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Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts

Amy K. Matsui is Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts at the National Women’s Law Center. She works on economic issues affecting low- and moderate-income women and families, with special emphasis on federal and state tax policy and women’s retirement security. Her work with retirement savings policy and federal and state tax credits for working families comprises policy analysis, federal advocacy, and public education and outreach. She also directs the Center's advocacy efforts around federal judicial nominations and diversity in the federal judiciary. Ms. Matsui has worked at the Center since 2002. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Matsui practiced commercial law in the private sector. She clerked for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, then-Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in 2000. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford Law School.

My Take

Senate Leaves Town Without Confirming Any More Judges

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: August 07, 2015 at 12:39 pm

The Senate left for the August recess on Wednesday night. Apparently Senate Majority Leader McConnell and his leadership team were untroubled by the fact that only five judges have been confirmed thus far in 2015. In contrast, at this point in 2007 – the second-to-last year of President George W. Bush’s presidency – the Democratic-controlled Senate had confirmed 26 judges.

This dramatic slowdown in confirmations has not happened by accident. Attempts to schedule floor votes on nominees have been blocked at every turn. Most recently, when New York Senator Chuck Schumer asked for consent to schedule votes on three New York district court nominees – one of whom is nominated to a seat where there currently is no active judge sitting – Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Grassley objected and informed Senator Schumer that the Senate would not be voting on any judicial nominations until the Senate returns in September.

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Long Overdue Rule Would Protect Women Retirement Savers

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: August 03, 2015 at 11:15 am

You’ve heard this from us before: women are paid less than men. Women also spend more time out of the workforce and are more likely to work part-time — some of which is due to caregiving responsibilities.

These trends in women’s work and family responsibilities take a serious toll on women’s earnings: Based on today’s wage gap, a woman who worked full time, year round would typically lose $435,049 in a 40-year period due to the wage gap. But — spoiler alert — a lifetime of lower earnings also results in lower Social Security benefits and retirement savings. Women’s retirement savings accounts have significantly lower balances than men’s, and older women’s income lags far behind their male counterparts’.  But because women live longer than men, on average, women need to make these smaller account balances stretch over a longer lifespan.

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NWLC Supports Congressional Progressive Caucus' Resolution to Support Child Care

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 30, 2015 at 10:15 am

Earlier this week, there was nowhere I would rather have been than under a broiling hot sun on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol — standing up with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, SEIU, and child care and other workers to support increased investments in child care and supports for working families. The Congressional Progressive Caucus followed up by introducing a resolution to highlight the economic costs and the costs to working families of our vastly underfunded child care system. They will be holding a series of town halls, roundtables, and rallies around the country in August to highlight the crisis for parents and workers and talk about the need for the solutions outlined in the resolution.

At lunchtime, flanked by an assortment of adorable children, Representative Suzanne Bonamici spoke about the importance of living wages, workplace policies that ensure that workers can meet their families' needs, and affordable child care.

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Senate Confirms First Circuit Court Judge of 2015

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 11:44 am

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Kara Farnandez Stoll to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Now-Judge Stoll, whose qualifications are unassailable, was confirmed unanimously by a vote of 95-0.

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Senate Sets Procedural Vote on Loretta Lynch for Thursday

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: April 22, 2015 at 09:18 am

Late last night, Senate Majority Leader McConnell filed a cloture petition on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General. This vote, which will be held on Thursday, is expected to clear the way for a confirmation vote. 

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