Actions for the Week of 5/29/2020

Email Senator Cantwell: Phone: (202) 224-3441 Fax: (202) 228-0514 Press releases
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Email Rep. Kilmer: Phone: (202) 225-5916 News

Daily actions for the week starting 5/29/2020

An action a day keeps the dictator at bay.

  1. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to investigate Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos’s misappropriation of coronavirus funds. DeVos admitted that she is “redirect[ing] coronavirus relief funds away from public schools with high numbers of impoverished students to private schools which tend to serve wealthy students” during a radio interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on his Sirius XM show. Read the full article here.
  2. Contact our senators and demand they force a vote on The Heroes Act, which was passed by the House two weeks ago and now languishes in the graveyard of which McConnell is so proud. They could, for example, refuse to provide a quorum. As Gregory Koger wrote at Vox.com in 2018, “In order for the Senate to do anything, there must be a sufficient number of members present. … Other than quitting for the day or calling for others to come to the chamber, the Senate can do nothing without a majority of its members — 51 senators — participating in a vote. No bill can pass, no amendment can be decided on, no nominations can get approved. While nurses are still re-using N95 masks and dying, McConnell is doing his favorite thing: getting the nominations of unqualified judges passed for life-time appointments to the federal judiciary.
  3. Contact Rep. Kilmer and ask why The Heroes Act contains billions of dollars for defense contractors. “A section of the HEROES Act championed by Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly would cover executive compensation and other perks for defense and intel contractors. The legislation’s wording mirrors what an industry group proposed.” Read the full ProPublica article here. Tell our senators to remove that provision from The Heroes Act.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to require that states test for coronavirus in nursing homes and long-term care facilities and that all states report accurate numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths to the Centers for Disease Control, and that the CDC be required to make that data available to the public within one week of reporting. The Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has refused to test all elder-care residents. Read about that here and here. Iowa’s Republican governor is also hiding test results. Read about that here. Republican-controlled Nebraska refuses to make Covid-19 data available to the public. Arizona wasn’t processing some test swabs. Last week we learned the CDC has been reporting numbers that combine positive Covid-19 test results with positive immunity tests, making the data useless. Read about that here and here.
  5. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to investigate the $3 million contract issued by the Indian Health Service for the wrong kind of mask for the Navajo Nation, which has the highest rate of Covid-19 infection in the country. The contract was given to Zach Fuentes, a former aide to former Trump Chief of Staff, John Kelly. Fuentes founded the company that was awarded the contract 11 days before the contract was issued. Fuentes has no procurement experience.  Read about the contract here. Read about the impact of Covid-19 on the Navajo Nation here. Fuentes is known for a previous scheme whereby, after the firing of Kelly, he planned to hang out around the White House for six months doing nothing until he would qualify for early Coast Guard retirement. His scheme depended on the re-authorization of the Coast Guard’s early retirement program but fell apart when the early retirement program was not re-authorized when Fuentes’ scheme hit the national news. Read about that here.

Questions / daily action suggestions? kathy@mainlandview.com