Congress is busy this week! Today, two separate House committees are holding hearings to discuss crucial LGBT legislation.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia is holding a hearing on H.R. 2517, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, on July 8th at 2pm.
This bill would provide the same family benefits to federal civilian employees and their same-sex partners as are already provided to employees with non-LGBT spouses. Benefits, such as health insurance and retirement savings, are a significant portion of employee compensation. Although the federal government—the largest civilian employer in the country—offers attractive family benefits to employees with different sex spouses, it does not offer the same benefits to workers with same-sex partners or spouses. As a result, these employees do not receive equal pay for their equal contributions. This has significant implications for thousands of Americans who are employed by the federal government.
And, on Wednesday, July 8 the House Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and Healthy Families and Communities will hold a joint hearing on Strengthening School Safety through Prevention of Bullying, also known as the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA).
The Safe Schools Improvement Act provides for school policies that protect students from harassment and bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among other traits. The act will amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, which supports programs that prevent violence and drug use in and around schools in order to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement.
We need you to contact your representatives in Congress TODAY and tell them that you support the passage of both the Domestic Partnership and Benefits Obligations Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act.
In D.C., make their phone ring!
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and have them connect you to your representative (based on your zip code).
We know that with your support, we can pass these crucial pieces of legislation. Please take action today.
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