Trump Appointment

Scott Pruitt Hearings

Your DGB for today is to contact Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), who sits on the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, and ask that he vote against Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

Trump really captured his signature spirit of ironic cabinet picks with Pruitt’s nomination. As Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt is currently suing the agency he is tapped to lead. His LinkedIn profile calls him “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” whatever that means. Unless Trump is playing Opposite Day, this nomination serves you that usual feeling about his Cabinet picks: a sprinkle of confusion, a big shot of alarm, and a puckering bite of anxiety.

Senator Moran is the only Majority member not to have met with Pruitt ahead of his hearings, with every other Republican on the committee praising the nominee. Back in March of 2016, Senator Moran was also one of the only Republican Senators to call for hearings on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, so we know he has some ability to think for himself.

You’ll contact the Senator using this form or this phone number: (202) 224-6521 and this DGB suggested message:

I’m contacting you today to ask that you oppose Scott Pruitt’s confirmation as EPA Administrator. His disregard for our climate is bad for Kansas, the United States, and the world.

 

Tom Price Hearings

Your DGB for today is to contact the House Office of Congressional Ethics and ask that they fully investigate Tom Price before his hearings for Health and Human Services Secretary begin on January 18th.

There’s concern Price may have engaged in insider trading during his time in Congress. Understandably, this has drawn attention on Capitol Hill. You’ll also recall that House Republicans recently attempted to gut the Ethics Committee. As Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) noted "Republicans backed off their crusade against ethics for now, but it begged the question: who are they trying to protect?"

You’ll contact the office using this form or this phone number (202) 225-9739 and this DGB suggested message:

I am contacting your office to ask that you fully investigate Tom Price’s financial dealings before his confirmation hearings to ensure integrity in the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Rex Tillerson Hearings

Your DGB for today is to contact Marco Rubio (R-FL), who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and urge him to vote against the nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

Exxon has given Tillerson a hefty retirement package ahead of the hearings, which are scheduled for January 11th and 12th.

Rubio, like much of the country, has expressed concern over Tillerson’s ties to Russia, and one Republican against the appointment in his committee could swing the vote against Rex. We think Marco will cave if we pressure him enough, so let’s give him hell.

You'll contact Senator Rubio using this form.

Here’s a DGB suggested message:

Topic: Other

Subject: Rex Tillerson

Message: I’m asking that you oppose the confirmation of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. His close ties to Russia and lack of government experience disqualify him.

 

If you don’t want to give his office your contact information on the form, you can also deliver the message by phone at (202) 224-3041.

One Russian puppet in Washington is already one too many. Let’s not add Tillerson to the team.

 

 

Jeff Sessions Hearings

Your DGB for today is to contact Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and ask that he oppose Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General.

There are many reasons all of us should fear Sessions, but here are just a few standouts:

 

  1. He was denied confirmation to a federal judgeship in 1986 because of testimony that he used the n-word and joked about the kkk.

  2. He’s not just against illegal immigration, but also legal immigration.

  3. Apparently a required credential for each Trump cabinet appointee, he is, of course, a climate change denier.

 

Hearings are scheduled for January 10th and 11th. You’ll contact Senator Grassley using this form. Here’s a DGB suggested message:

 

Issue: Other

Subject: Jeff Sessions

Message: I’m asking that you oppose the confirmation of Senator Sessions to the position of Attorney General. His history of racism and regressive ideals disqualify him.

 

If you don’t want to give his office your contact information on the form, you can also deliver the message by phone at (202) 224-3744.

Ever heard the saying “if it was too racist for the ‘eighties, it’s still too racist”? Well, we just made it up for Jeff Sessions. Let’s make it a thing.

 

Trump Cabinet Appointments We Can Still Block

Your DGB for today is to educate yourself on Cabinet appointments that have the highest likelihood of being blocked in preparation for our coming posts on specific confirmation hearings.    Read this Washington Post    article    containing some of the important details.     We will be keeping an eye on a few different Senate committees: the    Senate Finance Committee   ,    Senate Judiciary Committee   ,    Senate Foreign Relations Committee   , and    Senate Armed Services Committee   .     We will be tackling these appointments strategically in coming DGBs and you'll be ready.    

Your DGB for today is to educate yourself on Cabinet appointments that have the highest likelihood of being blocked in preparation for our coming posts on specific confirmation hearings.

Read this Washington Post article containing some of the important details. We will be keeping an eye on a few different Senate committees: the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Armed Services Committee.

We will be tackling these appointments strategically in coming DGBs and you'll be ready.

 

Reject Rick Perry’s Nomination

Your DGB for today is to call or email your senators and ask that they oppose Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry for Energy Secretary.

Back in 2011, when Rick Perry was running for President, he famously forgot the name of the Department of Energy, but did remember he wanted to eliminate it completely, along with the Department of Commerce and the Department of Education.

In Trump’s apparent commitment to ironic cabinet picks, he has now tapped Rick Perry to lead the DOE. When you’ve finished shaking your head, find the contact information (we like to email) for your senators here and use this script:

    “As an engaged citizen, I ask that you oppose the confirmation of Rick Perry as DOE Secretary on the grounds that he is not only unqualified, but also a science denier.”

As we look forward to the first night of Hanukkah this evening, let us honor the Festival of Lights by keeping this dim bulb far away from the Department of Energy.

 

Call to Action - Betsy Devos

 

Your DGB for today is to tell your senator to vote NO for Betsy DeVos’ appointment to Secretary of Education. DeVos is totally unqualified for this position with no background in education, has never even attended a public school or sent her children to one. She is also a strong supporter and advocate for a voucher system which funnels federal and state dollars away from public education, weakening the quality of education in both public and private systems. You can participate in today’s action in one of two ways:

Send a letter with this site:

Network for Public Education - Tell Your Senator to Vote No for Betsy Devos

 

Or sign this petition:

Move On Petition - Defend Public Education

 

This article describes two likely scenarios that would ensue if DeVos is confirmed by Congress. It also contains details from the  ACLU MI chapter regarding Betsy DeVos’ foundation’s efforts in that state:

Washington Post - What’s the Worst That Could Happen with Betsy Devos as Education Secretary: Two Scenarios