Archive of Daily Actions

11/26/2021

  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.

11/19/2021

  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 members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor and pass H.R.5905/S.3210, the Sgt. Isaac Woodard, Jr. and Sgt. Joseph H. Maddox GI Bill Restoration Act of 2021,” introduced by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) in the House and Sen. Ralph Warnock (D-GA) in the Senate. The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to Black veterans of World War II, and surviving spouses and certain direct descendants of such veterans, eligibility for certain housing loans and educational assistance administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The original GI bill was signed in 1944 and its use by returning GIs helped build the white middle class that flourished in the 1950s and 60s. While the original GI Bill’s language did not specifically exclude African-American veterans from its benefits, the bill was structured in a way that ultimately shut doors for the 1.2 million Black veterans who returned from WWII. Read more about that here. The bill is named for Sgt. Isaac Woodard, Jr. who was in uniform when he was blinded by a small-town police chief while returning to his home in South Carolina, and Sgt. Joseph Maddox, who was accepted by Harvard University for a master’s degree program, but denied GI benefits to “avoid setting a precedent.” Read about that here.
  3. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for getting his RECOMPETE bill (H.R.4651/S.2464 in the Build Back Better bill passed by the House today. Kilmer co-authored the bill with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Rep. Suzane DelBene (D-WA) in the House and with Sen. Chris Coons (D- DE), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV) in the Senate. The bill would “establish a new federal block grant program at the Economic Development Agency (EDA) to empower persistently distressed communities with flexible 10-year RECOMPETE grants to meet local economic development needs, create good jobs, invest in their workers and businesses, connect local residents to opportunities and resources for long-term success, and rebuild stronger with lasting opportunity and economic growth.” Read more here.
  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for voting to censure Paul Gosar. Read about Gosar here.
  5. Contact our senators and urge them to support the nomination of Dilawar Syed to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration. (Sen. Cantwell is a member of this committee.) Endorsed by wide-ranging groups, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to a diverse coalition of civil rights, Jewish, Muslim and Christian organizations, Syed has a long-established record of working successfully with entrepreneurs from all walks of life. If confirmed, he would become the highest-ranking Muslim American administration official in U.S. history. But Republican members of the Small Business Committee boycotted the vote on Syed’s nomination for the fifth time last Wednesday. Their “complaint” seems to be that under Trump and Biden, the Small Business Administration funded Planned Parenthood, and they want the money to be repaid before they will deign to attend a committee meeting and vote on Mr. Syed’s nomination – even though it was perfectly legal for the SBA to have given the funds to Planned Parenthood. They are playing this game while the SBA needs leadership to help small businesses recover from the pandemic. Learn more about it here.

11/12/2021

  1. 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 Rep. Kilmer and urge him to join other Democrats in censuring Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) for encouraging violence against elected officials by posting an altered anime video of himself killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and attacking Pres. Biden. Read more here.

  3. Contact Sen. Cantwell and Rep. Kilmer and thank them for getting salmon recovery funding into H.R.3684, the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” (aka, the bipartisan infrastructure bill) that will be signed by Pres. Biden on Monday. Rep. Kilmer’s amendment to the INVEST in America Act to create within the Dept. of Transportation the National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program was included in the IIJA and has $1 billion in funding. Culverts are a major impediment to salmon recovery, and the IIJA will fund the removal or replacement of them. Other provisions of the IIJA will help with salmon recovery as well. See Sen. Cantwell’s list here.

  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and congratulate him for the passage of H.R. 654, the “Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act.” Rep. Kilmer is an original cosponsor of the bill, along with Rep. David Joyce (R-OH). The bill temporarily gives the Office of National Drug Control Policy the authority to waive the program’s local matching requirements if the grantee is unable to meet them due to the ongoing pandemic. Read about it here. Contact our senators and urge them to support and pass S.26.

  5. Contact Sen. Murray and thank her for getting her Digital Equity Act included in H.R.3684 the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” (aka, the bipartisan infrastructure bill) that will be signed by Pres. Biden on Monday. During negotiations, she also managed to increase funding for the Act from $1.3 billion to $2.75 billion. The Digital Equity Act creates a grant program to close the digital divide by funding activities that provide individuals and communities with the skills, supports, and technologies necessary to take full advantage of a broadband internet connection once they have access to one. Digital Equity Act grants can be used for anything from laptops and devices for students to digital literacy classes for seniors at a local library. Read more here.

11/5/2021

  1. 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). Also, attend the Zoom meeting with our senators’ staffers on Nov. 10 and attend our rally on Nov. 13. The choice is clear: save democracy or save the filibuster.
  2. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for voting to pass H.R.3684, the $1.2 trillion “Infrastructure and Invest in Jobs Act,” (aka, the “bipartisan infrastructure bill”) on Friday. While progressives would have preferred to also vote on the Build Back Better plan on the same day, a few “moderate” House members delayed that vote until it can be scored by the CBO, which could take two weeks or more. Progressives were satisfied by the passage of a procedural vote advancing the Build Back Better plan when Congress resumes on Nov. 15. The Infrastructure and Invest in Jobs Act passed with the help of 13 Republicans, while six Democrats did not vote for it. The Infrastructure and Invest in Jobs Act provides over five years: $110 billion for roads, bridges, and major transportation projects, $66 billion for passenger and freight rail, $11 billion for transportation and pipeline safety, $39.2 billion for transportation system maintenance backlog. Read Sen. Cantwell’s summary of the bill here.
  3. Contact our senators and urge them to continue the fight for paid family and medical leave in the Build Back Better plan. Sen. Murray has been a strong proponent of paid leave ever since she was first elected to the Senate in 1993. It looks like paid leave has dropped dropped from the bill in an effort to slim the bill down from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion. Sens. Manchin and Sinema seem to be opposed to it. Here is what Sen. Murray said last week: “We are not going to allow one or two men to tell millions of women in this country that they can’t have paid leave.”
  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to co-sponsor H.R.1517, “Ending Taxpayer Welfare for Oil and Gas Companies Act of 2021,” introduced by Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) The bill would raise royalty rates for leasing federal land for onshore oil, gas and coal development from 12.5% to 18.75% and raise the minimum bid price to lease federal land for oil and gas development from $2 per acre to $5. Watch Rep. Porter grill oil company executives here. Also urge Rep. Kilmer to support H.R.1492, the “Methane Waste Prevention Act,” introduced by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). The bill would require oil and gas companies operating on federal land to reduce methane emissions 65% below 2012 levels by 2025, and 90% by 2030. Also urge Rep. Kilmer to support H.R.1505, the “Bonding Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2021,” introduced by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), which would increase the amount of money drillers set aside for cleanups, to ensure taxpayers aren’t left with the bill. Read about all of these bills here.
  5. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to pass S.623/H.R.69, the “Sunshine Protection Act of 2021,” introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL). The bill would make daylight savings time the new, permanent standard time and remove a major irritant in the lives of Americans. Sen. Patty Murray is already a co-sponsor, and Rep. Kilmer was a supporter of a similar bill in a previous session of Congress.

10/29/2021

  1. Contact our senators and tell them to eliminate the filibuster in order to pass S.2747 Freedom to Vote Act,” as well as H.R.4, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021.” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put S.2747 up for a vote in the Senate last week. The vote failed as expected. It’s obvious now that the filibuster must be eliminated to pass S.2747, H.R.4 (the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will give the DOJ authority to investigate and bring lawsuits against states that violate voting rights), H.R.5314 to curb presidential power, H.R. 1280 for policing reform, H.R.3755 to protect reproductive rights, immigration reform, campaign finance reform, gun safety and so much more. We believe that Sen. Cantwell now supports a carve out but that she wants to keep the filibuster to protect Democrats when Republicans are in the majority. Remind her times have changed: Republicans have already carved out the filibuster to get the judicial nominees they want. Republicans get the tax cut bills they want via the carve out for reconciliation. As Sen. Gillibrand said last week, Republicans now get everything they want (which is to defeat Democratic initiatives) BECAUSE of the filibuster. The filibuster is an anti-democratic rule based on a mistake, but used exclusively by Southern senators to prevent the passage of civil rights legislation since the Civil War. It’s time for the filibuster to go. A fair amount Adam Jentleson’s book, “The Kill Switch,” (a history of the filibuster) is available online here. Once the infrastructure bills are passed next week, expect Indivisible to ramp up attention on this issue in the first two weeks of November.
  2. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to pass the biggest Build Back Better plan possible. Evidently “moderate” and progressive Democrats have worked out a $1.75 trillion framework (down from Pres. Biden’s original $3.5 trillion and the progressive’s $6 trillion) that (in order of dollar amount, highest to lowest) allocates funds for our climate change response, childcare and universal preschool, Medicaid and ACA expansion, Medicare hearing benefit, in-home care access for the elderly, affordable housing, worker training and higher education, plus $90 billion for other spending. Urge our senators to fight Manchin’s plan to add means testing and work requirements to the child tax credit because these things will bog down the program. (Watch the series “Maid” on Netflix for details on that or click here.) For dollar amounts and details, read more here. Read why child care is so important. Make sure neither infrastructure bill does NOT contain a new incentives for hydrogen produced from fossil fuels. Read about that here.
  3. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to join 54 representatives in co-sponsoring H.Res. 25, introduced by Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO). The resolution calls for the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether “actions taken by Members of the 117th Congress seeking to overturn the 2020 Presidential election violated their oath of office.” More info here.
  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to join 15 other House members in co-sponsoring H.Res.406, “Congressional Inherent Contempt Resolution,” introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). The resolution would enable the House to enforce Congressional subpoenas and other Congressional actions by allowing the direct levying of penalties (as high as $100,000) against those refusing to comply with House-issued subpoenas. The resolution would require a simple majority of the House to pass. Lieu originally introduced this resolution a year ago, and the House should have taken action then. Learn more here.
  5. Contact our senators and thank them for confirming Myrna Pérez to the U.S. Appeals Court for the Second Circuit. The vote was a party-line 48 to 43. Pérez will be the first Latina judge ever on the Second Circuit. She spent 15 years working on civil rights for the Brennan Center. Here is the first paragraph of what Michael Waldman wrote about Perez: “For 15 years at the Brennan Center, Pérez fought passionately for voting rights. During that time, a fierce litigator, she won protections for the right to vote for hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens. She also documented misguided policies, such as flawed voter purges and harsh voter ID, that make it harder for too many to vote, particularly voters of color. She and her team were deeply involved in the drive to enact automatic voter registration, a breakthrough innovative reform now in place in seventeen states and the District of Columbia.” Read more here.
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10/22/2021

  1. Contact our senators and tell them to eliminate the filibuster in order to pass S.2747 Freedom to Vote Act,” as well as H.R.4, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021.” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put S.2747 up for a vote in the Senate this week. The vote failed as expected. It’s obvious now that the filibuster must be eliminated to pass S.2747, H.R.4 (the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will give the DOJ authority to investigate and bring lawsuits against states that violate voting rights), H.R.5314 to curb presidential power, H.R. 1280 for policing reform, H.R.3755 to protect reproductive rights, immigration reform, campaign finance reform, gun safety and so much more. We believe that Sen. Cantwell now supports a carve out but that she wants to keep the filibuster to protect Democrats when Republicans are in the majority. Remind her times have changed: Republicans have already carved out the filibuster to get the judicial nominees they want. Republicans get the tax cut bills they want via the carve out for reconciliation. As Sen. Gillibrand said this week, Republicans now get everything they want (to defeat Democratic initiatives) BECAUSE of the filibuster. The filibuster is an anti-democratic rule used in the past to prevent civil rights legislation from passing for decades. It’s time for the filibuster to go.
  2. Contact our senators and urge them to support Holly Thomas, Pres. Biden’s pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit handles appeals from federal district courts in 11 states and territories, including Washington state. Thomas’ hearing was held this week and Republican “senators” used their time to grill Thomas about case in Loudoun County, VA, in which a boy assaulted a girl in a school bathroom. The boy is rumored to have worn a skirt. Thomas had not heard of the case before the hearing and had nothing to do with it. More info here.
  3. Contact our senators and urge them to support Rachael Rollins, Pres. Biden’s nominee for U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. At her nomination hearing on Sept. 30, Cruz and Cotton led the opposition, accusing Rollins of having “a radical pro-crime stance.” Since being elected in 2018 as the first woman of color to serve as district attorney for Boston, Rollins has pushed for progressive criminal justice reforms. The Judiciary Committee voted 11-11 on Rollins’ nomination, so Schumer will have to call for a vote of the full Senate to push through Rollins’ nomination. Read more here.
  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to support and pass the Justice Against Malicious Algorithms Act, introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-06), along with Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) (no bill number yet). The bill would end civil immunity for Facebook and other platforms that knowingly or recklessly use algorithms or other technology to recommend content that “materially contributes to physical or severe emotional injury.” The bill would allow people to sue in cases where someone acts on misinformation or damaging content placed in their feed through personalized algorithms — for example, taking their own life. Read more hereUrge our senators to work with Reps. Pallone, Doyle, Schakowsky and Eschoo to introduce and pass this bill in the Senate.
  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for working with Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler to introduce H.R.4651/S.2464 the RECOMPETE Act. Contact our senators and urge them to co-sponsor this bill, which would The RECOMPETE Act would establish a new federal grant program at the Economic Development Agency (EDA) that would empower persistently distressed communities to develop, implement, and carry out 10-year economic development strategies and create jobs. Distressed communities, as identified by the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, are home to almost one-sixth of the U.S. population and have an employment rate of workers ages 25 to 54 significantly below the national average. The Upjohn Institute’s analysis suggests that these communities have largely been left out of the investment, wealth, innovation, and opportunity that has instead been concentrated in a handful of major metro areas in recent decades. Read more here.

10/15/2021

  1. Contact our senators and tell them to eliminate the filibuster in order to pass S.2747 Freedom to Vote Act,” introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin, Raphael Warnock and Amy Klobuchar, as well as H.R.4, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021.” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to put S.2747 up for a vote in the Senate next week. The vote is expected to fail and precipitate a showdown on the filibuster. It’s obvious now that the filibuster must be eliminated to pass S.2747, H.R.4 (the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will give the DOJ authority to investigate and bring lawsuits against states that violate voting rights), H.R.5314 to curb presidential power, H.R. 1280 for policing reform, H.R.3755 to protect reproductive rights, immigration reform, campaign finance reform and gun safety. Senators who argue that the filibuster must be saved to protect Democratic priorities when Republicans are in the majority must realize that argument is a self-fulling prophecy: Republicans will take the majority for years to come once they’ve suppressed voting rights at the state level, and Mitch McConnell or any other Republican majority leader will eliminate the filibuster himself when he doesn’t need or want it anymore.
  2. Contact our members of Congress and urge them to support Pres. Biden’s plan to increase tax revenues collected by the IRS. Media coverage of this plan from the New York Times and others has been abysmal without actually saying what the plan is, leading to hysterical negative reactions. Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo who said exactly what the plan is: have banks (which already report to the IRS the amount of interest paid to an account at the end of every year) also report how much money went into an account and how much money came out of an account. The IRS would use this information to flag returns that report income of more than $400,000 a year and have “wonky” in-and-out numbers  for additional scrutiny that may lead to an audit if warranted. Budget cuts at the IRS over the last decades have reduced auditing for the richest of Americans because their returns are more complicated and take longer to audit. That means the rest of us whose income is reported on a W-2 are more likely to be audited. The United States will lose an estimated $7 trillion over the next decade from people and corporations not paying the taxes they owe. That is twice the $3.5 trillion of investments that Congress is now considering in the budget reconciliation bill. The richest 1 percent of taxpayers alone are responsible for an estimated $163 billion in unpaid taxes each year. Read more here.
  3. Contact our senators and tell them to support the nomination of Saule Omarova. Pres. Biden’s nominee to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees banking regulation. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), attacked Omarova as the most “radical choice for any regulatory spot in our federal government” he had ever seen. He pointed to her academic writings in support of providing Americans with bank accounts through the Federal Reserve and authorizing a National Investment Authority to guide a national industrial policy. He insinuated that her birthplace in Kazakhstan (then part of the USSR) is the source of these horrible ideas. “What really drives the hysterical bank lobby opposition is that Omarova is an experienced bank lawyer and policymaker who worked alongside banks and Republican Treasury officials, and she knows where Wall Street buried all the bodies,” Carter Dougherty, communications director for Americans for Financial Reform, said. “She knows its secrets.” Read more here.
  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to support H.R.5525, the ENABLERS Act, introduced by Rep. Tom Malinowksi (D-NJ) and five other House members of which three are Republicans. The bill was inspired by the revelations of the Pandora Papers. a trove of millions of leaked documents, has raised questions about the business dealings of everyone from the king of Jordan to the billionaire friends and an alleged mistress of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Among the Papers more surprising findings is that South Dakota has become a major haven for people seeking to hide money from tax collectors, creditors and others. The main provision of the ENABLERS Act is that lawyers, investment advisers, art dealers, realtors, accountants, public relations firms and others would be required to engage in some form of “due diligence” to ensure their clients aren’t paying with or trying to move around money of suspicious origin.” Analysts say this requirement is, to a large degree, already standard in most other countries. Read more here.
  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for working with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to introduce H.R.4822, the “Department of Energy Coastal Research Initiative Act,” in July. The bill would authorize the Dept. of Energy to carry out a research program, in consultation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to enhance the understanding of coastal ecosystems of the Great Lakes region, the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as the Arctic. All are threatened by climate change.