Published: March 24, 2017
AP(Eye) on the Hill is our weekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that impact AAPI communities regarding reproductive, immigration, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF’s and other national AAPI groups’ federal policy work while you’re out on the ground!
- House Republicans pull Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill before House vote admist pressure from the public & Congress
- Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch conclude
- South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) organizes Congressional briefing on hate violence
- Congressional APA Caucus requests to address concerns with Homeland Security Secretary
- State Recap: Arkansas passes a discriminatory sex-selective abortion ban
House Republicans pull Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill before House vote admist pressure from the public & Congress
The House was original scheduled to vote on the Republican Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill this past Thursday, but due to lack of votes it was postponed. Facing defeat, House leaders pulled the repeal plan last minute on Friday right before the rescheduled vote. The replacement plan, American Health Care Act (AHCA), would have rolled back financial assistance and vital coverage, including pregnancy and maternity care. It also would have made dramatic cuts to Medicaid and attempted to defund Planned Parenthood, compromising access to reproductive and preventive health care.
- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2nd report on the amended AHCA, stating it would jeopardize the coverage of 24 million people by 2020. Protests in Washington D.C. and across the country continue to place visible pressure on politicians regarding the growing dissent for the AHCA repeal bill.
- Here's how repealing the ACA would attack reproductive justice for women of color everywhere. (NAPAWF, NLIRH, In Our Own Voices)
- Hedy Tripp, long-time NAPAWF member from St. Cloud, MN discusses the harmful impact of the ACA repeal on AAPI families.
Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch conclude
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Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch concluded this week. On the final day of his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Gorsuch faced both push back and upsets in front of Democratic leadership. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has stated that he will vote no on Gorsuch and encouraged other Democratic Senators to filibuster the nomination.
- As Gorsuch testified his opinion in a disability rights case, the Supreme Court unanimously struck it down.
- When Sen. Blumenthal and Hirono questioned Gorsuch about his views on contraception, abortion, and civil and voting rights, many senators remained dissatisfied with his ability to answer thoroughly.
- NAPAWF explains why Gorsuch is a wrong choice for AAPI women and GNC people.
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) organizes Congressional briefing on hate violence
On March 23, SAALT, a national South Asian civil rights organization, led a Congressional briefing to discuss the rise in hate violence towards South Asian and other religious and communities of color nationwide. 8 Congress members joined, including Sen. Hirono, Congresswoman Meng, Congresswoman Jayapal, and other members of CAPAC.
- The briefing coincided with their report, “Power, Pain, Potential," and a town hall with community partners for dialogue about combating the surge in hate violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern Americans across the country.
- Find out more about SAALT’s National Summit, United for Action: Strength, Resilience, Accountability, on April 21-24.
Congressional APA Caucus requests to address concerns with Homeland Security Secretary
AAPis have grave concerns with Muslim Ban 2.0 and the new immigration enforcement actions.
- On March 17th, CAPAC sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, requesting a meeting to discuss the impact of the recent executive orders on AAPI communities (after having already sent 2 meeting requests to President Trump that have gone unanswered).
- CAPAC Chair, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA 27) noted that "Asians account for 14% of the undocumented in this country, and 4 out of the 5 countries with the largest Muslim populations in the world are in Asia"
Arkansas passes discriminatory sex-selective abortion ban
On March 22, Arkansas legislature passed HB 1434, the first sex-selective abortion ban to pass in 2017. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has five days to either veto the bill or allow it to become law.
- HB 1434 is harmful to AAPI communities in AR and across the country.
- Here are three things you can do this week to fight against HB 1434.
- Learn more about NAPAWF's work fighting sex-selective abortion bans.
Keep an AP(Eye) out for...
- March 27: The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition and AAJC will attend a local Rockville City Council meeting to support a local sanctuary ordinance protecting immigrant rights on March 27 at 7pm. If you're interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Will Gorsuch be nominated for Supreme Court? If he moves forward, the U.S. Senate will vote. Currently, he needs 60 votes to pass—but Majority Leader McConnell has alluded to changing the rules to allow a confirmation with only 51 votes. Senate Minority Leader intends to filibuster the nomination.
- Follow live updates on the ACA Repeal Bill, which would significantly impact the health care of millions of people.