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POLICY

Women2Women takes issues from hometowns across America straight to Washington. We advocate for a diverse range of policy that shares one commonality: these are bills that women want. Women2Women has been instrumental in influencing the passing of 80 bills and continues to fight for legislation that women across the country support.

PENDING POLICY

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 is a five-year reauthorization that strengthens existing law and makes critically important improvements based on feedback from VAWA service providers and program beneficiaries.

The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

This bill addresses the call for a stronger public health approach to child maltreatment prevention. It authorizes funding to support programs that address child abuse and prevention through 2025. Some of the programs this bill would help facilitate are adoption opportunities, CAPTA state grants and child abuse discretionary activities and community-based child abuse prevention programs.

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Removing the Deadline for the Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sex. It expired in 1982 and has not been ratified of amended since.

Mental Health Services for Students Act

This bill increases federal funding for therapists and mental health services in school to treat mental illness.

The WAGE Equity Act

The WAGE Equity Act closes the wage gap between women and men while prioritizing employees and businesses over trial lawyers.  

The Newborn Screenings Save Lives Reauthorization Act

This bill would promote expanded screening of newborns and children for hereditary disorders. 

Put Trafficking Victims First Act

This bill sets forth provisions that intent to assess the prevalence of human trafficking in the United States and improve support for victims of trafficking and service providers. This bill necessitates the Department of Justice cooperate with other federal entities and stakeholders to establish a trafficking data collection and analysis group, report on the prevalence of human trafficking and improve services for victims.

Climate Action Now Act

The Climate Action Now Act requires the President develop and annually update a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement on climate change. This bill lists specific action items and prohibits the withdrawal of federal funds from the agreement. 

Paycheck Fairness Act

The Paycheck Fairness Act aims to end gender-based wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act 
of 1963. 

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The Lower Cost, 
More Cures Act

Lowers out of pocket spending on prescription drugs, protects access to new cures and medications, strengthens transparency, and encourages competition without stifling innovation. 

Pre-existing Conditions 
Protection Act

Prohibits exclusion of pre-existing conditions and guarantees the availability of health insurance coverage in the individual and group market in the case that Obamacare is repealed.

Excellence in Maternal 
Health Act

This bill would improve maternal health care quality, improve the training of health care professionals to prevent discrimination in health care services, and improve perinatal care. 

PASSED POLICY

The STOP Act 

The STOP Act improves the restrictions and security on all mail sent from foreign countries through the U.S. Postal Service. The bipartisan legislation aims to bar dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers in the United States by requiring all shipments to provide “package level detail information” to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. This will allow law enforcement to identify suspicious packages, stop them in transit, test them, and keep more fentanyl from entering our communities.  

The Right to Try 

The Right to Try Act, signed into law by the President on May 20, 2018, establishes a pathway for terminally ill patients who have exhausted their government-approved options and can not get into a clinical trial to access treatment. This act allows terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs that may extend their life.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

This bill provided appropriates to many federal agencies for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year. It reauthorized intelligence programs, permanently extended health care benefits to retired coal miners and their families, reauthorized DCs school voucher program, extended the temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, improved Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico, authorized visas for special immigrants and established a HIRE Vets Medallion program whose efforts support the veteran community.

Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 provisions various provisions which aim to aid in the treatment of serious mental illness. These provisions amended barriers and vulnerabilities found in the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse position requirements; Medicaid and Mental Health Coverage; Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee; Compassionate Communication on HIPPA; Increased Access to Treatment for Serious Mental Illness; Supporting Innovative and Evidence-Based Programs; Grant Programs; and Mental Health Parity.

The Survivor Bill 
of Rights

The Survivor’s Bill of Rights amends the federal criminal code to establish statutory rights for sexual assault survivors, including the right to: (1) not be prevented from receiving a forensic medical examination and not be charged for an examination; (2) have a sexual assault evidence collection kit (i.e., a rape kit) preserved for 20 years or the maximum applicable statute of limitations, whichever is shorter; (3) receive written notification prior to destruction or disposal of a rape kit; and (4) be informed of these rights and policies 

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Phone: (202) 393 4353
Email: info@w2wtour.com

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