Actions for the Week of 7/3/2020

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 starting 7/3/2020

An action a day keeps the dictator at bay.

  1. Contact our members of Congress and tell them the current “president” must be thoroughly investigated for doing nothing in the face of intelligence reports that Russia has been paying Taliban fighters to kill U.S. and coalition soldiers in Afghanistan. No words can express the sorrow this story brings. Read about it here.
  2. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to rescind the tax cut that Republicans added to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “Buried in the bill was language giving 43,000 of the nation’s richest people an average tax break of $1.6 million each. This corporate charity allows real estate developers, hedge fund owners and other financiers to use business losses from past years — losses that have nothing to do with COVID-19 and exist largely on paper — to reap huge refunds,” according to this article at Salon.com. Tell Rep. Kilmer to start taxing the super-wealthy instead of looking for ways to cut Social Security because of “the debt.”
  3. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor the Make Medications Affordable by Preventing Pandemic Price-gouging (MMAPPP) Act introduced by Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and the Taxpayer Research and Coronavirus Knowledge (TRACK) Act, introduced by Democrat Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas. Congress must guarantee affordable Covid-19 drugs, eliminate monopolies on these drugs, and ensure transparency for taxpayers who [paid to] develop them,” Schakowsky said of her bill. The TRACK Act would establish a single database for Covid-19 research and development detailing all the financial and non-financial federal support for pharmaceutical companies, information on clinical trials and patents, and the full terms of deals between the government and drug manufacturers,” according to an article at Rawstory.com. Read about both bills here. (Bill numbers not available at this time.)
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill to cut the Pentagon budget by $350 billion. Last year’s $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act was the largest on record, coming at the expense of health care, education, infrastructure spending, and public health research. Republicans and some Democrats (such as Rep. Kilmer) are already saying Congress needs to cut programs to reduce spending and the national debt, and they have Social Security in mind. Read about Lee’s bill here. (Bill number not available at this time.)
  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for being an early co-sponsor of H.R.2442 and H.R.1001, the Puppy Protection Act of 2019 and the WOOF! Act, respectively. H.R.2442 would amend the Animal Welfare Act to require that dog dealers provide their dogs with flooring that is completely solid and sufficient indoor space to allow the tallest dog in an enclosure to stand on his or her hind legs without touching the roof of the enclosure, as well as other improvements. H.R.1001 would prohibit the Department of Agriculture from licensing a dog dealer if the dealer’s license has been lost, from licensing a such a dealer’s immediate family members or persons residing at the same address as the dealer. Ask Rep. Kilmer to further amend the Animal Welfare Act to require that dealers provide access to premises and revoke the license of dealers who deny access to USDA inspectors. Tell Rep. Kilmer to appropriate enough money to the USDA to triple the number of puppy mill inspectors with the goal of shutting down unlicensed puppy mills.

Questions / daily action suggestions? kathy@mainlandview.com