The Ten-Minute Activist is taking a holiday break until January 2!
In the meantime, picture this:
Now that the Senate has voted to use the War Powers Act to withdraw military support for the Saudi war on Yemen, it remains for the House to pass the same bill.
Contact your MoC and ask them to pass this legislation in the House.
Funding for the border wall is the main sticking point in the negotiations between the House/Senate and Trump. Trump wants $5 billion for the wall, but the votes are not there, so he’s threatening a shutdown when funding for the government runs out in four days.
Contact your Senators and tell them: NO $ for a wall!
Contact your MoC and say: NO $ for a wall!
In response to the Texas federal judge’s ruling that the individual mandate component of Obamacare is uncon- stitutional, Chuck Schumer is seeking a vote to authorize the Senate’s legal counsel to appeal the ruling and defend the ACA in court.
Contact your Senators and ask them to support Senator Schumer in seeking to defend the ACA. And while you’re at it, remind them that a good solution to all this would be to promote Medicare for all.
Senate Votes to Withdraw Military Aid to Saudis
On December 5, we contacted our Senators, asking them to support S.J. Res. 54, which would end U.S. military support for the Saudi war in Yemen. Today a bipartisan block in the Senate passed this resolution by 58-41.
Contact your Senators to thank them for supporting this measure if they voted for it or to express your disappointment in them if they voted against it. A list of the yeas and nays can be found here:
Trump’s Treasury Department put out a rule change which would enable certain political non-profits to shield the identity of some donors, opening the door to clandestine interference with our political process by foreign entities and special interests. The Senate has narrowly passed S.J. Res. 64, reversing the rule change. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined her Democratic colleagues in voting for the resolution.
1. Thank Senator Collins for voting for S.J. Res. 64
2. Contact your Senators to thank them for voting for S.J.Res. 64 if they are Democrats or berate them for opposing it if they are Republicans (except for Collins).
Help Obama Spread the Word
We’ve done this already, but the deadline for signing up for health insurance under the ACA is coming up at the end of this week - Saturday, December 15. The Trump administration is doing nothing to publicize this, so it’s up to us (and Barack Obama).
Post a heads-up on social media about the upcoming ACA deadline, and post a link to the site where you can go to sign up:
President’s Tax Returns
Trump said he’d show his tax returns. We knew he wouldn’t, and sure enough he didn’t. We know why he didn’t. And the reason he didn’t is the same reason he shouldn’t be president. One assumes. There is a House bill, H.R. 540 which would require the President to submit his tax returns for every year he is in office, and the three years prior to taking office, to the Office of Government Ethics, which would then make the information publicly available on the Internet
1. Contact your Member of Congress to say that you hope they will cosponsor H.R. 540. If your MoC is already a cosponsor, thank them.
2. The bill has been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Contact the chairman of the committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4) and ask him to expedite passage of the bill through committee.