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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 Jun 21. 10 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 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

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 4, 2017 at 4:34pm

The vote on Concealed Carry is the 6th, so I sent this to my House member by email today:

I urge you to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (HR 38). Permitless concealed carry would become legal in every state. It would even allow gun owners to sue police for even attempting to verify the status of their permits, according to The Trace and Everytown for Gun Safety. At least 30 states ban convicted domestic abusers from having gun permits, and 28 states bar convicted stalkers from having permits. This blatant attempt to use federal law to contravene such sensible state gun control, makes a mockery of Republican claims to respect states rights. A study by April M. Zwoli et al found that intimate partner homicides (IHP) from 1980 through 2013 were reduced 9% when firearms were prohibited to those with restraining orders, and reduced 23% by laws prohibiting access to those convicted of non-specific violent misdemeanors. Angry guys secretly carrying loaded weapons will make Pennsylvania a time bomb. I’m particularly afraid of White Nationalists shooting up neighborhoods and events when Trump incites, upon being impeached.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 3, 2017 at 5:47pm

We've one last chance to urge our House members to oppose the reconciled tax bill. I'm sending this to mine, who is Republican.

I strongly urge you to oppose the reconciled tax bill. Under the cover of darkness and with the aid of haste, the Senate Republicans flurry of last-minute changes made a bad bill even worse. Not only does the bill shift the burden from the rich to all others, it preys on children and families by gutting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare premiums will rise by 10% over the next decade – meaning a premium increase of $2,000 for middle-class families. According to the Congressional Budget Office, about 13 million people will lose coverage. We know that for every million people without access to healthcare, 5,000 die preventable deaths. Since the Republican party is poised to sacrifice tens of thousands of lives to deliver a massive tax break to the richest, such as owners of private jets, approving this bill will sound the death knell of your party. Republicans like Marco Rubio have already stated their intent to cut spending on Social Security and Medicare to make up for the deficit guaranteed by this bill.

This tax scam will choke America! Don’t put your name to it. Don’t make 65,000 regular citizens die to lard up fat cat donors!

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.

 

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