The Week Ahead: March 13
Last week Congress introduced the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Almost immediately, detractors came forward. Notable opposition came from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and the American Hospital Association. Even the traditionally conservative group the Heritage Foundation is against the plan. Town halls and rallies continue in support of the Affordable Care Act and now is the time to fight harder to preserve affordable health care. Call your senators and representatives today!
- On Wednesday, a Senate committee will consider Alexander Acosta’s nomination for Labor Secretary. Sonny Perdue (Agriculture) is still awaiting a hearing in addition to other more minor Trump nominees. Also this week, the Senate intends to examine sanctions on Russia, the six-year war in Syria, and K-1 student visas.
- In addition to gutting the ACA, the House will also be hearing on such things as: Start-ups Stalling? The Tax Code as a Barrier to Entrepreneurship; Modernizing Environmental Laws: Challenges and Opportunities for Expanding Infrastructure and Promoting Development and Manufacturing; and the State of Religious Liberty in America.
- Equally alarming as the introduction of Trumpcare, Trump signed another executive order (EO) banning travel from primarily Muslim countries.
- The Washington attorney general who filed suit against the original Muslim ban has already petitioned the court to consider the new EO, while Hawaii has already filed suit against the ban and has a hearing set for March 15.
- Earthjustice, on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, filed a lawsuit to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline; a decision could be released any day.
Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 23 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.