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Senate to vote on key bills already passed by the House

During the month of June, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) plans to take up several NEA-supported bills already passed by the House that address priority issues for working people and vulnerable populations. Despite repeated efforts to move these bills in a bipartisan way, obstructionism has prevailed and mired the Senate in gridlock. Please urge your senators to push for action and support all four of the bills described below.

The Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 205) would require employers to demonstrate that gender is not the reason they pay employees different wages for the same jobs, prohibit employers from asking job candidates about their salary histories, and protect employees from facing retaliation if they discuss their pay with colleagues. Today, women earn just 82 cents for every dollar White men earn. This pay gap is even wider for Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous women, and exists across all occupations—including those that are dominated by women and vital to our nation, such as education and nursing. TAKE ACTION

The For the People Act (S. 1) rests on three pillars: reaffirming and expanding voting rights, strengthening oversight to end big money in politics, and ensuring an ethical government. It would, among other things, institute automatic voter registration, place new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering, and require candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns for the previous 10 years. The need for action is clear: More than 360 bills introduced in 47 state legislatures include provisions to make voting more difficult—for example, by shortening the time for absentee and early voting, requiring voters show an ID at the polls, and purging voter rolls. TAKE ACTION

The Equality Act (S. 393) would give LGBTQ Americans explicit protection from discrimination in key areas of life: employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, and other federal laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The current patchwork of laws—most states lack non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity—leaves many students and educators vulnerable to discrimination and sends the message LGBTQ Americans are second-class citizens. TAKE ACTION 

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act (S. 529) would require a background check for every gun sold and most transfers. Firearms are the leading cause of death for African American children, and the second leading cause of death for all American children. Everytown for Gun Safety identified 549 incidents of gunfire on school grounds between 2013 and 2019. The U.S. government’s K-12 school shooting database shows a record number of incidents of gun violence in the last 3 years—the most since 1970, which is as far back as the data goes. TAKE ACTION

185 responses to “Senate to vote on key bills already passed by the House

  1. We need to publish the names of every senator who votes against these bills so that their constituents will know that their senators refuse to follow the will of the.majority of American citizens who support these bills. The obstructionism of Republicans has put our country at a standstill with crumbling infrastructure and schools, while the rich get richer at the expense of those who actually pay taxes.

    1. We didn’t get here by accident. Dems fought long and hard for working Americans, for the vaccine and for better policy to protect the air and water we breathe. Now it’s time to fight for accountability. Republicans NEED to be made accountable for all they’ve done to this country; including the direct attack on our democracy. The people have spoken!!

  2. Make America a real democracy…Help us make this dream, this vision and ideal happen! 🙂

  3. We should all remember – we voted these people into office and we can vote them out of office. So watch them every time they vote. WE THE PEOPLE are their employers – CONGRESS ARE OUR EMPLOYEES!!!! Pass these bills – peoples lives depend on them.

  4. Thank you for your past support for education, health care and retirees! Please support these bills!

  5. Mr. James Klein has said it best in two paragraphs and what I have often felt/ believed but could not articulate the way he has.

    I have always said the “downfall” of the United States of America will be the all mighty “$Buck$”
    not a country with bigger weapons. We are seeing that going on in the Republican/Corporate Party the past two decades. They are changing the the laws and controlling the government.

    It is my hope the senate will pass these 4 bills passed by the house but I don’t have much confidence that…that will happen!

    1. Our main option is to come out in the masses to vote out Republicans so we can pass these bills without also Sinema and Manchin and any others against voting for these bills. I know it said a lot that this vote is imperative but it really is again. Check your voter registration again and often too, to make sure you weren’t purged from the voting rolls and all of your information is there they need before voting day. Help out an elderly neighbor if she needs to send a copy of her ID. Any help we can do will make difference.

  6. Please, supported bills already passed by the House that address priority issues:
    -The Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 205)
    -The For the People Act (S. 1)
    -The Equality Act (S. 393)
    -The Bipartisan Background Checks Act (S. 529)

  7. These bills are supported by a majority of Americans! How is it that we cannot get what we want , even when we have a Democratic majority? Obstructionism has become a way of doing business for the Republicans and it has got to go! Please find a way to pass these bills! I vote in every election and have since I became eligible when I first voted for Jimmy Carter for President.

    1. REPUBLICANS ARE NOTHING BUT OBSTRUCTIONISTS. THEY DO NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THEIR POWER. THEY HAVE NO BACK BONE. VOTE THEM OUT OF EVERYTHING. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE NEED TO MOVE ON IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND NOT LET REPUBLICANS WALK ALL OVER THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. THE TRUTH WILL WIN OUT. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, VOTE THEM OUT!

  8. Please Senators, strengthen democracy and support all four of these bills.
    -The Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 205)
    -The For the People Act (S. 1)
    -The Equality Act (S. 393)
    -The Bipartisan Background Checks Act (S. 529)

  9. Government is by, of and for the people of the United States of America, not coporations or political paries.

  10. ALL of these are definitely important bills that MUST pass, but the For the People Act is definitely the most important!! The senate has to pass this bill for democracy to continue!!

  11. It is over. We didn’t even get to get started. There is no bipartisanship anymore and Joe Manchin has denied the country all we need, while allowing Republicans to remove the republic’s democracy. Autocracy is our failed future.

  12. All of these bills represent the will of the American majority. Congress needs to understand, we are extremely tired of our wishes being shoved behind the wishes of every special interest group in the country. To all of our elected officials…”PASS ALL OF THESE BILLS ASAP!”

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