a message from Fred Griesbach ~ AARP


Tell the Senate to vote NO!

Senate leadership may have delayed the vote on their higher cost, less coverage health care scheme, but make no mistake: they still want to pass this bad bill, and right now they are trying to cut side deals with key Senators to get to 50 votes.

Make sure Sen. Cantwell and Sen. Murray don’t give an inch. Tell them to oppose any health care bill that would make Americans pay higher costs for less coverage!

the Senate can tweak the bill all they want, but they can’t turn this lemon into a peach. Their plan would send premiums skyrocketing, weaken Medicare, and risk the Medicaid coverage of millions of seniors and people with disabilities. All to give a massive handout to big drug and insurance companies and other special interests.

The Senate needs to scrap this awful plan and start from scratch. Help make sure that your Senators are crystal clear on where you stand: Tell Sen. Cantwell and Sen. Murray to oppose this bill that raises costs and reduces coverage, and to vote NO if it ever reaches the floor.

Thanks for doing your part to keep up the pressure, C. I’ll be in touch soon with more updates.

Sincerely,

Fred Griesbach
AARP Campaigns

AARP Advocacy Alert

so,while you’re not looking republicans plan to …


Republicans are ready for a busy week after the July 4 recess and Senator Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee is planning a vote on the confirmation of two of Trump’s most extreme judicial nominees: John K. Bush and Damien M. Schiff. Both of these nominees are notorious for their Fox News-like blog posts which display temperaments that disqualify them for lifetime seats on the federal bench.

Add your name to stop Trump’s extreme judicial nominees>>

Here’s just a sampling of what Bush and Schiff have written and said:

  • Bush thinks that abortion rights are a “tragedy” on par with slavery
  • Bush believes there should be more money in politics, not less
  • Bush, blogging under a pseudonym, relied on articles from an alt-right website that promoted birtherism
  • Schiff wrote that sitting justice Anthony Kennedy is a “judicial prostitute”
  • Schiff said schools that advocate against anti-LGBTQ bullying are “teaching gayness”

Both of these nominees have experiences advocating for corporations over people and support legal theories that would allow even more big money to be spent on our elections. They are unfit to serve as Federal judges.

It is clear that Bush and Schiff’s definition of justice does not extend to all Americans — please ask your senators to oppose their nominations>>

Thank you for all you do!

–Katie O’Connell, Digital Communications Coordinator

HR3295 … America Vote Act 2002


H.R.3295

One Hundred Seventh Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,

the twenty-third day of January, two thousand and two

An Act

To establish a program to provide funds to States to replace punch card voting systems, to establish the Election Assistance Commission to assist in the administration of Federal elections and to otherwise provide assistance with the administration of certain Federal election laws and programs, to establish minimum election administration standards for States and units of local government with responsibility for the administration of Federal elections, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

for the complete bill click on the link below 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hr3295/text

Washington State Legislature passes paid family leave (!)


We are Working Washington

 

Good news: late Friday evening, the Washington State Legislature passed paid family leave, and this afternoon the Governor signed it into law! That means workers in our state will finally have time to care, with up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a family member’s serious medical condition, and up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for your own serious medical condition.


Deja“With my first child, I had to start working from home 10 days after giving birth. When I returned to working onsite, I cried in the car every day. It was almost physically painful to be separated from my baby. Investing in our moms and babies now will benefit everyone in the long run.”

—Deja H., Seattle


Paid family leave is a major bright spot in a legislative session that didn’t have a lot of other positive developments — and it only happened because we all made it happen.

Working Washington members and many others testified before the State Legislature about the need for paid family leave. Dozens of you shared your personal stories online to help make the case. Baristas spoke out, took action, and generated a flood of local and even national news coverage about the issue. Thousands of people across the state sent messages to elected officials.

Workers speaking out is how we set the stage for legislators to reach agreement. It’s how we raised the minimum wage and passed secure scheduling. And it’s how we just won paid family leave too.

Click here to check out the details, and then consider making a contribution to power the next big breakthrough for workers in our state.

CONTRIBUTE TODAY

Tina“I had to leave a new job that I only had a couple of months because I could not find adequate daycare for my newborn son. Paid family leave is essential. Life is full of unexpected moments. Everyone needs that backup plan to sort it out, regain balance, and get back to business.”

— Tina K., Lake Stevens

on this day … 7/6 1983 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender. 


1483 – King Richard III of England was crowned.

1699 – Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA, and deported back to England.

1777 – British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.

1854 – In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention. 

1858 – Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine.

1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.

1905 – Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker. 

1917 – During World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.

1919 – A British dirigible landed in New York at Roosevelt Field. It completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.

1923 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established.

1928 – “The Lights of New York” was previewed in New York’s Strand Theatre. It was the first all-talking movie.

1932 – The postage rate for first class mail in the U.S. went from 2-cents to 3-cents.

1933 – The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago. The American League beat the National League 4-2.

1942 – Diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

1945 – U.S. President Truman signed an order creating the Medal of Freedom. 

1945 – Nicaragua became the first nation to formally accept the United Nations Charter.

1947 – “Candid Microphone” began airing on ABC radio.

1948 – Frieda Hennok became the first woman to serve as the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. 

1957 – Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event. 

1966 – Malawi became a republic within the Commonwealth with Dr. Hastings Banda as its first president.

1967 – The Biafran War erupted. The war lasted two-and-a-half years. About 600,000 people died.

1981 – Former President of Argentina Isabel Peron was freed after five years of house arrest by a federal court.

1981 – The Dupont Company announced an agreement to purchase Conoco, Inc. (Continental Oil Co.) for $7 billion. At the time it was the largest merger in corporate history.

1983 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender. 

1983 – Fred Lynn (California Angels) hit the first grand slam in an All-Star game. The American League defeated the National League 13-3.

1985 – Martina Navratilova won her 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title.

1985 – The submarine Nautilus arrived in Groton, Connecticut. The vessel had been towed from Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

1988 – Several popular beaches were closed in New York City due to medical waste and other debris began washing up on the seashores.

1989 – The U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, TX. The dismantling was under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. 

1996 – Steffi Graf won her seventh Wimbledon title.

1997 – The Mars Pathfinder released Sojourner, a robot rover on the surface of Mars. The spacecraft landed on the red planet on July 4th.

1997 – In Cambodia, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen ousted First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh and claimed to have the capital under his control.

1998 – Protestants rioted in many parts of Northern Ireland after British authorities blocked an Orange Order march in Portadown.

2000 – A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.