There is work to be done to make sure as many people as possible are covered under the ACA. Now, it’s time for Virginia to expand Medicaid. In Virginia, approximately 400,000 adults are currently in the “coverage gap,” waiting far too long for affordable healthcare coverage. Expanding Medicaid, as was intended in the ACA but declared optional for states by the Supreme Court, can provide coverage to hundreds of thousands of people who live just above the poverty line, unable to afford their own healthcare. Join us in emailing Virginia’s State legislation to support the common good and say “yes” to Governor McAuliffe’s budget amendment!
NETWORK Releases our annual voting record each year to evaluate all members of Congress on how they voted during the previous session of Congress. View our 2016 voting record and see how your elected officials scored.
This is not a partisan scorecard, and this year’s voting record contained many non “party-line” votes. One hundred and thirty-seven members of Congress were successful in voting with us 100% of the time, and 99% of Congress voted with us on at least one issue.
Our system will read how your elected officials scores and pull up the appropriate messages whether your elected officials received a 100%, a passing grade, a failing grade, or are new to Congress. If you live in D.C., Delegate Norton will receive the same message as those new to Congress since she does not receive a score, but it’s still important to let her know about your values!
The right — and responsibility — to vote is foundational to both our faith and our democracy. It has been 3 years since the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act in Shelby v. Holder. As a result, millions of voters, particularly people of color and senior citizens, will be disenfranchised in states that have a history of discriminatory voting laws. The solution is clear: Congress must restore the Voting Rights Act by supporting H.R. 2867, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).
The House Education & Workforce Committee passed a highly partisan bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs, the so-called Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003). This bill has several troubling provisions that would limit the number of kids who are served by child nutrition programs, and would jeopardize the ability of schools to provide healthy meals for hungry kids.
The “Raise the Wage Act” was introduced in the House and the Senate to increase the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020. It would also index the minimum wage to the median wage and phase out the tipped-worker minimum wage (currently $2.13/hour). This is a bold step in the right direction for economic policy that strengthens workers and families.
Email your Senators and Representatives today and urge them to support family-friendly workplace policies, including paid leave and sick days. Right now, there are bills in both the House and Senate that only have support from Democrats. It is time for elected officials to work across the aisle and support family-friendly workplace policies.
The Faith Community has submitted an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in the case United States v. Texas, which will determine the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Sign our petition to be in solidarity with the faith community and immigrant communities experiencing family separation.