The League and coalition groups sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to oppose an amendment that would gut the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the leadership of the House Ethics committee urging the committee to appoint outside counsel in the investigation into ethics violations by Representative Maxine Waters.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Congress urging them to oppose any balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. A balanced budget constitutional amendment would damage the economy, not strengthen it. A balanced budget amendment should not be used as a substitute for real leadership on fiscal policy.


A minimum number (quorum), as prescribed in the bylaws, must be present before business can be legally transacted. The presiding officer should determine that there is a quorum before beginning the meeting. Every organization is free to decide the order in which its business will be conducted, but most agendas follow a standard pattern:

The United States has changed dramatically since the early debates on public schools. The responsibility for education for the common good shifted from mainly local control to state control. Now, in 2011, attention is coming from the federal government and national organizations to control standards.

Congress is currently in a debate and stalemate over the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965 ESEA, reauthorized as “No Child Left Behind” in 2001). Major issues include the purpose and role of the federal government in public education.

By Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins and Margaret Hawkins Hill

In May 2011 Deputy Executive Director Zaida Arguedas traveled to Tunisia at the invitation of a group of concerned women. The goals of the visit were to meet the stakeholders concerned and interested in actively engaged in activities to promote democracy in Tunisia. During the visit Zaida Arguedas was introduced to some of the potential association partners and completed a series of workshops and discussions with the founders, board members and experts to learn from the experiences of the League both in the United States and abroad.

League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 672, which would terminate the Election Assistance Commission and transfer some of its functions to the Federal Election Commission.

2010 Annual Report
The 2010 Annual Report of the League of Women Voters of the United States and its Education Fund provides a financial report on the fiscal year of July 1, 2009 -June 30, 2010.