A longtime supporter of the rights of women, Susan is a leader in Congress on women’s issues. In each Congress, she is a cosponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment to ensure the equality of all Americans regardless of gender.
Susan is also a proud supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Women still only earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The enactment of this legislation would provide a much-needed update to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.
Susan is an original cosponsor of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, such as permission to use a stool while working a cash register or carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated, or temporary reassignment to lighter duty tasks. It will also prevent employers from forcing women out on leave. These protections would allow pregnant women to keep working and supporting their families while maintaining healthy pregnancies.
Ensuring Supreme Court Access for Servicemembers
The words on the United States Supreme Court building read “Equal Justice Under Law.” Yet some U.S. service members are denied access to the nation’s highest court. That is why Susan reintroduced legislation to fix this inequity in the military justice system.
The Equal Justice for Our Military Act would eliminate a troubling disparity in current law by allowing court-martialed service members whose cases involve extraordinary circumstances to appeal for Supreme Court review. Furthermore, the bill would allow service members to appeal to the Supreme Court in cases where their petitions for review by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces have been denied as well as allow the Supreme Court discretionary review of certain cases, provisions supported by the American Bar Association.
In the National Defense Authorization Act, Susan directed the Department of Defense to examine cases where servicemembers have less access to Supreme Court review than civilians. This study is an important early step to eliminating restrictions on our servicemembers’ ability to access our Supreme Court.
Ending LGBT Discrimination
Susan has consistently supported legislation that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Susan is also working to protect students from bullying and discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. She has a perfect lifetime record on LGBT issues according to the Human Rights Campaign.
With Americans being kicked off juries because of their sexual orientation, Susan introduced the Juror Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit a person from being removed from a jury because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The federal government already prohibits juror discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and economic status.
Student Non-Discrimination and Putting an End to Bullying
Our public schools should be free of discrimination and harassment. Susan is a cosponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act to protect students from being excluded from federally assisted education programs because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill considers harassment as a form of discrimination and prohibits retaliation against those who refuse to take part in bullying or harassment.
Susan is a cosponsor of the Safe Schools Improvement Act to require schools to put in place policies to prevent bullying and ensure a student’s ability to safely participate in school activities.
Susan joined as an original cosponsor in introducing a sweeping LGBT anti-discrimination bill. The Equality Act also includes language from Davis’s bill ensuring jury service protections for LGBT individuals.
The Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which Susan is cosponsoring, would prohibit discrimination against LGBT Americans in their effort to become adoptive or foster parents.
Susan supports appointing a special envoy in the Department of State to encourage LGBT equality around the world. The International Human Rights Defense Act would put the United States at the forefront of global LGBT human rights protections.
In response to the rising tensions between police and communities, Susan is cosponsoring a package of bills to reform our justice system.
Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act requires de-escalation training for law enforcement agencies that receive federal funds. Local authorities need the resources and training to be able to defuse a situation without violence.
Police CAMERA Act provides federal resources for state and local law enforcement agencies to develop safe and effective body-worn camera programs.
Sentencing Reform Act reduces some federal mandatory minimum drug sentences, reduces the three-strikes mandatory life sentence to 25 years, and provides judges with greater discretion. It allows for the retroactive application of these reductions. Judges would ultimately determine appropriate sentence reduction to ensure violent criminals are not released early.
Susan supported legislation to help state and local leaders reduce juvenile crime with programs that will better serve at-risk and youth offenders. Davis is an original cosponsor of the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act.