I hope you had an enjoyable weekend! Sorry for the delay in this week’s email. TBH I’m just sick and forgot, sorry.
MASSIVE SHOUT OUT to everyone that came to the rally on Wednesday, y’all are wonderful people. Here is the IDS article about the event if you’d like to take a look.
Please note, we do not have a meeting this coming week.
- President Trump declared America’s opioid crisis a public health emergency (Politico). We’ll see if this is followed up by any actual funding or policy changes.
- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer are leading a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers to storm-devastated regions of the country, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Florida Keys (Politico). In all honesty, it’s probably just a publicity thing that nothing will come out of, but whatever.
- Congress has scheduled a hearing for H.R.490, known as the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017, to be held on November 1st. If passed, this bill would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which occurs around 6 weeks gestation, a time before many people even know they’re pregnant.
- Vice President Pence’s brother, Greg Pence, has filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for Indiana’s 6th district House seat. (WTHR) VP Pence held this seat for 12 years before running for governor. That’s exactly what Indiana needs, another Pence elected to office. Also, you can’t look at the picture from the article and tell me he doesn’t look like a Disney villain.
- Despite resistance from democrats and a number of Republicans, the House passed a budget blueprint that would allow a tax bill to pass Congress without any Democratic votes, and Senate leaders signaling that the bill could be introduced, debated and approved in both chambers by the end of November (NYT).
- In the middle of the night the House passed a bill, with VP Pence casting the tie breaking vote, overturning a rule that made it easier for people to sue banks (Bloomberg).
Bonus: IDP Internship Opportunity
With the upcoming reelection of Senator Donnelly, the Secretary of State’s race, and crucial campaigns up and down the ballot, 2018 is an exciting year in Indiana and the Indiana Democratic Party are not waiting to get organized. Don’t miss out; become a Spring Organizing Fellow! This is a great opportunity to get involved in your local community. For more info see the flier attached.
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