On September 9, 2019, CfA joined 70 other organizations in calling on the House Judiciary Committee to take up and pass the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act” or “FAIR Act,” H.R.1423. On September 18, 2019, CfA joined 72 other organizations in a letter to House leadership urging the House of Representatives to pass the FAIR Act.
On September 9, 2019, CfA joined several organizations in encouraging the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to increase the share of funding for the legislative branch as it decides upon 302(b) allocations for FY 2020.
On July 11, 2019, CfA endorsed an amendment to the NDAA, sponsored by Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), limiting Defense funds from being used at Trump-owned properties. The amendment would prevent the President from profiting off of American taxpayers by forcing government employees to stay at his properties and subsidize his businesses. The amendment enables funds to be used at Trump-owned properties if the President agrees to reimburse the Treasury Department for costs associated with his stay. The amendment was cosponsored by Reps. Jayapal, Cohen and Beyer.
On June 26, 2019, CfA sent letters to executives at Apple and Google calling on the companies to remove from their platforms apps belonging to the anti-abortion behemoth Susan B. Anthony List and anti-choice/anti-LGBT group, the Family Research Council, for violating company policies.
Letter Urging D.C. Council to Strike the “Freedom of Information Clarification Amendment Act of 2019” from the Budget Support Act
On May 13, 2019, CfA joined several organizations in urging the D.C. Council to remove the “Freedom of Information Clarification Amendment Act of 2019” from the Budget Support Act.
On May 9, 2019, CfA joined several organizations in urging Congress to provide funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), as part of the fiscal year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.
On April 22, 2019, CfA joined 11 other organizations in urging the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to favorably report the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives on March 12, will make advisory committees more transparent, strengthen the independence of advisory committees, improve oversight of the advisory committee process, and close implementation loopholes.
CfA Joins 71 Organizations in Urging House Members to Vote for H.R. 1, Historic Democracy Reform Legislation
On February 28, 2019, 71 organizations strongly urged all House Members to support the historic package of democracy reforms contained in H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and now with 234 Members cosponsoring. The organizations also strongly urged Members to vote against “any weakening amendments” and “any motion to recommit to weaken or remove any provision in the Act.”
Coalition Letters to Amazon, Google, and Facebook Urging Companies to Not Release Face Surveillance Products
On January 15, 2019, a coalition of more than 85 racial justice, faith, and civil, human, and immigrants’ rights groups wrote to Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, demanding the companies commit not to sell face surveillance technology to the government.
On October 15, 2018, CfA joined a coalition of 85 organizations opposing protest fees on the National Mall.