Daily Call To Action: October 13th, 2017

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Daily Call To Action: October 13th, 2017

The Call – #PuertoRicoReliefNOW #HelpPuertoRico

The situation in Puerto Rico is dire, with more than 80% still without power and most infrastructure destroyed.

Puerto Rico’s health care system has been overwhelmed, with the sick in mortal peril from lack of power and medicines. Much of the island still has no running water. Residents are also facing a serious food shortage.

In the midst of such dire reports, Trump tweeted threats to abandon the Puerto Rico recovery effort on Thursday.

Pressed by Democrats, the House passed H.R.4008, a fast track emergency funding package (which includes aid to the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the measure now goes to the Senate.

The slow and inadequate action by the Trump administration, compounded by the Trump’s threats to abandon the recovery effort, are shocking. Puerto Ricans are our fellow U.S. citizens and we must respond to their terrible circumstances as we did with people in Texas and Florida.

Your Action

Call your Senators and urge them to immediately act on a Senate version of H.R.4008 to provide relief funds to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
  • We have a humanitarian disaster unfolding in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. I am extremely concerned that aid efforts to have been slow and insufficient.
  • I urge [Sen____] to immediately pass a Senate version of H.R. 4008 to provide relief funds to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Enter Your Address for Congressional Contact Info

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500


Daily Call To Action: October 12th, 2017

The Call – #PuertoRicoReliefNOW #HelpPuertoRico

The situation in Puerto Rico is dire, with more than 80% still without power and most infrastructure destroyed.

Puerto Rico’s health care system has been overwhelmed, with the sick in mortal peril from lack of power and medicines. Much of the island still has no running water. Less than 20% of schools have reopened, and many are still functioning as emergency shelters.

The Trump administration has issued a “propaganda” video on the relief effort portraying conditions as rosy, and has removed negative statistics on the slow relief effort from the FEMA website. Privately, U.S. officials admit that there is a serious food shortage which is not going away anytime soon.

An emergency funding package (which includes aid to the U.S. Virgin Islands) has been introduced in the House, with the support of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has urged a fast track process to a vote.

Trump’s 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, which requires all supplies from the mainland to be on US made and manned ships, has expired, and the administration has refused to issue the one-year waiver many in Congress have requested. Without the waiver, building and reconstruction supplies will cost twice as much in Puerto Rico as on the mainland.

The slow and inadequate action by the Trump administration, compounded by the Trump administration’s coverup of the actual conditions, is shocking. Puerto Ricans are our fellow U.S. citizens and we must respond to their terrible circumstances as we did with people in Texas and Florida.
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Daily Call To Action: October 11th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectMueller #TrumpRussia

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is moving forward with signs that the probe is gaining momentum on money laundering, obstruction of justice and collusion. It is widely believed to be a matter of time before Trump attempts to fire Mueller as the investigation closes around him and his inner circle.

Trump and his allies have tried in many ways to obstruct or discredit the investigation. Some of Trump’s advisers are now urging him to step up the attack on Mueller.

Trump’s Republican allies in the Senate have previously attacked former FBI director James Comey. Trump’s attack on the FBI’s use of the Steele dossier in its investigation has been supported by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). In the House, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (R-CA), is also plotting to attack the  Steele dossier despite his recusal and, according to Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Nunes “is trying to undermine the investigation.”

Trump ally Sean Hannity has launched repeated attacks on Mueller and called for Mueller’s investigation to be ended and replaced by a criminal investigation of Mueller.

As Mueller’s investigation appears to be getting close on money laundering, obstruction and collusion, it is urgent that Congress pass bipartisan legislation which has been introduced in the House and Senate to protect Mueller’s investigation. Trump is trying to stop the legislation, including a call to Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a sponsor of the legislation, to try to get him to kill it.

We urgently need the legislation to be accelerated to protect the investigation and prevent a Constitutional crisis.
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Daily Call To Action: October 10th, 2017

The Call: No nuclear first strike on #NorthKorea without congressional approval

The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, has testified we should assume North Korea can attack the U.S. mainland with a nuclear missile.

Trump’s response has been a war or words, continuing last weekend with a tweet that North Korea is “making fools of U.S. negotiators” and that “only one thing will work.” This followed North Korea’s interpretation of a previous Trump tweet that the North Korea leader “won’t be around much longer” as “a declaration of war” giving North Korea the right to shoot down U.S. bombers. The situation took on additional uncertainty and dread when Trump told a group of assembled members of the military and their spouses that the gathering represented “the calm before the storm.

On Sunday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Trump’s reckless threats were interfering with diplomacy and could set the nation “on the path to World War III.

Legislation has been introduced in the House and the Senate which would require Congressional approval for any nuclear first strike.

With an unpredictable and ill-informed President desperate for a diversion from the Russia investigation, Congress must assert its Constitutional duty to approve the use of military force before it occurs, and in particular insist on Congressional approval for any first strike with nuclear weapons.
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Daily Call To Action: October 6th, 2017

The Call – #DreamActNow #DefendDreamers

Trump’s termination of DACA, with a 6 month delay, has thrown the Dreamers and their families lives into turmoil. Although Trump has since waffled, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) say Trump agreed to back legislation protecting the Dreamers, that would not include a wall.

Trump’s deal with Democratic leadership was greeted with enormous blowback by Trump’s base. In response, Stephen Miller, a White House adviser with white nationalist sympathies, is crafting the Republican conditions for Dreamer legal status, and they include massive immigration cuts and highly punitive immigration enforcement measures.

Besides being heartless, either failing to protect the Dreamers or imposing punitive immigration controls would have a devastating economic impact. Some Republicans are sympathetic to protecting the Dreamers and the Koch-backed Cato Institute has “scored” the Dream Act, along with various proposed anti-immigrant measures, and concluded that there is a powerful economic case in favor of a clean Dream Act.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation is not only a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans, but is also terrible for the US economy. Congress must pass the Dream Act without any conditions.
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