This week, President Obama fulfilled his promise to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline! The League is proud to stand behind the President’s veto because the pipeline is not in our national interest. But the fight is not over—President Obama and the U.S. State Department must still make a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Ninety-five years ago, Carrie Chapman Catt called for a League of Women Voters to “finish the fight” to ensure that every eligible voter has free and fair access to the polls as well as to empower voters to influence their government to better serve their interests. The League’s first major victory came just six months later with the passage of the 19th Amendment, which secured women the right to vote. But that success was just the first of many.
Saturday marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters. When Carrie Chapman Catt called for a League of Women Voters to “finish the fight,” she was talking about more than just the fight for women’s suffrage.
President MacNamara offered testimony at a hearing held by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on February 11, 2015. The hearing follows a comment period where thousands of citizens expressed their concern over the need for stricter disclosure rules and to strengthen regulations on coordination between candidates and secret, dark money groups. 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.
The League has been fighting to stop the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL) because it is a threat to our public health and a contributor to climate change. In the coming days, Congress will send legislation to President Obama that approves the pipeline. President Obama has already issued a threat to veto this legislation, and he needs to hear that you support his decision.
We’re just one week away from our deadline to submit comments to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) regarding how "to address corruption in the political process." So far, League supporters have generated over 12,000 comments to the FEC in support of stricter disclosure regulations and narrowing the definition of coordination between candidates and outside groups.
Another year has nearly passed us by, and the League of Women Voters has stayed busy! We could not have had as far-reaching an impact without our incredible supporters, like you, who assist in Making Democracy Work®.