Wednesday, December 19 - No Tax Money for Settling Lawsuits / Action Update
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Call on Congress to support the bipartisan compromise deal to reform sexual harassment claims in Congress
Action 2: Update on yesterday’s action -- Shaima Swileh received a “Muslim Ban” waiver
Action 1: No Tax Money for Settling Lawsuits
Members of Congress who sexually abuse employees have been largely protected from consequences, as the victims face a byzantine and burdensome process to file their complaints, including no protection from retaliatory actions from their employers. Furthermore, even when harassers are found guilty they are not personally liable for damages; instead taxpayers are left to foot the bill.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced H.R. 4924, the “Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act." This bill makes members of Congress personally liable for financial damages when they are found guilty of sexual harassment, and also significantly streamlines and eases the process for victims, including protection from retaliation. This legislation is a necessary step in the right direction, bringing accountability and justice to victims.
Last week, the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan compromise deal to reform sexual harassment claims in Congress. Lawmakers have until the end of the year to pass the legislation before it will expire due to the start of the 116th Congress.
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
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Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to support of reform legislation for the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. Since both the House and Senate have agreed on a bipartisan compromise bill, I ask that [MoC] act swiftly to pass the legislation before the congressional session is over. Thank you.
Action via 5calls.org
Action 2: UPDATE - Mother Can Reunite with her Dying Son
Yesterday we featured an action for Shaima Swileh, who was unable to obtain a visa to see her dying son in America due to Trump’s Muslim Ban.
We have good news! Thanks to a public outcry, the State Department granted the waiver Tuesday morning and Shaima will arrive in the U.S. today. "This is the happiest day of my life," said the boy's father and Swileh's husband, Ali Hassan. "Just last week I was about to pull him off life support and CAIR-Sacramento Valley stepped in to help. I can't thank them enough and all those who answered the call to help our family.”
Thank you for answering this important call to action!