WA State Senate Votes to Approve Marriage Equality


Human Rights Campaign

On February 1, the Washington State Senate voted to approve SB 6239, the marriage equality legislation, by a vote of 28-21. Your senator, Ed Murray , voted with the majority to grant loving, committed same-sex families equal civil marriage in the Evergreen State. Please send Sen. Murray a thank you right now by clicking here.

The senate was considered by most observers as the more difficult chamber to pass the legislation through. Without Sen. Murray ‘s support, advocates would have failed to make Washington State the 7th in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

With the State House expected to vote on the measure in the coming days, it’s time to take a moment to recognize the courage and conviction your senator took for standing up and doing the right thing. Thank Sen. Murray today!

Thank you,
Marty Rouse
Marty Rouse National Field Director

P.S. Save the Date! Join us in Olympia on February 16th for Washington United’s Marriage  Lobby Day. We will be delivering messages of thanks and disappointment  to legislators who voted for and against marriage equality. Be on the  lookout for more information next week!

Congress: the Republican led House repeals replaces& eliminates parts of Affordable HC – the Senate considers S.2038,STOCK Act


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the Senate Convened at 9:30am.ET Febuary 2,2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 11:00am, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Majority will control the first half and the Republicans will control the final half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.2038, STOCK Act.
  • The managers of the bill will continue to negotiate an agreement to complete action on the bill tomorrow. Senators will be notified when any agreement is reached.

The Senate has reached an agreement to complete action on S.2038, the STOCK Act. As a result, senators should expect a series of votes at 2pm in relation to the amendments listed below and on passage of S.2038, as amended. All after the first vote will be 10 minutes in duration with 2 minutes equally divided between each vote.

Lieberman #1482 (technical);

– Paul #1484 (non-trading certification);

– Paul #1487 (exec staff rule-making prohibit) (60-vote threshold);

– Lieberman #1511 (side-by-side to Shelby #1491);

– Shelby #1491, as modified (exec);

– Paul #1485, as modified (exec and judicial);

– Boxer-Isakson #1489, as modified (mortgage disclosure) (60-vote threshold);

– Portman #1505 (technical);

– Enzi #1510 (mutual funds);

– Blumenthal #1498 (felony conviction – no pension) (60-vote threshold);

– Toomey-McCaskill #1472 (earmark prohibition) (60-vote threshold);

– Inhofe #1500 (earmark prohibition) (60-vote threshold);

– McCain #1471 (GSEs – bonuses) (60-vote threshold);

– Leahy-Cornyn #1483 (anti-corruption) (60-vote threshold);

– Coburn #1473 (duplicative/overlapping programs) (2/3 vote threshold);

DeMint #1488 (SoS – term limits) (60-vote threshold);

– Grassley #1493 (60-vote threshold); and

– Brown (OH) #1481, as modified (divestiture) (60-vote threshold).

Upon disposition of the amendments, the Substitute amendment #1470, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to. The Senate will then proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended.

We hope that some of these amendments will be considered by voice vote.

2:06pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Paul amendment #1484 (non-trading certification); Not Agreed to: 37-61

2:33pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Paul amendment #1484 ( prohibit exec staff rule-making)

2:33pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Paul amendment #1484 ( prohibit exec staff rule-making); Not Agreed to: 48-51

2:51pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Lieberman amendment #1511 (side by side to Shelby #1491- extend reporting requirements to executive branch and independent agencies); Agreed to: 81-18

3:09pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Shelby amendment #1491, as modified (extend reporting requirements to executive branch and independent agencies); Agreed to: 58-41

3:39pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Toomey-McCaskill amendment #1472 (earmark prohibition); Not Agreed to: 40-59

3:58pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Inhofe amendment #1500 (prohibit unauthorized earmarks); Not Agreed to: 26-73

4:22pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Coburn amendment #1473 (duplicative/overlapping programs); Not Agreed to: 60-39 (2/3rds threshold)

4:41pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the DeMint amendment #1488 (term limits);Not Agreed To: 24-75

5:00pm     **The following amendments to S.2038, the STOCK Act have been considered: **

  • Brown (OH) #1478 (10 day filing); Withdrawn
  • Thune #1477 (SEC/solicitation); Withdrawn
  • Coburn #1474 (legislation posted online 72 hours prior to a vote); Withdrawn
  • Coburn #1476 (substitute – Member certification); Withdrawn
  • Paul #1490 (Member forfeiture Federal retirement benefits if he/she becomes a lobbyist); Withdrawn
  • Tester #1492 (capital formation); Withdrawn
  • Tester #1503 (FEC electronic filing); Withdrawn
  • Reid for Lieberman #1482 (technical); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Paul #1484 (Member certification); Not Agreed to: 37-61
  • Paul #1487 (Executive oversight); Not Agreed to: 48-51
  • Lieberman #1511 (side by side to Shelby #1491- extend reporting requirements to executive branch and independent agencies); Agreed to: 81-18
  • Shelby #1491 (extend reporting requirements to executive branch and independent agencies); Agreed to: 58-41
  • Paul #1485, as modified (apply reporting requirements to Federal employees and judicial officers); Withdrawn
  • Boxer #1489, as modified (mortgage disclosure); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Portman #1505 (techincal); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Enzi #1510 (mutual funds); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Blumenthal #1498 (Member of Congress denied retirement benefits if he/she is convicted of a felony); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Toomey-McCaskill  #1472 (prohibit earmarks); Not Agreed to: 40-59
  • Inhofe #1500 (prohibit unauthorized earmarks); Not Agreed to: 26-73
  • McCain #1471 (prohibit bonuses for senior executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Leahy #1483 (anti-corruption); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Coburn #1473 (duplicative and overlapping government programs); Not Agreed to: 60-39
  • DeMint #1488 (SoS Constitutional amendment limiting the number of terms Member of Congress may serve); Not Agreed to: 24-75
  • Grassley #1493 (political intelligence disclosure); Agreed to:60-39
  • Brown (OH) #1481, as modified (divestiture); Not Agreed to: 26-73
  • Reid #1470 (substitute); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent

5:00pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Grassley amendment #1493  (political intelligence disclosure); Agreed to: 60-39

5:23pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Brown (OH) amendment #1481, as modified (divestiture); Not Agreed to: 26-73

5:42pm The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of S.2038, as amended (STOCK Act); Passed: 96-3

*** WRAP UP ***

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Paul amendment #1484 (non-trading certification); Not Agreed To: 37-61

2)      Paul amendment #1487 (prohibits executive staff rule-making)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 48-51

3)      Lieberman amendment #1511 (extends STOCK Act to senior level executive branch employees); Agreed To: 81-18

4)      Shelby amendment #1491, as modified (extends STOCK Act to senior level executive branch employees); Agreed To: 58-41

5)      Toomey-McCaskill amendment #1472 (earmark prohibition)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 40-59

6)      Inhofe amendment #1500 (earmark prohibition)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 26-73

7)      Coburn amendment #1473 (duplicative/overlapping programs)(2/3rds threshold); Not Agreed To: 60-39

8)      DeMint amendment #1488 (SoS Constitutional amendment re: term limits)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 24-75

9)      Grassley amendment #1493 (political intelligence disclosure)(60 vote-threshold); Agreed To: 60-39

10)  Brown (OH) amendment #1481, as modified (divestiture)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 26-73

11)  Passage of S.2038, STOCK Act, as amended; Passed: 96-3

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res.367, designating January 2012 as “National Mentoring Month”.

Began the Rule 14 process of S.2064, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate certain energy tax subsidies and lower the corporate income tax rate (DeMint).

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF FEBRUARY  2, 2012

112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.6:39:52 P.M. -H.R. 3578POSTPONING FURTHER PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 3578, the Chair announced that it understood that the Part A amendment made in order by the provisions of H. Res. 534 would not be offered and pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the previous question was ordered and pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule XIX, further proceedings on the bill would be postponed.5:34:05 P.M. -H.R. 3578DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3578.5:33:47 P.M. -H.R. 3578Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. The resolution provides for one hour of debate, each, on H.R. 3578 and H.R. 3582. All points of order against consideration of both H.R. 3578 and H.R. 3582 are waived. For H.R. 3578, the resolution makes in order the amendment printed in Part A of the report accompanying this resolution and for H.R. 3582, the resolution makes in order the amendments printed in part B of the report accompanying this resolution.5:33:42 P.M. -H.R. 3578Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 534. H.R. 3578 — “To amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to reform the budget baseline.”5:33:08 P.M. -H.R. 3582Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:33:07 P.M. -H.R. 3582On passage Passed by recorded vote: 242 – 179 (Roll no. 30).5:26:45 P.M. -H.R. 3582On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 183 – 237 (Roll no. 29).5:09:54 P.M. -H.R. 3582The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.5:03:56 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Boswell motion to recommit. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add a new subsection entitled “Impacts on Medicare Benefits, Beneficiaries, the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds”.5:01:55 P.M. -H.R. 3582Mr. Boswell moved to recommit with instructions to the Budget Committee.5:01:43 P.M. -H.R. 3582The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.5:01:22 P.M. -H.R. 3582The previous question was ordered without objection.5:00:35 P.M. -H.R. 3582The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3582.5:00:21 P.M. -H.R. 3582On agreeing to the Cicilline amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 174 – 245 (Roll no. 28).4:55:10 P.M. -H.R. 3582On agreeing to the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 173 – 243 (Roll no. 27).4:51:15 P.M. -H.R. 3582On agreeing to the Fudge amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 171 – 243 (Roll no. 26).4:47:48 P.M. -H.R. 3582On agreeing to the Connolly (VA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 177 – 237 (Roll no. 25).4:44:05 P.M. -H.R. 3582On agreeing to the Peters amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 174 – 244 (Roll no. 24).4:15:37 P.M. -H.R. 3582UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.4:15:19 P.M. -H.R. 3582POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Cicilline substitute amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Cicilline demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:04:39 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cicilline Part B amendment No. 8.4:04:28 P.M. -H.R. 3582An amendment, in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Cicilline,   numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 112-383 to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to require that, in addition to preparing cost estimates for each bill or resolution reported by any committee of the House, the Congressional Budget Office also prepare an estimate of the number of jobs which would be created, sustained, or lost in carrying out the measure–including regional and State level estimates.4:04:10 P.M. -H.R. 3582By unanimous consent, the Flake amendment was withdrawn.4:00:09 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Flake Part B amendment No. 7.4:00:05 P.M. -H.R. 3582An amendment, offered by Mr. Flake,  numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 112-383 lower the threshold for requiring a dynamic score from .25% of the current GDP to $5 billion.3:59:39 P.M. -H.R. 3582By unanimous consent, the Quigley amendment was withdrawn.3:55:16 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Quigley Part B amendment No. 6.3:55:13 P.M. -H.R. 3582An amendment, offered by Mr. Quigley,  numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 112-383 to require the CBO to establish a website where taxpayers could enter their annual income and receive an estimate of the amount of their projected contribution to or receipt from any applicable major bill or resolution over the next 10 years, assuming the taxpayer has constant annual income.3:51:00 P.M. -H.R. 3582POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Jackson Lee (TX) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.3:43:35 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee Part B amendment No. 5.3:43:32 P.M. -H.R. 3582An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX),  numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 112-383 to require CBO to include as part of their macroeconomic analysis estimates of the potential impact, if any, on HUB ZONE areas as defined by the Small Business Act.3:42:42 P.M. -H.R. 3582POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Fudge amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Fudge demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.3:35:54 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Fudge Part B amendment No. 4.3:35:52 P.M. -H.R. 3582An amendment, offered by Ms. Fudge,  numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 112-383 to add income equality among the variables used to determine the economic impact of the bill.3:35:42 P.M. -H.R. 3582On agreeing to the Walz (MN) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.3:32:45 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walz Part B amendment No. 3.3:32:42 P.M. -H.R. 3582An amendment, offered by Mr. Walz (MN),  numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 112-383 to include interest rates among the major economic variables to be estimated in the macroeconomic economic impact analysis.3:32:21 P.M. -H.R. 3582POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Connolly (VA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Connolly (VA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.3:25:40 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly (VA) Part B amendment No. 2.3:25:37 P.M. -H.R. 3582An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly (VA),  numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 112-383 to extend the requirement for the Congressional Budget Office to prepare macroeconomic analysis of major legislation to bills or resolutions reported by the Appropriations Committees of each Chamber.3:24:54 P.M. -H.R. 3582POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Peters amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Peters demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.3:17:38 P.M. -H.R. 3582DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 534, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters Part B amendment No. 1.3:17:35 P.M. -H.R. 3582An amendment, offered by Mr. Peters,  numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 112-383 to add a findings section addressing the macroeconomic impact of the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003.2:06:57 P.M. -H.R. 3582GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 3582.2:06:03 P.M. -H.R. 3582The Speaker designated the Honorable Robert J. Dold to act as Chairman of the Committee.2:06:02 P.M. -H.R. 3582House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 534 and Rule XVIII.2:05:55 P.M. -H.R. 3582Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. The resolution provides for one hour of debate, each, on H.R. 3578 and H.R. 3582. All points of order against consideration of both H.R. 3578 and H.R. 3582 are waived. For H.R. 3578, the resolution makes in order the amendment printed in Part A of the report accompanying this resolution and for H.R. 3582, the resolution makes in order the amendments printed in part B of the report accompanying this resolution.2:05:50 P.M. -H.R. 3582Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 534. H.R. 3582 — “To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to provide for macroeconomic analysis of the impact of legislation.”2:04:42 P.M. -H.R. 3630Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:04:41 P.M. -H.R. 3630On motion that the House instruct conferees Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 184 – 236 (Roll no. 23).1:56:30 P.M. -H. Res. 534Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:56:29 P.M. -H. Res. 534On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 238 – 179 (Roll no. 22).1:48:20 P.M. -H. Res. 534On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 238 – 177 (Roll no. 21).12:30:37 P.M. -H. Res. 534DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 534.12:26:28 P.M. -H. Res. 534Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 534 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3578) to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to reform the budget baseline, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3582) to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to provide for macro-economic analysis of the impact of legislation.”12:25:58 P.M. -The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on February 2, 2012 at 9:40 a.m. stating that that body had passed S. 1296 and H.R. 588 without amendment.12:02:24 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.12:02:00 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Ellison to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:01:57 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.12:00:32 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.12:00:25 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 2.11:07:25 A.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.10:02:17 A.M. -MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of the legislative day.10:01:35 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Ted Poe to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:55 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

5:00pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Grassley amendment #1493  (political intelligence disclosure); Agreed to: 60-39

5:23pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Brown (OH) amendment #1481, as modified (divestiture); Not Agreed to: 26-73

5:42pm The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of S.2038, as amended (STOCK Act);Passed: 96-3

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Paul amendment #1484 (non-trading certification); Not Agreed To: 37-61

2)      Paul amendment #1487 (prohibits executive staff rule-making)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 48-51

3)      Lieberman amendment #1511 (extends STOCK Act to senior level executive branch employees); Agreed To: 81-18

4)      Shelby amendment #1491, as modified (extends STOCK Act to senior level executive branch employees); Agreed To: 58-41

5)      Toomey-McCaskill amendment #1472 (earmark prohibition)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 40-59

6)      Inhofe amendment #1500 (earmark prohibition)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 26-73

7)      Coburn amendment #1473 (duplicative/overlapping programs)(2/3rds threshold); Not Agreed To: 60-39

8)      DeMint amendment #1488 (SoS Constitutional amendment re: term limits)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 24-75

9)      Grassley amendment #1493 (political intelligence disclosure)(60 vote-threshold); Agreed To: 60-39

10)  Brown (OH) amendment #1481, as modified (divestiture)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 26-73

11)  Passage of S.2038, STOCK Act, as amended; Passed: 96-3

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res.367, designating January 2012 as “National Mentoring Month”.

Began the Rule 14 process of S.2064, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate certain energy tax subsidies and lower the corporate income tax rate (DeMint).

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Homophobic slurs … Eden James, Change.org


Change.org
                          Tell defense contractor DynCorp to adopt policies to protect LGBT employees.                       
Sign the Petition

John Friso says that every day he went to work at defense contractor DynCorp, he was berated with homophobic slursHe was called “a f*ggot, a queer” and worse. According to John, his managers watched this happen time and again — and yet they did nothing.

John eventually left DynCorp and sued the company, which settled with him. Yet to this day, DynCorp lacks a non-discrimination policy protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees.

But since the massive private defense contractor relies on U.S. government contracts (also known as your tax dollars) for as much as 96% of its income — billions of dollars — you have the power to help change the culture of homophobia and unchecked harassment at DynCorp.

Tico Almeida is an attorney who devotes his life to strengthening employee protections. Tico was appalled by what he learned about conditions at DynCorp, so he started a petition on Change.org asking that DynCorp initiate and approve an anti-harassment policy to protect LGBT employees. Click here to sign Tico’s petition.

Other major defense contractors like Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have protections in place for LGBT employees. A DynCorp spokesperson recently indicated to a reporter that DynCorp might be open to protecting its LGBT employees: “We are always looking for ways to further strengthen our policies and procedures, and this is one area that we are currently examining,” the DynCorp spokesperson said.

Now that John Friso’s lawsuit has been settled, DynCorp executives may think there’s no urgency in instituting policies to protect other employees. They need to know that nothing could be further from the truth, and that the taxpayers who finance their corporation expect them to take swift action.

Click here to sign Tico’s petition asking DynCorp to enact non-harassment policies to protect LGBT employees.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

– Eden and the Change.org team

Obama: Cut FDA ties to Monsanto


Below is an email from Frederick Ravid, a MoveOn member who created a petition at SignOn.org that is spreading like wildfire on the Internet, and we think you should check it out. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.


Dear MoveOn member,

President Obama appointed former Monsanto vice president and lobbyist Michael Taylor as senior advisor to the Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

This is a classic example of the fox guarding the henhouse. President Obama should isolate the FDA from corporate influence by asking Taylor to step down immediately.

That’s why I created a petition to President Obama on SignOn.org. Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=269891&id=35269-21087915-c0s4_0x&t=2

The petition says:

President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized genetically modified (GM) food multinational, as senior advisor to the commissioner at the FDA. Taylor is the same person who as a high ranking official at the FDA in the 1990s promoted allowing genetically modified organisms into the U.S. food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty.

Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto’s now-discredited GM bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which is opposed by many medical and hospital organizations. It was Michael Taylor who pursued a policy that milk from rBGH-treated cows should not be labeled with disclosures. Michael Taylor and Monsanto do not belong in our government.

President Obama, Monsanto has been seen as a foe to family-based agriculture, the backbone of America, by introducing dangerous changes to plants and animals and by using strong-arm legal tactics against farmers for decades. Naturally occurring plant and animal species are permanently threatened by the introduction of DNA and hormonal modification, Monsanto’s core businesses.

FDA scientists once regarded genetic modification of the food supply as the single most radical and potentially dangerous threat to public health in history. As early as the 1991, a body of scientific research began to form which now includes articles in over 600 journals. As a whole, these offer scientific evidence that GM foods, hormones, and related pesticides are the root cause for the increase of many serious diseases in the U.S. Since GM foods were introduced, diagnosis of multiple chronic illnesses in the U.S. has skyrocketed. These illnesses include changes in major organs and in hormonal, immune, digestive, and reproductive systems. These modifications to foods and food production may also be contributors to colon, breast, lymphatic, and prostate cancers.

Experts are discouraged that regulators and GM companies systematically overlook potential side effects of GM. Monsanto’s objective to use biotechnology to change the world’s food supply is the opposite policy direction your administration should pursue. Your legacy of supporting Monsanto to have free rein in U.S. food policy is a nightmare scenario that is against the interest of all Americans and world citizens.

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=269891&id=35269-21087915-c0s4_0x&t=3

Thanks!

–Frederick Ravid

The text above was written by Frederick Ravid, not by MoveOn staff, and MoveOn is not responsible for the content. This email was sent through MoveOn’s secure system, and your information has been kept private.