Daily Actions for Jan. 21, 2022

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 thank them for standing up for democracy. Both of our senators gave floor speeches. (Watch Cantwell’s speech and Murray’s speech). Thank them for moving to a carve-out of the filibuster to pass voting rights. That’s a more radical position than the talking filibuster for just one voting rights bill the senators actually voted on. Urge them to keep working for voting rights.
  2. Contact our members of Congress and urge them to consider smaller changes to the voting laws that Republicans might be ashamed to oppose. Democrats should like these
    1. Require one ballot drop box per 300,000 people.
    2. End felony disenfranchisement.
    3. Forego mail-in voting requirements but require two weeks of early voting for at least nine hours a day.

    Republicans should like these

    1. Allow states to require an ID to vote as long as the state provides a usable voter ID for free to anyone who wants one. Include federal funding for states to provide the ID.
    2. Provide funding to all states to join the Electronic Registration Information Center. Member states share information and find voters who are registered in more than one state. Currently, 19 states are not members.
  3. Contact our senators and urge them to support Pres. Biden’s three nominees for the Federal Reserve Board: Sarah Bloom Raskin, for the top regulatory slot, Lisa Cook, who would be the first Black woman to serve on the Fed’s board, and Phillip Jefferson, an economist, dean of faculty at Davidson College in North Carolina and a former Fed researcher. Raskin is likely to be tougher on bank regulation than her Trump-appointed predecessor. Republicans are likely to oppose Raskin because she is viewed as someone committed to incorporating climate change considerations into the Fed’s oversight of banks. Cook is best-known for her research on the impact of racial violence on African-American invention and innovation. Jefferson grew up in a working-class family and has focused his research on poverty and monetary policy. Learn more here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and urge them to work cautiously with Republicans who now seem willing to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887. The Act is thought to have emboldened the Jan. 6 insurrectionists with its absurdly low threshold for objecting to a state’s presidential election results (one member of the House and one member of the Senate). Two senators are reported to be leading this effort: Joe Manchin and Susan Collins. According to The Economist, “[t]he Electoral Count Act of 1887, which tries to set guidelines for how Congress settles disputed results in presidential elections, is vague, confusing, possibly unconstitutional—and ripe for reform.” After months of review by a team of legal experts and staff, the House Administration Committee recently released a 31-page report on the Act. The report proposes six changes, including dramatically raising the threshold for objections to a state’s presidential election results and removing the vice president as the presiding officer.
  5. Contact our state legislators and urge them to ban cryptocurrency mining, which uses incredible amounts of electricity for a stupid purpose. Read about it here. The document includes information for contacting our state legislators.
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