Daily Actions for Nov. 26, 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. As ever, contact our senators and tell them to pass S.2747 Freedom to Vote Act,” and S.4, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021,” by Nov. 19. After Nov. 19, the Senate has just 10 work days left this year. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put S.4, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021”  up for a vote in the Senate last week. The vote failed as expected, hopefully finally proving to Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema that, at the very least, there must be a carve-out of the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation or complete elimination of the filibuster. This coming wee Indivisible is leading a week of action on voting rights. Call our senators at each of their local offices (Murray: 425-259-6515 (Everette), 360-696-7797 (Vancouver), 509-453-7462 (Yakima), 206-553-5545 (Seattle), 509-624-9515 (Spokane) and 253-572-3636 Tacoma) Cantwell: 206-220-6400 (Seattle), 509-353-2507 (Spokane), 253-572-2281 (Tacoma), 425-303-0114 (Everette),  360-696-7838 (Vancouver) and 509- 946-8106 (Richland). In GOP-controlled states, passage of voter suppression laws and laws that allow a state legislature to override the vote of the people have made the choice is clear: save democracy or save the filibuster.
  2. Contact our senators and tell them to co-sponsor and pass H.R.2773/S.2372, the “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.” Over a third of America’s fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction. The bill will direct $1.3 billion of existing revenue annually to state-led conservation efforts, as well as $97.5 million to Tribal-led wildlife conservation plans. The Nature Conservancy describes this bill as the “most significant investment in wildlife conservation in decades.” It has broad Republican support. Thank Rep. Kilmer for already being a co-sponsor.
  3. Contact our senators and tell them to vote “no” on the re-nomination of Jerome Powell as head of the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve has a mandate to regulate the banks and steer the economy away from crisis. But banks are fueling the climate crisis by lending money to oil and gas drillers, and Jerome Powell has shown he is not willing to do anything about it. Senators Warren, Whitehouse and Merkley are already “no” votes. Seattle’s own 350.org is a leader on the “no” vote on Powell. Here is their press release.
  4. Contact our senators and urge them to support the updated proposal by Senators Warren, King and Wyden to prevent the biggest and most profitable corporations from paying nothing In federal taxes. The proposal would create a minimum tax on corporations. Now that the Build Back Better bill has been passed by the House, the Senate will be revising it. This updated proposal must be included as a “pay-for” in the Build Back Better bill. Read about it here.
  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for co-sponsoring H.R.5314/S.2921, the “Protecting Our Democracy Act.” Urge our senators to become co-sponsors. The bill, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), is a response to the former president’s abuse of presidential power. For example, it prohibits self-pardons by a president, imposes limits on presidential declarations of emergencies, requires cause for the removal of an inspector general and requires candidates for president and vice president to submit to the FEC a copy of income tax returns. Check here for the full list. House Democrats are supposed to vote on this bill “by the fall.” There are only 10 days left for that to happen.

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