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Holly's News From Washington
We’re still digging out from Washington’s fourth largest blizzard in history, “Snowzilla.” It’s mandatory to disparage our nation’s Capitol when it snows—especially if you migrated here from the Midwest. Well, I’m from the Midwest—I grew up in Ohio and Iowa—and I love my adopted, southern city. Precisely because it is a southern city, it’s not economical to lay in the plows and trucks that Chicago and Cleveland depend on. So when we get a really big storm, it means our Metro mass transit system closes, the federal government closes, and our cars are buried for days. My neighborhood, Capitol Hill, had a party atmosphere, with nothing but kids and their sleds and neighborhood dogs on the roads. Folks helped each other shovel their sidewalks. We all made popcorn, drank red wine (well, my teenage daughters drank cocoa!) and binge-watched Masterpiece Theater. In short, it’s been absolutely wonderful.
Now that mass transit is up and running and Congress is in session, they have just a few months to get a year’s work done. Here’s why: in an election year, House members – all of whom are up for reelection – and Senators (particularly the 34 who are running for reelection) are eager to pack up and go home to campaign. Although adjournment is tentatively set for October 7, they could end up leaving even earlier. Congress must pass its 12 appropriations bills, which will occupy much of calendar. Experts have told us that if other legislation isn’t done by the end of May, it won’t get done at all in this Congress.
Our top priority is the End Modern Slavery Initiative (S.553) which was introduced last Spring and voted unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Our Senate champions, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) are looking for ways to bring the bill to the Senate floor in coming weeks and months.
We’re doing everything we can to help. Friends of IJM around the United States have helped create enormous political support for the End Modern Slavery Initiative. The bill now has 33 Senate sponsors. Six have come on just since Christmas!
We at IJM are grateful for the thousands of Americans who told their Senators that they care about slavery and urged them to sponsor S.553. And we’re grateful for the following Senators who listened!
Join us in saying THANK YOU!
Click here to access our End Modern Slavery Initiative tweet page, where we provide you with everything you need to tweet your senators and thank them for their support—or ask them to co-sponsor the #EndSlaveryAct if they haven't yet done so!
|Senator Bob Corker||Senator Robert Menendez|
|Senator Marco Rubio||Senator Jeanne Shaheen|
|Senator Kelly Ayotte||Senator Christopher Coons|
|Senator John McCain||Senator Richard Blumenthal|
|Senator Lamar Alexander||Senator Rob Portman|
|Senator Mark Kirk||Senator Benjamin Cardin|
|Senator Johnny Isakson||Senator Thad Cochran|
|Senator Tom Udall||Senator Heidi Heitkamp|
|Senator Gary Peters||Senator Brian Schatz|
|Senator Edward Markey||Senator Susan Collins|
|Senator Elizabeth Warren||Senator Debbie Stabenow|
|Senator Maria Cantwell||Senator Richard Burr|
|Senator Mazie Hirono||Senator Thom Tillis|
|Senator Bill Nelson||Senator Jack Reed|
|Senator Sherrod Brown||Senator Kirsten Gillibrand|
|Senator Dianne Feinstein||Senator Jeff Merkley|
|Senator Christopher Murphy||Senator Tammy Baldwin|