Social Security Act of 1935 – 81st Anniversary

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In the United States, Social Security is primarily the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) federal program. The original Social Security Act (1935) and the current version of the Act, as amended, encompass several social welfare and social insurance programs. Social Security is funded through payroll taxes called Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA) and/or Self Employed Contributions Act Tax (SECA). Tax deposits are collected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and are formally entrusted to the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, or the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund which make up the Social Security Trust Funds. With a few exceptions, all salaried income, up to a specifically determined amount by law (see tax rate table below) has an FICA and/or SECA tax collected on it.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_(United_States)

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The Obama Administration’s Agenda on Seniors & Social Security

“To put us on solid ground, we should also find a bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security for future generations. We must do it without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans’ guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market.”

-PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, JANUARY 25, 2011
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Social Security Timeline: http://www.ssa.gov/history/1930.html

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2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit

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2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit
Washington, DC

Friday, August 12, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Introductions and Greetings

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session I: How Recent Research Barnard Auditorium Recommendations and School Surveillance
Impacts Your Bullying Prevention Efforts

Objectives
1. Present the National Academies Report Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice.

a. Discuss how to use the recommendations from the report focusing on the recommendation to evaluate the role of stigma and bias in bullying behavior, and develop evidence-based programs to address stigma and bias-based bullying behavior.

  1. Present the latest National Center of Education Statistics bullying estimates.
    a. Discuss the findings and plans for the 2017 School Crime Supplement.
  2. Present the School-Associated Violent Death Surveillance System.

a. Discuss tracking bullying-related suicides using the School-associated Violent

Death Surveillance System and other surveillance methods to identify antecedents of suicidal behavior.

 

Panelists:

Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed., Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Rachel Hansen, Ph.D.,* Educational Statistician, Cross-Sectional Surveys Branch, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Plenary Session II: Federal Legal Barnard Auditorium Responses to Harassment and Bullying

Objectives
1. Explore the work of each office including guidance documents.
2. Provide an overview of each of the offices’ jurisdiction over harassment.
3. Examine the legal standards for enforcement.
4. Walk through the process for filing complaints, investigations, and resolution of cases. 5. Highlight case examples related to different types of harassment.

Panelists:

Torey Cummings, J.D., M.S.W., Senior Trial Attorney and USAO Coordinator, Educational Opportunities Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Alice Yao, J.D., Attorney, Program Legal Group, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Michelle Tucker, J.D., Attorney, Division of Educational Equity, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education
Marlene Sallo, J.D., Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Plenary Session III: Expand Your Barnard Auditorium Bullying Prevention Efforts Through the Use of Emergency Operations Planning

Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of the connection between bullying prevention and emergency operations planning.
  2. Explore the six preparedness missions of emergency operations planning.
  3. Examine the resources available to measure school climate – a key component of both bullying prevention and emergency operations planning.
  4. Operationalize folding bullying prevention efforts into emergency operations planning. Discuss the challenges and best practices of this approach.

Moderator: Sarah Sisaye, M.P.H., CHES; Management and Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Panelists:

Madeline Sullivan, M.A., Education Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Rita Foy Moss, M.Ed., Education Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Gina Kahn, Ed.D., CAGS, Safe and Healthy Students Programs Director for the Hampden- Wilbraham Regional School District

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session IV: Strategies to Create Barnard Auditorium Safe, Understanding, and Inclusive Academic Environments

Objectives
1. Gain an understanding of identity- based bullying and tools to prevent and mitigate it.
2. Learn strategies and approaches to create a culture of inclusion and understanding within schools and classrooms to prevent and reduce bullying.
3. Gain basic cultural competency of Islam and Sikhism.
4. Learn the mental health effects of bullying on Muslim youth and how to prevent and reduce bullying and discrimination.
5. Learn best practices and specific strategies on how to improve the school climate and reduce bullying of Sikh youths
Moderator: Steffie Rapp, M.S.W., Juvenile Justice Specialist, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Education

Panelists:
Jinnie Spiegler, M.Ed., Director of Curriculum in the National Education Division of the Anti- Defamation League
Farha Abbasi, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Staff Psychiatrist, Olin Health Center; Faculty, Muslim Studies Program; Director, Muslim Mental Health Conference; Managing Editor, Journal of Muslim Mental Health, Michigan State University
Sapreet Kaur, M.B.A., Executive Director, Sikh Coalition

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Various Meeting Rooms) Breakout I: StopBullying.Gov Demonstration

Purpose: To provide an overview of the many features of the StopBullying.gov website, including prevention center training materials, the media guidelines, and our social media efforts to reach a variety of audiences from parents to teens.

Goal: To inform attendees about the data and resources available on StopBullying.gov for a variety of audiences and solicit feedback on the site through Q & A during the session.

Presenters:

Silje Lier, M.P.H., Digital Communications Specialist, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Siobhan Mueller, Partner, Widmeyer Communications

Breakout II: Physician’s Project

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: TBD

Breakout III: Discussion about Bullying Based on Gender, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation

Objectives

  1. To help representatives from state education agencies and local education agencies gain an understanding about the experiences of bullying and the effects of it on LGBT students.
  2. To discuss both local and nationwide trends in the prevalence and characteristics of bullying of students who are LGBT based on research conducted by advocates.
  3. To share resources and learn best practices for addressing bullying of LGBT students among educators, mental health professionals, community and advocacy groups, and students and parents.

Moderator: Elliot Kennedy, Special Expert for LGBT Affairs, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panelists:
Harsh Voruganti, Principal and Founder, the Voruganti Law Firm; Hindu American Foundation
Nathan Smith, M.A., Director of Public Policy, GLSEN
Diana Bruce, Director of Health and Wellness for District of Columbia Public Schools James van Kuilenburg, Student

Breakout IV: Addressing Harassment and Bullying of Students Who Are Muslim or Are Perceived to be Muslim

Objectives

  1. To help representatives from state education agencies and local education agencies gain an understanding about the experiences of bullying and the effects of it on students who are Muslim and perceived to be Muslim.
  2. To discuss both local and nationwide trends in the prevalence and characteristics of bullying of students who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim based on surveys conducted by advocates.
  3. To share resources and learn best practices for addressing bullying of students who are Muslim and perceived to be Muslim among educators, mental health professionals, community and advocacy groups, and students and parents.

Moderator: Jasjit Singh, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice

Panelists:

Hana Mangat, Student Shaheer Mirza, Student

Breakout V: Supports, Interventions and Best Practices to Prevent Bullying of Students with Disabilities

Objectives

  1. Discuss the characteristics and prevalence of bullying of students with disabilities, including how bullying affects student’s ability to access educational resources.
  2. Discuss how students with disabilities experience bullying.
  3. Sharing best practices and resources for addressing and preventing bullying of students with disabilities.

Moderator: Marlene Sallo, J.D., Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

Panelists:
Curt Decker, Executive Director for the National Disability Rights Network
Julie Hertzog, Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Director, PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break/Make Way to Auditorium for Closing
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks Barnard Auditorium

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American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 – 38th Anniversary

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The American Indian Religious Freedom Act, Public Law No. 95-341, 92 Stat. 469 (Aug. 11, 1978) (commonly abbreviated to AIRFA), codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1996, is a United States federal law, enacted by joint resolution of the Congress in 1978. It was enacted to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American IndiansEskimosAleuts, and Native Hawaiians. These rights include, but are not limited to, access of sacred sites, freedom to worship through ceremonial and traditional rights and use and possession of objects considered sacred.

The Act required policies of all governmental agencies to eliminate interference with the free exercise of Native American religion, based on the First Amendment, and to accommodate access to and use of religious sites to the extent that the use is practicable and is not inconsistent with an agency’s essential functions. It also acknowledges the prior violation of that right.

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Due to the complex nature of American Indian religious beliefs, American Indian religions have often been at odds with existing federal laws and government policies. There have been three general areas of conflict. Firstly, American Indians did not have access to a number of sacred places that were used in religious ceremonies. Native American religious practices often came into conflict with the idea that American public lands exist for the use and benefit of the American people. The results of the passage of the Indian Removal Act and the General Allotment Act were the displacement of hundreds of tribes, including the Five Civilized Tribes of the southeastern United States, and the forced assimilation of Native American families into agricultural settler societies.

The second conflict was the possession of ceremonial items that are restricted by United States Law, such as eagle feathers or bones (a protected species) or peyote. The conflict lies in the fact that items such as peyote are integral parts of ceremonies practiced by members of churches such as the Native American Church. The use of eagle bones in ceremony has been brought up in any case involving Indian claims on hunting and fishing rights allowed for tribal member to hunt for eagles.

The third general area of conflict was an issue of interference. Sacred ceremonies were sometimes subject to interference from overzealous officials or curious onlookers.

The act itself was more a policy statement, and it acknowledged prior infringement on the right of freedom of religion for American Indians by denying them their First Amendment right of “free exercise” of religion. President Jimmy Carter said, in a statement about the AIRFA, a very similar thing:

In the past, Government agencies and departments have on occasion denied Native Americans access to particular sites and interfered with religious practices and customs where such use conflicted with Federal regulations. In many instances, the Federal officials responsible for the enforcement of these regulations were unaware of the nature of traditional native religious practices and, consequently, of the degree to which their agencies interfered with such practices.

This legislation seeks to remedy this situation.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Indian_Religious_Freedom_Act

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Obama Proclaims Río Grande del Norte a National Monument, Significant Site for Natives

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Yesterday, March 25, by proclamation, President Obama established Río Grande del Norte as a National Monument. The announcement of a national monument designation has come in response to considerable input from the community including local businesses, sportsmen, elected officials, Latino organizations, Native American tribes and nearly the entire New Mexico congressional delegation.

The Río Grande del Norte National Monument will boost economic growth in northern New Mexico while permanently protecting the heritage,  water and approximately 240,000 acres of natural areas and wildlife habitat in the region.

Hispano leaders and organizations, small business owners and the Taos and Mora Valley Chambers of Commerce, sportsmen and ranchers, Native American Pueblos and elected officials, and conservation organizations have come together to thank President Obama for protecting Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

“I applaud President Obama protecting Rio Grande del Norte National Monument because many of the wildlife species that live in that corridor come in and out of this area.  Left unprotected, there may be very few animals available that the Native American people of Taos Pueblo depend on for food, clothing and shelter,” says Benito Sandoval, Taos Pueblo War Chief.

For more: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/03/26/obama-proclaims-rio-grande-del-norte-national-monument-significant-site-natives-148361

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Securing Indigenous Rights to Sacred Places With the UN Declaration

5/16/12 Karla E. General – indiancountrytodaymedianetwork

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples presents a new opportunity and a new kind of legal authority that could help Native peoples to secure rights to sacred places, and to preserve and protect cultural, religious, and spiritual practices.

The Declaration recognizes and affirms the rights of indigenous peoples to their cultural, religious, and spiritual practices, to have private access to sacred sites (Arts. 12(1), 11(1)), as well as to maintain and strengthen their spiritual relationship with their traditionally held lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources (Art. 25). With the Declaration, Native peoples have rights acknowledged by the international community of nations, including rights to sacred places both within existing reservation or territorial boundaries and beyond.

As rights-holders, Native nations and individuals have the right to cultural, religious, and spiritual practices. As duty-bearer, the U.S. has the responsibility to prevent infringement of these rights.

For more:  http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/05/16/securing-indigenous-rights-sacred-places-un-declaration
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Civil Liberties Act of 1988 – 28th Anniversary

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The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (Pub.L. 100–383, title I, August 10, 1988, 102 Stat. 90450a U.S.C. § 1989b et seq.) is a United States federal law that granted reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned by the United States government during World War II. The act was sponsored by California‘s Democratic Congressman Norman Mineta, an internee as a child, and Wyoming‘s Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson, who first met Mineta while visiting an internment camp. The third co-sponsor was California Senator Pete Wilson. The bill was supported by the majority of Democrats in Congress, while the majority of Republicans voted against it. The act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

The act granted each surviving internee about US $20,000 in compensation (or, $40,000 after inflation-adjustment in 2016 dollars), with payments beginning in 1990. The legislation stated that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership” as opposed to legitimate security reasons. A total of 82,219 received redress checks.

Because the law was restricted to American citizens or legal permanent residents, the ethnic Japanese that had been taken from their homes in Latin America (mostly from Peru) were not covered in the reparations, regardless of whether they remained in the United States, returned to Latin America or were deported to Japan after the war. In 1996, Carmen Mochizuki filed a class-action lawsuit, and won a settlement of around $5,000 per person to those eligible from what was left of the funds from the CLA. 145 of those affected were able to receive the $5,000 settlement before the funds ran out. In 1999, funds were approved for the attorney general to pay out to the rest of the claimants.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Liberties_Act_of_1988

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2016 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982.

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004). In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2015, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.” People from different nations are encouraged to participate in observing the day to spread the UN’s message on indigenous peoples. Activities may include educational forums and classroom activities to gain an appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous peoples.

By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year during the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_World%27s_Indigenous_Peoples

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Voting Rights Act of 1965 – 51st Anniversary


The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C.§§19731973aa-6) is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.

Echoing the language of the 15th Amendment, the Act prohibits states from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure … to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”Specifically Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African-Americans from exercising the franchise. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, who had earlier signed the landmark; Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

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Where Tuesday’s Voting Rights Act ruling matters, in one map

June 25, 2013 at 11:37 By Dylan Matthews – washingtonpost

Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which outlines how the government is to determine which states, counties, towns, and other jurisdictions have to have their voting laws “precleared” by the Justice Department, is unconstitutional. But which jurisdictions currently face preclearance, and, barring Congressional action, are now freed from that requirement?

6:25:13 Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/25/where-tuesdays-voting-rights-act-ruling-matters-in-one-map/

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Holder to black leaders: ‘Sacred’ right to vote under attack

5/30/12 11:28 AM EDT By JOSEPH WILLIAMS – POLITICO

Attorney General Eric Holder told a council of African American church leaders Wednesday that the “sacred” right to vote is under assault nationwide, with federal lawsuits and at least a dozen state laws that could weaken — or block — minority access to the ballot box this fall.

Forty-seven years after President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, “overt and subtle forms of discrimination still exists,” Holder said in a speech before the Council of Black Churches. The twin factors of lingering bias and systematic assaults from the right, he said, means that “for the first time in our [lifetimes], we are failing to live up to one of our most noble ideals” – the right to equal access to the vote.

The brief speech was a call to arms for the black church, which since the days of the civil rights movement has been active in fighting for equal voting right for minorities. Holder, who was warmly received by the audience, told them his office is “aggressively” taking on the task of protecting that right, including challenging several state lawsuits that would overturn key provisions of the Voting Rights Act involving redistricting in Southern states and strict new voter I’d laws that could keep minorities, the elderly and young people of all races from casting ballots in the 2012 election – which analysts expect will be decided by a narrow margin.

Ensuring that everyone who is qualified can vote “is one of our highest priorities,” Holder told the council, adding that during his watch the Justice Department has taken on more than 100 cases involving voting within the past year, “a record number.” Since President Bush re-authorized the Section 5 provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires some Southern states to get federal approval before making broad changes to laws involving voting, “it has consistently come under attack by those who say it is no longer needed.”

Holder also rejected conservatives’ contention that making it easier to vote invites fraud, a key argument in calling for tougher voter I’d laws. Recalling that protesters and faith leaders faced violence and death to gain that right during the 1960s civil rights movement, Holder called on black churches to mobilize as an ally of the Justice Department, informing the larger community and pushing back against restrictive proposals.

“We have to honor the generations that took extraordinary risks” to guarantee equal access to the polls, Holder said. The nation has made tremendous progress, he added, but “this fight must go on.”

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Tribal leaders welcome Holder’s voting access plan

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:28 by RACHEL D’ORO, Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday his office will consult with tribes across the country to develop ways to increase voting access for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Holder said the goal is to require state and local election officials to place at least one polling site in a location chosen by tribal governments in parts of the nation that include tribal lands. Barriers to voting, he said, include English-only ballots and inaccessible polling places.

In Alaska, for example, the village of Kasigluk is separated into two parts by a river with no bridge. On election day, people on one side have just a few hours to vote before a ballot machine is taken by boat to the other side. Several other Alaska villages have been designated as permanent absentee voting areas, which is something allowed by regulation, according to Gail Fenumiai, director of the state Division of Elections.

In Montana, a voting rights lawsuit is pending from tribal members on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations. They want county officials to set up satellite voting offices to make up for the long distances they must travel to reach courthouses for early voting or late registration.

“These conditions are not only unacceptable, they’re outrageous,” Holder said. “As a nation, we cannot — and we will not — simply stand by as the voices of Native Americans are shut out of the democratic process.”

After consulting with tribal leaders, his office will seek to work with Congress on a potential legislative proposal, Holder said.

For more: http://www.nativetimes.com/index.php/news/politics/10019-tribal-leaders-welcome-holder-s-voting-access-plan

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Republicans slam brakes on voting rights bill

8/01/15  By Mike Lillis –  TheHill

House Republican leaders are slamming the brakes on voting rights legislation, insisting that any movement on the issue go through a key Republican committee chairman who opposes the proposal.

House Democrats are pressing hard on GOP leaders to bring the new voter protections directly to the floor.

That would sidestep consideration in the House Judiciary Committee, where Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has rejected a bipartisan proposal to update the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) in the wake of a 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted a central provision of that law.Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Republican leaders say the bill must go through Judiciary.“Speaker Boehner has said that he believes that the Voting Rights Act has been an effective tool in protecting a right that is fundamental to our democracy. That’s why we reauthorized the law for 25 years in 2006,” a Boehner spokesperson said Friday in an email. “He also believes that if members want to change the law, those discussions will have to begin at the Judiciary Committee.”That position effectively kills the legislation, as Goodlatte, after staging a hearing on the issue in 2013, has maintained that a congressional response is unnecessary because the Court left intact other parts of the VRA ensuring voters are protected –– a message his office reiterated on Friday.

The Voting Rights Act is alive and well and protecting the freedom to vote,” a Judiciary aide said in an email.

House Democrats believed that Republicans were open to moving the legislation directly to the floor.

Rep. Jim Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, said he spoke with Boehner last week, and that Boehner had made Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “the point man” on the issue.

“He [Boehner] didn’t mention Judiciary to me,” Clyburn said Tuesday. “When I spoke to him, he mentioned Kevin McCarthy being the point person on this and, quite frankly, I’m assuming [he] is the person we would be dealing with.”

On Thursday, Clyburn amplified those remarks, saying he expects the discussion to proceed through McCarthy, though he hasn’t talked to the majority leader recently.

“He is still the point man, but I have not discussed it with him,” Clyburn said. “The Speaker led me to believe that he [McCarthy] would reach out to me when he wanted to talk.”

But McCarthy’s office on Friday disputed those claims, suggesting the only pathway supported by GOP leaders is through the Judiciary panel.

For more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/249959-republicans-slam-brakes-on-voting-rights-bill

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Happy 55th Birthday President Obama

Born: Barack Hussein Obama II Date: August 4, 1961 Location: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. Public Life: 44th President of the United States of America
Born: Barack Hussein Obama II
Date: August 4, 1961
Location: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Public Life: 44th President of the United States of America

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❤️ Thank You President Obama ❤️

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