07/11/22 - Missouri Mondays - Pres. Biden issues executive order to safeguard abortion access! More!
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PRESIDENT BIDEN’S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROTECTING ABORTION ACCESS
On Friday President Biden signed an executive order that will attempt to preserve abortion rights in states where it remains legal as well as provide some relief for those trapped in a state where rights have been stripped away. He repeated his call for all Americans to VOTE as the Supreme Court has “made clear it will not protect the rights of women.”
Next week two bills will be voted on to protect the right to choose. “The first bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022, would reestablish a nationwide right to an abortion. The second bill, the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022, would block state governments from making abortion travel illegal and protect health care providers in states where the procedure remains legal.” It is unlikely that either bill will make it past a Republican filibuster. Republicans are set on their forced birth policy.
Summary of Biden’s Executive Order –Safeguarding Access To Reproductive Health Care Services
The President has directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take the following actions and submit a report to him within 30 days on efforts to:
Protecting Patient Privacy And Access To Accurate Information–by protecting consumers from privacy violations and protecting sensitive health information.
Promoting Safety And Security–by protecting patients, providers, and clinics, including mobile clinics.
Coordinating Implementation Efforts–by establishing an interagency task force on Reproductive Health Care Access, responsible for coordinating Federal interagency policymaking and program development
In addition to the actions announced today, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken the following steps to protect access to reproductive health care and defend reproductive rights in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs.
Supporting Providers and Clinics The Secretary of HHS directed all HHS agencies to ensure that all HHS-funded providers and clinics have appropriate training and resources to handle family planning needs, and announced nearly $3 million in new funding to bolster training and technical assistance for the nationwide network of Title X family planning providers.
On the day of the Supreme Court’s decision, HHS launched ReproductiveRights.gov, which provides timely and accurate information about reproductive rights and access to reproductive health care. This includes know-your-rights information for patients and providers and promoting awareness of and access to family planning services, as well as guidance for how to file a patient privacy or nondiscrimination complaint with its Office for Civil Rights.
Providing Leave for Federal Workers Traveling for Medical Care
Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services for Service members, DoD Civilians, and Military Families
Executive order fact sheet: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/07/08/fact-sheet-president-biden-to-sign-executive-order-protecting-access-to-reproductive-health-care-services/
ABORTION CARE IS UNDER ATTACK - WHAT YOU CAN DO
SUPPORT THE WORK OF ABORTION CARE PROVIDERS / SPREAD THE WORD
Planned Parenthood - All gifts made by June 30 will be matched $1‑for‑$1 up to a total of $250,000 https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/onlineactions/2U7UN1iNhESWUfDs4gDPNg2
Whole Women’s Health https://www.wholewomanshealth.com/take-action/
National Network of Abortion Funds https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout
National Women’s Health Network https://nwhn.org/syaabortionaccess/
Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org/get-involved
Bans Off Our Bodies Campaign https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/rightfully-ours/bans-off-our-bodies
Repro Legal Helpline https://www.reprolegalhelpline.org/
Plan C - An information resource for self-managed, at-home abortion with pills https://www.plancpills.org/
Missouri Abortion Fund https://missouriabortionfund.kindful.com/?emci=ff69d8b0-a0f8-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&emdi=9abc9d26-89f9-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&ceid=7247154
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Gov. Parson proposes special session to cut taxes after vetoing rebate plan
Parson has not yet set a date for a special session in which he wants to promote a tax cut. Currently, according to The Missouri Budget Project, “Missouri’s tax structure is regressive – meaning the lower your earnings, the more you pay in state and local taxes as a share of what you make. According to the most recent analysis, Missouri families in the bottom quintile of income pay 9.9% of their income in state and local taxes, compared to just 6.2% for the wealthiest 1% of families.” Any proposed tax cut must be scrutinized for its effect on all Missouri earners. Due to Missouri law, the legislature cannot raise taxes without putting it on the ballot for a vote. Right now the state has high balances, but future revenue and needs are unknown. Slashing taxes might feel good but could be short sighted and ultimately detrimental.
“Missouri would have a flat income tax that exempts many lower income earners under a proposal floated Friday by Gov. Mike Parson after he vetoed a tax rebate plan overwhelmingly approved by lawmakers. Parson vetoed four bills in all, including a bill extending a variety of tax incentives important to farmers and rural businesses, such as credits for meat processors, biodiesel producers and to establish “urban farms.” Some of the credits expired at the end of 2021, but Parson objected to only extending them through the end of 2024. Parson wants both bills addressed in a special session, with the tax cut in place by Jan. 1. The timing of a special session needs to be worked out with legislative leaders, Parson said. The bill Parson vetoed would have authorized tax rebates of up to $500 for individuals and $1,000 for married couples. The rebates would go to individual filers with an income of $150,000 or less and couples with incomes below $300,000.” Missouri Independent July 1 https://missouriindependent.com/2022/07/01/missouri-governor-proposes-special-session-to-cut-taxes-after-vetoing-rebate-plan/
JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE HEARINGS
NEXT JAN. 6 HEARING TUESDAY JULY 12 AT Noon CST
The seventh Jan. 6 committee hearing will take place Tuesday July 12 at 12:00 CST Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told Face the Nation that the next hearing's topic will be "the efforts to assemble" the Jan. 6 mob. The committee will examine who participated in the riot – including far-right white nationalist groups – who financed it and how it was organized, Schiff said.
Jan. 6 Panel Questions Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Pardons and DT’s Election Claims
On Friday, DT’s former White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, appeared before the Jan. 6 committee. “Tim Mulvey, a spokesman for the panel, said the committee “received critical testimony on nearly every major topic in its investigation, reinforcing key points regarding Donald Trump’s misconduct and providing highly relevant new information that will play a central role in its upcoming hearings. This includes information demonstrating Donald Trump’s supreme dereliction of duty,” Mr. Mulvey said. “The testimony also corroborated key elements of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony.”
NYTimes July 9 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/09/us/politics/pat-cipollone-jan-6-trump.html
NEXT SCHEDULED ELECTION
Election Day: August 2, 2022
LAST DAY TO REGISTER WAS JULY 6
IN PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING UNDERWAY AS OF JUNE 21, 2022
Military & Overseas Portal opened: June 14, 2022
Applications mailed to permanently disabled: May 24, 2022
CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/
Election Day: November 8, 2022
Last Day to register to vote: Wednesday, October 12
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CRISIS IN UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN - Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need. Donate to WCK here: https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout
UNICEF - UNICEF is currently on the ground in Ukraine, helping children with water, health and education services. Donate here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481
RED CROSS - The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross supporting food-producing initiatives, repairing infrastructure, and helping hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. Donate here: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - American-based nonprofits as well as international organizations are collecting donations for supplies such as first aid backpacks, clothes, diapers, food, cots and other necessities. Donate here: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
SUNFLOWER OF PEACE - Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion. Donate here: https://www.sunflowerofpeace.com/
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE
COVID visitor restrictions curbed under new Missouri laws ensuring access to patients
Under the new law, health care facilities — which include hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities — must permit at least two visitors to be able to see a patient in-person during visiting hours, which must span at least six hours a day. Visitation policies at a minimum must allow 24-hour attendance by a visitor when “reasonably appropriate” and for them to leave and return during visiting hours.
Full story: Missouri Independent June 30 https://missouriindependent.com/2022/06/30/covid-visitor-restrictions-curbed-under-new-missouri-laws-ensuring-access-to-patients/
COVID-19 vaccines approved for children younger than 5 years old
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccines-children-teens.html Updated June 24
Where can the youngest U.S. children get vaccinated for COVID-19 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/24/us/covid-vaccine-children-access.html NYTimes June 24
Missourians Vaccinated vs U.S. as of July 10 - The New York Times
67% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (78% have received at least one dose in the U.S.)
57% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (67% are fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Latest COVID Trends in Missouri as of July 10 - The New York Times
An average of 1,867 cases per day were reported in Missouri in the last week. Cases have increased by 11 percent from the average two weeks ago.
Deaths have decreased by 30 percent.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 4 residents have been infected, a total of 1,539,110 reported cases. At least 1 in 293 residents have died from the coronavirus, a total of 20,980 deaths.
January 2022 was the month with the highest average cases, while November 2021 was the month with the highest average deaths in Missouri.
MORE COVID-19 VACCINE, TESTING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing
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