Daily Call To Action: March 22nd, 2017

The Call – No Gorsuch Vote until #TrumpRussia investigation completed

Tell your Senators that the Senate should not move forward on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court until after the investigation of the Trump’s campaign potential collusion with the Russian attack on our election. After refusing to consider Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination for more than a year after Justice Scalia’s death, Republicans are now trying to rush Gorsuch’s confirmation through the Senate while the Trump administration remains under a dark cloud as to its legitimacy. At the House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the FBI has an on-going investigation into the Trump campaign’s coordination with Russian officialsSen. Chuck Schumer [D-NY] and Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA] have both called for a delay and Schumer stated on Tuesday that it was “unseemly to move forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big big gray cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency.” It is becoming clear that Judge Gorsuch’s nomination is a strategic wedge issue. Democrats should explicitly tie the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the completion of a thorough investigation on Russia. The cloud of the on-going investigation into the campaign of the president who nominated him would only undermine Judge Gorsuch and diminish the integrity of the Supreme Court.
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Daily Call To Action: March 21st, 2017

The Call – Independent investigation into #TrumpRussia

Urge your members of Congress to publicly demand an independent investigation of Russian interference in our election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Moscow. At the House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the FBI has an on-going investigation into the Trump campaign’s coordination with Russian officials, which it started last July. Comey and NSA Director, Admiral Michael Rogers also debunked Trump’s tweeted claims that former President Obama wiretapped him. Republicans on the Committee showed little interest in investigating the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials and focused almost solely on demanding vigorous investigation and prosecution of those who may have leaked information about the on-going investigation. Representative Devin Nunes [R-CA], Chairman of the House Intel Committee, and Senator Richard Burr [R-NC], were both on the Trump transition team and, at the White House’s request, agreed to knock down investigation rumors to journalists. However, given Republicans lack of enthusiasm for investigating Trump’s campaign, it’s time to demand an independent investigation so the American people can have confidence in the results. If you missed the hearing, Ranking Member Adam Schiff’s [D-CA] opening statement is a superb 15 minute survey of the circumstantial evidence supporting Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
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Daily Call To Action: March 20th, 2017

The Call – Reject #Trumpcare

The House expects a vote Thursday on Trumpcare and the vote is likely to be close. Last week, the report issued by the non-partisan Congressional Budget office (CBO report) estimated 14 million fewer people would be insured by next year and premiums over the next two years would increase significantly more than under the ACA. By 2026, 24 million fewer people would be insured. Although average premiums are estimated to be 10% lower than if the ACA is not repealed, premiums would be much higher for older Americans and most insurance would cover less (higher co-pays and deductibles). Effects on Medicaid would be devastating. The White House has been claiming the administration has a three prong approach which will offset these negatives, but there is neither detail on what it is or any assurance it will be enacted. Vox has set of useful charts illustrating the CBO findings. There has been a storm of criticism, including the rejection of Trumpcare by the American Medical Association, AARP and the American Hospital Association. Numerous Republicans have also sharply criticized the bill. Trumpcare coverage would be out of reach to many middle and lower income Americans while giving a hefty tax break to the already well-off. Here is a district by district summary of the impact of Trumpcare and here are charts for the impact in the 27 districts where Republican representatives are believed to be “on the fence.” The distinct possibility that Trumpcare can be defeated presents an alluring opportunity to put a chink in the President’s armor by denying him the ability to make good on a central campaign promise.
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Daily Call To Action: March 17th, 2017

The Call – Independent investigation into #TrumpRussia

Urge your members of Congress to publicly support an independent investigation into Russian interference in our election, the Trump campaign’s ties to Moscow and the President’s financial entanglements with Russia. Every week, new information surfaces contradicting Trump’s repeated claims that neither he nor his campaign had anything to do with Russia. This week, campaign adviser Roger Stone acknowledged multiple on-line conversations with Guccifer 2.0, identified by US Intelligence as Russian intelligence. Stone also claimed that the “Deep State” tried to kill him in a hit and run accident in Florida this week. We also learned that Michael Flynn was paid to attend a dinner with Putin and had multiple other previously undisclosed paid relationships with Russians (while also acting as a foreign agent for Turkey). There are also new revelations about Trump’s long association with Russian oligarchs and shady go-betweens like Felix Sater. Sater is one of the key figures involved Michael Cohen (Trump’s personal lawyer), delivering a Ukraine peace proposal to General Flynn while his was head of the National Security Council. FBI Director Comey and others will testify at a House Intelligence Committee Hearing on Monday, March 20, which may shed further light. However, given the high degree of partisanship in Congress, it’s time to insist on an independent investigation so the American people can have confidence in the results.
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Daily Call To Action: March 16th, 2017

The Call – Request #TrumpTaxes

Urge members of Congress to demand President Trump’s tax returns, whether by subpoena, resolution, legislation or otherwise. Democrats and a growing number of Republicans in the House and Senate have supported a variety of different initiatives to obtain Trump’s tax returns which Trump, unlike any president in 50 years, has refused to release. The enormous interest in the small piece of his taxes leaked to Rachel Maddow, possibly by Trump himself, disproves Trump’s claim that his election proves no one but the press is interested in his returns. Tim O’Brien, the author of a book on Trump who Trump later sued, saw Trump’s tax returns in the litigation (which Trump lost). The tax returns were sealed by the court and O’Brien is prohibited from revealing any details, but he says the public should very much want to see them. Questions about Trump’s foreign ties mount, particularly regarding his ties to Russia, with almost daily revelations. Most recently, Roger Stone, a long-time GOP political operative who served as one of Trump’s earliest campaign advisers, admitted that he communicated with with Guccifer 2.0, a Russian agent posing as a Hungarian hacker, at least 16 times. It is imperative that members of Congress, by any of the various methods available to them, obtain the President’s taxes. The American people have a right to know what Trump’s taxes show that he has been so careful to conceal.
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