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    JUDGE ALITO S RECORD HIGHLY TROUBLING ON WOMEN S RIGHTS President Bush today nominated Judge Samuel Alito, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit,
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      President Bush today nominated Judge Samuel Alito, of the U.S. Court
      of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to Justice O'Connor's seat on the
      Supreme Court. It's no secret that Justice O'Connor was the fifth
      vote in many 5-4 decisions that protected women's fundamental rights
      and freedoms. In nominating Judge Alito, President Bush has chosen
      someone who has a highly troubling record that raises serious
      concerns for women in the areas of reproductive rights, federalism,
      and sex discrimination in employment. His confirmation has the
      potential to roll back core legal protections that Americans,
      especially women, have relied on for decades.

      Some troubling examples that reveal Judge Alito's judicial philosophy:

      Judge Alito has opposed Congress's power to act on issues that are
      central to the lives of women and all Americans. He wrote a strong
      dissent from a decision upholding Congress's power to ban the
      possession and transfer of machine guns. In another opinion he ruled
      against Congress's power to enact important provisions of the Family
      and Medical Leave Act.

      On women's reproductive rights, he was the lone dissenter on his
      court in Casey v. Planned Parenthood. Unlike the rest of the court,
      and the majority of the Supreme Court, he would have upheld a state
      law requiring women to notify their husbands before having an
      abortion. He also refused to join the opinion of his court striking
      down a state ban on abortion procedures that had no exception to
      protect a woman's health, and wrote his own opinion making clear he
      went along with the court's decision only because as a lower court
      judge he was bound to follow a Supreme Court decision requiring that
      the law be struck down.

      He has issued decisions making it harder for victims of race and sex
      discrimination to prove their cases. In one case, he was the lone
      dissenter from a decision joined by all 12 of the Third Circuit's
      other judges that allowed a claim to go forward where a woman had
      alleged that, because of her sex, she was denied a promotion,
      retaliated against for complaining, and then forced out of her job.
      Instead of naming a consensus nominee, President Bush has opted to
      pick someone who meets the far right's ideological litmus test.
      Judge Alito looks a lot more like Justice Scalia than Justice Sandra
      Day O'Connor, who had a record of being open-minded and was a key
      swing vote for women's rights.



      1) Call your Senators today! Call your Senators at 202-224-3121 or
      find their D.C. office numbers and voice your concerns about Judge
      Alito's record.

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      3) Stay informed. Check NominationWatch.org regularly and stay
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      nomination to the Supreme Court.

      Draconian Cuts in the House Budget: Take Action!
      October 28, 2005

      Take action now and over the next two weeks:
      Tell your Representative and Senators that these cuts are


      House Committees Approve Cuts to Child Support, Child Care, Medicaid,
      and Other Vital Supports

      Merely five weeks after shelving plans to slash programs for the poor
      and pass new tax cuts, Republican leaders in Congress have made an
      about-face. And they are counting on the public's fleeting attention
      span to get away with this.

      The House Ways and Means Committee, which earlier this year had been
      directed to cut $1 billion from its programs as part of the budget
      reconciliation, this week approved more than $8 billion in cuts,
      mostly from supports vital to low-income women and their families.
      These deeper cuts by the Ways and Means Committee are in step with
      the drive by House Republican leaders to increase from $35 to $50
      billion the cuts to programs that benefit low- and middle-income
      Americans to help pay for $70 billion or more in additional tax cuts
      they plan to pass as step two of the budget process.

      The Ways and Means Committee approved the service cuts on a vote of
      22 to 17, with Republicans voting to approve the measure, and
      Democrats voting against (Rep. Clay Shaw and Rep. Mark Foley, both R-
      FL did not vote). The proposal would cut about $5 billion from child
      support enforcement, $600 million from funding for abused and
      neglected children, and more than $730 million from Supplemental
      Security Income (SSI), which provides income support for poor people
      with disabilities and poor elderly people. Overall, the bill
      undermines key supports that help low-income women and children
      escape poverty.

      The Congressional Budget Offices estimates that the proposed cuts for
      child support enforcement would reduce child support collections by
      $8 billion over the next five years and $24 billion over the next 10
      years. In other words, custodial parents—overwhelmingly mothers—and
      their children will lose billions more in child support payments than
      the government will save by slashing the program.

      In addition to cutting child support enforcement and other services,
      the Committee's action would reauthorize the Temporary Assistance to
      Needy Families (TANF) program—with harsher work requirements and more
      restrictions on access to education and training for mothers
      receiving TANF. The bill also reauthorizes the Child Care and
      Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Federal funding for child care has
      been frozen since 2002, but the Committee would provide only $500
      million in additional funding for child care over the next five
      years. This is half of the $1 billion increase previously approved
      by the House and far less than is needed to keep pace with inflation
      while paying for additional demands created by the bill's increased
      work requirements, including the new child care costs. There are
      already tens of thousands of children from low-income families on
      waiting lists for child care assistance. And this bill would mean
      270,000 fewer children would be helped.

      Also this week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved
      about $9.5 billion in cuts to Medicaid over five years. The bill,
      which passed 28-22 (all Republicans present voting in favor, and all
      Democrats present voting against), requires beneficiaries to make
      higher co-payments and gives states more flexibility to reduce the
      benefits now offered to Medicaid recipients. Today, the House
      Agriculture Committee will consider $844 million in cuts to the Food
      Stamp Program over the next five years. These Committee proposals
      will then move to the House Budget Committee, which will combine them
      into one reconciliation bill likely to head to the floor of the House
      in the next two weeks.

      The Senate has also completed its consideration of reconciliation
      cuts in the various committees, and is expected to vote next week on
      final passage. While not as draconian as the House cuts, the Senate
      still makes $39 billion in cuts to mandatory programs, including $10
      billion from Medicaid and Medicare. If the full Senate passes its
      reconciliation cuts this coming week, it paves the way for deeper
      cuts when the differences in the Senate and House bills are worked
      out in conference.
      Some lawmakers claim these cuts are necessary to offset spending for
      emergency relief and reconstruction on the Gulf Coast. But both the
      House and Senate are cutting services, not to achieve savings to pay
      for hurricane relief or to reduce the deficit, but to help pay for
      more unnecessary and irresponsible tax cuts, which Congress will
      consider in November.


      Call your Representative and Senators at 202-224-3121 or click here
      to find their D.C. office numbers and tell them that these service
      cuts will hurt their constituents:

      • Restricting access to health care, reducing funding for child
      support enforcement, cutting back on food assistance for working-poor
      families, and making it tougher for low-income families to work and
      pay for child care will penalize the most vulnerable Americans,
      including the very people the President said the government should
      help in the wake of the hurricane disasters. Those who have the
      least should not be asked to give up basic necessities.

      • If lawmakers were serious about preserving revenue to rebuild the
      Gulf Coast, addressing the poverty highlighted by Hurricane Katrina
      and reining in deficits, they would re-examine tax policies that have
      shrunk federal revenues. They would not propose additional tax cuts
      or cuts to supports for low-income families.

      • Americans don't believe in punishing the poorest among us while
      rewarding the richest. My Representative/Senator should recognize
      this and vote against passage of the budget reconciliation bill.
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