
The filibuster is a procedural tactic used in the U.S. Senate to stall or block new legislation. In the last six years, there have been over 300 filibusters used to block progress.
Making the Senate work again for the American people is a top priority of ADA. That's why we support Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Tom Harkin's (D-IA) resolution to change the rules to require a “talking filibuster” instead of the current “silent filibuster.” If a Senator wants to stop a piece of legislation, he or she should at least be required to speak in order to halt the legislation.
Please take a moment (really, it only takes a minute!) to use our online action tools to email your Senator now and urge them to support filibuster reform.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has touched us all. We grieve for the loss of life, innocence, and peace of mind that yet another senseless killing has brought us.
Unfortunately, gun violence happens everyday because we have allowed narrow ideological factions to hold the safety of the masses hostage to the 'freedoms' of the few.
The killers in Newtown, Aurora and Tucson all used semi-automatic assault weapons. These guns were not designed for hunting or protection, they were designed as weapons -- to kill as quickly as possible.
Sign the petition below to call on your Representatives and Senators to take action now to pass an assault weapons ban.
We need your help. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has submitted a discharge petition that will force a vote on a bill to renew middle class tax cuts for 98% of Americans. The bill has already passed the Senate and the President is waiting to sign it. Make sure your Representatives do not side with conservatives in the House who are holding tax cuts for the middle class hostage to give tax breaks to the rich.
Tell your Representative to sign the Pelosi discharge petition to allow a vote on the middle class tax cuts.
Renewing middle class tax cuts would not only allow the federal government to raise substantial revenue to reduce the deficit; it would also correct and reverse policies that have disproportionately benefited the wealthy over the last decade. If we can get 218 signatures on this petition, we can bypass John Boehner and the Tea Party caucus and bring the President's middle class tax cut bill to the floor for a vote. Use our online tools to sign this petition now!
The United States Postal Service, an institution which has provided an invaluable service to the American people for over 200 years, is on the brink of bankruptcy. But while it undoubtedly requires reform, Republican efforts to weaken the USPS through reduced services and layoffs will do little to ameliorate the situation. Tell Congress to remove its constrictive budgetary benchmarks and permit the Postal Service to undertake constructive reforms that will allow it to remain a viable service far into the future.
Since its passage into law in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has played an important role in protecting and extending the rights of women both at home and in the workplace. Now House Republicans are attempting to block its renewal over provisions which help safeguard the LGBT community and illegal immigrants from abuse and discrimination. Playing politics with the lives of millions of women, whether gay or straight, citizens or undocumented migrants, should have no place in modern America.
Warren Buffet is right: at a time when the vast majority of citizens are struggling to make ends meet, raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest in order to meet our collective fiscal and social obligations is an entirely just and sensible solution to some of our country's most pressing problems. Congress should, therefore, require any budget deal to include a new, substantial “minimum tax rate” on those earning $1 million or more a year. Doing so would help lessen the gulf now separating the rich and the rest and put America back on a sane and sustainable fiscal path.
December 2012 could be called 'Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Month.' Take part in today's December 1st National Day of Action by thanking Senator Carper, Senator Coons, and Congressman Carney for their continued championship of ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. A simple thank you can go a long way. Please take democratic action by submitting the electronic message below, calling our senators' offices and leaving a message, and letting your friends know to take action today!
With all the recent talk of “moochers” and the 47%, it's high time for Congress to kick “takers” like ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and BP off the dole. Through tax breaks and subsidies, the energy industry has for too long been the beneficiary of government largesse, with only higher gas prices to show for it. The President should follow through on his spring proposal to end this preferential treatment and require any budget deal to include a provision to end welfare for those oil and gas companies who've profited handsomely during the recession.
Over the last thirty years, wealthy Americans have seen their fortunes skyrocket while middle and working class Americans have seen their share of our nation's prosperity either stagnate or decline. Handing the former yet another tax break will only exacerbate existing economic, social, and political inequalities that have inflicted lasting damage on our political process and our economy. The tax cuts which have helped only the richest and most powerful citizens should thus expire, while those which have and can ease the financial burdens faced by so many Americans should be extended.
Over the last several weeks, we've watched the world react to an anti-Muslim film with acts of violence directed primarily at western diplomatic missions. While this has sparked many attacks and anti-American sentiment, it has also caused others to stand up against these attacks that do not represent the feelings of the people.
Now is the time to act thoughtfully and offer a measured and restrained response. ADA has enacted a policy resolution supporting President Obama’s restrained and measured response to these events. It is not the alleged weakness of the United States that has caused these incidents; instead, it will be our faith that the rule of law will prevail in this time of mob action that will demonstrate our strength. Sign on to the petition below to stand up against rash aggressive action.
The entire country is abuzz about Mitt Romney’s latest gaffe, but Americans for Democratic Action believes Senate Majority Leader Reid hit the nail on the head withhis statement on the Senate floor yesterday. Senator Reid said Romney's latest comments were a “rare look at the real Mitt Romney.”
Let’s take a look at who the Real Romney really is. Willard Mitt Romney:
The bottom line...The Real Romney is out of touch with most Americans! Help us reveal more of The Real Romney. Americans for Democratic Action calls on Mitt Romney to step up and show some "personal responsibility" and reveal himself, starting with his own tax records!
Sign the ADA petition calling for Romney to release his tax history. Better yet, sign the petition and tell us why you think Romney may not want to reveal his own taxes, but feels free to write off students, the military, our senior citizens and the working poor. We don't have hidden money in Swiss Banks or the Cayman Islands. Do you, Mitt?
Sign the petition below today and we’ll deliver your comments to the Mitt Romney for President campaign, and the Republican National Committee.
Today, the Senate is expected to vote on S. 3412, the Middle Class Tax Cut Act. This bill would protect the American middle class by extending the Bush-era tax cuts for 98% of Americans, and allowing the cuts for the wealthiest 2% to expire on schedule at the end of this year. This would help those that need it, and let those with a household income of over $250,000 a year (or $200,000 for an individual) go back to paying the standard tax rates.
ADA has joined with 129 national organizations to urge the Senate to protect our jobs, and critical services for all citizens. You can do your part to urge your Senator to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act today. In less than 30 seconds, you can send them a personal message urging your support.
Hundreds of Olympians from the United States will be competing in the Summer Olympics in London at the end of this month. These athletes represent values that make America great: hard work, determination, pride in our country and the things we can accomplish as a nation.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Olympic Committee seems to have forgotten some of those values.
Instead of making sure the uniforms Olympians will be wearing during the opening ceremony are made here in America, the U.S. Olympic Committee decided to outfit them in Ralph Lauren uniforms made in China.
More than 2.8 million jobs have been shipped to China since 2001. We have lost 6 million manufacturing jobs in the past decade. The failed policies that have encouraged companies like Ralph Lauren to create jobs overseas, not in America, have hurt working families and our communities.
A number of well-known American clothing companies—from Brooks Brothers to Jones New York—can easily manufacture new uniforms in America, right now, in time for the Olympic games. As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said, “I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.”
If enough of us speak out, the U.S. Olympic committee will be forced start over and find a supplier to make our athletes' uniforms in America. But time’s running out.
Corporations and special interests are trying to buy our elections with secret donations.
The DISCLOSE Act would have shed some light on the dark money in American elections. Which corporations are paying for attack ads? We won't find out; Republicans blocked the bill earlier this week. While Republicans demand you to have a specific ID to vote, they don’t want to reveal who their sponsors are.
Help us continue the fight for fair elections. Sign the petition below and make a contribution today to help our organizers educate communities. We won’t achieve real campaign finance reform without the people demanding it!
Tomorrow, the Senate plans to vote on whether to start debating a plan to control spiraling student loan interest rates. The future of our nature depends on the education of our workforce and children. When it is cheaper to go to Harvard than a public state university, it's a strong indicator that we need to take a real and serious look at the costs of higher education. Without this debate and action, 7.4 million students will have their college loan interest rates double on July 1st.
While both parties agree that the current 3.4% interest rate should be frozen for another year, they disagree entirely on how to pay for it. At a $6 billion dollars price tag, Democrats would pay for this necessary measure by collecting more Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes from high-earning owners of some privately held corporations. The Republicans cringe at notion of having the 1% chip in, and instead are advocating financing it by eliminating a preventive health program established by the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans are expected to block the tomorrow’s vote in favoring of using the tax loophole for the rich to fund the extended interest rate. Please send your Senator the message below and urge them to put education above the 1%.
Breaking News: Susan G. Komen Foundation backs away from decision to cut off grants to Planned Parenthood.
Congratulations! You've proven that being vocal and active, together we can make a difference. Read the breaking news story about our victory here.
Thank you to everyone who took action on this important issue. Be on the look out for more ways to make an impact with ADA action alerts. Celebrate with us today by supporting ADA with a donation of $10, $15, or $25!
Denying Life-Saving Preventative Measures to Prove Pro-Life Stance
Breast cancer affects our families: our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers. Breast cancer may even affect you personally. That’s why it’s so infuriating when the new right-wing political director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation successfully urged the respected institution to play politics and withdraw support from Planned Parenthood for breast exams for low-income women.
We thought Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was devoted to saving the lives of victims of breast cancer; we must have misunderstood.
That’s why we are asking you to add your voice to the petition below which will be sent to Komen’s founder and chief executive officer, Nancy G. Brinker, and to Komen’s board of directors.
While we have a lot of challenges a head of us, we also have a great reason to celebrate. Today, we celebrate progressive hero and ADA president Rep. Lynn Woolsey's birthday!
While GOP presidential hopefuls are trying to one-up each other for the title of ultimate corporate cheerleader, ADA and Rep. Woolsey continue to stand up for the other 99% of us. As the first and only former welfare mother in Congress, she knows millions are struggling with stagnant wages, record-high unemployment, shrinking benefits and diminishing hope. She continues to stand up for jobs, health care, and real solutions for America’s working families.
Won’t you join us in celebrating this liberal hero, our president, by sending her a birthday postcard!
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Act fast to stop Bush-negotiated FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS!
Three so-called free trade agreements left over from the Bush Administration are on the verge of being brought to the floor of the House of Representatives. We urge you to ask your members of Congress to firmly oppose attempts to bring these three pacts to votes until egregious shortcomings are addressed in meaningful, enforceable terms.
While the Obama administration has negotiated some improvements, the agreements still do not meet acceptable standards. As a longtime advocate of fair trade, ADA stands with the Members of Congress, as well as labor and environmental leaders, who have spoken out strongly against perpetuation of wrong-headed trade policies.
Put your Zip Code in below to send a note to your Representatives about opposing these policies!
Our communities rely on public services such as education, health services, public safety and sanitation. We must, therefore, stand up for our teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and sanitation workers across the country. America’s working families -- public or private -- didn’t cause this recession, and it should not be used as an excuse to attack their rights to peaceably assemble, collectively organize and bargain, or petition their elected officials.
Even Wisconsin’s Governor Walker admits his union-busting provisions 'doesn't save any' money. So much for it being a budget deficit issue!
Join ADA and together we’ll push back against the assault on public services and workers.
The petition below will be delivered with your individual comments to Democratic Legislative leaders in key states.
The tragic events in Japan have proven once again that nuclear power is not safe. Even with all of the safety measures in place there, multiple nuclear power plants are malfunctioning and at risk of releasing even more radiation.
President Obama's 2012 budget, still being debated in the U.S. Congress, includes $36 million in subsidies for nuclear power. The lobbyist for the nuclear energy industry are in overdrive trying to retain these subsides and expand them to create even more power plants across the country.
If nuclear plants in Japan, where they follow stricter building and maintenance standards than in the U.S., can still fail -- causing what could be devastating consequences for months or even years to come -- the same thing could certainly happen here, where several plants are located on active fault lines.
Sign the petition and tell President Obama, Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy and your members of Congress not to subsidize nuclear energy and focus on expanding green technologies today!
Americans for Democratic Action wants to send these Republicans a message -- and we hope you’ll join us.. With unemployment at 8.9% and the federal budget in crisis, we the undersigned demand you focus on what really matters… Getting America Back To Work!
We are sending a clear message to Paul Teller (the executive director of the Republican Study Committee), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and every member of Congress that now is the time for them to do what they were elected to do: to get America out of this recession, not to waste time and money challenging outdated discriminatory laws against the LGBT Community.
I hope you will help us fill their in-boxes in protest and ask your member of Congress not to Co-Sponsor H.Con.Res. 25.
We at Americans for Democratic Action were outraged by the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission,130 S. Ct. 876 (2010). That decision endedthe restrictions on corporate political spending on elections that had been in place since 1947!
The ruling opened the spigot for more than 280 million dollars to flow from corporate groups in the 2010 elections. In essence, they used the Citizens United decision to attack our liberals in Congress and for vicious misleading attacks on the House to Republican hands.
Thanks to the work of progressive allies, we’ve learned that both Justices Thomas and Scalia participated in Tea Party political strategy sessions. There is also a potential undisclosed financial conflict of interest with Justice Thomas due to his wife’s role as CEO of Liberty Central, an organization that benefited from the Citizens United decision and played an active role in the 2010 elections.
We are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to formally investigate these claims, but we need your help to get their attention. The American people have a right to know if the impartiality of Justices Thomas and Scalia was skewed by political or monetary motives.
Please add your name to the ever growing list of supporters, and we will personally deliver the ADA petition signed by you to Attorney General Eric Holder’s office.
Dear Representative Bass and Representative Guinta,
Last March the historic Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, providing affordable health care for millions of Americans. Tomorrow the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, denying millions of working Americans, business owners, and children access to health care.
Already, millions with preexisting conditions, seniors and young adults have received the care they would be denied just one year ago.
Before you vote, consider the impacts of repealing the Affordable Care Act:
Repealing the ACA would deny health coverage all Americans with a preexisting condition, 129 million. 1
For Americans on Medicare, repealing the ACA would reopen the donut hole in drug coverage and remove free access to preventative care and tests. 2
Since the passage of the ACA, thousands of small businesses have added health coverage for their employees. Repeal would deny businesses incentives to offer health care to employees. 3
Young adults 18-26 would be dropped from their parents’ health care.
Repealing the ACA would add $230 billion to the federal deficit. 2
1 million private sector jobs have been added since the passage of the ACA. Repealing the ACA would increase costs for employers and workers slowing or reversing these job gains.
Americans don’t want repeal. A recent Gallup polled showed only 30% of Americans strongly oppose the Affordable Care Act. 4
After achieving comprehensive health insurance reform after a century of trying and an intense legislative battle, America faces the threat of having health insurance reform taken away by the ascendant Republican Party. Even though the Affordable Care Act of 2010 offers insurance to 30 million citizens who previously lacked coverage, ends the worst insurance company abuses, and saves the government money, the GOP leadership in the House and Senate have made repeal of the Affordable Care Act their number one priority. Let your Congressional representative know that you want to keep a health care reform long overdue and obtained through such long struggle.
The results from the Pentagon-ordered study on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell are in. The study makes it clear that there is no justification for this policy to remain on the books and I hope you will join us in doing your part to force action in the U.S. Senate on this crucial bill in the lame duck session.
Among the findings of the survey:
• When asked about serving with a co-worker who they believed was gay or lesbian, 92% of service members stated that the unit’s “ability to work together” was “very good,” “good,” or “neither good nor poor.”
• When asked if having a service member in their unit who identified as gay would affect the ability to “work together to get the job done”, 70% of service members predicted it would have a positive, mixed, or no effect.
• Gay and lesbian service members repeatedly expressed a patriotic desire to serve and defend the nation, subject to the same rules as everyone else.
Senate hearings on the repeal are expected to begin any day now, if you wait to raise your voice it will be too late!Sign the petition now!
One in 10 Americans are unemployed and Congress is not working to help them.
ADA activists are outraged that we are debating giving tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans while an extension for unemployment benefits was just denied in Congress. We have a very short window in the lame duck session and without your voice millions of Americans will lose the crucial unemployment checks they depend on.
Add your voice to a growing list of supporters demanding Congress help the one in 10 Americans who are depending on this crucial support.
Will you stand with Americans for Democratic Action and demand that the Congress help these struggling families in these tough times? Sign the petition and ask your friends and family to do the same.
- Michael J Wilson and the rest of the ADA team
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Last night's court decision was a huge win for those of us on the side of equal rights. The discriminatory law, known as Proposition 8, was deemed unconstitutional by Judge Vaughn Walker.
Aside from standing up for a discriminated class, Judge Walker's decision undermined the validity of the arguments that the proponents of Proposition 8 have used to scare voters. ADA is going to deliver a special Thank You card to the Judge and we invite you to join us in expressing our gratitude.
Sign the online card and we will make sure that your name and message is added to the real card that is delivered when California begins to allow all marriages again.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the centerpiece of the recently passed Wall Street Reform legislation. If headed by a real reformer, the new agency has the ability to correct many of the worst abuses of financial firms. The leader we need is Elizabeth Warren, the whistle blower that is responsible for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the first place.
Do you still believe in the public option? ADA does, and so does our new president, Rep. Lynn Woolsey. Rep. Woolsey knows that the public option would help, not hurt, our federal deficit. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report that said the public option could save the deficit an estimated $68 billion dollars between 2014 and 2020. That's why she introduced H.R. 5808, with 128 co-sponsors, to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a public health insurance option.
ADA activists are outraged at the Senate for once again blocking the extension of unemployment benefits to millions of unemployed Americans.
Every single Republican Senator, joined by one Democrat, Ben Nelson (D- NE), voted against extending benefits - even with the unemployment rate as high as 9.7 percent.
We need your help today to send a clear message to the entire Senate that this is unacceptable and they need to help the millions of Americans struggling to find work in this recession.
Will you stand with Americans for Democratic Action and demand that the Senate get back to work on a bill that will help struggling families in these tough times? Sign the petition and demand the Senate to delay their August recess until they address helping our fellow Americans!
At a time when unemployment nationally lingers above 9%, many are unaware that the unemployment rate for those 16-24 is double that. It is poor judgment that allocates less than one tenth of one percent of the annual budget to AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and Job Corps. These programs have repeatedly received bipartisan support in their efforts to provide temporary employment as a stepping stone for young people. The proposed bill, H.Res 216, would increase the funding for these critical programs and would immediately provide relief for the age group hardest hit by the current economic troubles.
Since its inception, the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy has resulted in the removal of more than 11,000 members of our nation's armed forces. Many of these servicemen and women were valuable translators and all of them, were willing to sacrifice for their country. Congress should no longer wait to repeal this discriminatory and dangerous policy now.
Even as sea turtles and other fragile wildlife fight a failing battle against the Deep Horizon oil spill and fishing and tourism industries of the Gulf coast face an uncertain future, the U.S. Senate may actually pass legislation that would expand offshore oil drilling as part of its climate change bill!
In another bid for conservative support that is unlikely to materialize (remember health care reform?), Senate leaders have “sweetened” legislation meant to reduce our reliance on carbon-based energy by throwing in incentives to drill in the environmentally-fragile waters off our coasts. Was the Deep Horizon disaster enough to open their eyes to the dangers of this backwards policy? Make sure they get the message by signing on to the petition today!
Remember: 42,000 gallons of oil are currently spilling into the ocean an hour... so that's roughly 30 gallons a minute. In the time it takes to send this petition, another 60 gallons of oil has leaked into the sea. Do something about it and send this to 5 of your friends and ask them to join you!
The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) was passed by the House of Representatives, but is currently stalled in the Senate. The bill removes subsidies to banks and redirects that money to university students by creating a government run direct lender to students. During these difficult financial times Americans are struggling to afford college, while many banks are reporting record profits. The banking industry wants to keep the subsidies for themselves and is trying to prevent passage of this bill in the Senate.
Our last chance to get a public option will come during the conference committee where the House and Senate must settle the differences between their two version of health care reform legislation. The House version has a public option, the Senate's version does not.
The Stupak Amendment, which was added to the health care reform bill that was recently passed by the House of Representatives, is a serious threat to women's rights. The amendment not only bans the use of federal funds to cover abortion care, but it also prevents insurance companies from covering the procedure for any woman that receives a subsidy to purchase the new mandatory health care insurance. And that's only the beginning of the bad news for pro-choice Americans. Please take a minute and send ADA's online letter to your Representative and Senators telling them to strip the Stupak-Pitts Amendment from the final bill.
ADA members come from all over the country and from all different backgrounds. We live in every part of our nation’s capital, too. Most of us are not lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But each and every one of us believes an injustice to one is an injustice to all.
That is why we are strongly in support of the District of Columbia’s effort to enact The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009.
As allies, we will not leave the LGBT community to fight this battle alone. Americans for Democratic Action strongly support legislation permitting marriage equality in the District of Columbia and across the country.
The Defense of Marriage Act prohibits the Federal government from recognizing any union besides that of one man and one woman. It also permits states to discriminate against same-sex couples legally married on other states - a clear violation of our Constitution.
It is time to end discrimination and promote equality! Help us repeal DOMA today.
In 30 states, it is perfectly legal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would extend fair employment practices under federal law to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. It does not create any “special rights,” but simply affords to all Americans basic protection from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It is based on the labor principle that every worker should be judged solely on his or her merits as a worker.
The House just passed a landmark climate bill and now it's up to the Senate. The American Clean Energy and security Act of 2009 (also known as the Waxman-Markey bill) is a sensible approach to controlling greenhouse gas emissions. The bill will break our dangerous reliance on foreign oil, make our nation the world leader in clean energy jobs and technology, and cut down on dangerous factors which accelerate the deteriorating atmosphere.
The election of Barack Obama and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate is a once in a lifetime opportunity to pass real health care reform. It is time for Congress to deliver quality, affordable health care to every American, and for the Obama Administration to make that a reality.
Real health care reform must include a real public option.
Panama is a haven for tax cheats and money laundering schemes. It could also be the very first country with whom President Obama and the new Congress strike a trade deal. Unless we act to prevent it.
Over 350,000 corporations are registered in Panama. Why? So they can avoid paying taxes.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee estimates off-shore tax havens, like the ones in Panama, cost the government over $100 billion in lost revenue - meaning working people are stuck with the bill on tax day. President Obama pledged to change our approach to trade, the Panama deal is a NAFTA-style holdover from the Bush Administration.
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget provides a visionary blueprint that turns away from the failed economic policies of the past and seeks to invest in our future by expanding opportunities for all. His budget commits major investments in health care reform, education, and clean energy, while restoring fairness to our tax system and reducing military expenditures over time in a responsible manner. It builds upon the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to protect Americans from the damaging impact of the recession and sows seeds of a sustainable prosperity.
We strongly urge Congress to follow the priorities set forth in the President’s blueprint: “A New Era of Responsibility – Renewing America’s Promise” in developing its own Budget Resolution.
It is our firm belief that if these priorities are enacted, we will turn back the harsh trend of rising poverty, unemployment, hunger and homelessness. We can extend opportunity and security for families in all walks of life by expanding health care coverage, making college more affordable, supporting the financial and nutritional needs of low income families, expanding affordable housing, investing in a far-reaching policy that will develop clean sources of energy and protect the planet by reducing global warming pollution, and generate good jobs to rebuild our middle class.
These steps will set the federal budget on a responsible path – meeting the needs of families and making long-term investments in our nation’s future while gradually reducing the deficit. We call upon Congress to follow and build upon the President’s lead in crafting its Budget Resolution, recognizing that there is no time to waste in meeting the nation’s long-deferred needs.
Today many politicians promise us "universal health care," but usually they only mean that the government (taxpayers) would help us buy private insurance, an overly expensive, ineffective, cumbersome way toward a worthy goal.
For decades, ADA has advocated a single-payer health care system as the fairest, most efficient, most affordable path to real universal high-quality health care. HR 676 the Unites States National Health Act, which had 90 co-sponsors in the 110th Congress, is a good single-payer bill. We urge you to make use of the model letter here, with any changes you choose to make, to write your Representative, asking him or her to be a co-sponsor of the bill, and your two Senators, asking them to introduce a companion bill in the Senate.
Find out if your lawmaker is already a co-sponsor here. If so, call them at 202-224-3121 and ask they stand firm in support of HR. 676 and seek out additional co-sponsors.