Rob: Upcoming Vote on Trump Nominee

Take Action: Seema Verma Committee/Confirmation Vote

Summary:

Seema Verma will soon be up for confirmation as the director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Ms. Verma was an influential participant in the design of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion that introduced, among other things, charging a monthly fee for access to health insurance and penalties of being locked out of coverage for up to six months for missed payments (NPR Nov. 29, 2016).

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Bob vs. a woman’s right to choose

Take Action: HR 7

Summary:

HR 7 is titled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017.” That tells you most of what you need to know. This bill would make permanent the ban on abortion services funding that is enacted routinely when Republicans control congress. The insurance provision would exclude any plans that cover abortions from ACA insurance exchanges.

What’s happening now?hr7vote

  • HR 7 was introduced in the House on Jan 28, 2017
  • The bill passed the house on Jan 22, 2017
  • The bill is on its way to the Senate.

You can track the progress of this bill using govtrack.us.

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Public Education Under Attack

Update: H.J. Res 57

Summary:

H.J. Res 57 rolls back an Obama-era department of Education rule that applies state accountability standards uniformly to all schools in a state, including for-profit charter schools.

What’s happening now?

  • The resolution to repeal the accountability implementation rule, H.J. Res 57, was introduced Feb 1, 2017
  • The resolution passed the house on Feb. 7, 2017
  • The resolution was voted on in the Senate on Mar. 9, 2017

Unfortunately, this bill passed 50 to 49, but interestingly, Rob Portman was the only Republican to vote with Democrats against this resolution. It may not make up for helping to confirm DeVos, but it’s worth telling Rob that you appreciate his support for education accountability for ALL schools.

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