National Studies & Action
LWV National Issues
Continuing Issues the National LWV is Engaged In
- Representative Government
Promote an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive
- International Relations
Promote peace in an interdependent world by working cooperatively with other nations and strengthening international organizations.
- Natural Resources
Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.
- Social Policy
Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice and the health and safety of all Americans.
Pressing Issues of Concern to the National LWV
- DC Voting Rights
- Election Administration
- Global Climate Change
- Health Care Reform
Issues the National LWV is Watching for Additional Appropriate Actions When Opportunities Present Themseves
- Campaign Finance Reform
The cost of political advertising has skyrocketed in the past two decades and has played a major role in driving up the cost of running for office. The League strongly supports legislation to fix the public financing system for presidential candidates and to establish congressional public financing. Escalating campaign costs drive out potential candidates and require those running for office to spend too much time raising money – too often from special interests.
The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. The treaty commits ratifying nations to take concrete action to improve the status of women and to reverse discrimination and end violence against women in their own countries and around the world. The United States has never ratified CEDAW, making it one of the few countries to fail to do so. The League believes that the United States should ratify CEDAW.
- Civil Liberties
There are fundamental principles that guard our liberty -- from independent judicial review of law enforcement actions to prohibitions on indiscriminate searches -- that must be preserved. Basic civil liberties must be protected as the nation seeks to guard against terrorism and other threats to national security.
- Ethics and Lobbying Reform
The last Congress passed new ethics and lobbying laws. Now is the time to ensure that the ethics process works to fight corruption and to limit the undue influence of special interest lobbyists.
- Redistricting Reform
Redistricting reform is an issue that goes to the heart of our democratic system of government. Representative democracy depends on the voters freely choosing their elected officials. When, instead, officials choose their voters, our system cannot work for long.
- Federal Role in Public Education
The study will focus on the role of the federal government in education policymaking, with possible consideration of funding, common standards and/or governance relationships among all levels of the government.
A study on privatization: the policy agenda to transfer government functions, services and assets to the private sector.