Actions for the Week of 5/22/2020

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 for the week starting 5/22/2020

An action a day keeps the dictator at bay. started a new initiative last week called “The Peoples’ Agenda Pledge,” calling on members of Congress to “vote against the next coronavirus relief package (COVID 4) unless it is a true People’s Agenda for relief. That means the next relief package must keep people on payrolls, provide financial relief, protect public health, defend elections, ensure the next package provides relief to every person in this country, regardless of tax or immigration status, age or disability.”

The pledge is based on four principles: 1) Keep people on payrolls. 2) Provide financial relief focused on people. 3) Protect public health (testing, PPE). 4) Defend democracy with vote by mail.

Actions based on these four principles change daily. Go to People’s Agenda Pledge to see and take action on the current day’s issue.

  1. Go to People’s Agenda Pledge which today is focusing on worker protection. Use that page to contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to oppose any legislation that would allow employers to operate in an unsafe way without any legal accountability. People deserve to be safe at work, and we need Congress to protect them in the event that employers don’t honor that basic principle.
  2. Contact Sen. Cantwell and thank her for being in Congress and her May 13 “Yes” vote on Sen. Ron Wyden’s amendment to remove new language added by Mitch McConnell to the renewal of USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 (aka “The PATRIOT Act”). The Wyden amendment would have removed language Mitch McConnell added to expressly permit the FBI to warrantlessly collect records on Americans’ web browsing and search histories. Senate rules required a vote by 60 senators to pass Wyden’s amendment, but failed with just 59 votes. In a different amendment, McConnell also proposes giving the attorney general visibility into the “accuracy and completeness” of FBI surveillance submissions to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.” “McConnell is increasing Barr’s oversight of surveillance on political candidates while expanding surveillance authorities on every other American.” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Read more about it here and here.
  3. Contact our senators and tell them to support Sen. Bob Menendez’ bill to protect Inspectors General for the State Department and other Foreign Affairs agencies from removal and bolster Congress’s ability to review attempts to remove Inspectors General. The senator’s bill would also require that Acting Inspectors General be career officials, not political appointees, and would mandate recusal by agency heads and other senior officials regarding investigations into their own conduct. The Menendez bill was sparked by the firing of Steve Linick, the State Department inspector general, the fourth inspector general to be ousted in the past six weeks. Encourage our members of Congress to protect all inspectors general legislatively. Read more here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to support the “Saving Our Street” Act, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Kamala Harris and in the House by Rep. Ayanna Pressley but not yet having a number. Given that the Paycheck Protection Program stupidly allowed publicly-traded companies with as many as 500 (or, if they cheated, more) employees to soak up money allocated to it, the Saving Our Street Act provides $125 billion of funding to mom-and-pop businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Hedge fund and publicly-traded companies are specifically prohibited from receiving SOS grants. Grants are limited to no more than $250,000. The Treasury Department would be in charge of accepting applications and funding qualifying businesses, instead of banks.
  5. Contact Senator Cantwell and thank her for voting “No” on the nomination of the completely unqualified John Ratcliffe as Director of National Security. Sen. Murray did not vote. Ratcliffe was approved by a vote of 49 to 44. Ratcliffe is a former Republican congressman from Texas who secured his re-nomination as DNI after his performance at the impeachment hearings. (That’s right. Ratcliffe was nominated last year but the nomination was withdrawn last August.) Read about here.

Questions / daily action suggestions?