Sunday - Flamingo Day
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an artifact from those golden days when an unlikely partnership such as Orrin Hatch and Ted Kennedy could produce a useful and compassionate piece of legislation like this. Although it has received continued bipartisan support since it was introduced, it has become a pawn in the whole repeal-and-replace farrago.
Funding for the program is about to expire, and the nine million children covered by it will be at risk for losing their health care.
Email and/or fax your Member of Congress and ask them what urgent actions they are taking to ensure the continuation of CHIP. Ask them to put it at the top of their list. Ask for a personal and detailed reply to your specific question. Make sure to include your address if you send a fax.
House contact info: www.house.gov
Free faxes may be sent from: http://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php
The economy of Puerto Rico has been hamstrung by a history of predatory lending to the Commonwealth, and the residents are seeing their tax money go to pay off these sharks. Another outdated and ridiculous burden the islanders have to bear is the Jones Act, which only allows cargo to be brought in on U.S. ships. This means that goods cost way more than they should. Trump has temporarily suspended the Jones Act in order to allow foreign shipments of aid to reach the island as quickly as possible. However, it is past time for the Jones Act to be rescinded completely.
Contact your Member of Congress to ask:
Dream Act - Thanks
Nearly all of the 200 co-sponsors of H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017, are Democrats. The few Republican co-sponsors deserve special thanks for their willingness to work across the aisle and support this important legislation. Thank one or more of them:
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) David Valadao (R-CA-21)
Mike Coffman (R-CO-6) Joe Barton (R-TX-6)
Dream Act of 2017
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-D-40) has introduced the Dream Act of 2017, H.R. 3440, to reinstate and continue the protections granted by the DACA program to young immigrants.
The bill has been co-sponsored by 200 Members of Congress, mostly Democrats and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
1. If your MoC is one of the co-sponsors, contact them to thank them for their support of this legislation.
2. If your MoC is not one of the co-sponsors, contact them and ask that they become a co-sponsor.
3. If your MoC sits on the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, contact them and ask that they support the bill’s progress.
4. Call the House Judiciary Committee (202-225-3951) to say you support passage of H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017.
House contact info: www.house.gov
(and let’s hope it stays in the grave)
The Senate will not vote on Graham-Cassidy, as the opposition of McCain, Collins, and Paul is enough to torpedo it. However, it’s not over yet, and the GOP plan to try and force something through on “reconciliation,” so:
1. Call your senators and tell them how very thankful you are that Graham-Cassidy is kaput. Tell them what you’d like instead.
2. If you didn’t thank Senator Collins and Senator McCain yet, send them some love. No point in thanking Rand Paul, as although his opposition turned out to be helpful, it was for the wrong reasons.
If you have time, it's worth reading Collins' and McCain's press releases about their decision to oppose Graham-Cassidy.
It looks like Graham-Cassidy is derailed, thanks to the opposition of Senators Susan Collins and John McCain. They have shown courage and integrity in rejecting ideology and point-scoring in order to fight for what is truly good for this country. They deserve our thanks.
1. Contact Senator Susan Collins to thank her.
2. Contact Senator John McCain to thank him.
In solidarity with players who have chosen to kneel rather than stand during the National Anthem and in defiance of Trump’s criticisms, NFL owners and players presented a united front prior to Sunday’s games, linking arms and kneeling during the anthem.
Thank Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, for his demonstration of solidarity with his players and for taking a stand against Trump’s attempts to bully them into submission. (Never thought we’d be patting the NFL on the back!)
Graham-Cassidy Last Ditch
Graham-Cassidy is being sweetened to try and lure the senators of Alaska, Arizona, and Kentucky into supporting it (although Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is against it because it preserves too much of Obamacare).
1. Contact Lisa Murkowski by phone and/or fax to ask her not to cave in. She needs to protect the whole country, not just her own state.
2. Send the same message to John McCain by phone and/or fax.
3. Send the same message to Jeff Flake by phone and/or fax.
4. If you want to keep going, keep hammering away at the senators at www.trumpcaretoolkit.org.
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Saturday is probably not an effective day to make phone calls, so let’s email (link on name) and/or fax the senators identified by Trumpcaretoolkit as the swing votes on Graham-Cassidy. Send as many as you have time for, but remember you can only send five free faxes per day from Fax Zero. Everyone contact Murkowski, and then jump around so we don’t all do the same people.
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Thom Tillis (R- NC)
Rob Portman (R-OH) John Kennedy (R-LA)
Portman doesn’t accept faxes https://faxzero.com/fax_senate/K000393
Cory Gardner (R-CO) John Hoeven (R-ND)
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Mike Rounds (R-SD) Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Jerry Moran (R-KS) Dean Heller (R-NV)
Tom Cotton (R-AR) Susan Collins (R-ME)
And everyone THANK Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for coming out in advance against Graham-Cassidy! https://faxzero.com/fax_senate/M000303
Graham and Cassidy are making a blatant attempt to bribe Hawaii and Alaska into voting for their bill. They are offering special compensation and perks, reducing the damaging effects of their legislation on the people of those two states.
The main target of this disgusting vote-buying strategy is, of course, Lisa Murkowski.
1. Call Senator Murkowski to ask her to remember that her vote counts not only for Alaska but for the whole United States, and if her state needs these special dispensations, so equally do the rest of us. It would be immoral to protect her own people while throwing everyone else to the wolves. Here are some of her numbers - call as many as you can:
2. Send her a free fax: http://faxzero.com/fax_senate/M001153