Actions for the Week of 2/15/2019

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

Daily actions 2/15/2019

An action a day keeps the dictator at bay.

  1. Call Rep. Kilmer and ask him to support H. Res. 109, the Green New Deal, which already has 67 co-sponsors. In an evident attempt to sabotage Green New Deal advocates, Mitch McConnell has decided to hold a vote on his own Green New Deal plan (S.J. Res. 8) but has yet to introduce actual text. Ask our senators to support S. Res. 59, introduced by Sen. Markey which has 11 co-sponsors, none from Washington state. After decades of denial and do-nothing-ism, time is running out to save our children from the worst effects of climate change. The Green New Deal is a framework for hearings, investigation and eventual legislation for a clean-energy future as well as a plan to hire at a decent wage unemployed and underemployed workers to do the work needed to retrofit housing for energy efficiency, install the hardware needed to build the “Smart Grid” and build the clean energy infrastructure that will reduce income inequality and alleviate homelessness. Read about it here.
  2. If you are disappointed with our senators’ and Rep. Kilmer’s “yes” votes on H. Res. 131 to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert another government shutdown, tell them. According to an Indivisible.org email entitled “Tell your MoC to vote NO on the shutdown ‘deal’,” the bill includes increased funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds from 40,520 in fiscal year 2018 to 45,274 in fiscal year 2019 and increases the budget for ICE and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) by $512 million and $912 million, respectively, much of which will be used to hire more agents. It also includes $1.375 billion for “primary pedestrian barriers.” If you are pleased that the bill prohibits ever building a wall in environmentally or historically significant areas, including the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, La Lomita Historical Park and the privately run National Butterfly Center; that it prohibits the “chain-link fence-type enclosures” used in McAllen; requires appropriate temperature controls in detention facilities and allocates to the CBP $192.7 million for medical professionals, supplies such as food, infant formula and diapers, and better transportation between holding facilities, tell our members of Congress.
  3. Call our members of Congress and ask them to take action to thwart the current “president’s” declaration of a national emergency to build his vanity wall. In 1976, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, which empowers the President to activate special powers during a crisis. Congress can undo a state of emergency declaration with either a joint resolution and the President’s signature, or with a veto-proof majority vote within 18 days of the declaration, as reported by the New York Times. Tell Rep. Kilmer you want Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a vote on a joint resolution to override the “president’s” national emergency declaration. The National Emergencies Act is written so that the Senate most vote on a joint resolution passed by the House that opposes a declaration, so it would be illegal for Mitch McConnell to not hold this vote. Eighteen Republican senators have publicly expressed their opposition to an emergency declaration. Read about it here. If that doesn’t work, convey your support of Pelosi’s plan to sue the “president” over this unconstitutional declaration. EXTRA ACTION: Sign MoveOn.org’s petition against an emergency declaration here.
  4. Call Rep. Kilmer and ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 1137, “To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to repeal the authority relating to reprogramming during national emergencies.” This is Calif. Rep. John Garamendi’s bill to prevent the current “president” from stealing money already allocated for wildfire relief in California and hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico for his vanity wall project.
  5. Call our members of Congress and ask them to do more to protect election security. Since the election in 2016, Republicans have repeatedly thwarted efforts to beef up election security as described here and here. The current “president’s” administration has been cutting the task forces that were put in place to protect election security. According to an article at The Daily Beast, “Two teams of federal officials assembled to fight foreign election interference are being dramatically downsized, according to three current and former Department of Homeland Security officials. And now, those sources say they fear the department won’t prepare adequately for election threats in 2020.” Read more about past Republican efforts to leave our election infrastructure unprotected and here and here.
  6. Contact our members of Congress and ask them to investigate Republican minority leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s brother-in-law, William Wages. Wages told the Small Business Administration that he’s one-eighth Cherokee and got $7.6 million in no bid federal contracts because of that claim. The contracts, awarded through a federal program designed to help disadvantaged minorities, were mostly for construction projects at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in McCarthy’s Bakersfield-based district, and the Naval Air Station Lemoore in nearby Kings County. But the group to which Wages claims membership, the Northern Cherokee Nation, has no federal or state recognition as a legitimate tribe. According to an LA Times article, this “is considered a fraud by leaders of tribes that have federal recognition.”
  7. Call Senator Murray and thank her for introducing S. 270, the “Paycheck Fairness Act” and Senator Cantwell for co-sponsoring it. Call Rep. Kilmer and thank him for co-sponsoring the House version of the “Paycheck Fairness Act,” H.R. 7. If passed, the act will make it safe for co-workers to discuss their wages with each other without fear of retaliation, remove salary history from the job application process and allow workers alleging pay discrimination to band together in court. Read about it here.

Questions / daily action suggestions? kathy@mainlandview.com