Daily Actions for July 23, 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 urge them to eliminate the filibuster! Both of our senators are willing to reform the filibuster, but reform likely will not be enough to pass the legislation our country so desperately needs: S.1, the “For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, especially now that the Supreme Court has gutted Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We must not choose the filibuster over our democracy. Read more here.
  2. Contact Sen. Murray and thank her for introducing S.1025, the “Toxic Exposure Safety Act of 2021.” Contact Sen. Cantwell and urge her to become a co-sponsor. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to become a co-sponsor of the same bill in the House, H.R. 2257, introduced by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA). The bill would establish a presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the Department of Energy, to refine the definition of compensable illnesses and establish a research program. The Hanford nuclear facility in Washington state is an example of why this bill is important. Hanford was created as the final processing site for the WWII Manhattan project. For decades, Hanford funneled water directly from the Columbia River to cool its reactors and returned that water, without treatment directly to back into the river. Now it’s the largest toxic waste cleanup site in the world. Fifty-seven percent of Hanford nuclear site workers surveyed by WA state reported toxic exposures.
  3. Contact our senators and thank them for voting “Aye” on the $1.1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal Sen. Schumer scheduled as a test vote on Wednesday. Republicans voted “Nay” on a party-line vote. Republicans claimed they didn’t have enough details to vote in favor of beginning debate (a facetious argument because that’s a routine practice in the Senate.) More details are supposed to be ready on Monday and the bill could come up for a cloture vote to start debate next week. Read about it here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor S.300/H.R.1393, the “Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2021,” introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), respectively. According to Sen. Booker, the bill would “reform the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provide debt relief and create a land grant program to encourage a new generation of Black farmers.” Federal grants to Black farmers reached a 10-year low in 2020 as Black farmers are routinely cut out of federal support programs. Read more here.
  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for working with Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) to introduce the “Rebuilding Economies and Creating Opportunities for More People Everywhere to Excel Act” (aka, the RECOMPETE Act) (no number yet). The bill would establish a new federal grant program at the Economic Development Agency (EDA) in an effort to empower persistently distressed communities to develop, implement, and carry out 10-year economic development strategies and create jobs. The bill will be introduced in the Senate by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). Read about the effect this bill could have on southwest Washington here. And how this bill could effect the Olympic Peninsula.

Update: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (on which Sen. Cantwell sits) voted 10 to 10 to confirm the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to run the Bureau of Land Management. Because it was a tie vote, Schumer can bring her nomination up for a full vote of the Senate. Republicans on the committee objected to her nomination because as a graduate student in the late 80s, she mailed a letter (written by a spiker) to the U.S. Forest Service warning them that trees had been spiked in section of land scheduled for clear cutting. Stone-Manning testified in 1993 that she sent the letter “because I wanted people to know that those trees were spiked. I didn’t want anybody getting hurt as a result of trees being spiked.”

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