Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said this weekend on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he opposes ending the use of the filibuster on judicial nominees. However, he qualified his statement by saying that he will “listen to [Republican] leadership.” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is a major proponent of the so-called “nuclear option,” which would to prevent filibusters on judicial nominees - including Supreme Court nominees - by requiring only a simple 51-vote majority to close debate and move to a vote on the judges. Present rules require 60 votes to close the debate.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), also appearing on “Face the Nation,” said that the Senate “should not become a rubber stamp for the President.” Reid and women’s rights, civil rights, and other progressive leaders and activists, including the Feminist Majority, rallied at the Supreme Court last week to protest the so-called "nuclear option." Over one million petitions were delivered to Frist and Reid in opposition to ending the right to filibuster extreme judicial nominees.
"A weak majority in the Senate, together with the President, are trying to not only stack the federal courts with right-wing, anti-women’s rights appointments, but also to silence a minority in the Senate, which actually represents, in state populations, more people than the majority in the Senate," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, who joined Senator Reid in protest. "For women this could be catastrophic, because we stand to lose the gains of the last 40 years, especially our right to reproductive choice and our hard-won protections against sex discrimination."
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .