Public Policy Update
AAUW SUPPORTS THE BUILD BACK BETTER BILL
The Build Back Better bill (H.R. 5376) has passed the House and is now in the Senate. This bill has three provisions that are critical to our mission:
- universal paid family and medical leave up to 12 weeks
- an extension of the child tax credit through 2022
- affordable childcare.
Here are two ways you can help get this important legislation through the Senate:
1. Respond to the Two-Minute Activist (“Take Action”) request from National, and urge your members to do the same. Even though our senators are in support, they need to hear from us that these three provisions must not be amended out.
2. If you have friends or family in Arizona or West Virginia, urge them to put pressure on their
senators to vote “yes.”
Also, the Advisory Board to the National Public Policy Committee is producing a series of webinars on “tough policy issues.” Watch for more info from National to all members.
Public Policy is the advocacy arm of AAUW’s mission and vision. AAUW is a lobby organization at the local, state, national and international level. State and national priorities are defined every two years at AAUW-CA and Association conventions, using the feedback from member surveys, ongoing feedback, and advice from staff on likely legislative action before the Congress in the next biennium. Criteria used for developing the program priorities include viability, critical need, strong member support, and potential for distinctive AAUW contribution.
AAUW Funds (#9110) is the name of our general fund, which supports all our charitable work. The programs and funds that you have always known are aggregated into this general fund. The five most commonly supported funds within the general AAUW funds are
The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund (#9170), which supports AAUW research to provide analysis, data, and accurate information about issues that are important to women and girls. Past reports include Behind the Pay Gap (2007) and Where the Girls Are (2008). Upcoming reports will cover women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math and sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Leadership Programs Fund (#4339), which supports programs that develop women’s potential to lead in their schools, workplaces, communities, and country. Leadership programs include the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Campus Action Projects, and Elect Her.
AAUW Action Funds
Action Funds support the 501(c)(4) Lobby Corps and the Congressional Record. These donations are not tax deductible.
For more information and/or to select a specific program, please see the www.aauw-ca.org website.
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