Actions for the Week of 8/23/2019

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 for the week of 8/23/2019

An action a day keeps the dictator at bay.

  1. Call our members of Congress and demand they investigate the report that the NRA funneled Russian money into the 2016 election. In an August 16 interview with Rachel Maddow, FEC election commissioner chair, Ellen Weintraub, said the FEC has not investigated the story because the FEC’s Republican members have refused to allow the FEC’s general counsel to act. Read about it here.  It was reported that Robert Mueller would investigate the allegations, but there is no information about it in the redacted Mueller report.
  2. Call our members of Congress and tell them to start work on a new Endangered Species Act that can’t be gutted by a future crazed president. We must learn from this experience that our democracy is vulnerable and must protect itself from future deranged presidents. Read about the current “president’s” attack on the Endangered Species Act here.
  3. Call our members of Congress and tell them to oppose the current “president’s” rules allowing the indefinite detention of families seeking asylum. The current “president” has issued these new rules to circumvent the Flores court decision that limits child detentions to no more than 20 days.  Read about the new rules here.
  4. Call our members of Congress and tell them to revise the Federal Vacancies Act to allow people to remain “acting” for no more than 90 days. With the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, over a dozen high-level acting officials are running federal agencies. The four federal agencies that run our country’s immigration system (Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) are being run by acting heads under the Federal Vacancies and Reform Act of 1998. That act allows acting department heads to remain “acting” for as long as 210 days, thereby evading Senate oversight of the people running federal agencies. Read about the Federal Vacancies and Reform Act here. Read about why the current president is so fond of using acting officials.
  5. Call our members of Congress and tell them to pass legislation requiring the audit of a sitting president’s tax returns each year he or she is in office. Turns out, the “requirement” that the IRS audit the sitting president’s tax returns is just a “practice.” Read about it here. It’s no surprise that an IRS employee/whistleblower says the IRS is not following their own policy in the case of the current “president.” Read about that here.
  6. BONUS: Call Sen. Murray and thank her for getting federal funding for Colman dock. Read about it here.

Questions / daily action suggestions? kathy@mainlandview.com