FEDERAL LEGISLATION 2015

H.R. 240   All  amendments on this bill are problematic and we would prefer a bill with NO amendments, but the Anderholt and DeSantis amendments in particular would have harmful effects on immigrant survivors of violence and ignore the best interests of victims and their children.

Women’s Health Protection Act (S.217 / H.R.448) OPPOSE The Women’s Health Protection Act (S.217 / H.R.448) would prohibit states from singling out abortion providers for abusive, medically unnecessary requirements.

Amend the Freedom of Information Act Two companion bills pending in the House and Senate would amend the Freedom of Information Act “for the purpose of increasing public access,” a new analysis of the legislation from the Congressional Research Service explains.

Among other things, “both the House and Senate legislation would establish a statutory ‘presumption of openness,’ whereby information may only be withheld if it harms an interest protected by a statutory exemption or if disclosure is prohibited by law.”

While both bills “address a number similar topics, often in similar ways, there are substantive differences between them.” The similarities and the differences in the pending bills are summarized in the new CRS report. See Freedom of Information Act Legislation in the 114th Congress: Issue Summary and Side-by-Side Analysis,

H.R. 1735/S. 1376- Fact Sheet: Selected Highlights of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735 and S. 1376),