Washington Markup

What the House is Really Doing on Immigration Today

What the House is Really Doing on Immigration Today

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 10:28am
No one knows when, or if, House leadership will take up immigration reform.
Dear Senate, Demand to Read Drone Memos Before Voting on Barron Nomination

Dear Senate, Demand to Read Drone Memos Before Voting on Barron Nomination

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:08pm

The ACLU wrote today to the full Senate membership urging senators to read key memos on the drone targeted killing program before voting on the nomination of David Barron to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. You can read the full letter here.

Mr.…

On the Agenda: May 5-9

On the Agenda: May 5-9

By Meghan Groob, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:56am

Ladies and gentleman, the tinsel has left the town. Last Saturday was the one event in D.C. that is guaranteed to bring the stars to our fair nation's capital: the White House Correspondent's Dinner, a.k.a. Nerd Prom.

This year's fete was hosted…

Victory! Title IX Protects Transgender Students

Victory! Title IX Protects Transgender Students

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:43am

Good news for transgender students was hidden in the White House's big news on sexual violence in schools and on college campuses on Tuesday. This latest breakthrough comes during an often fraught time of the school year for transgender and gender…

The White House

Speed Over Fairness: Deportation Under the Obama Administration

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 11:18am

When removing individuals from this country – permanently severing them from their homes, families, and community—which is more important: fairness or speed?

The United States has a proud tradition of individualized due process. No…

Everybody Wants to Reform ECPA - So Where's the White House?

Everybody Wants to Reform ECPA - So Where's the White House?

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:01am

A coalition of over 70 organizations sent a letter yesterday to President Obama, urging him to support a clean update to our online privacy laws and warning him about the dangers of carving out any exceptions that would give some government agencies…

On the Agenda: Blog Series

On the Agenda: April 28 – May 2

By Rachel Nusbaum, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:51am

Remember that feeling on the very last night of summer vacation or spring break, when it begins to slowly dawn on you that yes, you really do have to go back to school tomorrow. Even worse, you just know that all the homework you didn’t manage to…

Way to go DHS! And Shame on the Rest of You

Way to go DHS! And Shame on the Rest of You

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:04am

A very important government report on privacy and cybersecurity programs flew under the radar last week.

Produced following President Obama's executive order from last February, agencies were directed to explain how they share our private information,…

Women who work full time still earn, on average, only $0.77 for ever $1 men earn

Equal Pay's Thrill of Victory and Agony of Defeat

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:14am

Four years ago, the Paycheck Fairness Act failed in the Senate. The bill, which would have helped close the pay gap between men and women by updating the Equal Pay Act of 1963, had majority support. But because a few senators blocked…

On the Agenda: Blog Series

On the Agenda: March 31-April 4

By Meghan Groob, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:56am

It's the best time of year, folks: March Madness. Even though it's almost April, March Madness still consumes offices across the country as we move onto the Final Four. Whether you're a diehard Kentucky fan like me (go Cats!) or just someone who wants…