News & Updates
Today, Bend the Arc submitted a letter for the record the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing entitled "The State of Religious Liberty in America." The letter urges the subcommittee members to focus on threats to true religious freedom including the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and similar legislation that would use religious freedom as a weapon to discriminate. Bend the Arc also appended to that letter another signed by more than 3,000 clergy and lay leaders in opposition to FADA.
Bend the Arc joined more than 100 national civil rights groups calling on President-elect Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Bend the Arc Opposes Attempts to Block Patients from Accessing Care at Planned Parenthood Health Centers
Bend the Arc joined more than 130 organizations in writing to House and Senate Leadership in opposition to any attempt to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The letter also urges Congress to reject politically motivated attacks on the ability of women, men, and young people to make personal health decisions.
Bend the Arc joined 35+ civil rights, advocacy, community, and interfaith groups, in raising concerns about Sen. Jeff Sessions qualification and ability to serve as the next U.S. Attorney General. The letter was organized by Muslim Advocates and noted Sen. Sessions' record of taking anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ positions and anti-Muslim positions and actions.
Bend the Arc Jewish Action urged members of Congress to vote against the REINS Act and Midnight Rules and Relief Act.
The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require all major regulations issued by the Executive Branch to be approved by Congress before they can be implemented. This could delay or shut down the implementation of critical new public health and safety safeguards, financial reforms and worker protections.
The Midnight Rules Relief Act would radically and dangerously expand Congress’ existing ability to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This legislation is based on a flawed premise—namely, that regulations which are proposed or finalized during the so-called “midnight” rulemaking period are rushed and inadequately vetted. In fact, the very opposite is true. According to a report from Public Citizen, rules issued during the presidential transition period took on average 3.6 years to complete, compared to 2.8 years for all other rules.