The League joined over 230 organizations in a letter to the U.S. Senate urging Senators to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal (Graham-Cassidy).

LWVUS and LWVOH submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute.

The League joined other groups calling on Congress to extend and fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Members of the League's Lobby Corps will be visiting with members of the U.S. House urging passage of the Dream Act of 2017. The legislation will ensure that the 800,000 "dreamers"--young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. by their parents--can establish legal residency within the country. The legislation contains provisions that ensure that the young immigrants are enrolled in school, serve in the military or maintain work history in addition to other requirements.

The League joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and over 180 organizations calling on Congress to immediately pass the Dream Act without amendment.

The League joined other groups calling on the U.S. House to oppose amendments related to campaign finance issues that were attached to the House Financial Services bill. This is a tactic that the House has tried to use since 2011 and the riders included attempts to gut the Johnson amendment, which prohibits charitable and religious institutions from engaging in campaign activities, and a rider to increase the ability of business associations to solicit money from the executive and administrative personnel of corporations.

 

The League filed a brief in the historic partisan gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on October 3rd. The brief argues that partisan gerrymandering violates the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and points out that traditional redistricting principles – such as compactness, contiguity, and respect for political subdivisions – have no constitutional foundation.

The League of Women Voters United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) filed an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Juliana et al v. United States. The Leagues continue to support the 21 young people from across the United States who have filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government, via the Eugene, Oregon- based organization, Our Children's Trust. The brief asks the Circuit Court to deny the petition of the defendants which seeks to dismiss the case.

The League joined a letter sent to leadership in the U.S. House and Senate urging them to move past attempts to repeal the ACA and cut the Medicaid program and turn its attention towards bi-partisan policies that would safeguard the stability of health insurance markets for 2018 and beyond. Specifically, the letter asks them to focus on guaranteed funding for cost-sharing reductions, restoring premium stabilization programs and ensuring continued funding for outreach and enrollment assistance.

The League joined health care, labor and community organizations by calling on President Trump to commit to providing the cost-sharing reduction payments required under the Affordable Care Act.

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