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It’s Time to Stop Helping Wealthy Tax Evaders

Posted by Reggie Oldak, Senior Counsel and Director of Government Relations | Posted on: December 09, 2009 at 02:09 pm

by Reggie Oldak, Senior Counsel,
National Women's Law Center

The House could do the right thing today.

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NWLC Relieved That the Senate Defeated Nelson-Hatch Amendment to Health Care Reform Bill

Posted by | Posted on: December 08, 2009 at 09:48 pm

Today, by a vote of 54 to 45, the Senate refused to pass an amendment to the Senate health care reform bill that would have resulted in a de facto ban on coverage of abortion in the new health insurance exchanges. 

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women's Law Center:

“The Senate did the right thing today by refusing to adopt an amendment that would prevent women from using their own funds to purchase abortion coverage. 

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Senators Barbara Boxer and Barbara Mikulski Stand Up for Women’s Abortion Rights on the Senate Floor

Posted by Jenifer Rajkumar, Fellow | Posted on: December 08, 2009 at 07:47 pm

by Jenifer Rajkumar, Fellow, 
National Women's Law Center 

Today, the Senate is expected to vote on the Nelson-Hatch Amendment, a radical proposal that would restrict millions of women in the U.S. from using even their own private money to buy abortion coverage. Last night, the Senate began debating the amendment, introduced by Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska), who was joined by 8 other Senators. 

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by Andrea Maruniak, Media Manager | Posted on: December 08, 2009 at 05:36 pm

by Andrea Maruniak, Program Assistant,
National Women's Law Center

The New York Times told the story of Robert H. Landau, a unique advocate for girls' sports who has filed many complaints over the years with the Department of Education in support of young female athletes.

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Saving the Safety Net: Congressional Action Urgently Needed to Preserve Unemployment Insurance

Posted by Amy Quinn, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: December 08, 2009 at 02:39 pm

by Amy Quinn, Senior Policy Analyst,
National Women's Law Center

Families suffer when unemployment is high, and the nation currently faces the worst job climate in a quarter century. The unemployment benefits of the Recovery Act alleviated some of that suffering – and yet, this safety net will be cut at the end of the month if Congress fails to act now. Without reauthorization of the Recovery Act, one million workers are expected to lose their unemployment benefits in January, according to a report released yesterday by the National Employment Law Project, and a total of 3.2 million are expected to lose benefits by March. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show long-term unemployment at its highest level since records have been kept – four in ten jobless workers have been unemployed for more than six months – making unemployment benefits all the more critical. 

Nancy Duff Campbell, co-president of the National Women's Law Center, highlighted the importance of unemployment insurance to single mothers and their families at a press conference hosted yesterday by NELP, the Center for American Progress, and the Half in Ten Campaign. “Many families headed by single mothers already scrape by just to make ends meet – even in good times,” said Campbell. “When single mothers lose their jobs, they have little to fall back on: no second earner, few if any assets, nowhere to turn.”  Unemployment insurance benefits are critical to these women and their families, noted Campbell, keeping a roof over their heads, food on the table, and clothes on their children.

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NWLC Denounces Nelson-Hatch Amendment to Senate Health Care Reform Bill

Posted by | Posted on: December 07, 2009 at 09:54 pm

Today, Senators Ben Nelson (D-Neb) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) filed an amendment to the Senate health care reform bill that would result in a de facto ban on coverage of abortion in the new health insurance exchanges.

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NWLC Welcomes Defense Task Force Report on Sexual Assault in the Military

Posted by | Posted on: December 07, 2009 at 03:26 pm

The congressionally mandated Department of Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services has issued a report containing 30 recommendations aimed at improving the strategic direction and oversight of the department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, prevention and training strategies, response to victims, and accountability. 

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Women Are People Too ... Right?

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: December 07, 2009 at 02:32 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights,
National Women's Law Center

Since the beginning of the health care reform debate, it seems every Member of Congress has adopted the mantra, “People shouldn’t lose coverage under health care reform.”

Well, I agree. And last I checked, women are people.

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