Daily Actions 4/16/2021

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 Rep. Kilmer and thank him for co-sponsoring H.R.1834, the Hate Crimes Commission Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.). The bill would establish a United States Commission on Hate Crimes to study and make recommendations on the prevention of the commission of hate crimes. Contact our senators and thank them for co-sponsoring S.937, the “COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act,” introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). The bill would require a designated officer or employee of the Department of Justice to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes and reports of COVID-19 hate crimes.

  2. Contact our senators and tell them to co-sponsor S.1148, “a bill to restrict the first-use strike of nuclear weapons,” introduced by Sen. Ed. Markey (D-Mass.). Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R.669, “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2021,” introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and/or H.R.2603, “To establish the policy of the United States regarding the no-first-use of nuclear weapons,” introduced by Rep. Adam Smith.

  3. 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-New Jersey) and Rep. Alma Adams (D-North Carolina), respectively. The bill would require the Department of Agriculture to address the department’s history of discrimination against Black farmers and ranchers and make reforms to prevent future discrimination.

  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to co-sponsor H.R.516, the “Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act of 2021,” introduced by Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri). The bill would establish an interagency Environmental Justice Mapping Committee that would create a tool to identify communities of people of color, low-income communities, or tribal and indigenous communities that experience, or are at risk of experiencing, higher or more adverse human health or environmental effects, as compared to other communities. It would also require the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a repository to maintain the data collected by the committee and make that data available to regional, state, local, and tribal governments.

  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to work with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) on her bill to repeal the provision in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 that requires the Postal Service to pre-fund retiree health care through 2081 in 10 years. That’s $11 billion per year. Maloney’s bill would switch future current and future USPS retirees to the Medicare system. Pre-funding the health care of retirees who haven’t been born yet is largely responsible for the USPS’s current financial woes and is thought by many to be a deliberate attempt by Republicans to weaken the USPS so it can be privatized. In the previous session of Congress, the House passed Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio’s bill, H.R.2382, the “USPS Fairness Act,” which would have repealed the pre-funding requirement, but it was not brought up by the Senate. Instead of actually funding health care benefits for USPS retirees, the pre-funding money was used to offset the national debt. Read about that here.

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