Federal Legislation

Find Your U.S. Representative and Senator, and Track Legislation

Please act now! To find your Representative or Senator, get contact information and track the progress of legislation go to https://www.govtrack.us/. Insist that your member of the U.S. House of Representatives supports, or preferably co-sponsors, these bills in 2019.

Current priority bills:

Pass H.R. 1 to Strengthen our Democracy

  • Tell your Democratic representatives to stand strong against Republican trickery on H.R. 1. Tell them to oppose the motion to recommit (MTR) on H.R. 1 and reject amendments to water it down! Republicans have already shown their motions to recommit are bad faith political tricks to torpedo our priorities. Read up on MTRs and tell your Dem to oppose it.

Revoke the Emergency Declaration

Co-sponsor the Green New Deal

Co-sponsor the FAMILY Act

Co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act

Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

Fight Family Separations

Repeal the “AUMF” (aka Trump’s blank check for war)

War in Yemen (March 5, 2019): Demand your senators co-sponsor S. J. Res. 7 to end unauthorized US support for the war in Yemen. The Senate is likely to vote on this resolution next week, and the vote is expected to be very close. Use our call script here.

Net Neutrality (March 5, 2019): Click here to call your lawmakers and demand they support new legislation that fully restores net neutrality before Big Telecom’s lobbyists swarm Capitol Hill. https://goo.gl/9J2Z27

  • Tell your Democratic representatives to stand strong against Republican trickery on H.R. 1. Tell them to oppose the motion to recommit (MTR) on H.R. 1 and reject amendments to water it down! Republicans have already shown their motions to recommit are bad faith political tricks to torpedo our priorities. Read up on MTRs and tell your Dem to oppose it.

Illinois Legislation

Find Your Illinois General Assembly Representative and Senator, and Track Legislation

To find your U.S. House or Senate member, your Illinois General Assembly Representative and Senator, statewide officeholders, and get contact information go to https://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/addressfinder.aspx. To track legislation and for other information on the Illinois General Assembly, go to http://ilga.gov/.

Current priority bills:

Forthcoming

Housing Action Illinois 2019 Illinois Policy Agenda (https://goo.gl/FNih3y)

Expand State Investments in Affordable Housing & Ending Homelessness

  • Secure $1 billion in capital budget funds to build 10,000 affordable rental homes for working families, seniors, veterans and people who need supportive housing; create 16,000 jobs in the first year alone; and generate $755 million in taxes and other revenue for local governments and $3.9 billion in local income over the course of 15 years. See fact sheet.
  • Secure $15 million in the FY 2020 budget, a $5 million increase, to implement new lead poisoning protections for children. We advocated for recently approved, significantly stronger state lead poisoning prevention rules. About 6,000 additional children will be eligible for nurse case management and environmental follow-up. See fact sheet.
  • Restore funding for the Homelessness Prevention Program to $11 million from the current $4.9 million. By providing modest rental and utility assistance, this program has helped prevent more than 115,000 Illinois households from homelessness since 1999. Its funding has been slashed significantly since 2008, the last time it was at $11 million.
  • Put a Fair Tax referendum on the 2020 November election ballot. Because of our state constitution requires a flat income tax, Illinois has been unable to adequately support areas that strengthen communities, including education, healthcare and housing. Illinoisans should be able to vote whether to amend our constitution to allow for a fair, progressive income tax. We will continue to work with the Responsible Budget Coalition towards this end.