Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 9 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue:
Climate Change
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy  
Climate Change  

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, Cathy Frischmann and Lynette Pierson
YOUR VOICE IS STILL NEEDED! Please consider taking just a few minutes this week and engage in your citizenship rights and responsibilities. This Wednesday, March… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 9 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon


Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act on House floor 1st week of April

March 27, 2019

ACTION ALERT: VAWA will be on the House floor first week of April!

It’s not too late to counter attacks against and to improve VAWA!

Use our NEW toolkit to pressure Congress to do the right thing!

Vote for H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019!

Add your organization’s name to our sign-on letter in support of H.R.1585!

Please forward widely!

The House of Representatives is slated to vote next week on H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01). H.R.1585 is a modest reauthorization bill that includes narrowly focused enhancements to address gaps identified by victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the people who work on the ground with them every day.

Please sign our ORGANIZATIONAL LETTER OF SUPPORT by Wednesday, April 3 to show Congress that organizations around the country care about this issue and support H.R.1585.

Then, use this NEW TOOLKIT to contact your Representative by phone, by email, or on social media. And don’t forget to write a letter to the editor or an op-ed! The toolkit contains scripts, talking points, a list of key enhancements, Tweets, Facebook posts, graphics, and letter-to-the editor and op-ed templates.

Also, in case you missed it, you can listen to a recording of last Thursday’s VAWA call explaining the contents of H.R.1585 HERE.


When H.R.1585 went through the House Judiciary Committee, several Representatives tried to roll back vital VAWA protections by:

  • Allowing non-Natives to prey on Native women on Tribal lands with impunity;
  • Allowing publicly-funded domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to discriminate against survivors who they don’t like and turn away vulnerable victims in need of protection and help; and
  • Taking money away from communities and giving it to organizations like the NRA to teach people how to use guns.

Instead of committing to improve VAWA to address the identified needs of victims and survivors through moderate enhancements, other lawmakers introduced a year-long ‘straight reauthorization of VAWA (with no improvements) that ignores the identified needs of survivors. Lawmakers need to take a principled stand and fight for improved access to and justice for victims and survivors. In the era of #MeToo, we have the opportunity to make meaningful positive change to protect and support all survivors – anything less is unacceptable.

If you have questions or want to report the outcome of your contacts with Members of Congress, please email rgraber@ncadv.org anddkarp@jwi.org.


These members should especially be asked to be co-sponsors and encouraged to vote for the “real” VAWA, H.R. 1585, and not harmful or weakening amendments or attempts to delay passage with an unnecessary “straight reauthorization” extension.  Find their contact informationhere.  Ask to talk to the staff person who handles VAWA and/or women’s issues.  Make a note of this person’s name and contact info and follow up with them.  Develop a working relationship with them if possible.  Thanks.  Pat


Cindy Axne (Iowa)

Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.)

Jim Costa (Calif.)

Angie Craig (Minn.)

Charlie Crist (Fla.)

Joe Cunningham (S.C.)

Antonio Delgado (N.Y.)

Abby Finkenauer (Iowa)

Jared Golden (Maine)

Josh Gotteimer (N.J.)

Kendra Horn (Okla.)

Andy Kim (N.J.)

Conor Lamb (Pa.) 

Susie Lee (Nev.)

Elaine Luria (Va.)

Ben McAdams (Utah)

Stephanie Murphy (Fla.)

Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.)

Collin Peterson (Minn.)

Max Rose (N.Y.)

Kurt Schrader (Ore.)

Mikie Sherrill (N.J.)

Elissa Slotkin (Mich.)

Abigail Spanberger (Va.)

Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.)

Jeff Van Drew (N.J.).



Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)

John Katko (R-N.Y.)

Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)

Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.)

Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio)

Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

David Joyce (R-Ohio)

David McKinley (W.V.)

Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)

Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)

Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)

Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)

Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)

John Curtis (R-Utah)

Mike Bost (R-Ill.)

Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)

Jennifer Gonzalez Colon (R-P.R.)

Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)

Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)

Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)

Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

William Hurd (R-Texas)

Paul Cook (R-CA)

Don Young (R-AK)

Thank Rep. Kurt Schrader for voting yes to Save the Internet

Great news! The Save the Internet Act just crossed its first hurdle in Congress: A subcommittee passed a clean version with no amendments. And Rep. Kurt Schrader was one of the members who voted yes and stood up for internet users everywhere. 

Could you thank Rep. Schrader for his support? 

Saying thanks goes a long way and it takes just a few minutes.

Click here to send a tweet to thank Rep. Schrader for supporting the Save the Internet Act. 

Don’t use Twitter? No problem! It can’t hurt to give them a call to say thanks. Call Rep. Schrader’s office at (202) 225-5711

to get connected. When the office picks up say:

Thanks for supporting a clean #SavetheNet Act. Your leadership is key — I hope you can help get your colleagues on board as this moves to the House floor.

While this bill still has a ways to go, the vote today is a huge step forward. Say thanks to help make sure our representatives know we see them when they do the right thing. 

You’re the best,

Candace and the rest of the Free Press Action team

P.S. Now that the Save the Internet Act is moving forward, companies like Comcast will double their efforts to stop this bill in its tracks. Chip in $5 today to fuel the momentum for real Net Neutrality.



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Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act Now!



Women across the country continue to be paid less than men — and are at a higher risk of poverty as a result. Pay discrimination is one reason why. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a vital piece of legislation that will help fix this by updating and strengthening the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and offering further protections against pay discrimination.The House of Representatives will vote on the bill this week — they need to hear from you now!

Urge Your Representative to Vote YES on the Paycheck Fairness Act

Tell your lawmaker to support equal pay by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act without any weakening amendments.





The Paycheck Fairness Act updates protections for workers experiencing sex-based pay discrimination by:

  • Closing loopholes that have allowed employers to pay women less than men for the same work for decades,
  • Prohibiting employers from relying on salary history to set pay when hiring,
  • Ensuring women can receive the same remedies for sex-based pay discrimination as are available for race- or ethnicity-based discrimination,
  • Promoting pay transparency by protecting workers from retaliation for discussing or disclosing their wages,
  • And requiring employers to report pay data to the EEOC.

Tell your representative it’s time to show up for equal pay for women.

We need stronger laws to help root out pay discrimination and close the wage gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a great place to start.

Maya Raghu
Director of Workplace Equality & Senior Counsel
National Women’s Law Center









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Key hearings in Salem this week

These hearings for bills of interest to NOW are currently scheduled in Salem this week:

HB3031, Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance:
               3/25, 6pm: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HBL/2019-03-25-18-00/HB3031/Details 
This meeting is another public hearing, not the work session that must be scheduled soon to keep the bill alive. Oregon NOW has submitted a written statement of support and encourages in person attendance if possible as a further expression of support.

HB2020, Climate Action Plan: Work sessions scheduled in Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction:
               3/25, 5pm:  https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/JCCR/2019-03-25-17-00/Agenda 
               3/29, 1p: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/JCCR/2019-03-29-13-00/Agenda
The meeting descriptions indicate that potential amendments to the bill will be discussed but no votes will be taken.

SB708, Court costs in Stalking Order petitions
               3/27, Public hearing and work session scheduled in Senate Judiciary Committee: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/SJUD/2019-03-27-08-00/Agenda

Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 8 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue:
Climate Change
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy 

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, Cathy Frischmann, and Lynette Pierson
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! It’s critical that League members contact their legislators to ensure that the Oregon Climate Action… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 8 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

‘Victory for equal pay’: Judge rules Trump administration must require companies to report pay by gender, race

The Obama-era pay data collection requirement aims to tackle employer discrimination against women and minorities.

Source: ‘Victory for equal pay’: Judge rules Trump administration must require companies to report pay by gender, race – The Washington Post

Note: Companies forced to report this information have more equal pay. A study looking at a British survey found that making pay practices transparent raised all employees’ wages. And gender wage gaps are far smaller in both unionized workplaces and the public sector, where pay scales are usually available to anyone.

Equal Pay Day is April 2, 2019.  https://www.pay-equity.org/day.html 

Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women

REDress Project makes U.S. debut at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Source: In the galleries: Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women – The Washington Post

Note: There is a National Day of Awareness of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women on May 5.  There has been a request that COC NOW women hang out a red dress in recognition on that day.