Sunday - a good day to forget about politics and to plan your next vacation:
Very cool Airbnbs.
Dan Heyman, a reporter covering AHCA, was arrested Tuesday for repeatedly questioning Secretary of Health & Human Services, Tom Price, about whether or not rape and domestic abuse constitute pre-existing conditions under the proposed health care legislation. The incident occurred at the West Virginia State Capitol.
1. Email Secretary Price at Secretary@HHS.gov and ask him:
2. Write a letter of complaint to the police department involved:
West Virginia Division of Protective Services
Capitol Police Department
Charleston, WV 25305
Our heads are spinning with Too Much Breaking News. So let’s just calm down for a minute and revisit the looming catastrophe that is the AHCA - unless of course the Senate de-catastrophizes it. Which is unlikely, given that the 13-member Senate group working on it is comprised entirely of old white dudes. (They did deign to summon Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) into one of their meetings, but haven’t gone as far as inviting her to join the group.) No disrespect to our venerable Caucasian brethren, but it ain’t right, and it don’t look good.
Contact Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who heads up the group. Tell him that his working group is ridiculously unrepresentative of the people who are most affected by AHCA and that he should fire at least half of the members and replace them with women and minorities.
Write, email, phone, and/or fax Senator Mitch McConnell:
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2541
We’re taking a break from confronting the White House downward spiral (thanks, Senator Corker, for that phrase) to deal once more with net neutrality. There is a near certainty that today (Thursday) the FCC will vote to rescind net neutrality. The issue is complex, and it may ultimately be up to Congress to pass legislation codifying and enshrining a free and open Internet.
In the meantime, let’s all speak out in favor of neutrality (preferably before noon Eastern Time).
Call the FCC and ask them to defend net neutrality: (888) 225-5322
Get Russia out of U.S. Politics
Given the recent divulgence of classified information to Russian ambassador and foreign minister, it is even more essential that a National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election be established.
Call your MoC and ask them to support H.R. 356 since it’s necessary in our search for foul play by the Trump campaign and the Russians during the election.
House contact info: www.house.gov
Trump Gives Away Secrets
As we all know, Trump met with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador and blithely shared classified information with them, endangering an important source of ISIS intelligence. Lawmakers are reacting strongly, even Republican ones - Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said: “The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline … creates a worrisome environment.”
House contact information: www.house.gov
Senate contact information: www.senate.gov
The Vultures are Circling
The House is looking to make drastic cuts in spending in order to finance Trump’s plans to build the infamous Wall and enact tax cuts, while at the same time complying with his wish to leave Medicare and Social Security alone. House members are scrambling to find other places to make cuts, and the programs which are in for the axe are likely to be those which help the most vulnerable, such as food stamps, welfare, income assistance for the disabled and perhaps even veterans benefits.
The House is going to be busy with this in the coming days and weeks. Now is the time to let our Representatives know that we can do without tax cuts for the rich, but we canNOT do without programs to help the vulnerable. SOME of these programs, however, would not be necessary if the House were to enact a living minimum wage law.
House Contact Info: www.house.gov
Happy Mothers' Day! And to celebrate, let's hark back to happier, more carefree days and a president who knew what real respect and support for women means:
Donald Trump made it a campaign pledge that he would pull the U.S.A. out of the Paris climate accord. Trump and his cabinet are currently reassessing whether or not the U.S. should continue to be a part of the agreement. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is inclined to keep us in (and has just signed the Fairbanks Declaration), while EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to pull us out.
1. Send a message to the State Department applauding Secretary Tillerson’s signing of the Fairbanks
Declaration and asking him to keep us in the Paris Agreement. You can use this contact form.
2. Call and/or email the EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, asking him to keep the U.S.A. committed to the Paris
Agreement and to redouble our nation’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
3. From now to the end of time: go to www.gofccyourself.com, hit “Express,” and leave your comments
about the necessity of keeping full FCC Title II Net Neutrality protections.
Trump, Comey, and the Whole Mess
As we can all plainly now see, Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey is beyond fishy.
Call your own Senators again, demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the ties between Trump and his campaign and Russia. Senate contact info: www.senate.gov
If your Member of Congress voted in favor of AHCA, and you have a story or comments to share, Indivisible would like to hear from you - they are assembling an “accountability wall” where they will post videos, stories, etc. describing the negative impact of AHCA and the need for a better way. http://www.paybackproject.org/stories/submit
Don’t ever stop complaining about the push to remove the FCC Title II rules to enforce net neutrality. Go to www.gofccyourself.com again; click on “Express” and leave your comments.