Introducing: Olive Branch

Mar 30, 2018 · 3 min read

We are excited to announce a collaboration with Rose-Colored Roundup.

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A weekly curation of the “good news” we tend to miss.

Despite the fact that (1) Americans’ view of Congress is at an abysmal low — with just 15% voicing approval for the legislative body elected to represent their interests, and (2) more often that not, the headlines out of Congress — inflamed rhetoric, stubborn filibusters, and with-us-or-against-us votes along party lines — are bad news, not good. There still is bipartisanship in politics and there still are bills that pass with support from both sides of the aisle. We want to remind you not to give up hope!

That’s why we’re sharing bills that have passed with Rose-Colored, a weekly curation of the “good news” we tend to miss these days in the form of an email newsletter. You can subscribe to recharge for the long road ahead with uplifting stories of empowerment and progress. Can’t wait to hear what you think. In the meantime, cheers to coming together and compromising for the greater good — may we see more of it in the days to come!

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The first “good news” bill we shared: Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act

“Despite their varied priorities, members of the 115th Congress of the United States came together to unite behind the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act. Signed into law in 2017, the bill directed the National Science Foundation to empower its entrepreneurial programs, which were designed to recruit and support women, to expand their mandate beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world of entrepreneurship.

When two women, Democrat Elizabeth Esty and Republican Barbara Comstock, teamed up to introduce the legislation in the House, only about a quarter of women with STEM degrees worked in the field, and studies showed that the U.S. GDP could rise by $30 billion if women participated equally as men in entrepreneurship. Moreover, according to the World Bank, women around the world are nearly 3x more likely than their male counterparts to reinvest their income into their communities and families, thereby significantly helping to “spur economic progress, expand markets, and improve health and education outcomes for everyone.” Sounds like a real win-win.

Congress thought so too. The bill passed both the House and the Senate after a voice vote, AKA a less-scientific voting protocol that doesn’t track how individual members of Congress voted. Voice votes are really only used when votes are expected to be a landslide, and you guessed it — this one definitely was a landslide. It was signed into law shortly thereafter.”
— Lisa Feierman for Rose-Colored #26

Want to hear about new bills in real time before they pass? Sign up for IssueVoter! Want to get weekly “good news” in your inbox? Sign up for the Rose-Colored Roundup newsletter! Both help you stay up-to-date with what you’re not hearing about in the news.

You can also sign up for IssueVoter’s monthly newsletter to keep track of Congress from your inbox!

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