This Week In Politics

This Week In Politics

Senators fight for—and against—survivors of sexual assault in the military. Meanwhile, members of Congress go on 'the food stamp diet'

by Zerlina Maxwell, June 14, 2013

This Week In Politics

Edward Snowden

Another look at the political week that was…

●      Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) fight for survivors inspires a New York Times op-ed about Congress’ epic failure to pass meaningful legislation to tackle the epidemic of sexual assault in the military.

●      Meaningful legislation—where the reporting procedures are outside the chain of command— was blocked by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), who placed himself firmly on the side of the rapists with his refusal to accept critical components of Senator Gillibrand’s bill.

●      Who is NSA leaker Edward Snowden?

●      House Republicans passed an unconstitutional 20 week abortion ban.

●      A Republican civil war is brewing over immigration reformHouse Republicans want to gut the bill, but Senate Republicans seem aware that doing so will spell electoral disaster for a generation to come as a result of America’s changing demographics.

●      Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) threatened to block immigration reform if it includes a provision for same-sex couples.

●      Ohio wins the award for the worst anti-choice legislation in the country.

●      Connecticut passed a bill of rights for homeless citizens in their state.

●      26 members of Congress live off of food stamps for a week to protest cuts to essential programs by House Republicans.

●      The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented.

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