#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #6

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #6 2013 Appropriations Bill Summary: The Scalise Amendment to this Bill fully defunded Obamacare How She Voted: Yes The Impact: When the 2013 Appropriations Bill was voted on in Congress, a majority of House Republicans (including CMR) voted in favor of the Scalise Amendment, which guaranteed political gridlock and caused the 2013 Federal Government shutdown. Despite an overwhelming majority of Americans not being in favor of a government shutdown, this Republican stunt cost the taxpayers over $2 billion: $2-6 billion in GDP lost output and a loss of 120,000 private sector jobs. My opponent has voted over 60 times take away healthcare from 20 million Americans. Remember the time she asked for Obamacare horror stories on Facebook … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #5

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #5 Caring for Our Veterans in the 21st Century Act Summary: The “Caring for Our Heroes in the 21st Century Act” is a draft piece of legislation that establishes the Veterans Accountable Care Organization as a separate non-governmental corporation with the purpose of replacing the VA. The bill separates the VA (which would turn into the VACO) into the payer and the provider portions, essentially privatizing veterans healthcare. How She Voted: She has sponsored this legislation The Impact: A majority of Americans have said they do not support the privatization of veterans healthcare. The passing of this legislation would guarantee lower quality care, less accountability, and private corporations to profit off of our veterans. This bill exemplifies … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #4

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #4 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act Summary: Despite our Congresswoman’s vote against its original form, this bill passed as a rider to the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act in response to the murders of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. The legislation expands federal hate crime law to include protections for perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disabilities. How She Voted: No The Impact: The murders of Matthew and James, designated as hate crimes, showed the need for legislation to convict individuals who perpetrate crimes because of perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Because of this law, the mass shooting in Orlando this weekend can be federally investigated and … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #3: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #3 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009: December 2009 (H.R. 4173) Summary: The Dodd-Frank act established the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The FSOC monitors the stability of major financial institutions and requires them to have living wills in place to prevent the taxpayer from bailing out Wall Street again. The CFPB acts to prevent the predatory lending practices that helped cause the Great Recession of 2008. Altogether, the FSOC and the CFPB act to regulate Wall Street and limit risks, thus making sure we never experience another critical recession. How She Voted: No The Impact: Despite the Congresswoman voting against Dodd-Frank, the legislation passed the … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #2: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010

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‪#‎McMorrisMonday‬ Legislation Spotlight #2 James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010: July 2010, September 2010, and December 2010 (H.R. 847) Summary: The Zadroga Act amends the Public Health Service Act to establish the World Trade Center Health Program. The WTC Program provides medical monitoring and healthcare for 9/11 related illnesses to emergency responders and cleanup workers. How She Voted: NO on the Zadroga Act two times, first in July 2010, and again in September 2010. She was not present when the bill passed in December 2010. The Impact: Despite the Congresswoman voting against the Zadroga Act, the legislation passed the House, Senate, and was signed into law, so that 9/11 first responders have been able to get the … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #1: Paycheck Fairness Act

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #1 Paycheck Fairness Act: July 2008 (H.R. 1338) & January 2009 (H.R. 12) Summary: The Paycheck Fairness Act would have amended the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prevent wage discrimination based on gender, and provide remedies for those who had been subjected to such discrimination. Among the many things the bill would have done is add protections against retaliation for employees who discuss their pay at work. How She Voted: NO on the Paycheck Fairness Act both times – July 2008 and January 2009. The Impact: Despite voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act both times, the Bill passed the House. However, both times the legislation failed to pass … Read More