Although defeating the #TrumpTaxScam is our top priority right now (click here to take action!), here are other things happening in Congress this week that you should know about:
- House Republicans want to pass a partisan CHIP bill. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R CA-23) announced Thursday that the House would vote on a bill to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) next week. However, the Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3921) extends CHIP by by taking money away from the Affordable Care Act and weakening Medicare. Call your MoC and tell them to reauthorize CHIP using a bipartisan approach that won’t harm the American health care system.
- Republicans are coming after women’s reproductive rights. The House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing on November 1 on the “Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.” This bill is a draconian, anti-choice piece of legislation that would make it a federal crime for a doctor to perform an abortion on any woman whose fetus has a detectable heartbeat (which is at 6 weeks, well before many women even realize they are pregnant). Call your MoC and tell them you oppose this effort to criminalize women’s reproductive health.
- Your individual privacy is under threat. Congress has until the end of the year to decide whether to protect Americans’ privacy or extend unconstitutional spying power to Trump. The Senate began marking up a bill last week, and the House Judiciary Committee is expected to take up a bill next week. Read our explainer and call script… and start calling your MoCs now!
- Mitch McConnell is trying to jam Trump’s bad judicial nominees through the Senate. Up to six of Trump’s judicial nominees could be confirmed within the week, as part of a GOP effort to quickly push them through over Democratic and public objections. Here’s our resource with more information on how you can urge your Senators to block Trump’s disastrous judges.