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Policy Roundup 6.19.23


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In this policy roundup, we’ve gathered the latest bills advocates are talking about as well as highlighting comments from the advocates themselves.

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BILL: Expand the Accessibility of Federal Food Assistance? - EATS Act of 2023 - H.R.3183

The Bill

H.R.3183 - EATS Act of 2023

Bill Status

  • Introduced by Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) on May 10, 2023

  • Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) is introducing companion legislation in the Senate.

  • Committees: Senate - Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

  • House and Senate: Not yet voted

  • President: Not yet signed

Bill Overview

  • This bill will permanently expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to millions of college students experiencing hunger. It seeks to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 by removing certain eligibility disqualifications restricting otherwise eligible students enrolled in higher education from participating in SNAP.

  • Under the COVID-19 public health emergency, temporary exemptions were in place to aid students, but those provisions expire on June 11, 30 days after the expiration of the emergency measures.

  • The bill would take effect on Jan. 2, 2024.

What's in the bill?

Addresses food insecurity among student populations

  • Research from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice found that food insecurity impacts 39% of students at two-year institutions and 29% of students at four-year institutions.

  • Students of color are disproportionately impacted: 75% of Indigenous, 70% of Black, and 70% of American Indian or Alaska Native students experienced food and housing insecurity.

Permanently removes barriers and expand access to SNAP

Eliminates barriers to accessing SNAP related to students' place of residence

  • Currently, the Food and Nutrition Act contains provisions that can disqualify students who live on campus from accessing SNAP simply because they reside at an institution of study. 

What advocates are saying:

Yes support.

But republicans only do investigations so I doubt it passes. I would like to know what my congressman has done for me nothing. He just another rich republican protecting his money. Let's start investigating some republicans if your just going to keep wasting tax dollars. y

Definitely expand food access.

But where is consumer protection? Stop the wanton and ridiculous gouging by corporates prices have doubled at the minimum !! Inflation may be 10% but even that is understated food inflation is OVER 100% - do the math. SHAME ON CONGRESS. SHAME ON ADMIN. SHAME ON JUDICIARY.

Activate Advocates

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BILL: Ban Gas Stoves Amidst Health Concerns? - Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act - H.R.1615

The Bill

H.R.1615 - Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act

Bill Status

  • Introduced by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA): March 17, 2023
  • Committees: House - Energy and Commerce 
  • House and Senate: Not yet voted
  • President: Not yet signed

Bill Overview

What's in the bill?

Criticizes New York's ban on future propane and natural gas stoves

Blocks rule that would limit access to gas stoves

Fights against new energy performance standards

Focuses on consumer choice

What advocates are saying:


Not at all. Why are we doing this when China and India don't give two hoots about climate change?

There should be other solutions presented instead of just banning gas stoves.

We heavily rely on electricity. We really need to invest into green energy.We need innovators.

Activate Advocates



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BILL: Should the U.S. Leave the World Health Organization? - WHO Withdrawal Act - H.R.79

The Bill

H.R.79 - WHO Withdrawal Act

Bill Details

  • Introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on Jan. 9, 2023
  • Committees: House - Foreign Affairs
  • House & Senate: Not yet passed
  • President: Not yet signed

Bill Overview

  • The bill requires the president to immediately withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO). It prohibits the use of federal funds for WHO projects.

  • The bill also repeals the 1948 act authorizing the U.S. to join the WHO.

What's in the bill?

Withdraws the U.S. from WHO

  • It will prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund the organization. According to the Illinois Freedom Caucus, the U.S. has sent over $4 billion to WHO since 2010.

Establishes U.S. autonomy over public health protocols

  • It will allow U.S. health authorities to determine protocols, warnings, and safety plans for future pandemics and health emergencies. 

What advocates are saying:


This must be opposed!

Being members of the world, we are part of a larger community, not living in isolation.

COVID should have shown us we live in a global society; if problems are not addressed globally, they will persist. Being a part of the World Health Organization allows us a global voice in more significant health issues. Does the voice also cost money? Of course, it does, and that money is well spent. 


Since pandemics are world wide problems, we should remain in contact with the other peoples of the world to combat them.

Activate Advocates


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BILL: Increase Social Security Benefits for Public Sector Workers - Social Security Fairness Act of 2023 - H.R.82

The Bill

H.R.82- Social Security Fairness Act of 2023

Bill Status

  • Introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA): March 9, 2023
  • Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) is the lead Democratic sponsor
  • The bipartisan bill had seven original co-sponsors and currently has 197 co-sponsors
  • Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means: March 9, 2023 
  • House and Senate: Not yet voted
  • President: Not yet signed

Bill Overview

  • The bill would ensure that public sector employees like firefighters, police officers, teachers, and their families, receive full Social Security benefits regardless of other benefits they are entitled to receiving.

  • The bill would repeal provisions that reduce Social Security benefits for individuals already receiving other benefits, like a state or local government pension.

  • The changes proposed in the bill will be effective for benefits payable after Dec. 2023.

  • The Social Security Fairness Act would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) from the Social Security Act. Both provisions were aimed at reducing high payouts and retirement windfalls.

  • The bill is identical to the Senate version of the bill, the Social Security Fairness Act (S. 597), reintroduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) on March 1.

What's in the bill?

A fairer way of calculating payments

  • When calculating payments, Social Security only takes into consideration covered employment.

  • When an individual is employed by a non-covered, public sector employer that does not pay into Social Security, it appears that they have a much lower income and reduces the benefits they are entitled to. 

Eliminates the Windfall Elimination Provision

Eliminates the Government Pension Offset

 What advocates are saying:

What about those of us out here almost bankrupted by interest rate increases, by inflated prices on almost everything we need to survive.  

 Millions of seniors depend on money that will meet the need of daily living.  Millions of us need to be considered too.  Many were also public servants when we worked snd contributed.  I hope you thought about us and are writing legislation for us.  Retirement is not easy street any more like it used to be.  Come live with some of us to see what is REALLY going on.


There's no reason that public sector workers should receive less in Social Security benefits than other Americans, so I can support this.

Social Security is NOT enough, and nobody should be relying it for all their income in their senior years, but it should be distributed fairly and equally to all citizens who pay into it and qualify for this income.

Thank you!

I've been an educator over 27 years, but have worked other jobs, as well. I have enough credits to collect social security, however my benefits will be severely reduced because of my career path. I support this bill, as it is fair. 

Activate Advocates


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BILL: Should We Reduce Online Privacy in Fight Against Child Abuse? - EARN IT Act of 2023 - S.1207

The Bill

S.1207 - Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2023 or the EARN IT Act of 2023

Bill Details

  • Introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on April 19, 2023
  • Co-sponsored by Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) 
  • Committee: Senate - Judiciary
  • House - Not Yet Voted
  • Senate - Not Yet Voted
  • President - Not Yet Signed

Bill Overview

What's in the bill?

Establishes a National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention

  • The Commission will consist of the heads of DOJ, DHS, and FTC, along with 16 other members appointed equally by Congressional leadership.

  • These members will include representatives from law enforcement, survivors and victims' services organizations, constitutional law experts, technical experts, and industry leaders.

Repeals Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 

Creates a set of "best practices"

  • Online platforms will have to abide by a set of "best practices" in order to "earn" Section 230 protection. The best practices would require tech companies to build "backdoors" into their encryption schemes should the government demand access to unencrypted user data.

  • In the fight against child abuse, the bill would target encryption, ultimately impacting online privacy and security for all users and citizens.

Involves Congress in monitoring

What advocates are saying:

 I don't fully support this bill ass written.

However, I believe it can be tweaked to give victims full protection and an investigation that is thorough. Humans who intentionally hurt others, most especially hurt children, should not have ANY right to privacy. 

 I support protecting children online, but am not sure how much privacy we should give up. 

This seems like the "personal responsibility" that Republicans are always ranting about when it comes to sexual activity. 

If parents aren't capable of protecting their children from the dangers online, then why should the rest of us sacrifice for them? 


Any action that will help safeguard children from any form of abuse needs to be taken-PERIOD!!!!!!

Activate Advocates