Daily Call To Action: May 25th, 2017

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Daily Call To Action: May 25th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpBudget — #BudgetFromHell

Trump’s budget proposal provides a massive tax cut for the rich, a big increase in military funding and slashes safety net programs and federal agency spending. The budget contains a $2 trillion dollar error in that it assumes the tax cuts will pay for themselves via increased growth, but then double counts the supposed increased growth by assuming it will be much higher than estimated by the Congressional Budget Office.

It also slashes a huge number of social safety net, agency, healthcare and other federal programs. These include drastic cuts to children’s healthcare (in addition to the cuts in Trumpcare) including children’s Medicaid and CHIP. The budget also slashes social security disability payments. The SNAP food stamp program is also cut dramatically. Despite a supposed policy of helping the unemployed transition to paid jobs, job training programs are also a victim of the budget. Student loan programs also fall under the axe. Work study programs for college students are yet another victim of the cuts.

While the White House argues the budget does not cut Medicaid, analysts say that by converting Medicaid into insufficient block grants to the states, the budget will effectively cut federal Medicaid by $800 billion or more. Numerous other programs and agencies (especially the EPA) are deeply cut under the proposed budget.

Your Action

Call your MoC’s and ask that they not vote for any budget that includes significant cuts to one or more of the programs which is slated to be slashed. In choosing a program, it is most powerful if you choose one which could impact you, your family or friends. If not, choose one that is most meaningful to you.

Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
  • I am extremely concerned about the proposed budget cuts to [PROGRAM].
  • [PROGRAM] provides vitally needed assistance to [IDENTIFY THOSE AFFECTED, such as children, students, the unemployed who need retraining, the disabled, poor working families].
  • [If applicable, describe how the cuts could affect you, your family or friends].

Enter Your Address for Congressional Contact Info

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500


Daily Call To Action: May 24th, 2017

The Call – #IndependentCommission (S.27/H.R.356)

Urge your Members of Congress to support an independent commission to investigate Russian interference into the US election and any collusion of the President’s campaign with Russia. Legislation to establish an independent of commission of outside experts is currently under consideration in both the House (H.R.356) and the Senate (S.27).

While it was critical to the integrity of the FBI investigation to appoint a special counsel, the special counsel does not ensure an investigation free from political interference or produce the comprehensive report that is needed to prevent future interference by Russia or other countries. Tuesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing showcased Republican efforts to discredit the evidence, as they reacted to former CIA Director John Brennan’s explosive testimony by (ineffectively) attempting to discredit it. Representative Adam Schiff explained, in a video posted to Twitter, why we still need an independent commission. While most Democrats (and some Republicans) are calling for a special committee, so far Republicans have blocked the legislation. In addition to being subject to partisan politics, the current investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees are understaffed and moving slowly.

Americans deserve a full accounting and report of Russian interference in our election and any involvement of the Trump campaign. Without a full investigation and report, we risk future interference by Russia or other countries.
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Daily Call To Action: May 23rd, 2017

The Call: No military action without Congressional approval

With the continuing stream of damaging news about President Trump’s attempts to stop the FBI probe into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, he may try to distract from the investigation with a major military strike. Article I of the Constitution gives the power to authorize military action to Congress. However, in recent decades, Congress has often failed to fully assert its prerogative and has acquiesced to the executive taking various military actions with flimsy Congressional authority.

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Congress authorized President Bush to take military action against any entity that aided the attacks, or harbored perpetrators, in order to prevent future attacks (the 2001 AUMF). All use of US military force since then, including President Trump’s Syrian bombings, have relied on the 2001 AUMF. By any measure, the 2001 AUMF has been stretched far beyond its original intent and there is no argument that it could cover military action in Korea. The escalation of potential military action on a far more catastrophic, possibly nuclear level, is now being threatened in North Korea. In a recent interview with Reuters, Trump said “we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely.” Despite no Congressional approval, Sean Spicer has stated that Trump does not believe he needs Congressional approval for military action against North Korea.

In the last week, the US has escalated its involvement in Syria by bombing Assad’s troops and the North Korean situation has escalated with additional missile launches. With an unpredictable and ill-informed President desperate for a diversion from the Russia investigation, it is imperative that Congress perform its Constitutional duty and reassert its obligation to approve or disapprove of military force before it occurs.
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Daily Call To Action: May 22nd, 2017

The Call – #IndependentCommission (S.27/H.R.356)

Urge your Members of Congress to support an independent commission to investigate Russian interference into the US election and any collusion of the President’s campaign with Russia. Legislation to establish an independent of commission of outside experts is currently under consideration in both the House (H.R.356) and the Senate (S.27).

While it was critical to the integrity of the FBI investigation to appoint a special counsel, the special counsel does not ensure an investigation free from political interference or produce the comprehensive report that is needed to prevent future interference by Russia or other countries. Representative Adam Schiff explained, in a video posted to Twitter, why we still need an independent commission. While most Democrats (and some Republicans) are calling for a special committee, so far Republicans have blocked the legislation. In addition to being subject to partisan politics, the current investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees are understaffed and moving slowly.

Americans deserve a full accounting and report of Russian interference in our election and any involvement of the Trump campaign. Without a full investigation and report, we risk future interference by Russia or other countries.
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Daily Call To Action: May 19th, 2017

The Call – #Conflicts & #Corruption (S.65/H.R.371)

Urge your senators to support The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017. The legislation is currently under consideration in both the House (H.R.371) and the Senate (S.65) and would require the President to divulge his tax returns and divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. Unlike all previous presidents, President Trump has defied norms by refusing to divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. Instead, he created a revocable trust in favor of his sons to run his business, an arrangement deemed inadequate by ethics experts, which has since been further weakened by a provision to permit to Trump to take out funds at will and an agreement to provide regular financial reports to Trump. A lawsuit working its way through the courts alleges Trump Organization business with foreign governments at hotels and other properties violates the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The Atlantic keeps a running list of conflicts, most recently featuring Trump’s partnership in a Toronto tower project where his partner received substantial funding from a government-owned Russian bank. Trump continues to spend nearly a third of his time at Trump properties, at great expense to taxpayers and profit to his businesses. Another recently reported conflict was the Kushner family pitching Chinese investors permanent residency in exchange for investments in real estate projects.  America deserves transparency from the President rather than a kleptocracy.
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