Daily Call To Action: June 16th

The Call – #Trumpcare #ShowUsTheBill #NoHearingNoVote

The Senate is submitting its version of Trumpcare (also known as AHCA) to the CBO this week without showing it to the public, Senate Democrats or even most Senate Republicans. Not even HHS Secretary Tom Price, whose department would implement it, has seen the bill. While very few know what is in the Senate bill, the bill the House passed would result in over 20 million additional uninsured, permit skyrocketing premiums for pre-existing conditions and allow lifetime and annual caps that would often make insurance useless when needed the most. It would also gut Medicaid with devastating impacts on children, the disabled and the poor.

Senate Republicans, eager to avoid the scrutiny of the House bill, plan to push Trumpcare through without any hearings or amendments in late June, with only one day in which the Senate sees it before voting. In an apparent further bid to avoid reporters questions, on Tuesday Republicans abruptly banned TV news cameras in Capitol halls (although they backed off after public outcry). Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) angrily blasted Republicans as they left Democrats sitting alone in committee, for secretly taking healthcare away from 23 million people to provide tax breaks to the rich.

The next week is critical for stopping the Republicans from giving a tax cut to the wealthy be gutting health care for everyone else. Democrats may try the extraordinary tactic of a vote-a-rama to stall the legislation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is imploring people that now is the critical time to stop Trumpcare. A high volume of calls is needed to kill Trumpcare and get on with the business of fixing the ACA.
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Daily Call To Action: June 15, 2017

The Call – #RussiaSanctions

On Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation by a 97-2 vote that would further sanction Russia for their interference in our election and constrain Trump from unilaterally lifting any Russia sanctions. The House is expected to take up similar legislation. The administration opposes the legislation and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged Congress to allow Trump flexibility to lift the sanctions.

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. Most recently, it was reported that the Trump administration was planning to return Russian compounds that had been shuttered by the Obama administration in retaliation for election hacking.

The heads of the US intelligence agencies and many experts have testified that Russia’s attempts to meddle in our democracy are continuing. The Trump administration has shown little interest in addressing Russia’s attack on our democracy and Trump himself suggested as recently as last month that it may have been China rather than Russia that hacked the DNC emails.

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: June 14th, 2017

The Call – #Trumpcare #ShowUsTheBill #NoHearingNoVote

The Senate is submitting its version of Trumpcare (also known as AHCA) to the CBO this week without showing it to the public, Senate Democrats or even most Senate Republicans. While very few know what is in the Senate bill, the bill the House passed would result in over 20 million additional uninsured, permit skyrocketing premiums for pre-existing conditions and allow lifetime and annual caps that would often make insurance useless when needed the most. It would also gut Medicaid, with devastating impacts on children, the disabled and the poor.

Senate Republicans, eager to avoid the scrutiny of the House bill, plan to push Trumpcare through without any hearings or amendments in late June, with only one day in which the Senate sees it before voting. In an apparent further bid to avoid reporters questions, on Tuesday Republicans abruptly banned TV news cameras in Capitol halls (although they backed off after public outcry). Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) blasted Republicans for not holding hearings or giving any information on their still secret healthcare plan.

The next two weeks are critical for stopping the Republicans from giving a tax cut to the wealthy be gutting health care for everyone else. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is imploring people that now is the critical time to stop Trumpcare. A high volume of calls is needed to kill Trumpcare and get on with the business of fixing the ACA.
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Daily Call To Action: June 13th, 2017

The Call – Reject #Trumpcare, #GOPCare #DemandHearings

The Senate is now working on its own version of the draconian Trumpcare bill (also known as AHCA). Among other things, the House bill would result in over 20 million additional uninsured, permit skyrocketing premiums for pre-existing conditions and allow lifetime and annual caps that would often make insurance useless when needed the most. It would also gut Medicaid, with devastating impacts on children, the disabled and the poor.

Senate Republicans are working to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and are developing their own version of the AHCA in secrecy from even most Republicans, which they plan to push through without any hearings or amendments in late June. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) blasted Republicans for not holding hearings on their still secret healthcare plan.

The next two weeks are critical for stopping the Republicans from giving a tax cut to the wealthy be gutting health care for everyone else. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is imploring people that now is the critical time to stop Trumpcare. A high volume of calls is needed to kill Trumpcare and get on with the business of fixing the ACA.
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Daily Call To Action: June 12th, 2017

The Call – AG Sessions’ testimony must be OPEN not CLOSED

Last week, former FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that after President Trump asked him to drop the Flynn investigation, Attorney General Jeff Sessions never responded to Comey’s request to keep Trump from meeting with him alone again. Comey also hinted there was additional classified information regarding Sessions that would have forced his recusal, and reports are that the information is a previously undisclosed third meeting Sessions had with Russian Ambassador Kislyak during the 2016 campaign. Serious questions have also been raised as to whether Sessions violated his recusal by participating in Comey’s firing. Seth Abramson has an excellent Twitter thread discussing the many questions that Sessions needs to be asked in a public hearing.

Sessions has cancelled his scheduled appearances in public hearings before the House and Senate appropriations committees this week, where it was expected he would be asked about these issues. Instead, he announced he will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a move apparently aimed at testifying in closed hearings. Many Senate Democrats have called for Sessions’ testimony to be public, a decision that will be made by the Intelligence Committee. The ACLU said there is absolutely no reason to have a closed hearing, which would be “a gut punch to the millions of Americans committed to an open …democracy.”
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