Actions for the Week of 11/16/2018

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

Daily actions 11/16/2018

Contact our members of Congress and ask them to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation. On 11/8/2018, Senators Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) and Chris Coons (D-Maryland) said they will ask for unanimous consent to bring their bill, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S-2644), which was introduced in April and which was passed by the Senate Judicial Committee, to the floor of the U.S. Senate. Senator Flake says he will not vote for any judicial nominees whether in committee or on the Senate floor (over 50 of them) until this bill gets a vote. Let’s hold him to his word, finally. In the House, there are two bills titled Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, H.R. 5476 (Kilmer is one of 129 co-sponsors) and H.R. 5505 (10 mostly Republican co-sponsors). Ask our members of Congress to attach Mueller protection to any or all of the seven “must-pass” spending bills that will be coming up for a vote by Dec. 7.

Contact our members of Congress and ask them to support Brad Sherman’s bill to require Congressional approval to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. Sherman plans to introduce his bill in response to the murder of U.S. resident, journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the CIA has determined was ordered by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince,

On Friday, it was reported that the Trump administration ordered the Justice Department to find a way to return U.S. resident and Turkish Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, to Turkey, where he will likely be tortured and put to death, in order to get Turkey to shut up about Khashoggi’s murder. This is the very same cleric that Michael Flynn plotted to kidnap and render to Turkey before the current “president” was inaugurated. Read about it here.

Trump’s alignment of the United States with Saudi Arabia is disgusting, and the passage of Sherman’s bill would be one tiny step in restoring our country’s good name in the world.

Contact our members of Congress and ask them to support efforts to pass legislation to end the U.S. role in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) tried to fast-track a bill to end U.S. support for the Saudi war in Yemen, but the Republican majority on the House Rules Committee changed the rules so Khanna’s bill can not longer leapfrog committee hearings and be fast-tracked to the chamber floor. Read about it here.

Contact our representative, Derek Kilmer, and ask him to hold hearings on the VA’s inability to handle new vets who have applied for benefits under the expanded GI bill approved by Congress. Recent press reports indicate that over 80,000 vets have not received their housing stipend and are threatened with eviction. The problem appears to be the VA’s antiquated technology and the lack of a chief information officer – a position the Trump administration has not filled. As they have done in the past, they can do emergency payments; they just aren’t doing it, said Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) in an interview on MSNBC on Nov. 14. Read more about the VA’s problems here.

Meanwhile, we’re spending $200-250 million to send 5,800 troops to the Mexican border in Arizona, Texas and California. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited some troops and told them they were there to string razor wire at ports of entry and to “back up” Customs and Border Patrol.

Contact our senators and ask them to vote “no” on Trump’s district court nominee, Thomas Farr, again, and on Jonathan Kobes, to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Trump has re-nominated Farr, whose original nomination in 2017 failed when the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed Farr’s ties to the Pioneer Fund, a group that uses “science” to espouse racism. Farr has ties to white supremacists and has spent his entire career working against civil rights, voting rights and workers’ rights. Read about it here.

By voting “no,” South Carolina Senator Tim Scott sank the nomination of Ryan Bounds. Perhaps our senators’ staffers could communicate Thomas Farr’s background to Senator Scott’s staffers.

A panel of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary conducted two separate evaluations of Jonathan Kobes and found him unworthy of a position on the Court of Appeals. Read it about it here.

Urge Democratic leadership to stop making it easy for McConnell to approve federal judge appointments! Make it a slow, tortuous project! It’s well-known that McConnell stole a Supreme Court seat from President Obama; it is lesser known that after Republicans took the majority in 2014, McConnell refused to hold hearings for many of Obama’s lower court nominees. That’s why the current “president” had 88 district and 17 court of appeals vacancies to fill. Read about it here.

Questions / daily action suggestions? kathy@mainlandview.com