Daily Call To Action: July 24th, 2017

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Daily Call To Action: July 24th, 2017

The Call –  #SaveACA #ProtectOurCare

On Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote on a motion to proceed with a healthcare bill that may be a straight repeal or may be a plan no one has yet seen. As Ben Wikler explains, if the Tuesday motion fails, Trumpcare is dead, but if it succeeds it will kick off 20 hours of debate and amendments to the mystery bill followed by a Senate vote and then a House vote which is almost certain to succeed.  The bill could be law by the end of the week.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) explains the absurdity of being less than 48 hours from voting on a “Frankenstein monster” bill without knowing what the bill is, the costs, whether the Cruz amendment is in or out, whether there will be a CBO score, whether the bill meets parliamentarian rules or whether there are slush funds to buy votes.

Trump and McConnell are pulling out all the stops to try to get the motion passed on Tuesday. We need as many calls as possible to stop this monster.

Democrats should be urged to use every possible tactic to defeat the ACA repeal. Republicans need to be told that any plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. It is time for them to work with Democrats for a bipartisan fix to improve the ACA.

Your Action

Call both your senators and tell Democratic senators to use every tactic available to defeat the motion. Voting on massive reform to a sixth of our economy and affecting the lives of all Americans without hearings is absurd. Any bill that gives tax cuts to the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is wrong for the country.

If you live in DC, West Virginia, Nevada or Alaska, please see Ben Wikler’s thread for additional actions.

Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
  • [IMPORTANT] Describe how the repeal of the ACA would personally impact you, your friends or family.
  • [Democrat senators] Repeal of the ACA or a replacement anything like the ones we’ve seen is a potential death sentence for sick and vulnerable Americans. Please use every tactic available to defeat the bill.
  • [Republican senators] It is absurd to vote on a repeal of the ACA or a replacement that affects a sixth of the US economy and the lives of all Americans without hearings.
  • [Republican senators] Repeal alone or with a replacement anything like the ones we’ve seen is a tax cut for the wealthy and a potential death sentence for sick and vulnerable Americans. It is wrong for America and its values.

Enter Your Address for Congressional Contact Info

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500


Daily Call To Action: July 21st, 2017

The Call – #Mueller #TrumpRussia

President Trump gave a disturbing interview on Wednesday in which he asserted Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office was rife conflicts and made thinly veiled threats to fire Mueller if Mueller started investigating his businesses. On Thursday, it was reported Mueller’s investigation has expanded to include Trump’s business transactions related to Russians.

Trump’s legal team is looking for ways to control and block Mueller’s investigation and exploring the limits of the president’s pardon powers. The president’s aides are scouring the pasts of Mueller and his team trying to come up with conflicts to get investigators recused or justify firing Mueller.

Trump’s previously undisclosed second meeting with Putin at the G20 Summit– this one with no one else from the US – is just the latest in the growing body of evidence of collusion with Russia.

Trump firing Mueller would obstruct justice and be strong evidence of guilt. Congress needs to make it clear that it would result in his impeachment.
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Daily Call To Action: July 20th, 2017

The Call – #RussiaSanctions

The Senate approved a measure in June by a 98-2 vote that would further sanction Russia for their interference in our election and constrain Trump from unilaterally lifting any Russia sanctions. The legislation is currently being considered by the House and the administration is lobbying Republicans to water it down. The House has been stalling on the bill, claiming various procedural issues, but Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, dismissed those claims saying “there is no issue, except do they want to pass a bill.”

The latest bombshell on the Donald Trump Jr. emails setting up a meeting with a Russian government lawyer to get dirt on Clinton is closely connected to sanctions and suggests a possible quid pro quo. The Trump administration has been been trying to lift sanctions on Russia since shortly after taking office. Currently, they are looking to return Russian compounds that President Obama closed as retaliation for Russian election interference.

Trump continues to minimize Russian interference in our election, and while he claims he raised the issue with Putin at the G20 meeting, he appears to accept Putin’s denial and wants to “move forward” with Russia. The revelation this week that Trump had a previously undisclosed meeting with Putin with no American officials present gives further credence to a Trump quid pro quo deal with Russia.

It is likely Trump will veto strong Russia sanctions legislation and while the Senate has the votes to override a veto, it will be critical that the House pass the legislation with the 2/3 majority necessary to override a presidential veto.
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Daily Call To Action: July 19th, 2017

The Call – #VoterRegistrationAct #VoterSuppression

It was recently confirmed that the real intent of the Presidential Commission on Voter Integrity, led by Kris Kobach and VP Mike Pence, is to make it harder for Americans to register to vote. Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas, has been dubbed the “king of voter suppression” by the ACLU.

Voter suppression issues are bad enough in the U.S. that U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein met with a U.S. delegation to discuss voter suppression and the communities that have been targeted. Longstanding voter suppression efforts, and now this fraud commission, have done significant damage to our democracy.

While organizations like the ACLU, The Campaign Legal Center, Legal Defense Fund and others tackle voter suppression from the legal angle, we can fight voter suppression and promote voting rights by working with our representatives in Congress.

A few weeks ago, the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 was introduced in both the House and the Senate. The bill stipulates that the right to vote is a fundamental right of citizens and that it is the responsibility of the State and Federal government to ensure that every eligible citizen is registered to vote. We need to let our Senators and Representatives know that we support these bills and that we want them to sign on as a co-sponsor.

The 2018 midterm elections will be a crucial turning point for #TheResistance to reject the current direction of the country. Minimizing voter suppression tactics and expanding voter rights for eligible Americans is a priority and necessary for the defense of American democracy.

If you are in Washington, D.C., there is a 10am #RespectMyVote Rally to protest the first meeting of Kobach’s Commission. The Loyal Opposition encourages you to attend and peacefully protest the Commission’s goals.
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Daily Call To Action: July 18th, 2017

The Call – #RepealIsNotAPlan #SaveACA #ProtectOurCare

On Monday evening, more Republican Senators came out against the Trumpcare bill, causing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to withdraw the bill because he didn’t have the votes. McConnell then announced that he would ask the Senate to vote on an ACA repeal bill the they passed in 2015, which was vetoed by President Obama, with no replacement.

The straight ACA repeal bill was scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in January, 2017 and the CBO found it would result in 32 million people losing insurance and skyrocketing premiums. Straight repeal is a disaster that would be a potential death sentence for millions of Americans.

Democrats have offered to work with Republicans to improve the ACA and stabilize the ACA exchanges.

Democrats should be urged to use every possible tactic to defeat the ACA repeal. Republicans need to be told that any plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. It is time for them to work with Democrats for a bipartisan fix to improve the ACA. A high volume of calls is needed to quickly squash the repeal of the ACA.
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