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.

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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Daily Call To Action: July 17th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectOurCare #KilltheBill

The revised Trumpcare bill unveiled last week was as bad as anticipated and worse than the previous Senate bill.

The vote is likely to be so close that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to postpone the vote because Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will be absent recovering from surgery. However, McConnell continues to try to cut deals with moderates to get them on board, and the outcome is still in the balance. The Republican sales pitch for the bill appears to be to lie about it.

Hospitals, doctors, nurses, AARP, patient advocate groups and virtually all disease advocacy groups strongly oppose Trumpcare. Now is the time to put on maximum pressure to kill this awful bill.

Democrats should be urged to use every possible tactic to defeat the BCRA. Republicans need to be told that any plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.
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Daily Call To Action: July 14th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectOurCare #KilltheBill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the revised Trumpcare bill on Thursday and it was as bad as anticipated. McConnell’s new bill replaces some tax cuts with others, provides a little more premium support and adds some opioid funding. However, it keeps big Medicaid cuts and high premiums for older people and is much worse for people with pre-existing conditions.

The bill includes the “Cruz Amendment,” which would have a devastating impact on people with pre-existing conditions by allowing skimpy plans without the 10 Essential Benefits, exposing the less healthy to extremely high premiums. In an indication of how bad the Cruz Amendment is, the bill exempts Congress from it.

The bill still slashes Medicaid and the Washington Post fact checker rated McConnell’s claim that no one currently on Medicaid would lose it as a 3 Pinocchio lie.

Hospitals, doctors, nurses, AARP, patient advocate groups and virtually all disease advocacy groups strongly oppose Trumpcare.

The vote planned next week will be very close and McConnell continues to cut special deals to bring moderates on board.

Democrats have made clear they are willing to work with Republicans on a bipartisan fix to Obamacare if Trumpcare is defeated. Democrats are also making plans to exploit Senate rules to the maximum to challenge provisions of the bill and defeat Trumpcare.

Democrats should be urged to use every possible tactic to defeat the BCRA. Republicans need to be told that any plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.
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Daily Call To Action: July 13th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectOurCare #KilltheBill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to unveil a revised Trumpcare plan today, with a vote next week. The bill is expected to slash Medicaid and have a devastating impact on those with pre-existing conditions. If the Republicans cannot agree on a deal, Trump is urging them to repeal Obamacare now on a delayed basis, to be replaced with an undetermined plan in the future.

Any version of the Senate bill McConnell crafts will remain a tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of poor and middle income Americans, with the pain likely hidden until after the midterm elections. Hospitals, doctors, nurses, AARP, patient advocate groups and virtually all disease advocacy groups strongly oppose Trumpcare.

Democrats are making plans to exploit Senate rules to the maximum to challenge provisions of the bill.

Dems should be urged to use every possible tactic to defeat the Trumpcare. Republicans need to be told that any plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. A high volume of calls is needed to kill Trumpcare and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.
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Daily Call To Action: July 12th, 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.

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 11th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectOurCare #KilltheBill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been negotiating through the recess and plans to unveil a revised version of Trumpcare as early as Thursday with a vote next week. The bill is expected to slash Medicaid and have a devastating impact on those with pre-existing conditions. If the Republicans cannot agree on a deal, Trump is urging them to repeal Obamacare now on a delayed basis to be replaced with an undetermined plan in the future.

Any version of the Senate bill McConnell crafts will remain a tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of poor and middle income Americans, with the pain likely hidden until after the midterm elections.

Democrats should be urged to use every tactic to defeat the BCRA. Republicans need to be told that any plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.

If Trumpcare fails (or pending its effectiveness, even if it passes), the Administration plans to gut Obamacare to the extent possible through regulatory action. HHS is required to seek comments on these proposals through July 12. You can comment and force HHS to review your concerns at regulations.gov (takes 5 minutes).
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Daily Call To Action: July 10th, 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 Trump administration has been eager to lift Russia sanctions. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is being investigated for lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador about sanctions on the day President Obama imposed them. Shortly after the inauguration, the Trump administration made secret efforts to ease the Russia sanctions which were thwarted when a long-time State Department official reported them to Congress. The Trump administration also floated returning Russian compounds that had been shuttered by the Obama administration in retaliation for election hacking.

Trump’s meeting with Putin last week was attended by only six people – Trump, Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and two translators. Tillerson and Trump gave contradictory accounts of whether sanctions were discussed. It is clear the Trump administration cannot be trusted on Russia sanctions.

The heads of the US intelligence agencies, former FBI Director Comey and many experts have testified that Russia’s attempts to meddle in our democracy are continuing. Trump minimizes Russian interference, and while he claims he raised the issue with Putin, he appears to accept Putin’s denial and wants to “move forward” 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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Snap Call To Action: July 9th-12th, 2017

The Call – Respond to HHS’ request from comments on ACA regulations

The Trump Administration continues to claim that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will collapse under it’s own weight. That has not stopped them from doing everything they can to undermine the ACA. Executive Order 13765, titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal,” directs HHS to find regulatory “solutions.”

Despite the innocuous name, the Executive Order can only realistically be read as an attempt to weaken the current healthcare system & as an end-run around Republicans’ failure to legislatively repeal the ACA. While claiming that rescinding/modifying ACA regulations will increase state flexibility and consumer choice, the real intent is to gut ACA without the hassle of repeal. Even if the BCRA is passed, repealing ACA, HHS would still make many regulatory changes to weaken ACA requirements because the effectiveness of the legislative repeal would be delayed until 2018 and 2020.
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Daily Call To Action: July 7th, 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. Last week, after House Republicans stalled voting on the bill claiming Constitutional issues, the Senate reapproved the bill with technical corrections to address the issue. The administration opposes the legislation and is lobbying Republicans to water it down.

The Trump administration has been eager to lift Russia sanctions. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is being investigated for lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador about sanctions on the day President Obama imposed them. Shortly after the inauguration, the Trump administration made secret efforts to ease the Russia sanctions which were thwarted when a long-time State Department official reported them to Congress. The Trump administration wants to return Russian compounds that had been shuttered by the Obama administration in retaliation for election hacking.

The heads of the US intelligence agencies, former FBI Director Comey and many experts have testified that Russia’s attempts to meddle in our democracy are continuing. It was reported Thursday that US Intelligence believes Russia has stepped up spying in the US since the election. The Trump administration has shown no interest in addressing Russia’s attack on our democracy and Trump contradicted US Intelligence and expert testimony at a press conference on Thursday  saying “nobody really knows” if Russia interfered in the US election.

Given Trump’s troubling history regarding Russian interference, it is quite likely he will veto the Russia sanctions legislation. While the Senate has the votes to override the 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 6th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectOurCare #KilltheBill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continues to try to get 50 votes for Trumpcare and sent two versions to the CBO for scoring during the recess. McConnell has $200 billion to work with to cut deals and still have the bill eligible to be passed by a simple majority. Even if the Republicans cannot agree on a deal, there is an effort to repeal Obamacare now on a delayed basis to be replaced with an undetermined plan in the future.

Any version of the Senate bill McConnell crafts will remain a tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of poor and middle income Americans, with the pain likely hidden until after the midterm elections.

Democrat leadership is imploring people to continue calling and showing up. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reminds us that democracy only works when people stand up and demand action.

Democrats should be urged to use every tactic to defeat the BCRA, including a vote-a-rama. Republicans need to be told that a plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.
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Daily Call To Action: July 5th, 2017

The Call: No military action without Congressional approval

Many liberal and conservative observers have raised serious concern about Trump’s mental stability. Reports of an angry president obsessing over the Russia investigation raise serious concerns he may try to distract from the investigation with a major military action.

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). The AUMF has been stretched far beyond its original intent and most use of US military force since then, including recent actions against Syrian government forces, have relied on the 2001 AUMF. In a surprise move, the House Appropriations Committee voted last week to bring to the full floor a proposal to sunset the 2001 AUMF, though it would not take effect for 8 months. The authorization issue is of increasing concern as military action in Syria has intensified in recent weeks with the US military shooting down a Syrian plane and Iranian drones.

It would be an absurd stretch to claim that the United Nations resolutions authorizing US action in the Korean War (which controversially was never authorized by Congress), extend to future US unilateral action. However, Sean Spicer has stated that Trump does not believe he needs Congressional approval for military action against North Korea.

Military action, potentially on a nuclear level, is possible in North Korea which has further escalated with the successful test this week of an ICBM which could reach as far as Alaska. Trump’s response has been cryptic State Department policy and weird tweets.

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: June 29th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectOurCare #WhyWeFight

While Republican leadership cancelled a vote this week on Trumpcare/BCRA, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hopes to get a revised deal by Friday to submit to the CBO, with a plan to vote immediately after the recess. McConnell has $200 billion to work with to cut deals and still have the bill eligible to be passed by a simple majority.

Nate Silver handicaps the chances reluctant Republican Senators will ultimately support the bill with sweeteners and concludes it is quite possible McConnell can get a majority on board.

Any version of the Senate bill McConnell crafts will remain a tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of poor and middle income Americans, with the pain likely hidden until after the midterm elections. Members of the Twitter community shared the faces and stories of their children whose lives and health depend on the ACA, with The Loyal Opposition. We put them into a thread to remind us #WhyWeFight.

Democratic leadership is imploring people to continue calling and showing up. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand reminds us that democracy only works when people stand up and demand action.

Democrats should be urged to use every tactic to defeat the BCRA, including a vote-a-rama. Republicans need to be told that a plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.
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Daily Call To Action: June 28th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectOurCare

The Congressional Budget Office issued its score for the Senate healthcare bill (now called the BCRA) on Monday and it was devastating – 22 million additional uninsured. The bill slashes Medicaid, raises health care costs for most, allows states to drop essential benefits (causing pre-existing to be charged huge premiums), cuts coverage for addiction treatment and gives a tax break to the wealthy.

Members of the Twitter community shared the faces and stories of their children whose lives and health depend on the ACA, with The Loyal Opposition. We put them into a thread.

On Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cancelled a vote on BCRA until after the July 4th break because he didn’t have the votes to pass it. A number of Republican senators have said they do not support the bill in its current form.

The delay is a partial victory, but the fight is by no means over. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) warned that, “people have to keep speaking out…and not give up. Because if [we] do, [we] will lose. It is up to the American people to fight back.”

Democrats should be urged to use every tactic to defeat the BCRA, including a vote-a-rama. Republicans need to be told that a plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.
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Daily Call To Action: June 27th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectOurCare #AHCAKills

The CBO issued its score for the Senate healthcare bill on Monday and it was devastating – 22 million additional uninsured. Former President Obama said the bill is not a healthcare bill, but rather a “massive transfer of wealth from middle class and poor families” to the rich. Some Republican Senators, most notably Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), have said they will not support the bill as written– however, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is still pressuring them to flip to yes.

The bill slashes Medicaid, which covers many of the disabled and poor, even more than the House legislation. Over 400,000 veterans would lose their Medicaid. Lower income people not on Medicaid would pay higher premiums for less coverage. Middle class Americans in their 50’s or 60’s would have much higher premiums, and Americans would face a 6-month waiting period before getting insurance if they have a lapse in coverage.

Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood is eliminated for at least a year. Although the language of the Senate bill says people with pre-existing conditions must be covered and cannot be charged more, Senator Chris Murphy explains how the bill allows states to gut that provision, leaving people with pre-existing conditions unable to afford insurance. In addition, the CBO estimates 4 million people with employer-based coverage would also lose their coverage next year.

The Loyal Opposition highlighted some of the real people whose lives would be threatened by the AHCA. #FacesOfACA

Democrats should be urged to use every tactic to defeat the AHCA, including a vote-a-rama of amendments (you can submit your own amendment.) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is imploring people that now is the critical time to stop AHCA. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.
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Daily Call To Action: June 23rd, 2017

The Call – #Trumpcare #AHCA

Senate Republicans finally showed their draft bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and it is even more damaging than the House version of the AHCA. Former President Obama said the bill is not a healthcare bill, but rather a “massive transfer of wealth from middle class and poor families” to the rich.

The bill slashes Medicaid, which covers many of the disabled and poor, even more than the House legislation. Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood is eliminated. Middle class Americans in their 50’s or 60’s would have much higher premiums. Although the language of the Senate bill says people with pre-existing conditions must be covered and cannot be charged more, Senator Chris Murphy explains a sneaky way the bill allows states to totally gut that provision, leaving people with pre-existing conditions unable to afford insurance.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provided a summary chart of the harmful impacts of the Senate’s bill. For a wonkier summary, Senator Bob Casey laid out how the Senate bill guts health care coverage, with screenshots of the relevant language.

Democrats should be urged to use every tactic to defeat the AHCA, including a vote-a-rama of amendments (you can submit your own amendment.) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is imploring people that now is the critical time to stop Trumpcare. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare.
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Daily Call To Action: June 22nd, 2017

The Call: No military action without Congressional approval

Many liberal and conservative observers have raised serious concern about Trump’s mental stability. Reports of an angry president obsessing over the Russia investigation raise serious concerns he may try to distract from the investigation with a major military action.

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 recent actions against Syrian government forces, have relied on the 2001 AUMF. By any measure, the 2001 AUMF has been stretched far beyond its original intent

The US involvement in Syria deepened further this week with the US shooting down a Syrian warplane and Russia threatening retaliation. In recent weeks, US forces in Syria have also clashed with the Iranian military multiple times, raising concerns about a military conflict with Iran. Trump’s apparent lack of understanding about the Middle East, as illustrated by his thoroughly confused Qatar policy, further raises the risks of serious US military involvement in the Middle East.

The escalation of potential military action, potentially on a nuclear level, is possible in North Korea where, following the death of Otto Wambier and reports of new activity at North Korea’s nuclear test site, Trump tweeted that his Chinese engagement strategy has failed. Sean Spicer has stated that Trump does not believe he needs Congressional approval for military action against North Korea.

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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