Vote On Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks Set for Next Week

The Reasons Behind the Senate Vote on Banning Abortion.

The Senate has scheduled a vote on a bill, already passed by the House, that bans abortions after 20 weeks, and the Trump Administration has signaled its support of this bill.   While some websites are raising the alarm, The Hill asserts that the bill has little chance of passing in the Senate with the narrow Republican majority.   According to The Hill, the purpose of scheduling this vote is to get Senators on record with their votes for or against the bill.  Anti-abortion activists are hoping that Democrats up for re-election in battleground states will suffer the consequences of their vote, while Democrats characterize the bill as an extreme assault on a woman’s right to make decisions about her health care.  This bill, titled “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is based on faulty “science” mis-representing fetal development as outlined by Dr Daniel Grossman on Twitter (@DrDGrossman). When politicians insert themselves into medical decisions best made between doctors and their patients, decisions that should be based on the patient’s individual circumstances and unique needs, unintended consequences and unforeseen harm often follow.

The key to the electoral impact of the bill may be how issues-influenced voting weighs against voting based on economic factors.  As always, who shows up to vote in an election can be critical – in 2017 special elections were sometimes decided by a strong showing of voters who have previously not been active at the voting booth. As The New York Times points out in their editorial post this evening, having Democrats take back control of either house of Congress will guard against future actions to restrict reproductive freedoms. Voting in local elections is important, as are actions supporting progressive voters in red states.  Don’t forget, primaries in Illinois are March 20 and election day is November 6th – cast your vote and make your voice heard!

Time to Pick Up the Phones Again!

Call Members of Congress to Vote NO on the Tax Bill.

The House of Representatives thinks it may have enough votes to pass their version of the tax bill, but some Republican Senators have expressed doubts about voting in favor of the Senate version of the bill.  The Senate version includes language to drop the individual mandate (requiring everyone to have health insurance or face a tax penalty) of the Affordable Care Act which will devastate the marketplace.

Please call your Senators to vote no, but even more importantly, call on these wavering Senators listed below to vote NO the tax bill because of it’s negative effects on the middle class, on the deficit and especially, on health insurance rates for the nation.  Find your member of Congress here if you are not in IL.

Local Members of Congress:

Senator Dick Durbin (IL) – 202-224-2152

Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) – 202-224-2854

Possible NO votes:

Senator John McCain (Arizona) – 202-224-2235

Senator Bob Corker (Tennessee) – 202-224-3344

Senator Susan Collins (Maine) – 202-224-2523

Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) – 202-224-6665

IL-10 lands “On the Radar” of the GOP, NRCC

Democrat Brad Schneider is the Congressional Representative in Illinois 10th District, and that doesn’t sit well with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

The IL-10 Congressional seat has flipped four times in the last four election cycles. 2010 and 2014 went to Bob Dold (R), while Brad Schneider (D) took the seat in 2012 and 2016. With 2018 just around the corner, the GOP wants IL-10 back. Continue reading “IL-10 lands “On the Radar” of the GOP, NRCC”