You’re getting lots of emails and social media directions to make calls or send emails to your Members of Congress (MoCs). We’re trying to make one, constantly updated page to take the guesswork out of the picture for the IndivisibleEB community.
So, in other words, bookmark this page! And remember – don’t despair if the line’s busy! Our MoCs weight calls and emails the same.
Health care repeal zombie is back!
Republicans in the Senate are going to try to use budget reconciliation one last time to repeal ACA this month. This Senate budget procedure lets them use a mere 50 votes (+ Pence to make it 51) to pass the Graham-Cassidy Bill, which would repeal protections for those of us with pre-existing conditions, turn Medicaid into a block grant, and reduce the federal government’s funding for Medicaid over time. They have until Sept. 30, the end of this fiscal year, to get the bill scored by the Congressional Budget Office and to the Senate floor for a vote.
We must call and protest as vigorously as we did all through the spring and summer. The mission is clear: PROTECT OUR HEALTHCARE from Graham-Cassidy. To make calls from home, sign up here.
What to say:
Please do everything you can to block Republican attempts to revive ACA repeal, including those procedural delay tactics—such as withholding consent—that worked so well last time, buying us time to expose Trumpcare as a morally bankrupt attempt to take away our health care.
Ask all MoCs to fight for a clean DREAM Act ASAP, and protect CA immigrants
We know that protecting DREAMers is a top priority for all of us in Indivisible. Let’s make sure that the Administration’s deplorable agenda against them is thwarted! Please call both of our Senators and your representative, and spread the word.
What to say:
Please work to pass a clean DREAM Act without any harmful immigration enforcement add-ons and please demand that leadership attach it to all must pass legislation. These young people, as well as other undocumented immigrants, have been asked to wait their turn too many times already. And this can’t wait.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email): (415) 393-0707 DC: (202) 224-3841
Sen. Kamala Harris (email): (415) 355-9041 DC: (202) 224-3553
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (email): (510) 620-1000 DC: (202) 225-2095
Rep. Barbara Lee (email): (510) 763-0370 DC: (202) 225-2661
Rep. Eric Swalwell (email): (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065
Hey Chuck & Mitch, slow your roll!
Due to unprecedented obstruction, not to mention outright theft, Senate Republicans (we see you McTurtle and Chuckie) created a crisis of judicial vacancies across the nation. With 144 federal judgeships open, Trump has been busy nominating assorted warm bodies with questionable legal views for these lifetime appointments. Pay attention, because Trump’s nominees are very conservative and their records show little support for civil rights, reproductive freedom, consumer protection, immigration rights, environmental protection…the list goes on.Right now 45 nominees are on deck for either Judiciary Committee hearings or full Senate votes. The Senate Republicans are trying to ram these nominees through the confirmation process and pack our federal courts with right-wing conservatives.
There’s one nominee for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which takes federal appeals cases for California and other Western states. Ryan Bounds, age 44, has spent the last seven years as a federal prosecutor in Oregon. He is a member of the conservative Federalist Society. Bounds is also the brother of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. House Representative who suggested him for this position. We think his qualifications are inadequate for a judgeship that is only one step below the U.S. Supreme Court.
Both Senators from Oregon have objected to Bounds’ nomination. Because they are his home state Senators, their objection traditionally means a veto in the confirmation process. Sen Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been wavering on this traditional veto by home state senators. He needs to hear from our Senators about this nomination. Please contact our Senators Feinstein (who is ranking member on the Judiciary Committee) and Harris.
What to say:
I oppose the nomination of Ryan Bounds as judge for the Ninth Circuit of Appeals. He lacks sufficient experience for this position, which is only one step below the U.S. Supreme Court, and he is too conservative in his legal philosophy. I urge you to work against this nominee and to support the Senators from Oregon in objecting to Bounds’ nomination.