Legislative Update for December 14, 2012

By December 14, 2012Legislative Updates
Print Friendly

Fiscal Cliff
As of this week, a compromise on the fiscal cliff is far from being made and will likely be drawn out until after Christmas. Negotiations from both sides have come up extremely short. Just last week, President Obama proposed $1.6 trillion in tax hikes, plus new stimulus spending, and expanded executive power to include raising the debt ceiling without congressional approval. If a compromise is not made by January 1, 2013, American individuals, families, businesses, and the military will be directly affected. However, Republicans must not cave and accept a bad deal. If that happens, it will be worse for Americans over the long haul. We need our leaders to cut and cap our spending to get a handle on our national debt and not increase taxes on Americans to do it.Congress and the president must not punt these very real issues into the future for our kids and grandkids to address.

VAWA update
Discussions on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) have resurfaced during the lame duck. Although some Members of Congress are talking about this coming up, there are still two big components keeping this issue at bay. Those include language, or lack thereof, for Native Americans and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Until a compromise is made, it is likely VAWA will not be coming up for a vote.

Click here for a VAWA information sheet.

ObamaCare in the States
Friday, December 14, is the deadline for states to announce their intentions about setting up state-run health insurance exchanges for constituents under ObamaCare. If a state has not declared their plan by December 14, the federal government will, according to ObamaCare, set one up for them.

As of Thursday, about half have decided to opt out of creating their own state exchanges, which is Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committees (CWALAC) position, and to let the federal government run their exchanges. We are pleased the states recognize the many flaws in ObamaCare, including their lack of control over them and the increased costs.

The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act has been introduced in the House (H.R. 6628) by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) and in the Senate (S. 3250) by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado).It is a major step in the right direction to process an estimated 400,000 rape kits currently sitting untested in crime labs or in local law enforcement agencies. This legislation will push states and localities to use existing grants to test these kits, punish rapists, and provide victims with closure.

This is commonsense legislation that has bipartisan support. CWALAC needs your help today to get this to the House and Senate floors for a vote this Congress.

Take Action Now:

1.Please call your senators and representative, and urge them to cosponsor and support the SAFER Act.

2.Please call House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) at 202-225-4236, and ask him to urge leadership to place the SAFER Act on the House suspension calendar.

3.Please call Leader Eric Cantor at 202-225-2815, and ask him to place the SAFER Act on the House suspension calendar.