A progressive agenda is DOA If Democrats do not regain the Senate majority. It is not lost on many voters how a robust progressive agenda can be stalled and not enacted at all. A portion of Barack Obama’s Presidency demonstrated this exact scenario. Recently, this has been the case with a democratic house majority attempting to get progressive legislation passed only for it to end up in the “legislative graveyard” of the Senate.
Here’s a list of some of those progressive bills:
For the People Act of 2019 – H.R.1 – addresses voting, campaign finance, and ethics. The bill seeks to “expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.” The bill addresses the vulnerable areas of our voting ecosystem by implementing measures such as:
- Automatic voting registration
- Internet registration
- Same day voter registration
- Conditions of removal on basis of interstate cross-checks (read more about interstate cross-checks here)
- Access to voting for individuals with disabilities
- Prohibiting voter caging
- Voter verified permanent paper ballot
- Independent redistricting commissions
- Financial Support for election infrastructure
- Campaign Finance Empowerment
The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 – H.R.6 –addresses removal proceedings, changes the conditional permanent resident status requirements, prohibits DHS from using application information to make status changes, and establishes a grant program that assist people with issues related to immigration.
The Paycheck Fairness Act -H.R. 7 – prohibits wage discrimination based on sex. Strengthens equal pay provisions of the Fair Labor Act of 1938. Prohibits retaliation and the sharing of wage information by employees. The bill also establishes a grant funded training program that would teach negotiation skills and make wage discrimination information available to the public.
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act 2019 – improves services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Provides grants for the prevention of violent crimes on campus. Provides grants for improving the healthcare systems response to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Would make victims eligible for unemployment.
In the upcoming election, a total of 33 seats will be up for grabs (23 –Republican and 12-Democrat). An additional two seats will be decided via special elections in Arizona and Georgia. Maintaining control of the House while gaining control of the Senate must be a priority; along with political leadership willing to enact bold promises made on the campaign trail without compromise. There are numerous bills that if enacted would cause a significant shift in the political landscape and in the lives of many Americans. Campaign critiques, debates, and fake political ads, are all white noise.