|THE POMONA VALLEY BRANCH OF THE NAACP
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A few members of the United States Senate, chosen by the Senate leadership, are working hard - albeit largely in secret, without normal bi-partisan transparency or input from Americans who would be impacted --- to craft the Senate response to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation to "repeal and replace" the NAACP-supported Affordable Care Act. Sadly, the House bill, which they are using as a starting point, was found by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to, among other things, increase the number of Americans who did not have health insurance by 23 million people by the year 2026 (an increase of over 80% of those who are currently uninsured).
Because much of the Senate negotiating is taking place behind closed doors, between a few select men, we donot really know what will be in any resulting bill. We do know that the Senate leadership has said that they hope to have a final product voted on by the 4th of July. The NAACP strongly believes that we should have the ability to do a thorough assessment of the impact of any healthcare legislation and be able to weigh in and have input on all aspects that will affect our families, our communities and our nation.
We need to make our voices heard! Please review the attached (linked) Action Alert and use your democratic right to advocate on your own behalf, and for the sake of your children and your neighbors!
Stop the Healthcare Repeal Bill
On March 16, 2017, President Trump released his so-called "skinny budget", which, although short on details outlines extreme cuts to several agencies. In all, the budget proposal sends us backwards in our attempts to help all citizens and hurts low- and middle-income Americans, and the most vulnerable among us, the most. Included in those departments which faced a dramatic - almost crippling - reduction in federal funding is the Department of Education. For more information on the proposed cuts, as well as information about what you can do, please see the attached (linked) Action Alert.
The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Ben Cardin (MD) (S. 411) and 27 of his Senate colleagues on February 16, 2017. Companion legislation, the End Racial Profiling Act, (H.R. 1498) was introduced in the U.S. House in on March 10, 2017, by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI) and 57 of his colleagues. The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act in the Senate and the End Racial Profiling Act in the House comprehensively address the insidious practice of biased treatment by law enforcement on our nation's streets, highways, walkways, and in our airports because of who you are, which God you worship, or who you are perceived to be.
We need the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act to stop this insidious practice and to help begin to restore the confidence of communities throughout the United States in federal, state and local law enforcement and thus restore the trust and integrity necessary to be effective. The NAACP has long advocated for enactment of the End Racial Profiling Act, highlighting the need for this legislation during the 2015 America's Journey for Justice and calling for it at the grassroots level every time another person is stopped, hurt, or even killed because of his or her race, ethnicity, or other defining feature.
For more information on the problem and the legislation, please see the attached (linked) Action Alert.
On April 6, 2017, the full U.S. Senate voted, by a simple majority, to "go nuclear" and change the rules so that a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court needed only a simple majority to be confirmed; not the 3/5 (or 60 votes) previously required under the "filibuster rule."
This new change in the rules, which required only a simple majority (51 or more) of the votes, means that after debate a full vote was held on the floor of the Senate in which Judge Neil Gorsuch needed only 51 votes in order to become the next Supreme Court Justice. The final vote, was held in the early afternoon of Friday, 4/7/2017, was 55- 45.
For more information on the rule change, and the final outcome, as well as a chart which shows how every Senator voted, please see the attached (linked) Issue Update.
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