Last night, while most Americans were asleep (not me, of course), the House Ways and Means Committee gave approval to a major part of the Republican plan to repeal and "replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rejecting a flurry of Democratic amendments. That means that they're now a step closer to a full vote on the plan, despite the growing opposition of senators, healthcare providers, and some conservatives. Here's how you can help stop this this plan and protect the ACA.
- Email your members of Congress. Use the following links to email your members of Congress (MoC) and tell them to oppose the new plan and protect the ACA, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood:
- From the Network for Public Education: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-dont-you-dare-cut-funding-for-disabled-kids
- From the Daily Kos: https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/letters/tell-your-democratic-senator-reject-the-american-health-care-act/
From People's Action: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-rep-dont-take-away-our-health-care
- Sign a petition. Sign the following petitions opposing the repeal and replace plan:
- From the Town Hall Project: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/demand-no-vote-on-aca-repeal-before-members-of-congress-consult-constituents
- From Senator Patty Murray: http://www.pattymurray.com/act/say-no-to-trumpcare
- Support the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act. Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill that would allow Americans to import safe and affordable prescription medicine from Canada. Sign this petition to tell your senators to cosponsor it:
The Environment - Climate Change
Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNBC that he doesn't think that carbon dioxide is a "primary contributor" to climate change (?!). He added, "We need to continue the debate and continue the review and analysis." According to the EPA's website, his own agency's scientists agree that "carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change." Not only that, but 97% of all scientists concur that carbon dioxide is the primary contributor to climate change. Here's how you can tell Pruitt to listen to scientists and start taking action to combat climate change.
- Email Pruitt. Use the links below to email Pruitt and tell him to listen to scientists and protect our environment from climate change:
- From the Environmental Defense Fund:
- From the Natural Resources Defense Council:
- From the Environmental Defense Fund:
- Sign a petition. Sign this petition to tell Pruitt to start listening to his own agency's scientists:
Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court
45's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is an anti-choice judge who puts corporations before people. In two cases, he voted to allow bosses to deny women insurance coverage for birth control. When an appeals panel granted an injunction against the governor of Utah's order to defund Planned Parenthood, Gorsuch voted to re-hear the panel's decision, even though no one requested a re-hearing. He has also criticized constitutional litigation, arguing that "liberals" have "become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box." 45 promised that his Supreme Court nominee would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and Gorsuch is just the man for the job. Here's how you can block his confirmation.
- Call your senators. Use this link to call your senators and tell them to oppose Gorsuch:
- Send your senators a postcard. Fill out this form to automatically send a postcard to your senators demanding that they oppose Gorsuch: https://peoplesdefense.org/action/post-card-action/
- Sign a petition. Sign this petition opposing Gorsuch's nomination:
Jay Clayton, Securities and Exchange Commission
45's nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, is a partner at a law firm that specializes in protecting Wall Street banks. He was a bailout attorney for Goldman Sachs during the financial crisis, and he's currently married to a Goldman Sachs partner. The SEC Chair is supposed to referee Wall Street banks, but Clayton has spent his entire career protecting their interests, and more than half of his family income currently comes from one of them. Here's how you can help block Clayton.
- Email your MoC. Use this form to email your MoC and urge them to oppose Clayton:
- Sign a petition. Sign this petition to tell the Senate to oppose Clayton's nomination:
- March 10th - Stand in Solidarity with First Nations: Tomorrow, Friday, March 10th, Solidarity for Humanity is hosting a virtual event to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and First Nations march on Washington, D.C. If you can't make it to the march, you can show your support by joining this online event. Learn more and RSVP here:
- March 11th - Phone Banking for James Thompson: On April 11th, a special election will be held in Kansas's Fourth Congressional District to replace Mike Pompeo, 45's CIA director. The Democratic candidate, James Thompson is an army veteran and civil rights lawyer. On Saturday, March 11th, at 2pm ET/11am PT, Joe Katz of Weekly Actions to Resist Trump is organizing a virtual phone banking event to help get the word out about Thompson. Even if you don't live in Kansas, you can join the event using Thompson's online phone banking tool. Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1823011711358014/
- March 15th - The Ides of Trump: On Wednesday, March 15th, people all over the country will send postcards to Washington, D.C. as part of the national Ides of Trump event. For an easy way to join in, fill out this form and for $10, the King Anthony Foundation will hand deliver five postcards from you to five different Congressional committees in time for March 15th:
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Senator Ted Cruz and Representative John Ratcliffe have introduced two bills that would abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which protects consumers by reining in predatory lending practices. Use this link to call committee members and tell them to oppose any bill that would abolish the CFPB:
- Release Women's March Co-chairs: Today, three co-chairs of the Women's March, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Tamika Mallory, were arrested for protesting outside of Trump Tower in New York City. Call the Seventh Precinct at 212-477-7311 and use the script below from the Revolutionary Love Project to ask for their release:
My name is ____. I'm calling to ask you to free the women arrested at Trump Tower today. They are the co-chairs of the Women's March, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Tamika Mallory and their allies. We ask you to treat them with dignity and respect and release them as soon as possible. We need them back. Thank you.
- Fiduciary Duty Rule: The Department of Labor (DoL) had been poised to publish a "fiduciary duty" rule left over from the Obama administration requiring investment brokers to work in their clients' best interests, but now, 45's administration has forced the DoL to propose a new regulation that would delay and weaken this essential retiree protection. Use this form to submit a public comment telling the DoL not to delay this rule:
- School Vouchers: Although promoted as "school choice," private school vouchers do not provide true choices for students and parents. Not all public school students can access voucher schools, as private schools can reject any applicant they choose. Also, private schools often do not have to adhere to federal civil rights laws, specifically Title IX, allowing for the discrimination of students on the basis of sex, disability, or English language ability. Use this form to email your MoC and tell them to protect funding for public schools and oppose school vouchers: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50796/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21177
- Elections - Cori Bush, Missouri: Justice Democrats is sponsoring Cori Bush for Congress in Missouri's First District. Bush is a Registered Nurse and activist who held the frontline of the Ferguson protests for over 400 days. Sign this petition to show your support for Bush:
- Presidential Tax Transparency Act: Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would make it mandatory for presidential candidates to release their tax returns, thus forcing every member of Congress to take a stand on 45's taxes. Sign this petition to support this bill:
- Endowments for the Arts and Humanities: In addition to making massive cuts to healthcare funding, 45's proposed budget would erase federal funding for the arts and humanities, which make up only 0.003% of federal spending. Sign this petition to tell Congress to oppose any budget that cuts funding to endowments for the arts and humanities: