Actions for the Week of 9/21/2018

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

Daily actions 9/21/2018

Keep up the pressure:

Call our senators and thank them for publicly saying they will vote “no” on Kavanaugh. Got friends or relatives living in Maine and Alaska? Or in states with squishy Democratic senators like Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Heidi HeitKamp (North Dakota) and Joe Donnelly (Indiana). Contact them and ask them to call their senators and demand a “no” vote. Ask our senators to require testimony from witnesses, such as Christine King Miranda, who say the assault was common knowledge at their high school. Read about it here.

Call our senators and ask them to use the Congressional Review Act to stop the Trump administration from withdrawing from a court decree that limits to 20 days the amount of time a child can be held in federal detention. The Trump administration wants indefinite – as in forever – detention of immigrant families.

Currently, 12,800 people are in federal detention, up from 2,400 a year ago. Remind our members of Congress that we care about the 211 children who are still separated from their families. The parents of 165 of them have already been deported.

Other actions you can take:

  • Call for HHS Secretary Azar and DHS Secretary Nielsen to be held in contempt of court and jailed. Read about it here.
  • Comment on the proposed rule change allowing indefinite detention here. The comment period closes on Nov. 6.
  • Ask our members of Congress to demand oversight on Trump taking money from FEMA as well as AIDs and cancer research, to fund indefinite, permanent detention. Read about it here.

Call our senators and demand they take action to protect Robert Mueller. It is clear that the “president” plans to fire Jeff Sessions after the mid-term elections and then fire Robert Mueller.

New this week:

Call our members of Congress and ask them to join the bipartisan group of legislators calling for the U.S. to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of middle eastern countries (including the United Arab Emirates) in a war in Yemen. The coalition is targeting schools and hospitals. The explosion of a bus killed more than 40 children was traced to U.S. made bombs. Secretary of State Mike Pomeo overruled State Department experts calling for a halt to weapons sales because he does not want to undermine $2 billion in sales of 120,000 precision guided missiles. Read about it here.

Call Derek Kilmer and ask him to join other members of the House who oppose the nuclear weapons upgrade. The upgrade will cost $1.7 trillion over 10 years. Read about it here.

Call our members of Congress and demand action on the student loan debt crisis. Thank Senator Murray for joining a letter sent to Acting Director Mulvaney. Congress passed legislation allowing people with student loans to have their loans forgiven if they made 10 years’ worth of on-time payments while working in public service jobs, such as social workers, nurses, nonprofit employees. Program participants pay back as much as 91 percent of their original loan amount, so enrollees primarily save on interest. But for many, the program has turned into a nightmare because the Department of Education does a poor job of supervising the companies it has hired to run the program. Read about it here. The letter to Senator Murray joined accused Acting Director Mulvaney of failing to uphold its supervisory responsibilities over student loan servicers and for violations of the Military Lending Act. Read about it here.

Call our members of Congress and express your support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For more than 50 years, the fund has financed outdoor recreation and conservation efforts across the country. Money for the fund comes mostly from offshore drilling royalties, suspicious that the Republican-controlled Congress has failed to reauthorize the fund, which expires on Sept. 30.

Comment on changes to the Endangered Species Act. The changes strip the Endangered Species Act of key provisions, a move that conservationists say would weaken a law enacted 45 years ago to keep plant and animal species in decline from going extinct. Read about it here.

Click the links below to make comments on the following topics.
Listing Species and Designating Critical Habitat
Revision of Regulations for Prohibitions to Threatened Wildlife and Plants
Interagency Cooperation

You can comment on each one. The comment period expires this Monday, Sept. 24.

Questions / daily action suggestions? kathy@mainlandview.com