Good news for once: the House apparently plans to vote today on both versions of the Violence Against Women reauthorization, both their own weak bill and the stronger Senate bill, S. 47; Planned Parenthood helps you tell the House to pass the Senate's version of the Violence Against Women Act reauth. The House version, again, denies the protections the Senate bill extends to gays, immigrants, and Native Americans (who suffer twice as much from domestic violence as does the nation, on average); if you want to be "more inclusive" of gays and immigrants, then this ain't the way to do it. And one more time: if you don't want Native American reservations to try you, on reservation lands and with reservation law, for committing domestic violence, then don't beat up a Native American woman. The "liberal" media seems hopeful that the Senate bill will pass. But don't let that make you complacent.
Meanwhile, that bag of $85 billion in federal budget cuts descends upon us tomorrow; and both United for a Fair Economy and the National Women's Law Center help you tell Congress to put a stop to it. The NWLC endorses a "balanced" approach to sequester replacement, including both revenues and spending cuts, but UFE would offset the sequester entirely with revenues -- like increased taxes on the wealthy and on corporations -- and I prefer the latter route. Congress has taken exactly zero action on the sequester this week; House Speaker Boehner has said the Senate should "get() off their ass and begin() to do something," then cited the two crappy bills the House passed in the previous Congress as if he wouldn't need to reintroduce them in this Congress. And the House is off tomorrow, as well, because, well, they're hardly in session these days -- which is normally a good thing, except when it comes to cleaning up their own mess.
Finally, CISPA, the bill that would let corporations give your private information to our government without our government having to produce so much as a warrant for it, is still out there, waiting for the House Intelligence Committee to approve it; Demand Progress helps you tell your Congressfolk to oppose it. Why? Not merely because CISPA will give you pause when you express opinions online, and a lot of people will just clam up rather than express their opinions, but because our government should have to go through the trouble of convincing a judge you might have done something wrong before it demands any of your private information. Call me quaint, or conservative, or whatever, but that's the way we did it before Tha Bush Mobb and that's the way we should keep doing it. Too many folks point to what happened on 9.11 as a reason to give up some of our freedoms. No: 9.11 is a reason to stop electing arrogant and incompetent Presidents.
UPDATE. The House did, in fact, pass the Senate's VAWA reauth earlier today. I'm glad we won, but I'm annoyed that it took so long.