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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Help the CFPB Help You - Tell Your Senator to Leave the Arbitration Rule in Place

Senator Michael Bennet: 202-224-5852
Senator Cory Gardner: 202-224-5941

There is an agency swimming against the Trump tide in Washington, and it needs your help—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently put out a new rule restoring our ability to join together and hold big banks like Wells Fargo accountable in court when they break the law. But before the ink was even dry, Trump’s friends in Congress moved to repeal it using the Congressional Review Act, which requires just 51 votes to pass in the Senate. Since the House already voted to repeal the rule, it’s now up to your Senators to protect your Seventh Amendment rights.

Why does this “arbitration rule” matter? Before it was issued, Wall Street banks and payday lenders could block consumers from enforcing their rights in court by sneaking “ripoff clauses” in the fine print of their contracts. These clauses forced consumers to forego the regular legal system and instead challenge them one-on-one in secret arbitration proceedings almost always side with them, leading the average consumer to come out of these proceedings paying their bank $7,725. 

Call your Senators today and tell them to leave the Arbitration Rule in place

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know the Senator’s position on S.J. Res. 47, which would use the Congressional Review Act to strip consumers of their right to hold banks like Wells Fargo accountable in court by repealing a new CFPB rule?

OPTION 1: OPPOSES USING THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO REPEAL THE CFPB RULE

Staffer: Thank you for calling! Sen. Gardner/Bennet opposes using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the CFPB’s new rule.

Caller: That’s great! I’m calling to say that if Sen. Gardner/Bennet truly believes, as I do, that we must ensure consumers can join together to challenge big banks in court, he/she should do everything he/she can to oppose using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the rule. This means making public statements or delivering a floor speech opposing the effort to take away my 7th Amendment right to sue my bank for fraud or other illegal behavior. I urge the Senator to emphasize that the average consumer is ordered to pay their bank $7,725 in forced arbitration, according to theEconomic Policy Institute.

OPTION 2: SUPPORTS USING THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO REPEAL THE CFPB RULE

Staffer: Thank you for calling! Sen. Gardner/Bennet supports using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the CFPB’s new rule.

Caller: That’s terrible. That means Sen. Sen. Gardner/Bennet is choosing to protect predatory financial institutions at the expense of working people. We deserve to hold Wall Street banks like Wells Fargo accountable in court. Just recently, Wells Fargo tried to use forced arbitration to kick consumers defrauded in its fake account scandal out of a public court in Utah, and now we have learned that they defrauded another 800,000 consumers in an auto insurance scam. A new report from the Economic Policy Institute found the average consumer is ordered to pay their bank $7,725 in forced arbitration.

I am appalled that Sen. Gardner/Bennet wants to take away my 7th Amendment right to sue my bank for fraud or other illegal behavior, and I strongly urge he/she to reconsider siding with Wall Street over his/her constituents.

OPTION 3: DODGES / HAS NO POSITION

Staffer: Thank you for calling! I’m not sure if the Sen. Gardner/Bennet supports or opposes using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the CFPB’s new rule.

Caller: That’s disappointing to hear—the CFPB’s new rule on forced arbitration is critical to holding Wall Street banks and payday lenders accountable. Just recently, Wells Fargo tried to kick consumers defrauded in its fake account scandal out of a public court in Utah, and now we have learned that they defrauded another 800,000 consumers in an auto insurance scam. A new report from the Economic Policy Institute found the average consumer is ordered to pay their bank $7,725 in forced arbitration.

I hope Sen. Gardner/Bennet will not vote to take away my 7th Amendment right to sue my bank for fraud or other illegal behavior and instead decides to stand with his/her constituents over Wall Street.

Staff: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Senator.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when Sen. Gardner/Bennethas made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.

For more information on the Arbitration Rule, click here

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TUESDAY'S D3 DAILY ACTION: Attend a Front-Range Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner or Call His Offices to Demand Action that will Keep us out of Nuclear War

Senator Cory Gardner is holding the following Town Halls today - if you can't make the trip, then encourage your friends on the Front Range to make the effort to attend. You may also be able to watch the Town Halls via livestream - we will post links on our Facebook page.  

COLORADO SPRINGS TOWN HALL
August 15, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. MT, Doors open at 7:00 a.m. MT
Pikes Peak Community College
Room A-110
5675 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

GREELEY TOWN HALL
Tuesday, August 15, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MT, Doors open at 11:00 a.m. MT
University School Auditorium
6519 18th St.
Greeley, CO 80634

LAKEWOOD TOWN HALL
Tuesday, August 15, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MT, Doors open at 2:30 p.m. MT
Colorado Christian University
CCU Event Center
8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226

OR CALL HIS OFFICES:

Colorado Springs: 719-632-6706
Denver: 303-391-5777
Durango: 970-415-7416
Fort Collins: 970-484-3502
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Greeley: 970-352-5546
Pueblo: 719-543-1324
Washington, DC: 202-224-5941

Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea gets more dangerous with every tweet. His words have shown he can’t be trusted to responsibly handle the potential crisis and North Korea’s unstable dictator. Given the extremely volatile nature of the situation, and that North Korea has intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting major U.S. cities, we need measured leadership that leverages every diplomatic tool to de-escalate tensions—not reckless tweets that fuel the flames. Ask your Members of Congress to do everything they can to stop Trump from leading us into nuclear war.

SAMPLE TOWN HALL QUESTIONS:

  1. Donald Trump has frighteningly few checks on his authority to launch a nuclear weapon. That’s why Senator Markey and Congressman Lieu have introduced bipartisan legislation that would make explicit that the President cannot launch a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Will you help constrain Trump’s authority to use nuclear weapons by co-sponsoring the bipartisan “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act”? (H.R. 669 in the House and S. 200 in the Senate)
  2. We can avoid a catastrophic nuclear showdown through tough and persistent diplomacy. The problem is that our lead agency for diplomacy, the State Department, remains paralyzed by a lack of senior level appointments. Eight months into his term, President Trump has failed to fill hundreds of top level positions at State including: Ambassador to South Korea, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, and the list goes on and on.  Will you oppose any spending bill that has damaging cuts to the State Department’s budget, further hobbling our international diplomacy efforts? Will you demand Trump nominate qualified, career individuals to serve in these critical posts?
  3. Trump’s dangerous rhetoric is fanning the flames with North Korea. His words could provoke the unstable Kim Jong Un and further escalate tensions when our top priority should be de-escalation and diplomacy. Will you denounce Trump’s dangerous rhetoric that puts our national security at risk? Will you demand he come to Congress first before engaging in any sort of military operation against North Korea?

Indivisible Denver has also compiled a list of questions for the Gardner Town Halls today.

Click on the link below to view :


BONUS: Call Senator Michael Bennet and ask the same questions

Denver Metro Office: 303-455-7600 or Toll Free: 866-455-9866
Arkansas Valley Office: 719-542-7550
San Luis Valley Office: 719-587-0096
Pikes Peak Office: 719-328-1100
Northern Colorado - Eastern Plains Office: 970-224-2200
Northwest/I-70W Office: 970-241-6631
Four Corners Office: 970-259-1710
Washington, D.C. Office: 202-224-5852

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action: Write Thank You Cards to the Senators who voted against TrumpCare

On Thursday, Senators Murkowski, Collins, and McCain broke with their GOP ranks and voted against a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare, defeating the repeal 51 to 49. This is a big deal for America, and it’s a big deal for Colorado. So, please send them a thank you note! 


And perhaps most importantly, please send a note to our very own Senator Michael Bennet for his unwaveringly support for protecting healthcare for Coloradans. 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose making healthcare deals in exchange for McConnell’s “candy.”

Look: If your senators are mentioned in this article, call them today.

Call: Your two senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet .

Script:

Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling about healthcare. I know that Sen. McConnell is offering money to sweeten deals to get 50 votes.Our health isn’t for sale. Please tell Sen. [name] his/her constituents are relying on him/her to support excellent healthcare for all people, not a tax cut for the wealthy few. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose a 10-year delay in enacting air pollution regulations (Hat tip).

Contact: Send an email to all three MOCs.

Script: Dear [MOC], I am concerned about the Ozone Standards Implementation Act (S263 (Senate) / HR806 (House). I support protections enacted by the EPA and the Clean Air Act. The OSI Act would disable the clean air standards that make people safer. We need emission reductions and toxin mitigation from industry. (If you have family, friends with lung issues or allergies, mention this.) I’m counting on you to work to protect my family’s health and stop this bill. Your actions on this issue affect my vote at the polls. Thank you.

 

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose the ban against Muslims, despite SCOTUS ruling (hat tip).

Write: Your 3 MoCs at a local office

Script: I’m a constituent from [ZIP], concerned about discrimination against Muslims immigrating to the US and the SCOTUS ruling. I am asking you for two things: 1. To extend the definition of family to include grandparents, fiancé/es, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces. 2. To pass stronger anti-discrimination and sanctuary resolutions so that liberty and welcome may prevail. Name, address

Bonus: Read this infographic.

 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Demand an Independent Commission to Investigate the Trump Campaign's ties to Russia

Our democracy is in a state of emergency, and it is our duty to demand that Congress find out the truth about Trump, his administration, and their collective ties to Russia.

Can you tell Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner that you're fed up with the Trump administration's outright lies, abuse of power, and complete disregard for the Constitution and rule of law?

Sen. Bennet - (202) 224-5852 

Sen. Gardner - (202) 224-5941 

SAMPLE SCRIPT: "The Senate can and should move to establish an independent commission—because the American people need and deserve answers about Donald Trump and his administration's entanglements with Russia and their efforts to cover them up, as well as Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Trump's efforts to derail the FBI's investigation are grounds for impeachment. Congress must do everything it can to get the whole truth."

Our calls helped create the political pressure necessary to win the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel tasked, in part, with investigating ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

We need an independent group of investigators whom you can trust to put country before party. 

Here's the good news: The political winds are shifting. Nearly half of registered voters now back impeaching Trump.

And now, amid a growing constitutional crisis, it's imperative that we take an aggressive stance and cast a broad net—because we know that the scandals and corruption sweeping our nation are bigger than even Trump.

It's time for the Senate and House to heed the demand of our fellow Americans for an independent commission charged with getting the answers we need—to ensure the health of our democracy and the well-being of its people.


Action courtesy of MoveOn.org

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: PARTICIPATE IN THE #STOPTRUMPCARE SENATE NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY!

TODAY, we will call our U.S. Senators from open to close and tell them to reject TrumpCare and their closed-room deal to take health care away from 23 million people.

Together, we will win.


It looks like the fight for healthcare will come down to key Senators in 10 states. Colorado and in particular, Senator Cory Gardner is one of the #TrumpCareTen. He needs to hear what you think about TrumpCare. 

Make your voices heard.



In case you missed Monday's D3 Daily Action - here is a sample script for calling Senator Cory Gardner's office. 

SAMPLE CALL TO THE OFFICE OF SENATOR CORY GARDNER

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Senator Gardner’s position on TrumpCare (the American Health Care Act)?

Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator Gardner supports AHCA / hasn’t made up his mind yet.

Caller: That’s terrible. I’m very disappointed to hear that. This bill would take away health care from millions of Americans, including 271,500 Coloradans, cut the Medicaid program with 174,700 people losing coverage increase premiums by an average of $751 and allow states to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. All that to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy?! This is unacceptable to me.

[I/my family member] [am/is] at risk of losing [my/his/her] insurance. [I/ my family member] [have/has] a pre-existing condition that before the ACA could be used by insurance companies to discriminate against me. My health depends on Senator Gardner voting against the American Health Care Act.

Staffer: The Senate version of the bill will not be the same as the one that passed the House. The Senator will make sure that Americans are protected...

Caller: That is not true at all. It does not matter which version passes if the effects are the same or similar. As a constituent, can the Senator guarantee me that

  • ...no one will lose coverage as a result of this bill?
    and/or
  • ...there will be no cuts to the Medicaid program?
    and/or
  • ...Senator Gardner won’t vote for ANY bill unless it has received a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)?

It is also important to me that there is: 

  • No gender discrimination and no lifetime caps
    and/or
  • Access to reproductive medicine without cost.
    and/or
  • Coverage for all pre-existing conditions.
    and/or
  • Cost less than $X per month per person.
    and/or
  • Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.

Staffer: Obamacare is collapsing. The Senator has a responsibility to act to protect Americans from the disastrous ACA.

Caller: The health insurance market created by the ACA is healthy and stable, even with seven years’ worth of Republican efforts to undermine it. Despite lies from Trump, experts agree that there is no risk of it collapsing unless the Trump Administration actively sabotages it.

Caller: Expanding Medicaid in Colorado has helped more than 400,000 people get coverage. Will Senator Gardner commit to keeping the Medicaid expansion in place?

Staffer: Senator Gardner cares deeply about Medicaid and won’t vote for any bill that cuts people off of Medicaid. The bill currently being discussed would provide a long phase-out period to make sure that no one loses their coverage immediately.

Caller: That is not good enough. A phase-out period still means that millions will lose their coverage. If the Medicaid expansion is helping people, why eliminate or phase it out at all? Why not keep it in place? Is it to pay for tax cuts that will primarily benefit the wealthiest 1 percent and profitable corporations?

Will the Senator commit to opposing any legislation that phases out the Medicaid expansion while also cutting taxes on unearned income for the wealthy, and on profitable health insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms and medical device makers?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Senator Gardner

Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely. Thank you for your time.

[If dodges/ undecided]: Please take down my contact information to let me know when Senator Gardner has made up his mind. I’m eager to hear what he decides.

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Begin the Impeachment Process

James Comey’s testimony confirms that Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice. That is an impeachable offense. Impeachment takes time but we need to start the process now. It’s time to call for impeachment hearings.

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IMPEACHMENT IS A PROCESS, AND THE TIME TO BEGIN IS NOW.

June 8, 2017. We should all remember this date, because it was the day when former FBI Director James Comey (a Republican) confirmed under oath what many of us already suspected and what the press has reported—that Donald Trump asked him to drop the investigation into disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. Period. Let’s be clear about what this means: the President of the United States knew that the FBI was investigating his associates, TRIED TO STOP THAT INVESTIGATION, and then fired the person who wouldn’t stop it. This is obstruction of justice, a federal crime, and an impeachable offense. (See our explainer on obstruction of justice here.)

Don’t believe us? Then trust Laurence Tribe, a former Supreme Court clerk, constitutional scholar, and professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School. His assessment: “The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.”

WHY DOES IMPEACHMENT EXIST? FOR TIMES LIKE THESE.

As Americans, we cannot afford to have a President who breaks the law. No one is above the law, not even the President—and the job of the Presidency is too important to trust it to someone who doesn’t respect the basic rules of our democracy. 

Impeachment is enshrined in the constitution. James Madison argued impeachment was “indispensable” to protect against the “incapacity, negligence or perfidy” of the president. The Constitution provides that “[t]he President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” 

Yes, obstruction of justice is one of those “high crimes and misdemeanors.” President Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. And the very first article of impeachment against Nixon was similarly obstruction of justice. Obstructionof Justice is absolutely an impeachable offense. 

WHAT IS IMPEACHMENT? IT’S A PROCESS—A LONG PROCESS.

After Watergate, in July of 1973, a Democratic Member of the House of Representatives introduced H.Res 513, legislation described as “Resolution impeaching Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.” It took three months for the House Judiciary Committee to even begin considering impeachment. It took more than a year before Nixon left office, before the full House had even voted, and the Senate hadn’t taken any action.

Bottom line: impeachment takes time. So if you want it done, you’ve got to get it started. And, it starts with impeachment hearings. Here’s how the impeachment process works:

The House acts first, then the Senate. Both the House and Senate have a role to play. First, the House decides whether or not to impeach the President (essentially whether to “charge” the president). Each “charge” is referred to as an “article of impeachment.” If the House votes to impeach, then the Senate holds a trial on each article of impeachment against the president.

Impeachment is only the beginning—it’s not a conviction. It’s worth noting here the difference between two terms that are often used interchangeably but do not mean the same thing. Being “impeached” only means that the House of Representatives voted to send articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. Being “removed from office” means that the Senate voted to convict the President. 

No President has ever been impeached and then convicted by the Senate and removed from office. President Andrew Johnson (in 1868) and Bill Clinton (in 1998/1999) were impeached by the House but acquitted in the Senate; Richard Nixon resigned to avoid being impeached.

YOUR EASY TO USE, STEP-BY-STEP IMPEACHMENT GUIDE:

  1. A Member of the House introduces a House Resolution calling for impeachment.Literally any House member can do this. The legislation will come in the form of a House Resolution (a.k.a. “H. Res” followed by a number). For Nixon, the final resolution was H. Res 803 ; for Clinton, it was H. Res 611. House Resolutions don’t need to be passed by the Senate or signed by Trump—they just have to pass the House.
  2. A committee holds impeachment hearings to investigate. After introduction, the legislation will be referred to a House committee, likely the House Judiciary Committee (as was the case for both Nixon and Clinton). The Judiciary Committee may conduct its own investigation, or accept the investigation of another party. For Nixon, the Judiciary Committee eventually began a months-long investigation. For Clinton, the Judiciary Committee simply accepted an existing investigation conducted by independent counsel Ken Starr.
  3. The committee votes. Once an investigation has concluded, the committee—again, in most cases, House Judiciary—will vote on the article or articles of impeachment. They can do this together as one resolution or separately for each article. In the case of Nixon, the Judiciary Committee approved the articles of impeachment with strong bipartisan support. For Clinton, the Committee approved impeachment mostly on a party line vote.
  4. The full House votes. If the Judiciary Committee approves one or more articles of impeachment, the next step is for the full House to vote either on the resolution or on individual articles. It takes just a simple majority in the House to impeach a President. If that happens, the process moves to the Senate.
  5. The Senate holds a trial. The Senate receives evidence and hears testimony, like in a court trial, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides. Members of the House make the case for impeachment, and the President is defended by his counsel.
  6. The full Senate votes. Once the trial concludes, the Senate meets in closed session to deliberate before it takes a final vote. A two-thirds majority (67 votes if all Senators are present) is required to convict the President and remove him from office. This is an extremely high bar that was set that way intentionally, given the gravity of removing a president from office.

IMPEACHMENT IS A POLITICAL PROCESS: REPUBLICANS WON’T GET THE PROCESS STARTED WITHOUT PRESSURE FROM YOU

Despite the evidence from Mr. Comey’s testimony that Trump obstructed justice, the hard truth is that Republicans have control of both the House and Senate. Some Republicans did join the call for a special prosecutor, who was appointed on May 17. This would have never happened without the immense pressure from the public and from Indivisible groups around the country. But politically speaking, most Republicans are not yet close to the point where they’ll call for—or even allow—impeachment proceedings to begin. This is especially true for Republican leaders who control the process and have fallen in line with Trump on basically every issue so far.

We Need Both an Independent Commission and to Begin the Impeachment Process. What we do know is that Donald Trump obstructed justice. That is enough to begin the impeachment process, and your Representative should be calling for it. But there is still much left that we don't know, especially about connections between Trump associates and the Russian government. That's why it’s important to call for both an independent commission, and to begin the impeachment process against Trump for the violations that we do know about. Remember, since the impeachment process will take time, we can still learn more if there is an independent commission continuing to investigate.

UNTIL WE GET IMPEACHMENT, CONTINUE TO RESIST THE TRUMP AGENDA

While we pressure Republicans to begin impeachment hearings, we must continue to oppose Trump’s agenda more broadly. One of the best ways to increase the chances of Trump’s impeachment is to drive a wedge between him and his party, by making it clear that Republicans can’t accomplish their agenda in Congress as long as Trump is President. 

Even as new information about the Trump camp’s ties to Russia continues to come to light with each new week, the Administration and its allies in Congress are pushing forward with their terrible legislative agenda. The House is voting to gut financial consumer protections. Mitch McConnell is maneuvering in the Senate to fast track their health care bill. Especially given the dark cloud that now hangs over the Administration, it is more important than ever to stop every piece of the Trump agenda. In doing so, we stop the worst damage to our country and our institutions while ramping up the pressure for Republicans to split with Trump.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAND INDIVISIBLE

First and foremost, impeachment is a long game. We won’t be getting hearings anytime soon, and even once we do, the impeachment process is likely to take a long time. That’s why, in addition to opposing the Trump agenda more broadly, we need to be doing two things at once:

  1. Continue the push for an independent commission. Obstruction of justice should be enough for impeachment, but if a commission or the special prosecutor uncover further wrongdoing, that only bolsters the case, especially in this hyperpartisan environment.
  2. Call on your Representative to support impeachment resolutions calling for impeachment, like the one Rep. Al Green will introduce shortly. An impeachment resolution is step one in the process.

Impeachment won’t happen overnight—it will be a long-term fight. And we will continue to demand that Congress do more, especially as more information comes to light. Until then, we must continue to focus on stopping Republicans and Trump from advancing other parts of their agenda, including repealing the ACA, attacking immigrants and people of color, threatening the environment, repealing consumer financial protections, and attacking reproductive rights, to name only a few. The list of things we need to protect is long, but if we stick together, if we stand indivisible, we will win.

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton]’s position on creating an independent commission to get all the facts regarding the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia?

  • [For House members] A Swalwell-Cummings bill called the Protecting our Democracy Act (HR 356) would establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference, but Republican leadership is refusing to even hold a vote on it. There is currently “discharge petition” to force a vote on the Protecting our Democracy Act. Over 190 members have already signed on (updated count here)—Will the Representative join them?
  • [For Senators] Senator Ben Cardin’s bill, S.27, would establish a commission of independent experts to examine the facts regarding Russia and the 2016 election. It currently has 26 co-sponsors (updated count here). Will the Senator join them?

OPTION 1: SUPPORTS

Staffer: Thank you for calling! [Senator/Representative Hernandez] supports H.R. 356 / S.27.

Caller: That’s great! Thank you. I’m pleased to hear that [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton] supports creating an independent commission. It appears that by firing FBI Director Comey, Trump may have engaged in obstruction of justice—that’s an impeachable offense. If [Senator/Representative Hernandez] is truly concerned about the integrity of our democracy, will s/he also support starting impeachment hearings for this apparent violation?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Senator/Representative.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when the Senator/Representative has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.

OPTION 2: OPPOSES

Staffer: Thank you for calling! [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton] opposes creating an independent commission. The Department of Justice already appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as the special counsel investigating ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. We should let that investigation run its course.

Caller: That’s not enough. Mueller’s appointment was an important first step, but it is not nearly enough. Congress should pass legislation to create an independent commission to get a full and more transparent airing of the facts. I am disappointed that [Senator/Representative Hernandez] would choose to protect Trump rather than listen to his/her constituents.

OPTION 3: DODGES / HAS NO POSITION

Staffer: Thank you for calling! I don’t know what Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton position is.

Caller: That’s disappointing to hear—this is a critical issue for our democracy. Does [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton] think it’s more important to protect Trump than listen to his/her own constituents? The appointment of Robert Mueller to serve as the special counsel investigating ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was an important first step, but it is not nearly enough. Congress should pass legislation to create an independent commission to get a full and more transparent airing of the facts.

Staffer: I didn’t know that but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

Caller: Here’s my concern: By firing FBI Director Comey, Trump appears to have engaged in obstruction of justice—that’s an impeachable offense. If [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton] is truly concerned about the integrity of our democracy, will s/he also support starting impeachment hearings for this apparent violation?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Senator/Representative.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when the Senator/Representative has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.

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Monday's D3 Daily Action: STOP TRUMPCARE IN THE SENATE 

The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill in secrecy, without public hearings, without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, and without knowing its full impact on American families.

TrumpCare bill (American Health Care Act, or AHCA) would strip coverage from at least 23 million people and cut Medicaid by $800 billion, in order to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. It would also undermine critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions, defund Planned Parenthood, and raise premiums for American families.

The next few weeks will be critical. Call or visit our Senators and urge them to reject any bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Tell them to vote NO on TrumpCare. Try to incorporate a personal story if possible.


SAMPLE CALL TO THE OFFICE OF SENATOR CORY GARDNER

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Senator Gardner’s position on TrumpCare (the American Health Care Act)?

Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator Gardner supports AHCA / hasn’t made up his mind yet.

Caller: That’s terrible. I’m very disappointed to hear that. This bill would take away health care from millions of Americans, including 271,500 Coloradans, cut the Medicaid program with 174,700 people losing coverage increase premiums by an average of $751 and allow states to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. All that to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy?! This is unacceptable to me.

[I/my family member] [am/is] at risk of losing [my/his/her] insurance. [I/ my family member] [have/has] a pre-existing condition that before the ACA could be used by insurance companies to discriminate against me. My health depends on Senator Gardner voting against the American Health Care Act.

Staffer: The Senate version of the bill will not be the same as the one that passed the House. The Senator will make sure that Americans are protected...

Caller: That is not true at all. It does not matter which version passes if the effects are the same or similar. As a constituent, can the Senator guarantee me that

  • ...no one will lose coverage as a result of this bill?
    and/or
  • ...there will be no cuts to the Medicaid program?
    and/or
  • ...Senator Gardner won’t vote for ANY bill unless it has received a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)?

It is also important to me that there is: 

  • No gender discrimination and no lifetime caps
    and/or
  • Access to reproductive medicine without cost.
    and/or
  • Coverage for all pre-existing conditions.
    and/or
  • Cost less than $X per month per person.
    and/or
  • Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.

Staffer: Obamacare is collapsing. The Senator has a responsibility to act to protect Americans from the disastrous ACA.

Caller: The health insurance market created by the ACA is healthy and stable, even with seven years’ worth of Republican efforts to undermine it. Despite lies from Trump, experts agree that there is no risk of it collapsing unless the Trump Administration actively sabotages it.

Caller: Expanding Medicaid in Colorado has helped more than 400,000 people get coverage. Will Senator Gardner commit to keeping the Medicaid expansion in place?

Staffer: Senator Gardner cares deeply about Medicaid and won’t vote for any bill that cuts people off of Medicaid. The bill currently being discussed would provide a long phase-out period to make sure that no one loses their coverage immediately.

Caller: That is not good enough. A phase-out period still means that millions will lose their coverage. If the Medicaid expansion is helping people, why eliminate or phase it out at all? Why not keep it in place? Is it to pay for tax cuts that will primarily benefit the wealthiest 1 percent and profitable corporations?

Will the Senator commit to opposing any legislation that phases out the Medicaid expansion while also cutting taxes on unearned income for the wealthy, and on profitable health insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms and medical device makers?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Senator Gardner

Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely. Thank you for your time.

[If dodges/ undecided]: Please take down my contact information to let me know when Senator Gardner has made up his mind. I’m eager to hear what he decides.


SAMPLE CALL TO THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Senator Bennet’s position on TrumpCare (the American Health Care Act)?

Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator Bennet opposes this legislation.

Caller: That’s great! Please tell Senator Bennet thank you for opposing the bill. I’d like to hear him speak out in the media or on the Senate floor against repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He needs to make it clear that she/he wants to protect people with pre-existing conditions, those on Medicaid, and everyone else who depends on the Affordable Care Act for health and wellbeing.

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your message to Senator Bennet.

Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely for his public statements in opposition. Thank you for your time.


A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS FOR COLORADO: 

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Keep speaking out on health care.  Now is the time.  Senators are using this week’s recess to gauge your needs.  Call them TODAY.

The Senate is in the midst of holding closed-door meetings to draft their version of Trumpcare, and all signs are pointing to it being just as bad as the House version. Let Senator Cory Gardner & Senator Michael Bennet know you’re watching.

Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling about healthcare. I would like _NAME_ to fight for my right to affordable, quality healthcare coverage. Specifically, (list what you want). Ideas:
1. No gender discrimination.
2. No lifetime caps.
3. To cover all pre-existing conditions.
4. To cost less than $X per month per person.
5. Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.
6. Start pressuring health insurance companies to decrease costs.
7. Then share a story about why one of these is important to you, personally. Thanks!

Last month, members of the House rubber-stamped this administration's irresponsible Obamacare repeal plan, which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would cover 23 million fewer Americans. Members of Congress are putting their own constituents' lives at risk, and it's unacceptable.

The bill is now in the Senate—and senators are meeting behind closed doors to draft their own version of it. It's crucial that we make our voices heard on the disastrous impact that repealing Obamacare would have. Get in touch with your senator now.

MORE INFORMATION:
Fact Check:  The Updated GOP Health Care Bill - NY Times Video
Trump: Time to go nuclear in the Senate for tax cuts, healthcare - Washington Examiner
Are Moderate Republicans Really Willing To Kill A Senate Health Care Bill? -FiveThirtyEight

With thanks to Jen Hoffman's Activism Checklist and Organizing for Action.

 

 

 

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Call for Jeff Sessions to step down as Attorney General.

Call: Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Michael Bennet & Representative Scott Tipton to demand Jeff Sessions' resignation.

Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling with concerns about our leadership’s integrity. Jeff Sessions failed to reveal meetings with Russian diplomats during his security screening process. I would like _NAME_ to join Senator Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Lieu (D-CA) in calling for his resignation. Thanks.

Additionally, watch this quick video from MoveOn.org that summarizes some of the policies that are rapidly changing under the Trump/Sessions regime.

First on CNN: AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, DOJ says - CNN

Sessions Was Advised Not to Disclose Russia Meetings on Security Forms - NY Times

With thanks to Jen Hoffman's Activism Checklist for this D3 Daily Action.

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Reject Trump's Budget: The White House released their budget on Tuesday - and it is a cruel list of proposals that would have devastating impact on Americans. THE GOOD NEWS: Trump's budget needs the approval of congress. Please call your MOC's Michael Bennet, Cory Gardner and Scott Tipton and tell them to REJECT TRUMP'S BUDGET

If Trump gets his way, here are 16 of things that go:

  • Environmental education
  • Healthy school food for kids
  • Support for new forms of energy that don’t poison our planet
  • Support for fact-based scientific research
  • Climate science programs
  • Ability to protect clean air and clean water
  • Programs for the poor, including health care and disability payments
  • College loan programs for the poor and those who take jobs in nonprofit organizations
  • Protection for women’s health
  • Food assistance for older Americans
  • Nutrition programs for low-income women, infants, and children
  • Support for public libraries, PBS, and arts
  • Heating assistance for low-income people
  • Before and after school and summer programs for children in low-income communities
  • Emergency food assistance
  • Efforts to revitalize public housing

 

 

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Defend the Affordable Care Act in the Senate:

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score is coming on Wednesday, which may kick it back to another vote in the House. Keeping pressure on your Senators is now more important than ever. Keep telling your Senators a vote for TrumpCare is unacceptable. 

Call your Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet and let them know TrumpCare is NOT good for America!

Here’s everything you need to fight back.

 

 

 

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Let Your Senators know that you expect them to oppose ACA repeal.

TrumpCare now moves on to the Senate where it will need a simple majority to pass. Unlike House Republicans, Senators have said they want to know what the full impact of TrumpCare will be before they vote on it. They will wait for a CBO score before moving forward, so it will be a week or two before any vote can occur. But they have already started negotiations, which means the time to put on the pressure is now.

Let Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennet know that TrumpCare is unfixable (Below are 10 reasons why). Tell them you expect them to oppose ACA repeal.  Remind them that they will have to answer for their vote for the rest of their career.

10 Reasons why TrumpCare is a bad idea:

  1. Takes away health care from 24 million Americans. This is according to nonpartisan estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). This will result in 24,000 - 44,000 more Americans dying every year from lack of insurance. Not to mention medical bankruptcies, lost wages, untreated illnesses...
  2. Hike deductibles by $1500 on average. TrumpCare pushes Americans into low-quality, high cost-sharing health insurance by providing meager tax credits compared to the Affordable Care Act. This is the opposite of what Trump promised in his campaign.
  3. End the federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. TrumpCare incentivizes states to drop consumer protections, meaning insurance companies will be able to charge people more if they have a pre-existing condition. 130 million Americans have a pre-existing conditions. People could face premiums well over $100,000 a year.
  4. Allow insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more for their health care. A single, 64 year old adult making $26,500/year would have to pay $14,600 in annual premiums—a 750% increase from current law.
  5. Cut $880 billion from Medicaid, a program that more than 70 million Americans, half of which are children, rely on.
  6. Put lifetime and annual benefit caps back on the table for even those with employer coverage. This means a baby with a serious medical condition could use up its lifetime limits in the first month of life under TrumpCare.
  7. Make women pay more for health insurance than men. Because insurance companies could charge more for pre-existing conditions like breast cancer or assault survival and because pregnancy care no longer would be a required benefit, women would once again pay more for health care than men.
  8. Defund Planned Parenthood. Nearly 3 million Americans, especially women and families, receive affordable health care services annually at Planned Parenthood facilities. TrumpCare prohibits any funding from going to these clinics.
  9. Harm children with special needs by cutting Special Education funds for schools. Medicaid funds a large portion of education for students with a variety of disabilities. Buried in the bill is a provision that no longer recognizes schools as required Medicaid providers, on top of the massive cuts to the program.
  10. And, it does all of this in order to pay for $600 billion in tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

Fortunately, the Senate is different than the House. It moves slower and is responsive to different pressures. That’s why you’ll have real influence over TrumpCare at several levels during this process moving forward.  We need to stay on top of this.

And if you have 5 extra minutes: Write a letter/postcard to object to the all-male senate healthcare group:

Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Suggested letter: Not everyone is at the table to discuss health care, Sen. McConnell. 51% of the US population is female. 37% is not white. 19% has a disability. More than 3% is LGBT. By these statistics, your committee should have six women, four minorities, two disabled people, and one gay person. A group of white, straight men could harm those excluded from the conversation. Please make it right.

Trumpcare Hits Children’s Hospitals Hard – Forbes

The American Health Care Act and the question of pre-existing conditions (5 letters) – The Denver Post

The Health Care Board’s Insults to Women – NY Times

Trumpcare Passed the House, Now What? – Indivisible Guide

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Oppose New Threats to Health and Public Safety that have already passed the House!  Demand that your Senators oppose the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017, the Regulatory Accountability Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017.

We rely on our government to ensure so much is safe: The food we eat. The air we breathe. The toys our children play with—and so much more. But right now, legislation is moving in Congress that guts the crucial federal safety protections we rely on to ensure that what surrounds us isn't putting us in danger or making us sick.

Three pieces of legislation—the Regulatory Accountability Act, the REINS Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act—are direct and radical threats to public health that have broad, overreaching consequences. In short, they handcuff the government with red tape, making it nearly impossible for agencies to deliver the crucial safeguards we need.

These dangerous bills have already passed the House—take action today to stop them in their tracks in the Senate!

Call Senator Cory Gardner & Senator Michael Bennet:  Demand that they oppose these dangerous regulations.

Script:  I am calling today in strong opposition to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017, the Regulatory Accountability Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017, all recently passed by the House of Representatives.  These are direct and radical threats to public health and safety with overreaching implications and unintended consequences. They present unprecedented and dangerous roadblocks and delays to the sensible safeguards that protect the American people such as the Clean Air Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, and so much more.  This red tape will leave Americans unprotected, going back on historic progress made by Congress.  If these bills come to the Senate floor for a vote, please strongly oppose them.

Here's just a small sample of important safety measures that would get tied up in red tape under the Regulatory Accountability Act:

  • Regulations to keep toxic chemicals out of products in our homes, schools and workplaces.
  • New Food and Drug Administration protections against intentional contamination of the food supply.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, which are regularly updated to help assure the safety of everyday children's products like cribs, high chairs, and infant carriers.
  • New auto safety standards that would take advantage of new crash-avoidance and vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies to reduce car accidents and fatalities.
  • Centers for Disease Control updated screening measures for airports that would help stem the spread of diseases—issued to protect against the next outbreak of a dangerous communicable disease like Ebola.

The Regulatory Accountability Act – Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

5 Reasons Why the Regulatory Accountability Act is Bad for Science – Union of Concerned Scientists

Red tape and over-reach: That is the Regulatory Accountability Act – Environmental Defense Fund

Thanks to the Environmental Defense Fund for this D3 Daily Action.

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Let your Members of Congress know that they must stand up to Donald Trump and say NO to the Pence-Kobach Commission. We will not allow Donald Trump to erode our freedom to vote any further.

Donald Trump is attempting to manipulate the election process by announcing the Pence-Kobach Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. Members of Congress must take a stand today to protect our freedom to vote and not allow Trump's All-Star team of notorious vote suppressors to further reduce our freedom to vote. 

Call Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Scott Tipton today and ask that they stand in opposition to this panel:

Script:  Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ and I am calling to express my concern about Trump’s new election integrity commission. Considering the lack of support for claims of widespread voter fraud, this panel is a huge waste of taxpayer money. What is _NAME_ doing to oppose this panel?

Almost to a person, Trump's team for the commission is an all-star line up of the most vicious anti-voting freedom officials from across the country. Vice President Mike Pence, the chair, implemented voter suppression tactics in Indiana as Governor that led the state to have the lowest voter participation in the entire country. The goal of government should be to make certain that more people are voting, not fewer, and Pence has demonstrated he is in no way qualified to lead a commission about our electoral system. 

Kris Kobach is the draconian Secretary of State in Kansas who has spent state money fighting to remove thousands of voters from the rolls and enacting the most restrictive voter ID laws in the nation. He has spread his attacks on Black voters and other voters of color nationwide by developing the Interstate Crosscheck system which some states use to purge voters. Interstate Crosscheck has been shown in multiple reports to over-represent Black voters and has purged numerous eligible voters from the rolls stripping them of their freedom to vote. Announcing Kris Kobach as a Vice-Chair of the "Presidential Commission on Election Integrity" tells us the intent of the commission is to nationalize voter suppression laws he has piloted at the state level. Kobach has also repeatedly parroted Trump's ludicrous assertion about millions of fraudulent votes in the 2016 election.

All members of Congress need to stand up to Donald Trump and say no to the Pence-Kobach Commission. We will not allow Donald Trump to erode our freedom to vote any further. 

Trump’s commission on ‘election integrity’ could instead restrict voting - Washington Post

Trump Picks Voter ID Advocate for Election Fraud Panel - NY Times

The conservative gladiator from Kansas behind restrictive voting laws - Washington Post

President Trump launches commission on 'election integrity' - ABC News

SIgn the Petition  - Color of Change

With thanks to Color of Change and Jen Hoffman’s Activism Checklist for this Daily Action.

 

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Bears Ears Buttes, Bears Ears National Monument - Courtesy of Earthjustice.org

Bears Ears Buttes, Bears Ears National Monument - Courtesy of Earthjustice.org

Oppose Using National Monuments for Resource Extraction and Mining!

Lend your help now to defend Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and other National Monuments.

24 National Monuments at Risk NOW

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is preparing for a visit to Utah NEXT WEEK.  Please call him today:  202-208-7351

Script: Hi. I’m calling to oppose Trump’s executive order. Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments are treasures. National monuments such as Canyon of the Ancients and Brown’s Canyon in my home state of Colorado (or see link above to find National Monuments at risk in your state) are protected, citizen-owned land, and I strongly oppose any efforts to extract resources from them.

Or tweet at Secretary Zinke; his handle is @secretaryzinke

Additionally, call Representative Scott Tipton, Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner and demand that they protect our monuments by standing up to the Trump Administration's policies regarding our public lands.

Trump Orders Review of National Monuments to Allow Development

Protect Native Lands and Public Health by Defending Bears Ears National Monument  

Yesterday, Zinke met with UT San Juan County Commission, but NOT with Tribal Leaders:  Bears Ears is Overkill, San Juan County Leaders Tell Zinke 

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Keep the pressure on for an independent commission to investigate U.S. ties to Russia.  Let your Senators know that you are still paying attention to this issue, and demand an investigation to prove that the leaders of our country are trustworthy, qualified and not putting the U.S. at risk.

Call Senator Cory Gardner to ask him what he is doing to push for an independent investigation of the Russia scandal.  Let him know that the FBI's plans to merge the investigation are not enough.  Ask: "Senator Gardner, when will you cosign Senate Bill 27 to establish an independent commission to examine and report on the facts regarding the extent of Russian official and unofficial cyber operations and other attempts to interfere in the 2016 United States national election, and for other purposes?"

Call Senator Michael Bennet to thank him for co-sponsoring the bill on February 16, 2017.  Let him know that his constituents expect the Senate to keep the pressure on.

"We need an accounting — a serious, independent and bipartisan investigation of attempted Russian interference in the American presidential election.  This is larger than any one candidate or any one election," - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Read more at The Hill.

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Support Renewable Energy and Renewable Energy Candidates in District 3, Colorado and around the world.

There are some very strong renewable energy candidates running for La Plata Electrical Association right here in District 3.  LPEA directors represent their geographic districts and help determine current and future policy at the electric cooperative.  Ballots for the LPEA election were mailed on or around April 13, 2017.  Results will be announced during the LPEA Annual Meeting, May 13, 2017

Please take the time to vote if you live in La Plata County.  Your voice matters.  Renewable Energy Candidates to support are:
District 2 - Kim Martin
District 3 - Rachel Landis
District 4 - Guinn Unger
Read Candidate Statements here.

If you do not live in La Plata County - BELOW ARE OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT CLEAN ENERGY TODAY:

Add your name to freeze new fossil fuel development
Stand in the way of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL   
Divest from Fossil Fuels  
Call Senator Cory Gardner & Senator Michael Bennet to ask where they stand on Trump's Climate Denier Cabinet:  Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO; Scott Pruitt, EPA Destroyer; Ryan Zinke, Fossil-Fuel Industry Champion; Rick Perry - Dakota Access Pipeline Builder
Participate in the Peoples Climate March on April 29 - find a march near you