Happy Wednesday, good peoples! Now call your Senators and tell them to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act; H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act; H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act; H.R. 5, the Equality Act; H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act; H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act; H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act; H.R. 397, the Butch Lewis Act; H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act; H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act; H.R. 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act; H.R. 1373, the Grand Canyon Centennial Act; H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act; H.R. 2474, the PRO Act; H.R. 2513, the Corporate Transparency Act; H.R. 2722, the SAFE Act; H.R. 5035, the Television Viewer Protection Act; and H.J. Res. 79, which would remove the expiration date from the original Equal Rights Amendment. And now we add H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, passed by our House. These bills would deliver (among other things) better health care, better voting rights protections, better internet protections, and better wages for working families -- if our Senators would do their jobs. We just have to get in their grills until they do.
Meanwhile, Daily Kos helps you tell your Congressfolk to fully fund the Indian Health Service. Unsurprisingly, Native Americans have also suffered disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic, just like other folks of color and senior citizens. And yet our government spends less than a dollar on the IHS for every $10 it spends on health care generally. Why Native Americans should suffer even more by our hand after all we've done to them over the centuries is beyond me. Worse, some state and federal officials won't let tribal epidemiologists see the COVID-19 data they've amassed over the months, and other states won't help them with contract tracing so they can keep infections down. Everyone knows data sharing and contact tracing work -- well, everyone who's not so emotionally-invested in defending their Personal Lord and Savior Our President at all costs. So we should ensure that our Native American population gets the same access to health care that the rest of us do. (And, yeah, we should all have more access to health care.)
Finally, our Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would have shut down all of that state's abortion clinics, but only because Chief Justice Roberts recognized that the Louisiana law was virtually identical to a Texas law our Court had already struck down. But we don't need to hold to that slim reed in order to protect abortion rights in America, because H.R. 2975/S. 1645, the Women’s Health Protection Act, would sweep away the limits states have placed on women over the last decade, including the absurdly high standards placed on providers and facilities that absolutely intend to keep women from getting abortions. I have no animus toward those who abhor abortion, but I do have a very particular animus toward those who simply don't want women to control their bodies. There is actually a difference between the two, and it's why I come down on the side of abortion rights. Hence Daily Kos helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect women's rights by passing the Women's Health Protection Act. (And, sorry, they are women's rights -- until men can give birth, at least.)