With the defection of Mike Lee (UT) and Jerry Moran (KS), the GOP health care bill is DOA. CNN reports that 41 out of 52 GOP senators are unwilling to commit their support for the bill. Now it’s official that McConnell doesn’t have the votes to proceed, it is thought that others will make their disapproval public. It’s not over yet, but the game has changed.
Take a breath and be thankful.
Democrats and Republicans may be divided over most things, but one issue unites them: animal welfare! There are a number of bipartisan bills in the pipeline to protect animals from abuse, neglect, and abandonment. One humane piece of legislation, which has 228 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, is the Pets and Women Safety Act of 2017, H.R. 909. This House bill would provide grants to domestic violence shelters to allow women to bring their pets with them. Fear for their pets’ safety is often a factor in women’s reluctance to leave an abusive situation. In addition, the Act provides for the inclusion of pets in protection orders.
Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 909, the Pets and Women Safety Act of 2017.