Daily Actions 6/11/2021

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! (Do this once a week, or more!) We know 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; the Voting Rights Act; the $15/hour minimum wage, tax increases on the wealthy to fund infrastructure and so much more. The filibuster is a thing because of a mistake. We must not let a mistake destroy our democracy. Read more here.
  2. Contact Sen. Cantwell and urge her to co-sponsor S.984, the “Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021,” introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Thank Sen. Patty Murray for already being a co-sponsor. Thank Rep. Kilmer for already being a co-sponsor of the same bill in the House, H.R. 2238. Neither bill has any Republican co-sponsors, so it will require that the filibuster be eliminated to pass. Ninety-one percent of plastic is never recycled. Read about the bill here.
  3. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to become a co-sponsor of H.R.1200, the Stop CHEATERS Act, introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA). The bill would provide additional appropriations through FY2031 for the enforcement activities of the Internal Revenue Service and to increase audits yearly until 2025 to reach specified targets. It also increases enforcement penalties for accuracy-related underpayments of tax up to a maximum of 40% of the underpayment for taxpayers with a taxable income greater than $5 million. This bill has little chance of passage in the Senate unless the filibuster is eliminated. Read about it here.
  4. Contact our senators and urge them to support H.R.6, the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.” The bill would make it possible for people granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status to become permanent residents. The bill passed the House in March with nine Republicans voting in favor. Thank Rep. Kilmer for voting for it. It will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on 6/15. It’s unlikely H.R.6 can pass the Senate if the filibuster is not eliminated. A recent Supreme Court decision made it clear that the law needs to be changed to allow TPS and DED residents to become permanent residents. Learn more about the bill here.
  5. Contact our senators and tell them to co-sponsor S.70, the “National Guard Cybersecurity Support Act,” introduced by Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH). The bill would authorize members of the National Guard to perform, at the request of a state and in connection with training or other duty, cybersecurity operations or missions to protect critical infrastructure. After the recent ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline and JBS, our country needs better cybersecurity. Hassan is considered one of the two most vulnerable Democratic senators in 2022; she could use the win. The National Guard already provides some cybersecurity support under the State Partnership Program, such as here in Washington state. The bill has seven Republican co-sponsors, so it should pass muster with Sen. Joe Manchin. Read about the National Guard and cybersecurity here.
  6. Contact our senators and tell them to co-sponsor S.696, the “Connected Rural Schools Act.” This bill was introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), considered one of the two most vulnerable Democratic senators in 2022. It solves a real problem: The bill would ensure that broadband and other internet accessibility technologies are eligible for funding from the existing Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program. The bill already has three co-sponsors, two of which are Republicans. The third co-sponsor is Sen. Joe Manchin, so it should pass muster with himself. Read about the bill here.

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