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Jessica Jones Capparell

Policy & Legislative Affairs Senior Manager

Jessica Jones Capparell is the Policy & Legislative Affairs Senior Manager at the League of Women Voters of the United States. In this position Jessica works to deliver the League's message around federal advocacy priorities through lobbying and the development of advocacy strategies. Jessica manages the day to day operations of the Leagues volunteer Lobby Corps, a group of League members from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia who work to deliver the Leagues message to Capitol Hill on behalf of state and local Leagues across the country. She is an expert on League policy positions and works to implement grassroots strategies in coordination with League members and organizational partners around the country. 

Prior to joining the League, Jessica worked on political campaigns throughout the United States focusing mostly on grassroots engagement but also running statewide operations with communications, field and an online focus. Jessica has a B.A. from Culver-Stockton College.

When not working to advance the Leagues impact and priorities Jessica can be found cooking, attending baseball games or training for her next marathon. She resides in Washington DC with her husband Rich, and their dog, Lilly.

LWVUS sent the attached memo to state presidents and executive directors with recommended legislative priorities under the Making Democracy Work® Campaign.

In states across the country, the League is working to put the power to draw lines in the hands of the people, not politicians.

The Trump Administration announced their plan to gut the Obama Administration regulation that combats climate change by setting the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

Immigration was the major policy focus of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Trump Administration and most Americans last week. The U.S. House voted on legislation and President Trump signed an Executive Order around family detention at our borders.

The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee continues to explore the proposal of a question related to citizenship on the 2020 Census.

The League sent a letter to the U.S. House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee urging the committee to use its power and remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.

These are the slides for the webinar, Understanding the Dangers of a Constitutional Convention, held on May 2, 2018. 

LWVUS is providing the following guidance to Leagues regarding how to work with election officials to ensure that states are using monies granted through the 2018 Omnibus bill wisely and effectively. 

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget (BBA) this week.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. The case is a challenge to a Minnesota statute that says that a “political badge, political button, or other political insignia may not be worn at or about the polling place on primary or election day.”