Daily Call To Action: January 19th, 2018

The Call –  #SaveChip #ProtectDreamers

There is a bipartisan budget deal on the table that will fund CHIP and protect Dreamers, but the GOP Senate leadership isn’t backing it because they fear Trump will object.

Despite repeated statements that he backs DACA relief, and significant Democratic concessions on funding border security and limiting immigration, Trump is now unwilling to take the heat of bucking extreme immigration hardliners and his alt-right base.

It is long past time to fully fund CHIP and protect Dreamers with the proposed bipartisan compromise; the GOP deserves the blame for a shutdown if they cater to anti-immigrant extremists rather than governing responsibly.

Your Action

Call your senators tell them not to vote for any budget deal that doesn’t protect the Dreamers and save CHIP.

Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
  • I urge [Sen____] not to vote for any budget deal that doesn’t protect Dreamers and fund CHIP.
  • Children’s lives should not be a bargaining chip and there is already a bipartisan proposal on DACA. If the Senate will not vote because of the demands of extreme immigration hardliners, no budget should be approved.

Daily Call To Action: January 18th, 2018

The Call –  #ProtectDreamers

Following a bipartisan meeting with Trump in which he said he would support a bipartisan DACA deal, Senators reached an agreement to protect Dreamers while providing for additional border security and some limitations on  immigration.

Trump’s obscene and racist rejection of the bipartisan agreement, has endangered the fate of the deal and may result in a government shutdown as early as Friday.

Despite Trump’s objections, many Democrats and Republicans believe the deal would be passed by Congress if brought for a vote.

GOP leadership said in December that Congress would hold a vote on DACA if negotiators reached a deal, and they must be held to that agreement or be held responsible for any government shutdown.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans. All Members of Congress must demand  a vote on the bipartisan deal to protect the Dreamers now.
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Daily Call To Action: January 17th, 2018

The Call – #CHIP

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was enacted in 1997 with bipartisan support and funds health care for children from working families has expired, and many states will run out of funds by the end of January.

CHIP covers nearly 9 million children, providing coverage for routine pediatric and dental care, as well as coverage for seriously ill children. The program has brought the uninsured child rate down from 15% to 5%.

There is bipartisan agreement that CHIP should be renewed, but Congress failed to renew it in 2017 because of small disputes over details and limited time, instead passing a limited short term extension.

CHIP has provided major benefits for children’s health and the failure of Congress to renew it would be a tremendous blow. Congress must make time to quickly reauthorize funding for CHIP to protect the health of America’s most vulnerable children.
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Daily Call To Action: January 16th, 2018

The Call –  #ProtectDreamers

Following a bipartisan meeting with Trump in which he said he would support a bipartisan DACA deal,  Senators reached an agreement to protect Dreamers while providing for additional border security and some limitations on  immigration.

Immigration hardliners representing Trump’s base, with Stephen Miller as their advocate, pressed Trump to reject the deal and demanded impossibly severe conditions, including full funding for a border wall.

Trump’s obscene and racist rejection of the bipartisan deal, which has the support of almost all Democrats and many Republicans, has endangered the fate of the deal and may result in a government shutdown as early as Friday.

Despite Trump’s objections, many Democrats and Republicans believe the deal  would be passed by Congress if brought for a vote.

GOP leadership said in December that Congress would hold a vote on DACA if negotiators reached a deal, and they must be held to that agreement or be held responsible for any government shutdown.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans.  All Members of Congress must demand  a vote on the bipartisan deal to protect the Dreamers now.
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Daily Call To Action: January 12th, 2018

The Call –  #ProtectDreamers #NoDreamNoDeal

Trump showed his true self in responding to senators presenting a bipartisan immigration/DACA bill on Thursday by asking why the US would want people from “shithole countries” like “Africa” and Haiti, while suggesting more immigrants from Norway.

Trump wants to appease Congressional hardliners and his base, who insist Dreamers will not be protected unless Democrats  agree to fund the wall and accept punitive immigration measures.

However there is substantial support among Republicans to protect Dreamers, and bipartisan proposals in the House and Senate that have some promise depending on how details are filled in.

Trump has contradicted himself repeatedly on his DACA position, both on Twitter and in meetings, but ultimately keeps backing away from reasonable solutions and siding with his racist anti-immigrant base.

Because Trump won’t stand up to immigration hardliners, it will likely be necessary for Democrats to be willing to shut down the government by refusing to authorize further spending after the January 19th deadline in order to get a vote on a deal to protect Dreamers without a wall or punitive new measures.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans. Congress must protect the Dreamers now.
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Daily Call To Action: January 11th, 2018

The Call – #ProtectMueller #TrumpRussia

President Trump continues to smear the Department of Justice and the FBI, and calls Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation a witch hunt.

The right wing press and many Republicans have mounted a furious campaign to impugn Special Counsel Mueller, Deputy AG Rosenstein and former FBI head Comey, and to try to discredit the investigation.

It seems inevitable that Trump will move against Mueller and his investigation in some way. We must make sure Congress feels intense pressure to protect the investigation and that each member understands he or she will be held accountable for their action or inaction in protecting President Trump from the investigation.
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Daily Call To Action: January 10th, 2018

The Call – #SaveNetNeutrality

Despite overwhelming public sentiment against it, the FCC adopted a rule rolling back net neutrality in December.

Rolling back net neutrality would allow internet service providers to charge more to access popular sites and degrade streaming services until someone pays them more money, while gutting consumer protections for internet users.

Congress can block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and Democrats have gotten sufficient support for the CRA to force the Senate to consider and vote on blocking the FCC rule and restoring an open internet.

At least one Republican, Senator Susan Collins, has said she will vote to block the FCC rule. While only a simple majority is needed, it is important to have as many votes as possible in case of a Trump veto.
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Daily Call To Action: January 9th, 2018

The Call –  #DreamActNow #NoDreamNoDeal

Trump’s original deal with Democrats to support DACA relief (without a wall) was greeted with enormous blow-back by his base. Trump is now siding with the hardliners and insisting Dreamers will not be protected unless Democrats agree to fund the wall and accept punitive immigration measure.

However there is substantial support among Republicans to protect the Dreamers, and on Monday, two Representatives unveiled a bipartisan proposal that has some promise depending on how details are filled in.

Because Trump supports immigration hardliners, it will likely be necessary for Democrats to be willing to shut down the government by refusing to authorize further spending after the January 19th deadline in order to get a vote on a deal to protect the Dreamers without a wall or punitive new measures.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans. Congress must protect the Dreamers now.
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Daily Call To Action: January 8th, 2018

The Call – #ReleaseTheTranscripts #TrumpRussia

The founders of Fusion GPS, which commissioned the Steele Dossier,  testified last year for 21 hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

Fusion GPS demanded the release of the full transcripts in a New York Times op-ed Tuesday night because “Republicans have refused to release full transcripts..even as they…leak details to media outlets on the far right [and] conservative news outlets…have spun …mendacious conspiracy theories…”

Releasing the transcripts is more important than ever now that Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham, have asked for a criminal investigation of Steele Dossier author Christopher Steele.

In another disturbing development, House Majority Leader, Paul Ryan (R-WI) sided with (supposedly recused) House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) in forcing the DOJ and FBI to turn over sensitive information related to the Steele dossier, despite objections from Deputy AG Rosenstein and FBI Head, Christopher Wray.

The committees must release the full transcripts so that the American people can learn the truth about what happened to our democracy rather than endure a smear campaign by Republicans.
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Daily Call To Action: January 5th, 2018

The Call –  #DreamActNow #NoDreamNoDeal

Trump’s original deal with Democrats to support DACA relief (without a wall) was greeted with enormous blow-back by his base. Trump is now siding with the hardliners and insisting Dreamers will not be protected unless Democrats agree to fund the wall and accept punitive immigration measure.

However, there is substantial support by Republicans in Congress to protect the Dreamers and a bipartisan Senate group is making progress towards a deal without funding for a wall or unacceptable immigration measures.

Because Trump supports immigration hardliners, it will likely be necessary for Democrats to be willing to shut down the government by refusing to authorize further spending after the January 19th deadline in order to get a vote on a deal to protect the Dreamers without a wall or punitive new measures.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans. Congress must pass the protect the Dreamers now.
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Daily Call To Action, January 4th, 2018

The Call – #CHIP

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was enacted in 1997 with bipartisan support and funds health care for children from working families that don’t qualify for Medicaid was allowed to expire in 2017.

CHIP covers nearly 9 million children, providing coverage for routine pediatric and dental care, as well as coverage for seriously ill children. The program has brought the uninsured child rate down from 15% to 5%.

There is bipartisan agreement that CHIP should be renewed, but Congress failed to renew it in 2017 because of small dispute over details and limited time, instead passing a limited short term funding.

Millions of children will lose their health insurance starting early this year if CHIP is not reauthorized.

CHIP has provided major benefits for children’s health and the failure of Congress to renew it would be a tremendous blow. Congress must make time to quickly reauthorize funding for CHIP to protect the health of America’s most vulnerable children.
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Daily Call To Action: January 3rd, 2018

The Call – #ReleaseTheTranscripts #TrumpRussia

The founders of Fusion GPS, which commissioned the Steele Dossier,  testified last year for 21 hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

Fusion GPS demanded the release of the full transcripts in a New York Times op-ed Tuesday night because “Republicans have refused to release full transcripts..even as they…leak details to media outlets on the far right [and] conservative news outlets…have spun …mendacious conspiracy theories…”

The committees must release the full transcripts so that the American people can learn the truth about what happened to our democracy.
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Daily Call To Action: January 2nd, 2018

The Call –  #DreamActNow #NoDreamNoDeal

Trump’s original deal with Democrats to support DACA relief (without a wall) was greeted with enormous blow-back by his base. Trump quickly backtracked and Stephen Miller, a White House adviser with white nationalist sympathies, worked with hard-line GOP Senators to craft conditions for Dreamer legal status, including the wall, massive immigration cuts and highly punitive immigration enforcement measures.

Democrats missed an opportunity in 2017 to demand that the status of the Dreamers be fairly resolved as a condition to authorizing government spending past year end; they must not miss the new January 19 deadline.

Besides being heartless, failing to protect the Dreamers would be bad for the economy. Even the Koch-backed Cato Institute has concluded that there is a powerful economic case in favor of a clean Dream Act.

While most of Trump’s base and some Republicans in Congress will oppose any relief, there is strong sentiment among others to protect the Dreamers. However, Trump has recently been siding with his hard-line base on the issue of DACA.

Bipartisan talks on DACA are scheduled at the White House on Wednesday afternoon and we must make sure our members of Congress know that they must protect the Dreamers without holding them hostage to a useless border wall and punitive anti-immigration measures.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans.  Congress must pass the Dream Act now.
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Daily Call To Action: December 22nd, 2017

The Call – #NetNeutrality #SaveNetNeutrality

Despite overwhelming public sentiment against it, the FCC adopted a rule rolling back net neutrality last week.

Rolling back net neutrality would allow internet service providers to charge more to access popular sites and degrade streaming services until someone pays them more money, while gutting consumer protections for internet users.

The FCC process was deeply flawed, with millions of stolen identities used to submit bogus comments to the FCC supporting the end of net neutrality.

Starting with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the attorney generals of 17 states (CA, DE, HI, IA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NY, OR, PA, VA, VT, WA)  have announced they will sue to rescind the rule.

Every state Attorney General should be willing to join the suit to prevent the net neutrality rollback from going into effect.
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Daily Call To Action: December 21st, 2017

The Call – #ProtectMueller #ProtectRosenstein #TrumpRussia #Patriots

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), the Ranking  Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, gave a chilling speech from the Senate floor Wednesday to warn that the growing right-wing attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation are a coordinated effort to the lay the groundwork to remove Mueller or cripple his investigation by removing senior DOJ officials.

Fox News and the right wing press have mounted a furious campaign to impugn Mueller, Deputy AG Rosenstein and former FBI head Comey, and to try to discredit the investigation.

Rosenstein, a life-long Republican appointed by Trump, defended Mueller’s investigation against withering attacks by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee last week.

Trump is reportedly ranting about Rosenstein, whom he now calls a Democrat, saying Rosenstein is a threat to his presidency.

Firing Rosenstein and replacing him with a Trump loyalist would seriously endanger the Mueller investigation.

Bipartisan bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to protect the Mueller investigation.

It seems inevitable that Trump will move against Mueller and his investigation and we need to make sure Congress feels intense pressure to protect the investigation by speaking out in support of Mueller and Rosenstein and passing the bipartisan legislation.

We also need to be ready to take action quickly if Mueller is fired or his investigation is imperiled. Many Resistance groups have coordinated plans for a rapid response when this occurs.  Please find the action planned nearest to you and sign up to receive alerts.
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Daily Call To Action: December 20th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPTaxScam

Republicans in the House and Senate passed a historically unpopular tax bill on Tuesday (although the House made technical errors and will re-vote again Wednesday morning to pass it).

Corporations and the very wealthy reap the benefits of the bill, which will make wealth inequality much worse.

The tax bill is also is a key part of the stealth repeal of the ACA, which Republicans were unable to achieve directly.

Republicans have passed an atrocious bill and it is important that we let them know they have made a terrible mistake, which we will remember and act upon when they run for any election.

It is also an important best practice to thank your Democratic members of Congress, all of whom voted against the tax bill, and the 12 House Republicans who defected.
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Daily Call To Action: December 19th, 2017

The Call –  #DreamActNow #DACA

Trump’s original deal with Democrats to support DACA relief was greeted with enormous blow-back by his base. Trump quickly backtracked and Stephen Miller, a White House adviser with white nationalist sympathies, worked with hard-line GOP Senators to craft conditions for Dreamer legal status, including massive immigration cuts and highly punitive immigration enforcement measures.

While some Republicans in Congress will oppose any relief, there is strong sentiment among others to protect the Dreamers.

Trump now needs Democratic votes to prevent a shutdown of the government. The continuing resolutions needed to keep the government running this year are a make or break opportunity to protect the Dreamers.

To ensure the Dreamers are protected, Democrats are deciding whether they will demand the status of the Dreamers be fairly resolved this year as a condition to authorizing government spending past year-end.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans.  Congress must pass the Dream Act now.
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Daily Call To Action: December 18th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectMueller #TrumpRussia

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation nears Trump and his inner circle, the president, his allies and right wing media have launched a coordinated attack seeking to derail the investigation.

The Trump team’s discovery this week that Mueller has long had the transition team’s emails was met with a flurry of spurious legal claims.

Fox News and the right wing press have mounted a furious campaign to impugn Mueller, Deputy AG Rosenstein and former FBI head Comey, and to try to discredit the investigation.

Many Republicans in Congress and their allies have joined in the attacks on the integrity of the FBI and Mueller’s investigation.

Rosenstein, a Republican appointed by Trump, defended Mueller’s investigation against withering attacks by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.

Few believe Trump’s claim on Sunday that he doesn’t plan to fire Mueller, and the Washington Post article on that claim also reports Trump is ranting about Rosenstein, whom he now calls a Democrat.

Firing Rosenstein and replacing him with a Trump loyalist could also seriously hobble the Mueller investigation.

Bipartisan bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to protect the Mueller investigation.

It seems inevitable that Trump will move against Mueller and his investigation and we need to make sure Congress feels intense pressure to protect the investigation.

We also need to be ready to take action quickly if Mueller is fired or his investigation is imperiled. Many Resistance groups have coordinated plans for a rapid response when this occurs.  Please find the action planned nearest to you and sign up to receive alerts.
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Daily Call To Action: December 15th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam #DelayforDoug

Republicans have agreed on a “reconciled” tax bill retaining many of the highly unpopular provisions of the versions passed earlier by the House and Senate. The full text of the tax bill, which would take effect on January 1st, still isn’t public having been drafted by Republicans in secret, but will include many unpleasant surprises such as eliminating incentives to develop orphan drugs for rare diseases.

The final bill contains massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy while raising taxes for many middle class taxpayers. It also seriously undermines the ACA by eliminating the individual mandate.

While Republicans don’t want to wait for a CBO score on the bill, it is expected to generate huge deficits that will result in dramatic spending cuts, which House Majority Leader Paul Ryan is already “promising” to offset with cuts to crucial programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

No public hearings were held on the bill until after the deal was made, and then, only one procedurally required committee meeting, which was held Tuesday. The hearing was total sham, with the Democrats not even allowed to see the bill or have any questions answered.

There is no legitimate reason to rush the tax bill through and Senate Democrats are calling on Republicans not to hold a final vote until Doug Jones is sworn into the Senate, as Republicans demanded on the ACA when Republican Scott Brown replaced Ted Kennedy in a special election.

GOP leadership is determined to pass a tax bill to satisfy donors, but given the absurdity of the secret process, conflicting interests among GOP legislators and the adverse impacts on their constituents, it is still possible we can defeat this terrible bill with sustained pressure.
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Daily Call To Action: December 14th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam

Republicans have agreed on a “reconciled” tax bill retaining many of the highly unpopular provisions of the versions passed earlier by the House and Senate. The full text of the tax bill, which would take effect on January 1st, still isn’t public as it was drafted by Republicans in secret, and is likely to include many unpleasant surprises.

The final bill contains massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy while raising taxes for many middle class taxpayers. It also seriously undermines the ACA by eliminating the individual mandate.

While Republicans don’t want to wait for a CBO score on the bill, it is expected to generate huge deficits that will result in dramatic spending cuts, which House Majority Leader Paul Ryan is already “promising” to offset with cuts to crucial programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

No public hearings were held on the bill until after the deal was made, and then, only one procedurally required committee meeting, which was held Tuesday. The hearing was total sham, with the Democrats not even allowed to see the bill or have any questions answered.

There is no legitimate reason to rush the tax bill through and Senate Democrats are calling on Republicans not to hold a final vote until Doug Jones is sworn into the Senate, as Republicans demanded on the ACA when Republican Scott Brown replaced Ted Kennedy in a special election.

GOP leadership is determined to pass a tax bill to satisfy donors, but given the absurdity of the secret process, conflicting interests among GOP legislators and the adverse impacts on their constituents, it is still possible we can defeat this terrible bill with sustained pressure.
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