Daily Actions for Oct. 22, 2021

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Email Rep. Kilmer: Phone: (202) 225-5916 News

      1. Contact our senators and tell them to eliminate the filibuster in order to pass S.2747 Freedom to Vote Act,” as well as H.R.4, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021.” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put S.2747 up for a vote in the Senate this week. The vote failed as expected. It’s obvious now that the filibuster must be eliminated to pass S.2747, H.R.4 (the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will give the DOJ authority to investigate and bring lawsuits against states that violate voting rights), H.R.5314 to curb presidential power, H.R. 1280 for policing reform, H.R.3755 to protect reproductive rights, immigration reform, campaign finance reform, gun safety and so much more. We believe that Sen. Cantwell now supports a carve out but that she wants to keep the filibuster to protect Democrats when Republicans are in the majority. Remind her times have changed: Republicans have already carved out the filibuster to get the judicial nominees they want. Republicans get the tax cut bills they want via the carve out for reconciliation. As Sen. Gillibrand said this week, Republicans now get everything they want (to defeat Democratic initiatives) BECAUSE of the filibuster. The filibuster is an anti-democratic rule used in the past to prevent civil rights legislation from passing for decades. It’s time for the filibuster to go.

      2. Contact our senators and urge them to support Holly Thomas, Pres. Biden’s pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit handles appeals from federal district courts in 11 states and territories, including Washington state. Thomas’ hearing was held this week and Republican “senators” used their time to grill Thomas about case in Loudoun County, VA, in which a boy assaulted a girl in a school bathroom. The boy is rumored to have worn a skirt. Thomas had not heard of the case before the hearing and had nothing to do with it. More info here.

      3. Contact our senators and urge them to support Rachael Rollins, Pres. Biden’s nominee for U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. At her nomination hearing on Sept. 30, Cruz and Cotton led the opposition, accusing Rollins of having “a radical pro-crime stance.” Since being elected in 2018 as the first woman of color to serve as district attorney for Boston, Rollins has pushed for progressive criminal justice reforms. The Judiciary Committee voted 11-11 on Rollins’ nomination, so Schumer will have to call for a vote of the full Senate to push through Rollins’ nomination. Read more here.

      4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to support and pass the Justice Against Malicious Algorithms Act, introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-06), along with Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) (no bill number yet). The bill would end civil immunity for Facebook and other platforms that knowingly or recklessly use algorithms or other technology to recommend content that “materially contributes to physical or severe emotional injury.” The bill would allow people to sue in cases where someone acts on misinformation or damaging content placed in their feed through personalized algorithms — for example, taking their own life. Read more here. Urge our senators to work with Reps. Pallone, Doyle, Schakowsky and Eschoo to introduce and pass this bill in the Senate.

      5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for working with Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler to introduce H.R.4651/S.2464 the RECOMPETE Act. Contact our senators and urge them to co-sponsor this bill, which would The RECOMPETE Act would establish a new federal grant program at the Economic Development Agency (EDA) that would empower persistently distressed communities to develop, implement, and carry out 10-year economic development strategies and create jobs. Distressed communities, as identified by the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, are home to almost one-sixth of the U.S. population and have an employment rate of workers ages 25 to 54 significantly below the national average. The Upjohn Institute’s analysis suggests that these communities have largely been left out of the investment, wealth, innovation, and opportunity that has instead been concentrated in a handful of major metro areas in recent decades. Read more here.

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