Daily actions 5/18/2018
1) Contact Senator Cantwell and thank her for co-sponsoring S. 469, the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on 2/28/2017, which would allow the importation of prescription pharmaceuticals from Canada. Ask Senator Murray to co-sponsor S. 469.
2) Contact Representative Kilmer and thank him for his “no” vote on the farm bill 5/18/2018. All House Democrats voted against the farm bill because of changes to SNAP (i.e., food stamps) that would require adults spend 20 hours a week working or participating in a state-run training program as a condition to receive benefits. Democrats argue that a million or more people would end up losing benefits, because most states do not have the capacity to set up the required training programs. Some conservative Republicans voted against the farm bill because they opposed moderate Republican efforts to force a vote on legislation offering citizenship to some younger immigrants who arrived in the country as children. Read about it here.
3) Contact our members of Congress and urge them to do everything they can to stop EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt. So far, Pruitt has persuaded the president to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, moved to repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan and EPA rules clarifying federal jurisdiction to protect wetlands. This month, Pruitt ordered significant changes to the way air quality standards are set under the Clean Air Act. Pruitt seeks to undermine the scientific basis for the EPA’s national air quality standards by changing who advises the EPA, restricting the data they can use, and requiring them to shift their focus away from protecting public health.
4) Ask our senators to vote “no” on the confirmation of Andrew Oldham, former staffer for Texas Governor Gregg Abbot when Abbot was Texas’ Attorney General, to the 5th circuit. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 25, Oldham refused to say whether Brown v. Board was correctly decided. He also refused to answer Cory Booker’s question about whether there is implicit racial bias in the criminal justice system. According to People for the American Way, Oldham has challenged the constitutional legitimacy of the federal agencies that protect the environment, working people, consumers, hurricane victims, and more. For more, see here.
5) Contact our members of Congress and ask them to call for an investigation into the 1,375 children that the Department of Health and Human Services has lost when they were separated from their parents at the Mexican border. Senator Murray is a member of the HELP committee, where she may have some influence on this issue.
6) Contact our members of Congress and let them know you oppose the proposed regulatory change to the “public charge” rule. These changes target less affluent immigrant families and their children. The Kaiser Foundation estimates that nearly 20 million children living in immigrant families could be affected by these proposed changes. And the New York Times reported in March that “Immigrants hoping for permanent residence are dropping out of public nutrition programs even before prominent elements of the Trump administration’s proposed policy changes are enacted, fearful that participating could threaten their citizenship eligibility or put them at risk for deportation.”
7) Contact our members of Congress and let them know you oppose the Trump administration’s “gag” rule on Title X federally-funded clinics that help low-income patients get services such as contraceptive counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections. The rule would prevent Title X clinics from even mentioning the word “abortion.” This rule has already been imposed on foreign countries that receive aid money from the United States. Such a rule would force Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers to either stop discussing abortions with their patients or stop receiving Title X money. Read about it here.
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