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LWV takes actions and advocates their positions on key issues based upon grass roots consensus at local, state and national levels.

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LWVUS-17

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*5/4/17 League of Women Voters Take Action

Dear Friend--

This afternoon the House of Representatives will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act once again--and this time they could be successful. The "American Health Care Act" + is anything but American. This legislation only serves to benefit special interests and provide tax cuts for the rich + while leaving every day Americans without access to affordable, quality healthcare.

Call your Representative at 866-426-2631 and tell them to reject this un-American legislation.

If this legislation becomes law:

  • 24 million Americans will lose coverage by 2020
  • Medicaid patients will no longer be able to get the care they need
  • Women will go back to paying more than men for basic care

We know the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it has successfully provided health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans who previously went without.

Call your Representative today at 866-426-2631. Tell the House of Representatives: Americans can't afford to lose our healthcare coverage.

Sincerely, Lloyd Leonard, LWV Director of Advocacy

*2/11/17: League of Women Voters Take Action

League of Women Voters

Elections are being won by small margins, which only highlights that every vote matters. But, special interests are attempting to block your vote.

The League of Women Voters is committed to stopping special interests and their corporate funders, to make sure your voice is heard, and your vote is counted. We work tirelessly to fight voter suppression tactics and to protect your right to vote.

Help us fight back against voter suppression schemes pushed by special interests and deep-pocketed corporate funders.

Each time corporate special interests propose another barrier to voting, the League is there to fight it. These special interests know that when fewer people exercise their right to vote, they are better able to manipulate the outcome in their favor.

But we stand up to these well-funded special interests! We fight state-by-state to overturn or oppose discriminatory anti-voter laws. We've led petition drives to get anti-voter legislation before the voters through ballot measures, we've challenged these tactics in court, and we've defeated them through the legislative process.

Help us preserve your right to vote by supporting the League of Women Voters today!

We are the most trusted voice, with effective and passionate volunteers working to involve more citizens in elections and advocate for a government that puts people, not special interests, first.

For over 90 years, the League of Women Voters has fought to educate and engage Americans. The League strives to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We believe that people form the basis of a strong democracy.

Will you help us make democracy work for all citizens?

Thank you again for being active participants in our government and helping to make democracy work.

Sincerely, Chris Carson President, League of Women Voters

*2/6/17: League of Women Voters Take Action

Congress has taken the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in both the House and Senate. They are rushing to make major changes that will harm millions of Americans while throwing the U.S. health care system into disarray.

Tell Congress not to repeal the ACA without a replacement plan that will protect the care of millions of Americans.

Repealing the ACA without an effective plan to replace it is unacceptable. An analysis done by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 32 million Americans will lose health insurance, premiums will double and out of pocket costs will sky-rocket. Access to adequate, affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease could be endangered. Young adults would no longer be covered under their parent's plans, and women could face discriminatory rates.

Being a woman should not be a reason for paying higher premiums. Congress needs a plan that will provide quality coverage before they repeal the ACA.

The League is committed to ensuring that Americans have the coverage and access to care that they need to take care of themselves and their families. The League will not stand by while members of Congress dismantle protections for the health and well-being of the American public.

It is critical that you tell Congress that now is not the time to take away health care protections and coverage without an effective plan that will assure we have affordable, quality health insurance. Stand with the League today and tell Congress that they cannot repeal the ACA without a comprehensive plan to provide health coverage for all Americans.

Sincerely,

Chris Carson President, League of Women Voters

P.S. If you would rather call your members of Congress dial 866-426-2631 to be connected to them at any time.

*2/1/17 LWVUS: Click Here's what's next to read about the plans for follow-up to the Women's March of Jan 21, 2017

LWVCO Legislative Actions-2017

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*2/8/17 LWVCO: Want the Winner of the Popular Vote to Become President? Support SB 99 for Colorado to join National Popular Vote Agreement
Click HERE to read more

National Popular Vote Agreement

Sponsors: Senator Kerr; Representative Rosenthal

*1/31/17 LWVCO: CALL TO ACTION: Support HJR 1013
Ask President to Remove Travel Ban
SUPPORT House Joint Resolution 1013
Rescind Executive Order Regarding Immigration
Sponsors: Representatives Hansen and Jenet; Senators Merrifield and Fields

The Colorado House of Representatives has passed a resolution that will now go to the Senate. If passed, the following message will be sent to the President and Congressional leaders, calling on them to remove the blanket ban on all refugees or immigrants from particular countries:

Click Support HJR 1013 to read more.

LWV Action and Advocacy Policies

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

Consensus -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

LWVUS Positions

LWVUS Impact on Issues: Full Positions 2012-2014

http://www.lwv.org/files/Impact-on-Issues-2012-2014.pdf

LWVUS: Summary of LWVUS positions

http://www.lwv.org/files/IoI2012_PositionsInBrief.pdf

LWVLPC Local Positions

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