A Monumental Day on Multiple Fronts

This morning I skipped the office and headed straight over to the Hill to witness history as the Supreme Court handed down its ruling upholding President Obama’s Affordable Care Act legislation. (Click here for the PFAW statement.)

Now I’m headed back to the hallowed halls of the House to witness another bit of history as Chairman Honda and his colleagues launch the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus.

In preparation for a full afternoon and evening of events, the Caucus has released Bullying: Framework of Federal Efforts & Current Legislation.

Bullying in the United States has been brought into the national dialogue due largely to mass media attention including coverage of bullying behavior in our schools, communities, and online, as well as major motion pictures such as the 2012 documentary Bully (directed by Lee Hirsch). This interest has led to increased legislative attention in the United States Congress, as well as increased resources dedicated toward bullying prevention and intervention in federal Departments. The federal government mostly addresses bullying through the United States Departments of Justice, Education, and Health & Human Services, while Defense, Agriculture, and Interior also serve as part of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Steering Committee. Officials from these agencies have launched two prominent websites that serve as a central resource for bullying prevention: stopbullying.gov and findyouthinfo.gov.

The report lays out the federal landscape for the anti-bullying fight.

PFAW and AAMIA have voiced their support and will be in the room as the day unfolds.

Stay tuned!