Action Reports

Weekly action reports keep you updated on what AYA is up to on the Hill

Week of May 16-20

This week's events: SEC comments, PSLF help, mental health month, M4A for our generation.

  • Policy efforts:
    • SEC: The SEC has proposed rule that would require public companies to make annual climate-related financial-disclosures; AYA is working on suggestions and recommendations via public comment. More soon!
    • Student debt cancellation: Biden's signaled he'll be taking action on student debt cancellation soon, and he's currently weighing his options. We're working on a letter to the administration calling for at least $50k in relief per borrower.
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness: You asked for help with the super-confusing Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, and we're here for you. AYA will host a members-only info session on the PSLF program on Thurs, 5/26 at 2pm EST. Register to join here.
    • Recycling infrastructure: We're collabing with Rep. Schrier's (WA-08) office to uplift and advance a bill (TBC) to improve federal recycling infrastructure.
  • Advocacy:
    • Virtual Hill Advocacy week: In June, AYA members will share their personal stories and experiences in a meeting marathon with their local and state Congressional offices. Sign up to participate here.
  • Partnership:
    • Our partners, Healthcare-NOW, hosted AYA last week for a podcast on why young people need access to healthcare, too. Watch the episode here.

Week of May 2-6

This week's events: Roe v. Wade rapid response, meetings with Rep. Schrier and House Natural Resources Cmte, Virtual Hill Week prep.

  • Policy efforts:
    • SCOTUS leak: This week, Politico published a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion (confirmed to be authentic) that would overturn the constitutionally protected right to abortion ensured by Roe v. Wade. AYA feels that abortion is healthcare, and our right to abortion must not only be protected, but expanded. We joined our partners at Planned Parenthood for a partner call to discuss short-term and long-term response strategies for protecting our reproductive rights.
  • Advocacy:
    • Hill meetings: We joined the BBFF coalition for a meeting with Peter Gallagher of the House Natural Resources Committee to discuss the Administration's fossil fuel development policy, following the recent decision to resume oil and gas leasing on public lands. We also met with Rep. Schrier's (WA-08) office to discuss legislation in the works that would improve public recycling.
    • Grassroots: AYA and our youth allies rallied at the doorsteps of the Supreme Court in a rapid response to the leaked draft opinion on Roe v Wade. Our generation came together to fight back against the plans and call for not just a protection, but an expansion, of abortion rights.
  • Membership:
    • We're prepping for AYA's first annual Virtual Hill Advocacy week, from June 6-10, 2022. This past week, we worked with participating AYA members to discuss issues of importance and plan for the meetings.

      If you'd like to join us for the week, sign up here.

Week of April 25-29

This week's events: Rep. Williams EJ letter, student debt relief progress, clean energy.

  • Policy:
    • Appropriations: Rep. Nikema Williams has agreed to lead AYA's appropriations letter (!) calling for an increase in funding (additional $40 million) for environmental and climate justice initiatives in FY23. 13 additional members of Congress signed on to the letter, which will be submitted to the Approps Committee.
    • Student debt: Biden has indicated that he'll cancel a significant portion of student debt for borrowers, saying a decision will be made within the next few weeks. We joined our partners for a WH rally this week and met with several groups to discuss next steps.
    • Clean energy independence: Amid the current energy crisis, we're continuing to advocate our leaders to rapidly ramp up renewables production and end fossil fuels with a full transition to clean energy.
  • Hearing coverage: