Actions for the Week of 3/16/2018

email Senator Cantwell: Phone: (202) 224-3441 Fax: (202) 228-0514
email Senator Murray: Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238
email Rep. Kilmer: Phone: (202) 225-5916

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1) After making a big splash last year by reversing his administration’s decision to allow the importation elephant trophy hunting body parts, the “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew a ban related to importing elephant trophies from Africa. A March 1 memorandum, written in dense legalese, said the government will now allow hunters to receive permits on “a case-by-case basis” to bring tusks and other body parts back to this country. … In an apparent effort to minimize press coverage, the Trump team at Interior initially tried to push through the rule change last November during the week before the Thanksgiving holiday.”

A master of obfuscation, the so-called president wants the public to remember that he banned trophy hunting imports while actually allowing trophy hunting imports. Sarah Huckabee Sanders added to the fog by saying, in response to a reporter’s question about Trump’s actual position, “President Trump’s position on trophy hunting remains the same.”


It appears that the Trump administration began allowing the importation of lion body parts last November, according to

Action: Ask our members of congress to sponsor legislation making it illegal to import trophy hunting spoils, including but not limited to elephants, rhinoceros, and lions. 

2) On March 13, Interior Secretary Zinke appeared before the Senate Energy committee. Senator Cantwell wanted to know why the Interior Department is raising park fees while Zinke has spent $1,000,000 on military jet travel. She also questioned him about the reduction in size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments. Zinke responded with hostility and snark. Zinke will appear before the House Committee on National Resources to defend the enormous cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that he and Trump are pushing.

Action: Contact Cantwell’s office and thank her for standing up for the environment. Contact our members of congress and ask them to oppose cuts to the Land and Water Conservaton Fund.

3) Puerto Rico has slipped from view and the emergency there is still dire. At the end of February, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosello, said the U.S. Treasury Department cut a $4.7 billion disaster relief loan available to the U.S. territory by more than half. This never should have been a loan to begin with. Contact our members of Congress and remind them Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, too, and no different from Floridians or Texans.

4) We’re still searching for the one Republican who will join the Senate’s CRA to uphold net neutrality. If just one Republican senator signs on, net neutrality will be saved. Got an Arizona connection? Call the offices of Jeff Flake ((202) 224-4521) and John McCain ((202) 224-2235). Got a Colorado connection? Call Cory Gardner’s office ((202) 224-5941).

5) The House passed the bill our representative, Derek Kilmer, co-sponsored, the STOP School Violence Act. It would appropriate $50 million a year to help schools develop “threat assessment systems” in line with recommendations from the FBI and Secret Services, in hopes of stopping such would-be killers before they commit acts of violence, anonymous reporting systems for use by students, teachers, or others to contact law enforcement about potential threats and improve school security through the use of technologies and increased personnel, but would NOT provide funds to arm teachers. Contact our senators and ask them to support the STOP School Violence Act.