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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.)

If you read this group and haven't joined it, please consider joining! It'll encourage other AN members to be more politically active.

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Keep Families Together Act

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 20 hours ago. 9 Replies

The actions of the current administration have had me incensed practically from the time they took office.  The depths to which they wish to descend appear to have few if any limits.  However, with the current action being taken against immigrants…Continue

Tags: Keep Families Together Act, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump

Letter to Rep and Senators Regarding New Congressional Freethought Caucus

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 23. 3 Replies

The following letter has just been posted to the following Congresspersons:Congresswoman Marcia FudgeSenator Sherrod BrownSenator Rob Portmanand will be shortly followed by hard-copy letters sent by US Mail:As you well know, the United States was…Continue

Examine your state legislators

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 1. 2 Replies

The Center for Public Integrity presents a data base of state level legislative conflicts of interest. Find your state legislators' financial interests…Continue

Tags: state political corruption

Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 17, 2017. 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

Tags: changing beliefs, white supremacist takeover, data analytics, psychological warfare, bio-psycho-social profiling

Action alerts and talking points

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 13, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

Tags: support, confirmation, oppose, campaign, writing

How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by kathy: ky Feb 16, 2017. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on December 22, 2017 at 10:26pm

Damn, but I HATE Rob Portman ... and I couldn't resist putting the following out on his website:

Your apologetics regarding this ridiculous excuse for a tax bill has demonstrated to me without any scintilla of doubt that you can't be bothered to think about where the real good of the people lies. You, like too many other Republicans, side with Trump purely because he's in power, and you want a piece of that power. Your mistake.

While your seat in the Senate isn't up for a while, we who have been wronged by your poor judgment will not forget this. You must already know that 2018 will be a political bloodbath for your fellows because of the stupidity coming from the White House, and you are already splashed by it. You don't need to refresh your resume now, but come 2022, I'd give serious thought to that.

Enow spake.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2017 at 4:37pm

Same letter to both houses, but.

For Democrats it began with, "Thank you for opposing the tax scam bill." For Republicans it began with, "Your support of the tax scam bill disgusted me."

As our enemy, one of Putin’s objectives has been to destabilize the US government by undermining our confidence in it. America, as we know it, is under attack from our own ruling party – doing Putin’s work for him. Trump and his Republican allies are waging a relentless campaign against the rule of law. Donald Trump's Jr. presented a private anti-Trump comment from a single FBI agent as evidence of "people at the highest levels of government that don’t want to let America be America.” Conflating personal loyalty to the president with patriotism is a fascist ploy. Conservatives too speak crudely in private about politics. In the US we’re supposed to have the freedom to share personal opinions privately without having them twisted out of context as a coup attempt. These inquisition-style attacks from both houses are much more dangerous than the McCarthy era.

I’m appalled by the secret subset of Republican members of the House intelligence committee, led by Chairman Devin Nunes , creating a report for the purpose of attacking the Department of Justice, the FBI, and Bob Mueller, in order  to undermine the investigations - violating committee rules that require consultation between Republicans and Democrats.

It’s alarming that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley called for the FBI's deputy director, Andrew McCabe, to be replaced.

What irony that Donald Trump Jr.’s claim that the investigations into Russian election meddling and his father's campaign are evidence of a "rigged system," as that claim itself attempts to “rig the system” for authoritarian/fascist/corporate domination.

I urge you to oppose the autocratic right-wing attack on the intelligence community as anti-American when they serve the truth and the people instead of personal loyalty to the President.

A nuclear nonproliferation specialist at MIT, Vipin Narang, thinks the Trump administration sees first strike war against North Korea as inevitable despite guaranteeing that South Korea and Japan will also be devastated. Today’s headlines of US plans for a “bloody nose” military attack suggest that first strike will be soon. I urge you to oppose a first strike assault on any nation.

 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2017 at 4:42pm

Republican Senator p 2:

I urge you to demand that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley respect the Blue Slip option and not initiate confirmation hearings for any nominee that has not been approved by his or her home state Senators. Approving appropriate nominees to these lifetime appointments is essential, and disrupting the Blue Slip option is an unacceptable attack on our systems of check and balances.

I urge you to oppose judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen. He’s worked on less than five depositions, and struggled to answer basic legal questions.

I urge you to oppose Kathleen Hartnett White for the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). I agree with Senator Markey that she “denies science, economics and reality.” She is another anti-qualified nominee with no academic background in the field.

I urge you to oppose the FUTURE Act (S.1535), which triples the tax credit to enhanced oil recovery operations that use CO2 pollution to coax more oil out of declining fields, extending the life of oil fields, and profits of oil companies, on the taxpayer dime. Don’t add another taxpayer handout to the more than $20 billion that the fossil fuel industry already receives every year. This tax credit would lead to more climate emissions, increase threats to drinking water, and unfairly burden American families living in the shadow of the oil industry.

I urge you to support the bipartisan bill sponsored by Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, which would exempt small and mid-size banks from the most stringent parts of Dodd-Frank and scale back federal oversight of the financial system on whole, but defend Dodd-Frank’s new requirements for major banks and financial firms which are necessary to prevent another economic catastrophe. This bill will avoid a filibuster, unlike the Choice Act which eviscerates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2017 at 4:41pm

Republican Senator p 1:

I strongly urge you to vote against the disastrous Republican tax bill. There will be huge automatic cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid that will come directly from the Republican decision to run up the deficit with these tax cuts. The CBO estimates that $25 billion would come out of Medicare. If you intentionally create a budget "crisis" with this tax bill so you can claim there’s an emergency that necessitates destroy government services for your constituents, no deep-pocket donor campaign funds will get you reelected.

The bill eliminated the “casualty loss” tax deduction for victims of natural disasters such as the fires happening right now in L.A. to help pay for their tax cuts for the super-wealthy. As uncontrolled climate change escalates hurricane, flood, drought and wildfire risks, punishing the victims by raising their taxes is cruel and heartless. High-resolution climate models from University of Illinois researchers present alarming new projections for US. For example, by late-century the southeastern U.S. will experience maximum summer temperatures every other day that used to occur only once every 20 days. The Midwest could see large unusual heat events, like the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed more than 800 people, occur as many as five times per year by the end of the century.

 I urge you to wait until Doug Jones is seated to vote on the tax bill.

 I urge you to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC's roll back of the 2015 net neutrality protections, and preserve a free, open Internet that's equally accessible to all. 83% of voters oppose the FCC's repeal of net neutrality laws, including 75% of Republicans! Net neutrality is critical for small business and innovation -- Facebook and Google were once startups! -- as well as for free speech and democracy itself.

I urge you to support S. 2203, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill is an important first step to ending sexual harassment in the workforce.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2017 at 4:40pm

Democratic senator letter p 2:

I urge you to oppose Kathleen Hartnett White for the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). I agree with Senator Markey that she “denies science, economics and reality.” She is another anti-qualified nominee with no academic background in the field.

I urge you to oppose the FUTURE Act (S.1535), which triples the tax credit to enhanced oil recovery operations that use CO2 pollution to coax more oil out of declining fields, extending the life of oil fields, and profits of oil companies, on the taxpayer dime. Don’t add another taxpayer handout to the more than $20 billion that the fossil fuel industry already receives every year. This tax credit would lead to more climate emissions, increase threats to drinking water, and unfairly burden American families living in the shadow of the oil industry.

I urge you to join Senators Gillibrand, Merkley, Wyden, Booker, Hirono, and Sanders and call for Donald Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations. His twitter attack on Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest example that no one is safe from this misogynist bully.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2017 at 4:40pm

Democratic senator letter p 1:

I strongly urge you to vote against the disastrous Republican tax bill. There will be huge automatic cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid that will come directly from the Republican decision to run up the deficit with these tax cuts. The CBO estimates that $25 billion would come out of Medicare. Thanks for your unity with fellow Democrats in this matter.

The tax bill eliminated the “casualty loss” tax deduction for victims of natural disasters such as the fires happening right now in L.A. to help pay for their tax cuts for the super-wealthy. As uncontrolled climate change escalates hurricane, flood, drought and wildfire risks, punishing the victims by raising their taxes is cruel and heartless. High-resolution climate models from University of Illinois researchers present alarming new projections for US. For example, by late-century the southeastern U.S. will experience maximum summer temperatures every other day that used to occur only once every 20 days. The Midwest could see large unusual heat events, like the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed more than 800 people, occur as many as five times per year by the end of the century.

 I urge you to wait until Doug Jones is seated to vote on the tax bill.

 I urge you to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC's roll back of the 2015 net neutrality protections, and preserve a free, open Internet that's equally accessible to all. 83% of voters oppose of the FCC's repeal of net neutrality laws, including 75% of Republicans!

I urge you to support S. 2203, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill is an important first step to ending sexual harassment in the workforce.

I urge you to demand that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley respect the Blue Slip option and not initiate confirmation hearings for any nominee that has not been approved by his or her home state Senators. Approving appropriate nominees to these lifetime appointments is essential, and disrupting the Blue Slip option is an unacceptable attack on our systems of check and balances.

I urge you to oppose judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen. He’s worked on less than five depositions, and struggled to answer basic legal questions.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2017 at 4:39pm

Republican House p 2:

I urge you to strongly defend Robert Mueller's investigation. The Republican attack on him is an attack on the rule of law. I also urge you to defend the FBI from Trump’s unfounded attacks.

I urge you to join Representatives Nadia Velazquez and Darren Soto and co-sponsor Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders proposed a $146 billion green “Marshall Plan” to rebuild Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as a prosperous, self-sufficient home for the indigenous citizenry. The Warren-Sanders bill would give local governments $62 billion for economic development, Medicare/Medicaid parity, and other locally determined needs. It would provide $27 billion more for infrastructure, and $13 billion for FEMA to rebuild the grid “with more modern, resilient technologies” than the coal, oil, and gas burners that powered the islands before Maria.

I urge you to join Representatives Plaskett and Ted Lieu and co-sign their letter asking that all Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for rebuilding the electric grids of the islands go for solar energy, wind power, and decentralized microgrids.

I urge you to add your name to the 59 members of the Democratic Women's Working Group (DWWG) who are asking Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy and ranking member Elijah Cummings to open an investigation into the matter after more than a dozen women have "publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct." Stand up for women and for ethics!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2017 at 4:39pm

Republican House letter p 1:

I strongly urge you to vote against the disastrous Republican tax bill. The bill eliminated the “casualty loss” tax deduction for victims of natural disasters, such as the fires happening right now in L.A., to help pay for their tax cuts for the super-wealthy. As uncontrolled climate change escalates hurricane, flood, drought and wildfire risks, punishing the victims by raising their taxes is cruel and heartless. High-resolution climate models from University of Illinois researchers present alarming new projections for US. For example, by late-century the southeastern U.S. will experience maximum summer temperatures every other day that used to occur only once every 20 days. The Midwest could see large unusual heat events, like the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed more than 800 people, occur as many as five times per year by the end of the century. This bill will also result in huge automatic cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid that will come directly from the Republican decision to run up the deficit with these tax cuts. The CBO estimates that $25 billion would come out of Medicare. Don’t intentionally create a budget "crisis" with this tax bill so you can claim there’s an emergency that necessitates destroying government services for your constituents.

While estimates put the costs of the three big 2017 hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, and Maria) at approximately $200 billion, lingering damages from loss of power, dislocation of people, and other long-lasting factors may end up costing as high as $300 billion. Consider too the costs of droughts, wildfires, and floods. Despite dire recent predictions that climate destabilization will make such disaster costs spiral higher as mid-century approaches, Republicans are decreasing our spending on climate science, pushing fossil fuels, and hindering renewables. I urge you to oppose all such acts of Republican anti-science policy. Lining donor pockets now at the expense of a liveable world is neither sane nor fiscally sound.

 I urge you to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC's roll back of the 2015 net neutrality protections, and preserve a free, open Internet that's equally accessible to all. Net neutrality is critical for small business and innovation -- Facebook and Google were once startups! -- as well as for free speech and democracy itself.

I urge you to support H.R. 4570, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill is an important first step to ending sexual harassment in the workforce.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 15, 2017 at 4:32pm

A couple of talking points for my congresscritters, adapted from Ruth's letters that she'll be posting:

I urge you to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC's rollback of the 2015 net neutrality protections, and preserve a free, open Internet that's equally accessible to all businesses and innovators -- Google and Facebook were once small startups! -- as well as to all citizens. In the survey ten days ago where voters heard arguments for and against the repeal, 83% of voters oppose the FCC's repeal of net neutrality laws, including 75% of Republicans!

If you and other Senators and Representatives truly represent your constituents, Congress will quickly overturn the repeal by a veto-proof margin.

[To Senators] I urge you to wait until Doug Jones is seated to vote on the tax bill. Republican Senators previously argued that “the will of the people” should be respected, in refusing to confirm Obama’s judicial appointments, including a Supreme Court nomination, until after last year’s presidential election. [To Democrat: (Never mind that Americans voted Obama into office twice.)] The people of Alabama have spoken: Doug Jones is their Senator-elect, who should have a voice in decisions of such magnitude. Respect the will of the people!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 5, 2017 at 12:09pm

Senate votes on reconciled tax bill tomorrow. Toomey is my Republican senator. I just emailed this to him.

As a senior with high medical expenses, I urge you to oppose the reconciliation tax bill if it eliminates the deductability of medical expenses. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill will also automatically cut Medicare by $25 billion in the next year and $400 billion in the next decade.
Prior to enacting the tax bill, Republicans could—and should—enact legislation protecting Medicare from those automatic cuts. Oppose the repeal of tax deduction for student loan interest and oppose taxing tuition wavers. Treating investment tax credits for solar and wind as income and taxing them, and ending the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles, could stop investment in the renewable energy sector. Ending the federal deduction for state and local taxes will amount to a large overall tax increase for many PA residents. Noboby should have to pay taxes for paying taxes! Scrapping the alternative minimum tax floor for very wealthy individuals would make cuts to safety nets like Medicare higher. Creating a new tax loophole for pass-through corporations is immoral when CHIP hasn’t been renewed on the basis that there’s not enough tax money. There is no justification for having people pay a lower tax rate just because they get their income from a pass-through corporation. They already got a huge benefit from having the privilege of corporate status without having to pay the corporate income tax. This recipe for massive tax avoidance

 

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