March 6th: Called Judy Chu to speak out against HR 861 (terminating the EPA, includig cutting funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative), HR 147 criminalizing abortion, and HR 354 defunding Planned Parenthood.
Called Dianne Feinstein & Kamala Harris to speak out against Trump’s budget slashing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; against House Joint Resolution 69 which would repeal protection of wildlife; and against any budget proposal that would defund Planned Parenthood.
March 7th: wrote postcards of thanks to some representatives who are part of the climate caucus: Darrell Issa (R-CA), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Scott Peters (D-CA), Don Bacon (R-NE), Mia Love (R-UT), and Mark Amodei (R-NV). Also mailed a birthday card to the notorious RBG, who turns 83 on March 15th (and if you pray, my friends, pray for the long life of RBG).
Listened in to the Indivisible call about the Affordable Care Act. Also, one important takeaway: even if you’re in a blue state and are represented by staunchly liberal Members of Congress, STILL CALL: they need to hear your voice and know their constituency’s concerns.
March 8th: Called Judy Chu, Dianne Feinstein, and Kamala Harris in support of the ACA and against the rush job on the AHCA. In particular, I expressed concern that the bill be assigned a score by the Congressional Budget Office before any voting take place. The CBO will try to ascertain the actual financial effect of the changes on the American public. I also expressed my opposition to the AHCA’s proposed freeze on the Medicaid expansion and reduction of Medicaid in the future and my opposition to its defunding of Planned Parenthood.
March 10th: Called Dianne Feinstein, and Kamala Harris to express opposition to the REINS and Midnight Rules Relief Act, both of which promise to hold up regulation of industry by subjecting all regulation to Congressional approval (both redundant and counterproductive to the purpose of regulating industry in the first place, which is to protect consumers and the public from corporate abuse). Donated $10 to Sherrod Brown (Ohio) (an NPR article on him here), Kathryn Allen (Utah), and Jon Ossoff (Georgia). Brown will run for reelection in 2018 and it’s possible Kasich will decide to run against him. Allen is posing a Nov. 2018 challenge to Jason Chaffetz (the charmer who seems to think that if poor people would stop buying iPhones, they’d be able to afford health care). Ossoff is running to take the seat in Georgia that Trump’s appointment of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary. The election happens in April 2017, and Dems feel that a Democratic “takeover” of this seat will help send a clear message to the establishment about how angry we all are about what a sham the AHCA is.