Congress

No Nukes

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Your DGB for today is to call your members of Congress and urge them to support H.R. 669, a bill aimed at preventing Donald J. Trump from killing us all.

In the ‘60s and ‘70s, “no nukes” was a rallying cry against nuclear power plants. In 2017, it’s an entreaty to POTUS: “Pretty please, don’t push the button one night in the middle of a temper tantrum about football players or war widows, or a particularly bad golf game.” But, because appealing to reason rarely works with this dude, Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-D) and Senator Ed Markey (MA-D) have introduced a bill that would prevent Trump (or any president) from launching a nuclear-first strike without congressional approval. Since most of us don’t have a cold war-era bunker in our back yard, we think this is more than sensible legislation. Since we have a president who has demonstrated an inability to behave like a rational grown-up, we think the time is NOW. Seriously, folks - this is scary. Please call your representatives and senators to ask them to support H.R. 669. 

You can use Countable, Resistbot, or a good, old-fashioned phone call to let your reps know that we think a single unstable man in the Oval office shouldn’t have first-strike capability.

 

Trump’s Tax Scam

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Your DGB for today is to sign up with https://www.trumptaxscam.org/ and get ready to fight this next legislative agenda item.

The package that arrives wrapped in pretty “tax reform” paper is actually, surprise surprise, just ugly tax cuts for the wealthy. Trump, his family, and his friends stand to benefit. It’s almost as though we elected a sleazy business man to our country’s highest office. Read all about the corruption on the site, which is a subset of the Indivisible movement and has a multitude of toolkits, scripts, and even a state-by-state breakdown of impacts.

Don’t count on the ineptitude of Mitch McConnell this time around. Nothing motivates quite like money, making this an especially tough battle for the Resistance.

 

Children’s Health Insurance Program

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Your DGB for today is to call your Members of Congress and insist they vote to restore funding to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP. CHIP covers approximately 9 million children in the US, helping out families who can’t afford health insurance but make too much to qualify for Medicaid. You know, those lower- and middle-income Americans that Republicans say they champion.

On Sept. 30th, while POTUS was busy bullying the mayor of San Juan on Twitter and Tom Price was cleaning out his desk at the Dept. of HHS, the GOP-led Congress was letting the funding for CHIP lapse. They sure do love stripping Americans of health insurance, don’t they? Extra bonus points, apparently, if they can torpedo a program Hillary helped create. Now members of the House are squabbling over where the money will come from in the new re-funding bill. Tell them - Democrat and Republican alike - to knock that off and get it done.

Call your MoC by phone, use Resistbot, or simply hack into one of Javanka’s many private email accounts and send a strong message to Congress that CHIP is too important to let lapse.

 

Stop the GOP from Sabotaging the ADA

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Your DGB for today is to call your Member of Congress and tell them to vote against H.R. 620, which would be a nightmare for disabled Americans.

We swear, sometimes it seems like the GOP just looks for vulnerable populations to kick around. This time, it’s disabled Americans just trying to get through their days with dignity and a modicum of self-reliance.  H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, would upend the Americans with Disabilities Act’s current requirement that businesses proactively make efforts to comply with the ADA. Instead, according to the ACLU, “This bill proposes that after an individual with a disability is denied access she must first notify the business owner, with exacting specificity, that her civil rights were violated, and then wait for six months to see if the business will make ‘substantial progress’ toward access, before going to a court to order compliance.” The burden would be on the disabled, not business. Not only is this grossly unfair, but it also completely subverts the entire purpose of the ADA.

If you do not yet have your Members of Congress and Senators on speed-dial, you can use Resistbot or Countable to register your horror at this latest attempt to erode our civil liberties.

 

Swing Left Summer Challenge

Your DGB for today is to participate in or get the word out about the Swing Left Summer Challenge taking place from July 29 - September 29, 2017.

For those that live in a swing district and want to go big, you can sign up to host a canvas event in your own community. There are five easy steps outlined for you. Another way to grab back is to sign up and support the nearest Swing Left group from afar. When you register your e-mail at https://swingleft.org/, a local District Leader will get in touch with you with opportunities to take action. 

 

To host a canvas event: https://swingleft.org/p/canvass

 

Video from Swing Left:  https://www.facebook.com/swingleftorg/videos/449483152098982/

 

Swing Left mentions research showing a 3.8% increase in voter turnout for people who sign a commitment card. Let’s take back the House in 2018 so we can prevent (or at least slow down) the havoc the Trump Administration is wreaking.

 

Issue Voter

Your DGB for today is to check out and utilize IssueVoter.

IssueVoter is an innovative non-partisan platform that gives everyone a voice in our democracy by making civic engagement accessible, efficient, and impactful.” It connects you directly to your Member of Congress and allows you to pick the issues that are most important to you. IssueVoter sends email alerts with a summary of the bill your Congress Member will vote on, as well as the option to click “Support” or “Oppose” and your view goes directly to your Congressman. IssueVoter also keeps track of how your representative has voted so you can easily see if their values align with yours.

Sign up with IssueVoter and connect with your representative and spread the word (or publicly shame your rep) through social media when an issue that is important to you is up for vote. We are in the resistance for the long haul and we need to utilize all the tools in our resistance tool belt to keep fighting. Become an informed voter AND make your voice heard.

 

It Starts Today

Your DGB for today is to sign up for It Starts Today to help take back Congress in 2018.

There will be 468 Democrats running for seats in the House and Senate in 2018. All this initiative asks is that you donate one cent per race per month. It Starts Today doesn’t play favorites, so your $4.68 is distributed evenly once the primaries are decided.

But not all the candidates are perfect just because they’re Democrats. What if we don’t like them all? It’s not possible for every progressive candidate to satisfy our (admittedly long) list of ideal credentials, including a perfect voting record. But, this is a numbers game. In light of the national tragedy that took place on November 8, 2016, we can no longer be picky. We need to flip as many seats as we can.

You pay for Netflix every month to watch House of Cards, right? Well, give yourself the opportunity to enjoy it again as fiction for half the price.

 

13 is an Unlucky Number

Your DGB for today is to contact Senator Mitch McConnell and demand they add some women to the group of 13 men who are drafting the Senate’s version of the new AHCA bill.

Senate Republicans are showing their misogyny by forming a group of 13 men to draft the new AHCA bill. Not a single woman is in the group, despite the fact that women make up half of this nation’s population and the AHCA bill will directly affect them, oftentimes more than men since the simple fact that you are a women typically tosses you into the pre-existing condition category.

The group is lead by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, so we are asking you to contact him and demand female representation. His nickname is Turtle, so don’t be surprised if he hides in his shell when you try to call him out. You can find his different office locations and phone numbers on his page, as well as a contact form, if you choose to email him. You can also tweet him @SenateMajLdr. We suggest using the DGB hashtag #McConnellingHealthCare. Want to go even further? Contact a female senator from your state or a neighboring state and ask them to demand they be added to the group drafting the AHCA bill. Women make up 50% of the nation’s population, why aren’t women represented by those writing laws that affect our health?

 

Protect The Cape Cod National Seashore

Your DGB for today is to tweet Bill Keating (D-MA-9) and let him know you’re concerned about the future of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Recently, the Trump administration ordered a halt to the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission, which has overseen the management of the 44,000 acre preserved land since 1961. While the organization does not make policy, their oversight is a layer of protection for the forty miles of unspoiled beaches, marshes, and cultural landmarks. Under Trump, and Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, the conservation of public lands is, at best, a low priority. At worst, our federal government could be moving toward land transfer deals and commercial interests in some of the places that truly make our country great.

Congressman Keating is a Democrat and a conservationist, so we just need to let him know that we care and there will be public pressure to help him preserve the beautiful open spaces in his district.

 

Example:

 

.@USRepKeating We won’t stand for the suspension of the CCNS Advisory Commission or the deprioritizing of public lands. #ProtectTheCape


 

If you are interested in donating to Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, you can do so here: http://www.fccns.org/donate.html

Learn more about the area here: https://www.nps.gov/caco/index.htm

 

Federal Intern Protection Act

Your DGB for today is to contact your congressional representative and ask them to vote yes on H.R. 653; the Federal Intern Protection Act.

This bill, introduced by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), explicitly extends federal employment discrimination and mistreatment protections to unpaid interns in the workplace. It passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on April 4th and is headed for the House floor. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/653

You can use Countable or Resistbot to register your support for this act, which White House interns will probably need when the administration inevitably gets grabby.

 

Weekend Voting Act

Your DGB for today is to contact Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS-03), Chairman of the House Administration Committee, to communicate your support for H.R. 1094.

In the 2016 US election, voter turnout was around 55%. The highest US voter turnout was in 2008 at 64%. In the 2017 French election a few days ago, it was 74%. One important factor in voter turnout is weekend voting; France voted on a Sunday.

In February of this year, Congresswoman Louise Mcintosh-Slaughter (D-NY-25), introduced a bill to move our voting day to “the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November in every even-numbered year.”

While the day we vote is just one factor in our history of voter suppression, it’s an obstacle working citizens don’t need.

You’ll contact Congressman Harper by phone at (202) 225-5031 using this script:

 

“I’m calling to ask that you support H.R. 1094; the Weekend Voting Act. It’s in the interest of democracy that we make it as easy as possible for US citizens to vote.”

 

 

Miner’s Health

Your DGB for today is to help support The Miner’s Protection Act, also known as House Resolution 179 or Senate Bill 175.

In 2012 and 2015, three coal mining companies went bankrupt leaving their retirees in danger of losing their promised health care benefits and leaving the long-term health of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) 1974 pension fund on shaky ground. This, coupled with the heavy damage done to the fund by the 2008 Wall Street crash and subsequent recession, leaves over 20,000 mostly elderly retirees in grave danger of being financially destitute. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both houses of Congress that would preserve these promised benefits.

The UMWA is asking everyone that can to contact Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan and request that they support The Miner’s Protection Act.

The number for the congressional switchboard where both politicians can be reached is 202-224-3121. Here is a short script to follow if you need it:

“Hello, I am calling [Senator McConnell/Speaker Ryan] to ask that they support The Miner’s Protection Act and preserve health care benefits for retired miners as well as shore up the pension fund. Thank you.”

Grab back and support organized labor!

 

Not A Southern Gentleman

Your DGB for today is to call Mitch McConnell and tell him to stop being a child and do his job.

Congress is in recess through April 21st, which means their phone lines are more likely free, and Mitch has apparently been snubbing Elizabeth Warren like a mean girl ever since She Persisted.

His Washington number: (202) 224-2541, usually has a full voice mailbox, so we’ll also try him at his Bowling Green office, in honor of the massacre: (270) 781-1673. Air any of your grievances, but please include the fact that he seems to be unable to maintain a professional environment in his senate, which generally doesn’t include The Silent Treatment.

Here are his other office numbers for extra fun.

So give him a call or tweet him @SenateMajLdr and let him know he needs to stop trying to make Mitch happen.

 

 

Milk Makers

Your DGB for today is to contact Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and ask him to support H.R. 1174: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017.

To sum it up, the bill asks certain buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom to do the right thing by providing a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and available for use by members of the public to express milk. It’s 2017, and we at DGB think it’s pretty reasonable that public spaces should have a place other than a bathroom made available to nursing mothers. You can read more about the bill and it’s progress here.

You’ll contact Senator Barrasso at his Washington DC office by phone at 202-224-6441, fax at 202-224-1724, or using this form. You can also find him on Twitter @SenJohnBarrasso. We’re a fan of using #DignityForMothers, if you’re so inclined to tweet at him.

If you have a personal story to share, please do that when you contact him. Or simply point out that if he wouldn’t eat in a public restroom, babies shouldn’t have to either.

 

Representative’s Judgment Day

Your DGB for today is to start tracking how your representatives vote using the Countable app and join the Resistance.

We had a Grab a few of weeks ago asking you to take a crash course in proper Tea Party Etiquette. Your marching orders included showing up and holding your elected representatives accountable for how they voted. Ready? Got your ass-kicking, Sarah Connor from Terminator outfit all laid out? Awesome. Now we’re providing the ammunition. Countable is available for iOS and Android.

It provides updates on key legislative developments on topics that interest you by subject, region, and politician. Our favorite feature is the same-day notifications on how your representatives vote on each measure or bill.

Keep track of your legislatures and fight for your future by joining the Resistance. Let them know you’re always checking in and you’ll “be back.”