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AYA on Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

7 / 28 / 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act framework released last night makes the largest investment in climate action in history, with $369 billion for climate and energy programs, but includes a significantly compromising provision that would require the Department of Interior to reinstate oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico. The bill also extends Affordable Care Act subsidies and allows Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. Provisions would be paid for by increasing taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations.

The following quote is from Lisa Giordano, Executive Director of the Association of Young Americans (AYA):

"While it is very exciting for our generation that Congress has agreed to a historic investment in climate and to increase access to and affordability of healthcare, it is disappointing that such progress only seems possible with significant compromise. Young people are fighting for a clean future and a complete transition to renewable energy — the proposed climate investments in sustainable agriculture and forestry, clean energy development, and wildfire risk reduction are very strong investments in our future; however, the framework's expansion of fossil fuel development is not."

On behalf of the over 22,000 members we represent across all 50 states, the Association of Americans (AYA) applauds our Congressional leaders for maintaining strong climate and healthcare provisions in the proposed reconciliation bill and expresses our gratitude for the prioritization of our generation's future with such investments, while also lamenting the bill's support for oil and gas leasing.

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The Association of Young Americans (AYA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization advocating at the federal level on behalf of young Americans aged 18–35. AYA represents its over 22,000 members by working to advance the policies and legislation important to our generation. Learn more at www.joinaya.org.

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AYA on House passage of abortion access legislation

7 / 18 / 2022

Washington D.C., July 18, 2022 – On behalf of the 22,000 members we represent across all 50 states, the Association of Young Americans (AYA) is pleased to learn that our leaders in the House have successfully passed two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting access to abortion care: the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 8296) and the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act (H.R.8297).

The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect the constitutional right to abortion and create a nationwide safeguard against any bans and restrictions that single out abortion care, while the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act would protect individuals who are forced to travel to receive care by recognizing the right to travel to other states as a constitutional right.

The following quote is from AYA’s Executive Director, Lisa Giordano:

“In the wake of the Dobbs decision, many Americans are already experiencing suffering due to restricted abortion access – it is heartening to see Congress stepping up to protect those who need reproductive care.

Young people, who are directly impacted by the politicization of reproductive healthcare, support the right to dignified abortion care as a necessary part of healthcare services – the Women’s Health Protection Act would ensure just that by enshrining reproductive healthcare access in to law, while the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act would protect those who are forced to travel for care.

Overturning Roe v. Wade has only created chaos and confusion as states work to set their own abortion laws and restrictions – the Senate must move to pass both pieces of legislation immediately.”

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, reproductive surgical procedures have been delayed, miscarriage treatment has been complicated and young victims of rape have had to travel across state lines to access abortion care. On behalf of our membership, AYA once again applauds the House passage of legislation that offers much-needed solutions to address the harmful impacts of abortion bans and restrictions.

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The Association of Young Americans (AYA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization advocating at the federal level on behalf of young Americans aged 18–35. AYA represents its over 22,000 members by working to advance the policies and legislation important to our generation. Learn more at www.joinaya.org.

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AYA on Sen Manchin's sidestep of climate provisions in spending bill

7 / 15 / 2022

Washington D.C., July 15, 2022 – Today, on behalf of the organization’s 22,000 members across all 50 states, the Association of Young Americans (AYA) Executive Director Lisa Giordano has said the following in response to Senator Joe Manchin’s failure to vote for climate mitigation measures in the budget reconciliation bill:

“How can our generation keep up our morale when one fossil fuel-backed Senator consistently sabotages any attempts to address the largest crisis threatening our future? The historic climate investments included in Build Back Better were the direct result of the tireless work of concerned young advocates.

This slimmed-down bill was a compromise to begin with; Senator Manchin’s refusal to support even these climate provisions in a reconciliation package shows that he does not represent our generation. The Senator should reconsider his decision, for young peoples’ sake.”

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The Association of Young Americans (AYA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization advocating at the federal level on behalf of young Americans aged 18–35. AYA represents its over 22,000 members by working to advance the policies and legislation important to our generation. Learn more at www.joinaya.org.

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AYA Live Discussion with Future Forum Caucus Chairman - Rep Darren Soto

7 / 14 / 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

July 14, 2022

ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG AMERICANS HOSTS DISCUSSION WITH FUTURE FORUM CAUCUS CHAIRMAN - REP DARREN SOTO

Washington, D.C. July 14, 2022 – The future of young people is determined by the policy decisions made today – yet when it comes to federal policymaking, young people are often left out of the decision-making processes.

The Association of Young Americans (AYA) Executive Director Lisa Giordano, who heads the nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization working to advance the policies and legislation important to young people, will be hosting an Instagram Live discussion with the Future Forum Caucus (FFC) Chairman, Congressman Darren Soto, to talk about the importance of giving young people a seat at the table.

The Future Forum Caucus was established to “bridge the divide between young Americans and their government, engage with and empower young voters, and inspire the next generation of leaders in public service.” The Caucus is composed of 35 young members of Congress who focus on issues important to younger Americans, and has established task forces to focus on a number of such issues including the economy, climate change, healthcare reform, education, social justice, and immigration. Since its inception, FFC members have traveled to more than 50 cities to meet with young Americans where they live, work, and go to school to discuss critical issues.

The Association of Young Americans (AYA) has a similar mission. As a membership-based organization, AYA focuses on elevating its young members’ voices and experiences to ensure they are heard by their elected officials. AYA members are given advocacy tools and training, opportunities to participate in lobbying meetings with elected officials and their staff, and open platforms to share policy priorities. During the past few years, AYA has increased access to lobbying opportunities for its members with “virtual Hill weeks,” during which young constituents lobby their state Reps and Senators directly in virtual meetings.

Given the clear intersection between both groups, FFC and AYA will come together during this week’s live discussion to talk about their top-down and bottom-up strategies to include young people in governance. The Instagram Live will cover the creation of the Caucus, the need to ensure issues that matter to young people are being prioritized and their advocacy efforts are being recognized, and current efforts to increase the number of official government positions specifically for young Americans.

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The Association of Young Americans (AYA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization advocating at the federal level on behalf of young Americans aged 18–35. AYA represents its over 22,000 members by working to advance the policies and legislation important to our generation. Learn more at www.joinaya.org.

The Future Forum Caucus (FFC) is a generational caucus of 35 young Members of Congress who focus on issues important to younger Americans. FFC’s work is guided by three core principles: bridging the divide between young Americans and their government, engaging with and empowering young voters, and inspiring the next generation of leaders in public service. Learn more at https://futureforumcaucus-soto.house.gov.

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AYA on SCOTUS WV v. EPA decision

6 / 30 / 2022

Washington D.C., June 30, 2022 – This morning, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of West Virginia in its WV v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) case, limiting the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Court's decision could hinder future Executive and Congressional authority to implement carbon limits, and give the Court broadened authority to roll back policy decisions spearheaded by the EPA and other agencies.

The following quote is from AYA’s Executive Director, Lisa Giordano:

“At a time when global temperatures are at an all-time high and climate-caused disasters are rampant, the Supreme Court has decided to rule in favor of fossil fuel companies and weaken the regulatory power of key decision-makers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gases are the primary driver of climate change -- today marks a significant blow to the current and future administrations' abilities to fight the climate crisis and prevent its worst outcomes for future generations.

It is deeply disappointing to see our elected officials, corporate companies, and now the Supreme Court, continue to govern and rule on behalf of the power sector, without concern for our health or our future. For young people, today's decision is betrayal."

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The Association of Young Americans (AYA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization advocating at the federal level on behalf of young Americans aged 18–35. AYA represents its over 22,000 members by working to advance the policies and legislation important to our generation. Learn more at www.joinaya.org.

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