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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.
When Barack Obama first ran for president, he was derided by those on the right for the work he did as a community organizer. They criticized him for going door-to-door listening to people’s concerns, and coming up with a plan of action to help them improve their communities. They said it was not the kind of early-career work that would prepare someone for the highest office in the land. And yet, of that time, President Obama said it was “the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School.”
I am a Rabbi who stands with Muslims, Jews, and other concerned citizens in urging President Obama to dismantle the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) — the Bush-era “Muslim registry” that already exists — before President-elect Donald Trump can expand it to further isolate and target the Muslim community.