Daily Actions for the Week of Aug. 5, 2022

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 members of Congress and thank them for passing H.R.3967/,S.3373, the “Honoring Our Pact Act.” When Schumer and Manchin came together to finalize a narrower Build Back Better bill to be passed under reconciliation, retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) led a last-minute revolt against the “Honoring Our PACT Act” in a fit of pique. Thirty-six GOP senators found their way to voting for this bill on Aug. 2. Learn more here.

  2. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to pass the Inflation Reduction Act without any GOP “poison pill” amendments. In the Senate, the bill must go through an extensive “vote-a-rama”—where senators can propose a myriad of amendments. Republicans are prepared to introduce outrageous measures designed to divide Democrats. For example, they may propose an extension of Donald Trump’s racist Title 42 that uses the COVID pandemic as a pretext for denying refugees asylum at the border. Learn more here.

  3. Contact our senators and tell them to fix a critical flaw in S.4573, the “Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act of 2022.” The critical flaw is that the bill does not address the independent state legislature theory – a theory that Trump lawyers like John Eastman brought into being in an attempt to overthrow the free and fair election of Joe Biden and that will be considered by the Supreme Court in its next session. Under the theory, the U.S. Constitution empowers state legislatures to overturn the will of the state’s voters in choosing electors for president and vice-president. According to constitutional scholar, Laurence Tribe and others, there is a way around this: the Constitution’s Article II. Article II gives Congress the authority to enact laws to “determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes.” Congress, through the Constitution’s “Necessary and Proper” clause, has broad authority to adopt any means, not prohibited by the Constitution, to carry out this power. Learn more here.

  4. Contact Sen. Maria Cantwell and urge her to co-sponsor and pass H.R.2773/S.2372, the “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.” This bipartisan bill would provide funding for the conservation or restoration of wildlife and plant species of greatest conservation need, including endangered or threatened species. This bill has already passed the House with Rep. Kilmer’s support. Sen. Patty Murray is already a co-sponsor.

  5. Contact our senators and urge them to vote “no” on the “Reproductive Freedom for All Act,” (no number yet) should it come up for a vote. The bill is sponsored by Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). NARAL Pro-Choice America president Mini Timmaraju declared that “this bill is just another political stunt that would not actually address the abortion rights and access crisis that has pushed care out of reach for millions of people already.” Sen. Tim Kaine admitted the bill is the bare minimum. “What the four of us were trying to do was put a statutory minimum in place that replicated what the law was a day before Dobbs,” he said. That “minimum” would allow states to continue to impose severe restrictions on abortion and is no solution at all.  Learn more here.

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