Actions for February 2024

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 urge him to co-sponsor and pass H.R.3364, the WIC Act of 2023. WIC is the program that provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk. If Congress continues to fund WIC at the current level, it will create a shortfall of $1 billion that will mean waiting lists to get WIC food aid. According to the USDA, 810,000 people apply for WIC every month. Those denied assistance will soon add up to 2 million over time. Learn more from this New York Times article.
    2. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to co-sponsor and pass H.R. 7244, the End Tax Breaks for Dark Money Act,” to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat transfers of appreciated property to certain tax-exempt organizations the same as transfers of appreciated property to political organizations. In normal speak, the bill would close a tax loophole that allows individuals to avoid capital gains taxes on assets donated to dark money organizations. Learn more here.
    3. Contact our members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor and pass S.3589/H.R. 6981,  the “Preventing Private Paramilitary Activity Act,” which would effectively limit most militia activity. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) states that although “all 50 states prohibit private paramilitary conduct, these laws are far too often outdated, underenforced, or ignored. There are currently no federal law addressing paramilitary activity or protect millions of Americans whose rights are threatened by this type of violent anti-democratic intimidation.” Learn more here.
    4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and urge him to oppose H.R.3205, the “Project Precursor Act,” which would direct the president to renegotiate the Chemical Weapons Convention and classify fentanyl as a chemical weapon. As much as fentanyl is a scourge,  classifying it as a chemical weapon would help push the “war on drugs” into overdrive and feed the right-wing frenzy for war with Mexico. This bill is opposed by OxFam, whose web site states they “are firmly aligned in rejecting the bill’s central aim of labeling fentanyl a ‘chemical weapon’ – a dangerous rhetorical stunt that feeds calls for military action in Mexico, weakens the international Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and further entrenches a failed, militarized approach to addressing the harms caused by illicit fentanyl trafficking.” Win Without War thinks this bill will soon be taken up for a vote by Speaker Mike Johnson.
    5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for co-sponsoring H.R. 926, the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal and Transparency Act of 2023. This bill would, among other things, require the Supreme Court to adopt a code of conduct and establish procedures for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct. It would also require the court to adopt rules governing the disclosure of gifts, travel and income received by its justices and law clerks. It would also change the rules by which Supreme Court justices must recuse themselves. Last November, SCOTUS adopted a new code of ethics, including rules requiring recusal from a case when “‘impartiality might be reasonably questioned’ or when a justice or a spouse has a financial interest in the dispute.” Note that Justice Clarence Thomas declined to recuse himself from the 14th Amendment disqualification hearing on Feb. 8. Rep. Kilmer became a co-sponsor of this bill on Dec. 12.

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