Quick Legislative Update

April 24, 2008

Here is a quick update on the legislation addressed in our alerts so far this spring.

Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007 -- S. 1200 -- The first update of critical Indian Health Care in 16 years passed the Senate 83-10 in February and is awaiting consideration by the House. We will let you know when the time is right to contact your Representatives.

America's Climate Security Act -- S. 2191 -- This bill has still not made it to a vote in the Senate, but all the attention on Earth Day and on global warming should help move it. See the Presiding Bishop's letter of support here.

SAVE Act -- H.R. 4088 -- This is the punitive immigration legislation whose House sponsors are working to bring it to a vote without due process and consideration. They need 212 signatures on their petition and currently have 186 -- if you haven't sent a message to your representative, you can still take action here.

Jubilee Act -- H.R. 2634 -- This debt relief bill passed the House by a strong vote of 285-132 and now awaits consideration by the Senate. We will let you know when the time is right to contact your Senator.

The GROWTH Act -- H.R.2965, S.2069 -- This legislation to promote economic opportunities for women in developing countries is awaiting action in committees in both the House and the Senate.

We are having success at the federal legislative level through the efforts of EPPN members like you!

There are also great efforts advocacy efforts at the state level!
Read this important statement from the Bishops in Ohio to the state legislature about civil rights.
Also, EPPN affiliates in several states coordinate state legislative alerts. If you are interested in receiving state legislative alerts click here.