All IdahoSenate and House Republicans in casting votes against the landmark bill titled the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
Idaho’s senators and representatives released statements in support of the Dobbs decision, over ruling Roe vs. Wade
House passage of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act Now on to the Senate!
President Biden signed bipartisan gun legislation on Saturday. 15 Senate Republicans voted for the bill while only 14 House Republicans did. From the NYTimes: “The gun legislation will expand the background check system for prospective gun buyers under the age of 21, giving authorities up to 10 business days to examine juvenile and mental health records. It sets aside millions of dollars so states can fund intervention programs, such as mental health and drug courts, and carry out so-called red flag laws that allow authorities to temporarily confiscate guns from any person found by a judge to be too dangerous to possess them.
It pours more federal money into mental health resources in communities and schools across the country, and it sets aside millions for school safety. The legislation also toughens laws against the trafficking of guns and straw purchasing, the practice of buying a gun on behalf of someone barred from purchasing one. And for the first time, it includes serious or recent dating partners in a ban on domestic abusers buying firearms, tightening what is known as the boyfriend loophole.”
The House Armed Services Committee passed a defense authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2023 of $840 billion, nearly $37 bill more than Biden requested. The Senate’s version authorizes $870 billion. This doesn’t include Ukraine relief aid. Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) & Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), two Democrats in close races, offered an amendment to boost the final amount. Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) was the only Democrat to vote against the package.
The Washington Post reports that Senator Manchin doesn’t want to include an extension of ACA subsidies in the budget reconciliation package (that may or may not happen). “In a sign of the lingering schisms, a broadly supported attempt to lower the price of health insurance by extending subsidies under the Affordable Care Act remains at risk of falling out of the package entirely. The loss of those tax credits could result in premium increases for millions of Americans next year.”
The Supreme Court found that NY’s limitation on people’s ability to get a license to carry a concealed gun violates the 2nd amendment to the Constitution. This ruling wildly expanded the Court’s interpretation of gun rights and will affect laws in other states as well as NY.
As we all know, the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey on Friday taking away people’s right to an abortion. People’s Action’s statement is available here. Protests broke out around the country in support of abortion rights. Here is a map of where abortion is illegal and here is a list of states where abortion will be on the ballot. The majority justified the decision based on 14th’s amendments “original intent.” As the dissenting opinion points out, “When the majority says that we must read our foundational charter as viewed at the time of ratification (except that we may also check it against the Dark Ages), it consigns women to second-class citizenship.” As the NY Times points out, the dissent also indicated that the rights to contraception and same sex marriage are at risk, writing: “One of two things must be true,” they wrote. “Either the majority does not really believe in its own reasoning. Or if it does, all rights that have no history stretching back to the mid-19th century are insecure. Either the mass of the majority’s opinion is hypocrisy, or additional constitutional rights are under threat. It is one or the other.”
Calling for the Immediate Resignations of Idaho's Lieutenant Governor, Janice McGeachin, Representative Heather Scott, and Rep. Pricilla Giddings.
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