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Contact Information for Nebraska Congressional Delegation

Senator Ben Sasse: (202) 224-4224, D.C.; (402) 476-1400, Lincoln; Twitter @SenSasse; Sasse email contact form

Senator Deb Fischer: (202) 224-6551, D.C.; (402) 441-4600, Lincoln; Twitter @SenatorFischer;  Fischer email contact form

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry CD1: (202) 225-4806, D.C.; (402)438-1598, Lincoln; Twitter @JeffFortenberry;  Fortenberry email contact form

Rep. Don Bacon CD2: (202) 225-4155, D.C.; (402) 938-0300, Omaha; Twitter @RepDonBacon; Bacon email contact form

Rep. Adrian Smith CD3: (202) 225-6435, D.C,; (308) 384-3900, Grand Island; Twitter @RepAdrianSmith;  Smith email contact form

Residents in DC deserve full representation in Congress. Contact your Representative today and ask them to vote YES on HR51.

Tomorrow April 22nd, HR51, the Washington DC Admission Act, will once more come to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Passing HR51 in the U.S. House is the first step to ensuring that DC residents are no longer disenfranchised and can finally claim their most basic right in our democracy. 

DC boasts a population of over 700,000 residents, more than that of Wyoming and Vermont, yet they still are without voting members in Congress. This lack of representation denies thousands of Americans a voice in their government. DC residents are uniquely denied the right of true self-government, as their budget, locally passed laws, and citizen-backed initiatives are undermined by the federal government. Since the 1980s, Congress has continuously used DC as a pawn in their political games, by banning the use of District funds to promote clean needle exchange, blocking the reproductive health choices of women in the District, and weakening DC’s gun violence prevention laws. Most recently, the District of Columbia did not have adequate power to protect and defend its residents during the horrific January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, when it lacked the ability to mobilize the National Guard. Even more than this, DC statehood is a civil rights issue. If DC is granted statehood, it will be just the second state with a majority-minority populace. A necessary step to dismantle systemic racism would be to grant DC statehood.

We Must Impeach Donald Trump NOW. Contact your senator today!

This week we saw President Donald Trump instigate an insurrection against his own government in a last-ditch attempt to maintain power that turned fatal. On Wednesday, January 6th, our country’s capital came under attack by radical insurrectionists intent on disrupting the transition of power. It was a coordinated attack on our democracy. As advocates who fight for a free and fair democracy, we have no choice but to call for the removal of Donald Trump by impeachment and disqualify him from ever holding federal office again.

We must remove Donald Trump from office in order to protect the integrity of the office of the President.

Call your senator at (202)-224-3121 or send your senator a letter and ask them to support impeachment.

Donald Trump breached his oath of office as president the moment he posed a clear and imminent threat to national security, compromising the security of the American public, and taking our democracy to the brink. It is now the duty of the Congress to proceed with the impeachment of Donald J. Trump for acting seditiously in a flagrant violation of his oath. Our Constitution must be maintained and upheld, and that can longer be done under the sitting President. Make your voice heard: contact your senator and tell them to support impeachment and removal.

Donald Trump’s seditious actions have left us with no choice but to swear in Vice President Mike Pence to fulfill the duration of this presidential term. We must hold the president accountable for his reckless actions that have jeopardized the safety of our elected officials, and led to the loss of human life. 

h.r. 2382 USPS FAIRNESS ACT

H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act, passed the House on 2/5/20 and was received in the Senate on 2/10/20, where it has languished ever since. For more than a decade, the United States Postal Service has been saddled with the onerous burden of prefunding its retiree health care benefits as mandated by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. The mandate requires the USPS to prefund its retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance, paying for retirement health care for individuals who haven’t been born yet, let alone entered the workforce.

H.R. 2382 repeals the requirement that the USPS annually prepay future retirement health benefits. This long standing requirement has been a major cause of the USPS's current financial problems.

The USPS is vital in ensuring that Nebraskans receive medications, checks, and other important documents (such as ballots for the general election) in a timely way. Rural residents are especially dependent on such service.

Action: Contact Senators Fischer and Sasse and urge them to get H.R. 2382 to the appropriate committee. (August 9, 2020)

The League supports this bill based on its Health and Voter Protection positions.

h.r. 4 VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT

H.R. 4, the Voting Right Enhancement Act, restores and modernizes the original protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The goal of the legislation is to combat the influx of discriminatory voting requirements enacted by states that disproportionately prevent minorities, the elderly and youth from voting.

The 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated the section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required certain states and local governments to obtain federal approval before implementing any changes to their voting laws or practices if the states had a history of voting discrimination against racial, ethnic and language minorities. The court said the formula that determined which jurisdictions fall under federal oversight was out of date and instructed that it was on Congress to come up with a modern day formula that protects voting rights. The Voting Rights Advancement Act accomplishes this by enacting voter protections for states with a record of suppressive voting practices over the last 25 years.

The LWVUS held a Virtual Lobby Day during our 100th anniversary convention on June 25, 2020.
Action: In memory of Congressman John Lewis, we are asking members to contact Senators Sasse and Fischer again to urge them to take up the bill in the Senate. (July 18, 2020)

The League supports this bill based on its Voter Protection position.

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