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Writing to Congress

Many of us are angry and despairing at the political landscape, especially with the recent unprecedented threats to democracy itself in the United States.

Let's pool our brains and amplify our influence! Letters and phone calls to our elected officials make an impact, even if they don't always do what we ask, since they're ultimately concerned about "reelection, reelection, reelection".

Especially with help from our friends, it's not difficult to write letters calling for specific actions and telling powerful stories. We can share talking points, drafts, and letters we've sent, as well as problems we encounter and replies we get.

(The title refers to the U.S. system, but you're welcome to share how you're communicating with your elected officials in any country.)

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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 17. 6 Replies

Two hundred years ago the founding fathers created three branches of government, assuming that one party wouldn't dominate all three at once, and assuming that the legislative and executive branch actually wanted to govern the country as a…Continue

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Action alerts and talking points

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 13. 4 Replies

Where do you find useful information on issues to communicate with your legislators about, or talking points you might not have thought about for calling or writing them?Continue

Tags: representatives, legislators, congresscritters, senators, political actions

How are we doing ? As of February 17, 2017

Started by Joan Denoo Feb 17. 0 Replies

block H.R.958 elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency - Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2017, 115th Congress (2017-2018) | (Became law)block Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court (Hearing is set for March 20)cosponsor and support S200,…Continue

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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by kathy: ky Feb 16. 3 Replies

This is a little different, but not much, from how to write letter to Senator.  Again, this info is from wikihow.  There is overlap with the Senator letter writing concept.…Continue

Guide to how to write letter to your senator

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If we write letters, but don't do it correctly, we might undermine our well-meaning efforts. Here is a simple guideline from wikihow.  Briefly from…Continue

Finding addresses/phones for your Senators and Representative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 8. 3 Replies

A few places where you can easily find where to write or call your members of Congress:Official starting points:www.senate.gov - "Find Your Senators" in the upper right (choose your state)…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 1, 2017 at 10:38am

I wrote my senators last night (on their websites) and called them this morning, about the tax bill in general, and the BEAT provision snuck in at the last minute that would (intentionally?) kill wind and solar energy in the US, in particular.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 27, 2017 at 3:54pm

Republican Senator letter:

The moral contest within the Republican Party has come down to this: Is it OK for a 32-year-old man to seduce a 14-year-old girl? I call on you to both repudiate Roy Moore and expunge the moral rot in your party. Trump said, “Well, he denies it. … He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen.” Justifying Moore’s support by his conservative positions, or urging voters to discount the allegations until they’re proven in court are both immoral sham arguments. Moore’s credibility collapses compared to the credibility of his accusers. Checking both sides’ stories against the available evidence reveals his perversity.

I strongly urge you to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 37 of 38 economists say the GOP tax plans would cause the debt to increase "substantially" faster than the economy. Tax experts say the House GOP tax bill is full of loopholes for the wealthy. As written, hedge funds could take advantage of the new, lower 25% tax rate intended for small businesses, while private equity fund managers could sidestep a new tax on their earnings. The Congressional Budget Office found that “The Senate Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while the nation’s poorest would be worse off.” Oppose this bill because of its mean-spirited assault on important social programs, such as triggering PAYGO to force devastating cuts to services like Medicare and student loan. It creates huge barriers to working-class students getting higher education. Richard A. White, CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, warns that “Preemptively removing [private activity bonds] as a financing tool for infrastructure projects would undermine Congress’s stated goal of leveraging a $1 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure.”  More than half of registered voters oppose the Trump/GOP tax plan according to a recent poll.

I also urge you to demand the removal of the provision that enables a fetus to be the beneficiary of a 529 college savings account from the bill. It’s an obvious unconstitutional attempt to erode abortion rights since parents-to-be can already open 529 accounts before a child's birth.

I urge you to oppose Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, who is a drug company industry profiteer. His senior role with Eli Lilly during periods of criminal practices and prescription drug price gouging is disqualifying. Trump said that drug companies are "getting away with murder.” 73% of Americans say drug companies make too much profit. The arrogant contempt of shoving this anti-qualified nominee in our faces!

I urge you to oppose Jeff Mateer as a federal judge. He has called transgender children part of “Satan’s plan,” dismissed same-sex marriage as “debauchery,” and asserted that the constitutional separation of church and state is a myth.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 27, 2017 at 3:53pm

Democratic Senator letter:

Why aren’t you and Democratic leaders raising more hell about the worst GOP tax plan ever? Why aren’t you doing more to stop this top-down class war legislation from passing?

I urge you to demand the removal of the provision that enables a fetus to be the beneficiary of a 529 college savings account from the bill. It’s an obvious unconstitutional attempt to erode abortion rights since parents-to-be can already open 529 accounts before a child's birth.

I urge you to oppose Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, who is a drug company industry profiteer. His senior role with Eli Lilly during periods of criminal practices and prescription drug price gouging is disqualifying. Trump said that drug companies are "getting away with murder.” 73% of Americans say drug companies make too much profit. The arrogant contempt of shoving this anti-qualified nominee in our faces!

I urge you to oppose Jeff Mateer as a federal judge. He has called transgender children part of “Satan’s plan,” dismissed same-sex marriage as “debauchery,” and asserted that the constitutional separation of church and state is a myth.

The GOP is defunding public universities, trying to tax scholarships, making it harder for people to become professionals. At the same time the administration is restricting H1B visas. For example, Frida Yu, a lawyer from China who just earned her MBA from Stanford was denied a visa to stay here despite recommendations from an industry leader, a veteran start-up investor, and a Nobel Prize winner. I urge you to support an H1B cap increase to 200,000 people per year, and oppose taxing higher education scholarships, since there is a genuine shortage of STEM workers. It’s as if the GOP wants the US to fall behind from a lack of skilled professionals.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 21, 2017 at 4:22pm

Thanks for the steady supply of well-researched information on issues, Ruth! I called my (our) Republican senator about some of these: net neutrality, opposing the Sinclair merger, and opposing the tax bill.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 21, 2017 at 3:51pm

Senate letter, p 2:

I urge you to begin working to find a bipartisan legislative replacement for the FCC's Title II common-carrier oversight of internet service providers. If the FCC votes to reverse these Title II requirements, a legislative fix will be essential to ensure access to a free and open internet.

I’m also writing in opposition to the merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. The merger will expand Sinclair's reach beyond its legal audience cap of 39% to a massive 72% of US households. The FCC should not bend rules or roll back regulations in order to grow Sinclair’s partisan, pro-Trump, right-wing messaging. Congress must stop this administration’s moves to create a Big Brother state where no free voices exist. If Congress allows the news media to become a conglomerate trumpeting the administration’s lies, the United States will become a death-dealing dystopia worse than depicted in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 21, 2017 at 3:51pm

Senate letter, p 1:

I urge you to oppose the Senate tax bill because it will trigger PAYGO and force devastating cuts to services like Medicare so billionaires can have more money. Trump repeatedly bragged as a candidate that he would reduce the federal debt as president, yet this bill would add $1.5 trillion to the deficit, triggering the PAYGO (“statutory pay-as-you-go”) balanced budget law. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Medicare, agricultural subsidies, student loan programs, social service block grants, mandatory ACA spending, and many other programs could be automatically slashed by a whopping $103 billion just next year. Medicare alone would face cuts of $28 billion dollars in 2018.

These cuts could theoretically be waived by 60 senators and a majority of the House, but given demonstrated Republican hostility to Medicare, the ACA, and other programs, the chance of such a vote happening is near zero. The Senate tax bill must not pass.

I also urge you to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act [HR 1] because of its effect on students and higher education. The elimination of the student loan deduction and the taxation of tuition waivers would put devastating financial burdens on students. By increasing graduate student tax liability to include tuition waivers and remissions, students will see their tax burden increase by 100-1000%. It would eliminate tax deductions for interest paid on student loans and remove the Lifetime Learning Credit. In 19 states, government agencies can seize state-issued professional licenses from residents who default on their educational debts. Another state, South Dakota, suspends driver’s licenses, making it nearly impossible for people to get to work. With student debt levels soaring, these loans are now the largest source of household debt outside of mortgages. How cruel and self-defeating is it for the government to place excessive tax burdens on students preparing for professional service, and then take away their licenses to work so they have no hope of repayment – all so billionaires get lower taxes. This is INSANE!

Further, eliminating the deductibility of state and local taxes isn’t just incredibly divisive, transferring blue state capital to red states. Many Wall Street executives predict that the Republican tax bill will cause a recession. A National Association of Realtors commissioned study predicted that the elimination of these deductions could result in a decrease in home valuations of 10-17%. When home values go down, then whatever equity has been built up in those homes goes down, and the ability to unlock that equity—through home-equity loans or reverse mortgages—also decreases. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 21, 2017 at 3:50pm

House letter:

I urge you to oppose the Farm Regulatory Certainty Act (H.R. 848), which would specifically exempt manure, other agricultural animal and crop waste, and fertilizer from the Solid Waste Disposal Act, also known as RCRA, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. RCRA is the only real defense for people whose drinking water is polluted by dairy and feedlot operations.

I urge you to begin working to find a bipartisan legislative replacement for the FCC's Title II common-carrier oversight of internet service providers. If the FCC votes to reverse these Title II requirements, a legislative fix will be essential to ensure access to a free and open internet.

I’m also writing in opposition to the merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. The merger will expand Sinclair's reach beyond its legal audience cap of 39% to a massive 72% of US households. The FCC should not bend rules or roll back regulations in order to grow Sinclair’s partisan, pro-Trump, right-wing messaging. Congress must stop this administration’s moves to create a Big Brother state where no free voices exist. If Congress allows the news media to become a conglomerate trumpeting the administration’s lies, the United States will become a death-dealing dystopia worse than depicted in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

I also want to express my outrage that the House passed a tax bill that will trigger PAYGO and force devastating cuts to services like Medicare so billionaires can have more money. It would add $1.5 trillion to the deficit, which would trigger the PAYGO (“statutory pay-as-you-go”) balanced budget law. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Medicare, agricultural subsidies, student loan programs, social service block grants, mandatory ACA spending, and many other programs could be automatically slashed by a whopping $103 billion just next year. Medicare alone would face cuts of $28 billion dollars in 2018.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2017 at 4:11pm

House letter page 2:

I urge you to join Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr.  and Elijah E. Cummings in a bipartisan push for investigation into whether FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has taken improper actions to benefit Sinclair Broadcast Group. Urge the Inspector General find investigate whether actions taken by the FCC under Chairman Pai’s leadership show a pattern and practice of preferential treatment for Sinclair, and whether a series of interactions between Chairman Pai’s office, the Trump Campaign and Trump Administration, and Sinclair demonstrate inappropriate coordination, including whether use of nongovernmental email and/or social media messaging tools complied with the Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

I urge you to support HR 2670, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, and HR 3207, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act. Although keeping guns out of abusers' hands reduces gun violence, major loopholes in federal gun safety laws allow users to readily access firearms. For example, federal law does not consider an assault “domestic violence” if the abuser and victim were “merely” in a dating relationship without living together or having a child together. This so-called "boyfriend loophole" leaves thousands of abusers able to legally purchase guns to use against their victims.

I urge you to cosponsor and support H.R. 4014, the DRAIN the Swamp Act of 2017, which would require federal agencies to disclose whether any proposed change to a major regulation would substantially enrich the President or senior members of his administration. I would also support more general legislation on these lines.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2017 at 4:10pm

House letter page 1:

I urge you to demand that President Trump implement the Russian sanctions signed into law in August 2017. Trump’s recent comments sympathetic to Russia and Putin amid the ongoing investigations into the Trump administration's relationship with Russia make it imperative that Congress keep up pressure to implement sanctions.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the 5 articles of impeachment introduced by Representative Steve Cohen, Luis Gutiérrez, Adriano Espaillat and Al Green. Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the federal investigation into Moscow’s 2016 election meddling — a probe that has included questions of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign team. 60 wire transfers from Russia to its embassies around the world with the memo "To finance election campaign of 2016” are reason alone to pursue investigation. The fact that Trump tweeted about John Podesta's hacked emails 15 minutes after WikiLeaks told Trump Jr. "we just released Podesta Emails Part 4" shows that he was in the loop.

The tax bill would lower the corporate tax rate from the current 35% to 20% — the largest corporate tax reduction in U.S. history — starting in 2019. It would switch the U.S. to a “territorial tax system” that taxes corporations based on domestic income only rather than worldwide income. (That would make it far easier for corporations to have their patents and trademarks, etc., owned by a foreign unit, and pay themselves handsomely for their use, removing that money from taxable income.) It would eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which prevents companies that are making more than $7.5 million every three years from reducing their tax rate below a certain level. The bill would also eliminate the domestic manufacturing deduction and some other business credits. Both the House and the Senate tax bills amount to a more or less systematic attempt to lavish benefits on the children of the ultra-wealthy, while making it harder other young people to achieve upward social mobility. I urge you to oppose this tax not-reform. This tax plan is an all-out assault on working Americans designed to entrench a hereditary plutocracy.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2017 at 4:09pm

Senate letter:

I urge you to demand that President Trump implement the Russian sanctions signed into law in August 2017. Trump’s recent comments sympathetic to Russia and Putin amid the ongoing investigations into the Trump administration's relationship with Russia make it imperative that Congress keep up pressure to implement sanctions.

I’m outraged that Senate Republicans now plan to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of a tax overhaul bill. Adding a provision to their tax plan that would gut the ACA and kick 13 million people off insurance will push premiums up 10%. The tax bill would also lower the corporate tax rate from the current 35% to 20% — the largest corporate tax reduction in U.S. history — starting in 2019. It would switch the U.S. to a “territorial tax system” that taxes corporations based on domestic income only rather than worldwide income. (That would make it far easier for corporations to have their patents and trademarks, etc., owned by a foreign unit, and pay themselves handsomely for their use, removing that money from taxable income.) It would eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which prevents companies that are making more than $7.5 million every three years from reducing their tax rate below a certain level. The bill would also eliminate the domestic manufacturing deduction and some other business credits. Both the House and the Senate tax bills amount to a more or less systematic attempt to lavish benefits on the children of the ultra-wealthy, while making it harder other young people to achieve upward social mobility. Also, in the newest Senate version the tax cuts for individuals would expire in 2025. I urge you to oppose this tax not-reform. This tax plan is an all-out assault on working Americans designed to entrench a hereditary plutocracy.

I urge you to support S 1539, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act. Congress must act now to close dangerous loopholes in gun laws that allow perpetrators of domestic abuse access to deadly firearms. Although keeping guns out of abusers' hands reduces gun violence, major loopholes in federal gun safety laws allow users to readily access firearms. For example, federal law does not consider an assault domestic violence if the abuser and victim were in a dating relationship without living together or having a child together. This so-called "boyfriend loophole" leaves thousands of abusers able to legally purchase guns to use against their victims.

I urge you to support H.R. 4014, the Drain the Swamp Act of 2017, which would require federal agencies to disclose whether any proposed change to a major regulation would substantially enrich President Trump or senior members of his administration. Please also cosponsor Senate legislation on these lines.

 

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