Appleseed In Action – August 2017 News and Events
In this month’s edition of Appleseed In Action:
- Senate rejects latest ACA repeal effort
- New bills would allow DREAMers to earn citizenship
- House budget proposal would endanger many working families
- Appleseed welcomes organizer Felipe Blanco
- 2017 Good Apple Awards – Meet the Honorees
Senate rejects another effort to repeal Affordable Care Act
Last week, the U.S. Senate rejected the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After voting down two efforts earlier in the week, on earlier Friday morning the Senate fell one vote shy of another iteration of a bill that would have forced millions of Americans – and tens of thousands of Nebraskans – to lose health insurance.
The fight to protect affordable health insurance for all Nebraskans is by no means over. The Senate still could introduce a new amendment and bring the bill to another vote. But you deserve a big thank you for all of your calls, letters, visits, and other ways you’ve let our lawmakers know how important affordable, quality health care is to you.
Bipartisan DREAM Acts would be huge step forward
In late July, three bills were introduced in Congress that would bring long-awaited certainty to young immigrant Nebraskans and their families, and allow our communities to benefit even more fully from their contributions.
On July 20, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced S.1615, the “Dream Act of 2017,” which would provide a process to earn lawful permanent residence and eventual citizenship for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other similarly eligible young people who meet certain criteria.
Last week, two similar bills also were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Appleseed joined a large group of Nebraska organizations in applauding the introduction of these bills, which would impact approximately 3,000 Nebraskans like Brenda. We urge our members of Congress to fully support these bills.
House proposes budget with dangerous cuts for working Nebraska families
The House Budget Committee marked up a budget resolution on July 19 for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year budget that takes aim at proven successful programs that help hard-working Nebraska families get ahead.
The budget proposal would be a large tax cut primarily for Nebraskans with the highest incomes while stripping away funding for anti-hunger programs like SNAP and school meals, as well as other important work support programs proven to fight poverty.
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) called the proposal “an all-out assault on struggling families that would make hunger in this country far worse.”
Appleseed has joined a group of Nebraska advocacy organizations to call on our House members to protect funding for important programs that fight hunger. Urge Nebraska’s House members not to support a budget that cuts programs that help working Nebraskans and children get the food they need or slashes Medicare and Medicaid.
Appleseed welcomes new organizer Felipe Blanco
In July, we were proud to welcome our new Health Care and Economic Justice organizer Felipe Blanco to the team. Felipe will take over for our outgoing organizer Kait Madsen, who is beginning a graduate program.
Felipe and his wife Vanessa recently moved to Nebraska from Mexico City, where Felipe previously worked on research teams as a public policy consultant. We are excited to introduce you to Felipe, and to begin working with him to connect with communities across our state.
2017 Good Apple Awards – Meet our Honorees
This year’s Good Apple Awards will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom in Omaha. Join us for an evening of live music, art, food, and celebration of outstanding advocates for justice and opportunity in Nebraska.
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