• Washington, DC - “We are very pleased with President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

    “Today, President Obama stood up for the future of our environment and for the health and well-being of Americans,” MacNamara said. “Over the past few weeks, League activists sent 14,000 letters to President Obama urging him to use his veto power on this misguided legislation.”

    “Allowing this pipeline to be built threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change,” said MacNamara.

    “The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest,” concluded MacNamara. “A veto was necessary to protect the health of Americans and the health of our planet. In the coming weeks, we urge the President to take the next historic step in this process and fully rejecting the pipeline after a complete review is finalized by the State Department.”

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  • Local members, supporters and online activists join together to work for a better America

    Washington, DC – This month, the League of Women Voters kicks off a year-long celebration marking the organization’s 95th anniversary. The League’s nearly 800 local and state chapters in communities nationwide will join in honoring this milestone.

    “Ninety-five years after its founding, the League continues to make a difference to American lives and in Making Democracy Work®. The League has involved millions of voters in electing government decision makers at all levels of government and in holding them accountable for their actions,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, 18th president of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

    “Today's barriers to the ballot might look different than they did when the League was founded in 1920, but they remain threats to our democracy and voter participation all the same,” MacNamara said. “Equal access to the ballot box is about fairness and equality, something that Carrie Chapman Catt understood as she led efforts to secure women the vote and founded the League of Women Voters to continue to fight discrimination and improve our democracy.”

    “The League’s true power arises from the efforts of civic volunteers and activists who successfully take on a range of key issues. The indelible mark of this organization will always stem from the individuals who roll up their sleeves to do whatever is most needed in their communities and the country,” said MacNamara. “Today, and over the decades, we’ve undertaken sustained efforts to improve the voting process. We have also made significant contributions in other public policy areas, such as our multi-year efforts to protect the environment through passage of such legislation as the Clean Air Act and to create the United Nations.”

    “As we look to the latest challenges to our democracy, we’re excited to see dedicated local members being joined by significant numbers of online activists across the country. Today, as we mark the League’s 95th anniversary, we celebrate our many accomplishments, but with our eyes firmly on the future,” concluded MacNamara. “As it has been from the beginning, the League of Women Voters remains actively engaged in Making Democracy Work® for all Americans. 

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    The League of Women Voters is celebrating 95 years of Making Democracy Work® at every level of government. In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote to help new voters engage with their government. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government. Learn more about the League of Women Voters and join our celebration!

  • “Presidential veto of harmful legislation needed to protect Americans and climate.”

    Washington, DC - “With a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives today, legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline now heads to the President’s desk,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 

    “It is time for President Obama to follow through on his promise to veto this misguided legislation,” MacNamara said.

    “Nothing – particularly America’s overreliance on fossil fuels – should be more important than the health and well-being of Americans and our environment,” said MacNamara.

    “This pipeline threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. We call on President Obama to veto the Keystone XL legislation without delay,” concluded MacNamara.

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  •  Testimony at Public Hearing on Money in Politics Calls for Full Disclosure

    Washington, D.C.  – Today Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters, addressed members of the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) during a public hearing on issues of money in politics. At the hearing, President MacNamara called on the agency to update regulations on campaign finance laws to provide full disclosure in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions Citizens United and McCutcheon v. FEC.

    “Voters care deeply about this issue of campaign finance and corruption,” said MacNamara. “And voters understand that billionaires and secret organizations don’t represent them and that huge sums of money corrupt our political system.”

    “We ask that you update FEC regulations to provide for such full disclosure so that the Court’s decision in Citizens United does not continue as the giant loophole for secret giving that it has become,” MacNamara said.

    This is unacceptable in a democracy,” MacNamara said. “Secret money has no place in America's elections. Voters deserve to know -- have a right to know -- who is making unlimited political expenditures and influencing elections.”

    In addition, SuperPACs and other outside groups can raise and spend unlimited amounts because they are supposedly ‘independentfrom the candidate, but in reality there are many ways to coordinate that are not blocked by current regulations,” MacNamara said. “It is time for the FEC to step in and better regulate these outside groups.”

    The abuses we have talked about today undermine our democracy by corrupting our elections and overwhelming the voices of regular citizens and voters,” concluded MacNamara. “That ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ organizations are violating the law and biasing our elections should not be relevant. Indeed, there are abuses by all sides. The League of Women Voters urges the FEC to protect the voters and enforce the law.”

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    “The President must veto. Keystone is not in our national interest,” says League

    Washington, DC - “Today’s vote in the U.S. Senate to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is profoundly disappointing. It is a harmful, short-sighted decision that endangers the health and safety of Americans,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 

    “Our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels should not be more important than the health and well-being of Americans and our environment,” said MacNamara.

    “We urge President Obama to continue his commitment to people not polluters,” added MacNamara. “The President must veto this misguided legislation.”

    “The Keystone XL Pipeline is not in our national interest,” MacNamara said. “It is bad energy policy: It threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that contribute to climate change.”

    “Today, the U.S. Senate put polluters’ interests ahead of those of ordinary Americans and acted irresponsibly in this time of climate change. We call on President Obama to follow through and veto this harmful legislation in order to protect the health and safety of all Americans. A veto by the President is the only thing that will protect us now,” concluded MacNamara.

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    Administration Proposal to Limit Methane Emissions Important Step Against Climate Change, Says League

    Washington, D.C.  – Today the Obama Administration proposed limits on methane emissions from new sources within the oil and gas industry as part of the Climate Action Plan unveiled by the President in 2013. The proposal would cut methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45 percent by 2025 from 2012 levels.

    “We are pleased that the President has taken this additional step and launched another salvo in his broad-based attack on climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 

    “The President’s proposal results from efforts by several U.S. government agencies and relies on proven, low-cost solutions to cutting methane emissions,” said MacNamara.“

    “While limiting methane emissions  is a critical step forward in the fight against climate change, the Administration must go further and include cuts to emissions from existing sources of this pollutant,” said MacNamara. “We stand with the President to protect people, not polluters.”

    “The League is eager to work with this Administration to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change. League members and supporters across the country continue to work for and support the President’s Climate Action Plan,” MacNamara concluded.

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  • League of Women Voters of the United States Responds to Comments by Rep. Scalise

    Statement from Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters

    Washington, D.C. "For nearly 95 years, the League of Women Voters has fought to educate and engage Americans on the issues impacting their communities. Rooted in the suffrage movement, the League has always been committed to educating and turning out voters.

    "In order to expand participation and give voice to all Americans, our nearly 800 state and local Leagues register voters at every opportunity, including in high schools, at community colleges, bus stops and baseball games, as well as at naturalization ceremonies. In addition to registering new voters, we work to educate voters on important issues in their communities, in part by hosting candidate debates and issue forums as well as publishing voters’ guides in advance of elections.

    "Representative Steve Scalise’s recent comments regarding the League of Women Voters were misinformed. We are committed to working for all voters regardless of their party affiliation. We believe voters are the basis of our strong democracy, and we’re committed to making our government work for all citizens. We will continue to fight for inclusion and tolerance and are committed to Making Democracy Work®."

    Learn more about the League and our history.

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  • LEAGUE PRAISES IMMIGRATION STEP

    Support for Family-Focused Executive Order

    Washington, D.C. – The League of Women Voters of the U.S. reacted to today’s announcement by President Obama that he is using his executive authority to limit deportation of many undocumented immigrants.

    “President Obama’s executive order is a good and important step toward a realistic and humane immigration policy for the United States,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

    “The order focuses mainly on families – keeping them together rather than breaking them up through unnecessary deportation,” MacNamara said. “The League has exhaustively studied this issue and agrees that deportation is not appropriate for unauthorized immigrants who have no history of criminal activity.” The League believes that immigration policy should focus on meeting the economic, business and employment needs of the U.S. and promoting reunification of immediate families.  

    “Congress still must act on a comprehensive immigration policy,” added MacNamara. “The President’s executive action, while a good start, is just a temporary first step. Congress needs to stop pointing fingers and get to work on this vital issue. Congress should face reality and act humanely in the long run best interests our nation.”

    “The President’s action is a positive step forward on immigration policy because it is a humanitarian effort aimed at families, but more needs to be done,” concluded MacNamara.

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  • League Encouraged by U.S. Senate Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline

    Washington, DC - “Today’s vote in the U.S. Senate not to force approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline is encouraging. It is a decision that puts the health and safety of Americans ahead of blind reliance on fossil fuels,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 

    “The Keystone XL Pipeline is a threat to the safety of our drinking water, promotes a bad energy policy and increases the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that contribute to climate change. It is not in our national interest.

    "Today, the U.S. Senate stood up for people, not polluters. We call on President Obama to follow through and disapprove the pipeline project in order to protect the health and safety of all Americans,” concluded MacNamara.

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  • COURT STRIKES DOWN UNNECESSARY VOTER BARRIER IN KOBACH V. EAC

    Statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, President, League of Women Voters of the U.S.

    Washington, DC – “Today, a federal appellate court issued an important decision in the case Kobach v. EAC, handing voters a strong win against unnecessary barriers to voter participation.

    “The court’s opinion found that documentary proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration added by the states of Kansas and Arizona are illegal.

    “Voters should not have to face an obstacle course in order to participate in our democracy. This is a good, strong ruling for voters and for Americans’ essential right to vote.”

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