Daily Actions 3/5/2021

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

  1. Contact our senators and tell them to have a chat with Sens. Manchin and Sinema about filibuster reform. Without filibuster reform, bills passed by the House that we desperately need, such as H.R.1, the “For the People Act,” the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act” (both needed right now to counteract the 253-and-counting voter suppression bills introduced in 43 state houses since Nov. 3), H.R.1280, the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021” statehood for Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, $15/hour minimum wage and everything else will be dead in the Senate. Do Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema not realize that the voter suppression bills introduced in their state legislatures will likely prevent them from being re-elected? Read more here. This issue has been framed as an all or nothing issue, but there are other alternatives, such carving out exceptions to the filibuster rule. We already have exceptions for budget reconciliation and presidential nominations. Why not have an exception for voting rights? Read about four other possibilities for filibuster reform here.

  2. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for voting in favor of H.R.1, the “For the People Act,” and H.R.1280, the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021this week. Both bills passed on a party-line vote. The “For the People Act” incorporates key measures that are urgently needed, “including automatic voter registration and other steps to modernize our elections; a national guarantee of free and fair elections without voter suppression, coupled with a commitment to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act; small donor public financing to empower ordinary Americans instead of big donors (at no cost to taxpayers) and other critical campaign finance reforms; an end to partisan gerrymandering; and a much-needed overhaul of federal ethics rules.” Read more about it here. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would ban neck restraints and “no knock” warrants in drug cases at the federal level. It would also reform qualified immunity, a doctrine that makes it difficult to sue officers. Read more about it here.

  3. Contact. Rep. Kilmer and urge him to co-sponsor H.Res.25. The resolution directs the “Committee on Ethics to investigate, and issue a report on, whether any and all actions taken by Members of the 117th Congress who sought to overturn the 2020 Presidential election violated their oath of office to uphold the Constitution or the Rules of the House of Representatives, and should face sanction, including removal from the House of Representatives.” The resolution was introduced by freshman Rep. Cori Bush and has some momentum with 54 co-sponsors.

  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to co-sponsor H.R.484, the “No Glory for Hate Act,” introduced by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) The bill would prohibit the use of federal funds to commemorate a president twice impeached by the House of Representatives, including for any symbol, monument, structure, building, or public land commemorating a former president twice impeached or who has been convicted of a state or federal crime relating to actions taken in an official capacity. It also restricts the benefits given to former presidents who have been twice impeached, including with regard to pension, staff, travel, and burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Read more here.

  5. Contact Sen. Murray and thank her for introducing S.205, the “Paycheck Fairness Act.” The bill already has 49 co-sponsors, including Sen. Cantwell (you can thank her, too). The bill would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963, help eliminate the gender wage gap, and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. The legislation would also end the practice of pay secrecy and strengthen the available remedies for wronged employees. Read more about it here. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to support this bill in the House (no number assigned yet), where it is sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

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