Washington Markup

113th Congress - S. 2685 - USA Freedom Act

Are We Getting Fooled on Surveillance Reform?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:36pm
This piece originally appeared on the Monkey Cage blog at washingtonpost.com.
NSA Congress

House Tees Up Surveillance Reform for Senate

By Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Legislative Counsel at 5:10pm

For the second time in just one month, late last night the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation – this time as an amendment to an appropriations bill that will now move to the Senate – aimed at reining in NSA abuse.

In…

The Majority Has Spoken: Email Privacy Reform Possible Right Now

The Majority Has Spoken: Email Privacy Reform Possible Right Now

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:57am

Something remarkable happened last night: A bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives agreed on something.

Yesterday, Reps Reps. Ron Desantis (R-Fla.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.) became the 217th and 218th members of the House to…

On the Agenda: June 9-13

On the Agenda: June 9-13

By Rachel Nusbaum, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:13am

Whether you spent your weekend watching the Tony Awards, the Belmont Stakes, or the NBA finals, the important thing to keep in mind is that even though the weekend is over there is still plenty of excitement to be had in the days ahead.

Yes,…

Net Neutrality Rally Rocks the FCC

Net Neutrality Rally Rocks the FCC

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:34pm

Last week I spoke at a rally at the Federal Communications Commission as its commissioners considered new rules regarding net neutrality – the premise that internet providers shouldn’t get to decide what you can see or say online.

And the…

On the Agenda: May 19-23

On the Agenda: May 19-23

By Meghan Groob, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:32am

One week until the unofficial start of summer, folks. With Memorial Day and DC's inevitable barrage of heat waves around the corner, it's easy to forget that Election Day is less than six months away. That leaves us with limited time to pass all of…

The 40th Anniversary of an LGBT Milestone in Congress

The 40th Anniversary of an LGBT Milestone in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00pm

Forty years ago today, "Battling Bella" Abzug, a member of Congress from New York and a trailblazer for women, introduced a bill to protect gay people from discrimination for the first time in American history. The Equality Act of 1974 would have banned…

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.

But House appropriators are already poised to consider a bill that will immediately impact the immigration enforcement system for years to come: the Commerce, Justice,…

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…