Tuesday August 7th 2018

Updated 3pm Wednesday. 8/7/18 notes from visiting WA’s senators’ staffers. The rally vid: 30:36.
7/31/18: notes. FAQs & Archive. Online info about our senators.
By Holly Brewer, Ricann Bock and Janet Kierstead.

Met with


Kate Baumgartner, Sen. Murray’s Seattle Director ~ Main P: (202) 224-2621 / (866) 481-9186 ~ F: (202) 224-0238
Tommy Bauer, Sen. Cantwell’s Seattle Outreach Director ~ Main P: (202) 224-3441 ~ F: (202) 228-0514

From the Rally

There will be phone banking in Seattle to pressure Sen. Murkowski to vote against Kavanaugh next Tuesday. Join them! Facebook event.

The Senate is in State Session

Some call it recess. This is the time that our senators can spend with constituents. Next Wednesday they will be back in session. It’s a shortened session. WaPo.com

Sen. Murray in WA

Sen. Murray spoke at UW on global health security. Murray.Senate.gov

Sen. Murray has been with interns. Info on internships: Murray.Senate.gov.

Sen. Murray has been keeping up the drum beat against Kanavaugh. Rewire.News & Murray.Senate.gov

Sen. Murray is looking for stories about how people have been impacted by Roe vs Wade. Murray.Senate.gov Her tweet about this.

Sen. Murray has been talking about the trade war impacts in WA. There was a press release out on Tuesday. Murray.Senate.gov

Sen. Murray about reunification of families at the border: Twitter.com.

Sen. Cantwell in WA

Last Friday in Vancouver, Washington Sen. Cantwell was talking about endangered Chinook salmon and allowing tribal entities with permits to engage, disrupt or cull sea lion population (now up to 300,000) on the Columbia river. They don’t normally come into fresh water, but they have discovered that they can gorge themselves on salmon a bit up river. They are so obese they are sinking docks. This is not the final answer for Orcas (who are short of fish and therefore starving), but it is one solution to start with that most everyone can agree with. Cantwell.Senate.gov

The Governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho; the Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife; the Nez Perce Tribe; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Yakima are in agreement.

The LWCF

This is about the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“The LWCF is one of the country’s best conservation programs, preserving public lands and ensuring access to outdoor recreation in rural and urban areas,” the senators wrote. “For the last half century, it has protected lands, historic sites, national parks, wilderness areas, and urban parks in every state… It is critical that this program be reauthorized before its expiration on September 30, 2018.”

This program has given our area Green Lake State Park, Gas Works Park, Discovery Park, and many more. Cantwell.Senate.gov

Act!

Petitions: TPL.org & Outdoors.org & CredoAction.com.

Contact the Department of the Interior
Call: (202) 208-3100 or email feedback@ios.doi.gov – or use this form.

Affordable Housing in Rural Areas

“Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Angus King (I-Maine), along with Senators Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act, which seeks to better understand and respond to America’s affordable housing crisis by creating a bipartisan affordable housing task force.” Young.Senate.gov

Roadless Rule

Both of our senators are working together on a bill introduced last week to uphold the roadless rule to protect old growth forests. “The Roadless Rule safeguards certain federal forest lands from logging, road-building, mining, and drilling for oil and gas, instead preserving their use for recreation and ecological protection. These rules were the result of a massive, three-year effort from the U.S. Forest Service, which included more than 600 public meetings in communities around the country. During this time period, the Forest Service received more than 4.2 million comments on the regulations, the most extensive public involvement ever in the federal rulemaking process. Those comments overwhelmingly favored strong protections for roadless areas, and those protections continue to enjoy widespread support among the American people.” Murray.Senate.gov

Computer Classes

S. 3122: High School CODES Act

Science engineering education. “A bill sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell to increase high school computer coding programs has been signed into law.” KXRO.com

Seven percent of the US GDP is related to computer science. Sen. Cantwell had to take typing and Latin in school. It is time that states are given a tax benefit when they offer computer science classes. “In Washington State, only 1,212 students graduated from college with computer science degrees in 2015, leaving more than 16,200 computing jobs unfilled today.” Cantwell.Senate.gov More about this: KXRO.com.

Family Separations

Sens. Wyden and Feinstein wrote a letter to Azar … is there any response? No update yet. Wyden.Senate.gov A judge has said that the administration has to make plans for reunification. NPR.org

We Want Both Senators to Stand Against Kavanaugh

Explicitly.

Democrats are holding off interviewing him until documents from his time in the White House are released. TheHill.com

Sen. Cantwell is asking for Republicans to vote no. She has voted against him in the past. Sen. Murray has already spoken up against him.

Sen. Cantwell on Kavanaugh

Sen. Murray has come out strongly against Kavanaugh’s nomination. We want her to give public speeches the way that Sen. Murray has about this – but on environmental issues. A video about Sen. Cantwell’s position on this: YouTube.com.

She did ask Roberts and Gorsuch about Washington protections and the right to choose on MSNBC month and 1/2 ago. YouTube.com She threw down the gauntlet to Republicans.

The 2006 Votes for Kavanaugh

Both senators voted against Kavanaugh for United States Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit in 2006. Sen. Collins and Sen. Murkowski voted for him. GovTrack.us He was voted in by a 57/36 margin. 4 Democrats voted for him: Thomas Carper, DE; Mary Landrieu, LA; Robert Byrd, WV; and Ben Nelson, NE.

Sen. Murray’s Stance

7/6/18: In the weekly Democratic address, we are urged to “Tweet, post, march, call, and write to your elected officials (emphasis mine). The more you make your voice heard, the harder it will be for Senate Republicans to support a justice who will take our country backward.” For more, see Murray.Senate.gov.

7/9/18: “…based on everything I know about [Judge Kavanaugh], he is exactly what President Trump is looking for and would swing the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation against women, workers, patients, and families.” For more, see Murray.Senate.gov.

Sen. Murray: “I’m urging everyone—in red states and blue states, big cities and small towns—to make their voice heard right now: call your Senator, show up at rallies, organize online and in person (emphasis mine). There is so much at stake.” Q13Fox.com

7/10/18: “Senator Murray also highlighted threats to workers, environmental protections, LGBTQ equality, and more posed by Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.” For more, see Murray.Senate.gov.

Sen. Cantwell’s Stance

“I have grave concerns about this nomination and Judge Kavanaugh’s previous decisions on net neutrality and health care.” Q13Fox.com

On Meet the Press

Senator Cantwell Discusses U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy on Meet the Press. View this on YouTube.com.

From the video:
* About the Federalist Society, who pick the list of potential choices for 45’s Supreme Court nominee, see FedSoc.org.

* Sen. Cantwell says that she would prefer that the vote takes place after the midterms, but 45 has made it clear that he wants the vote to happen quickly.

* The Democrats changed the number of votes for a Senate approval of executive and judicial nominees to 51 (from 60) in 2013. USAToday.com

* (At 4.20 in the video) Sen. Cantwell says that it is key that she has the opportunity to ask Kavanaugh about how he will act if the president pardons himself; how he will implement the emoluments clause (about that: WaPO.com); how he will allow the Mueller investigation to go; and if the president is under indictment, what he, the nominee, will do about that.

If Sen. Cantwell strongly opposes Kavanaugh, it could help to sway Sen. Collins and Murkowski, whose statements are tepid, according to Politico.com.

If she waits to decide until she has had the opportunity to interview with him, she is following our democratic norms – a good precedent – and she also has the opportunity to open questions for him to answer publicly. If she just says that she will vote against him, she loses that ability to interview him.

Sen. Murray Accepted $7500 from the GEO Group

They Fund Deportation Detention Centers. “The contributions represent a tiny fraction of the more than $13 million raised by Murray in her successful 2016 bid for a fifth term.” SeattleTimes.com

Bill Protecting Refugees and Immigrants

S. 3112: Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2018. It is cosponsored by Sen. Murray. It is Corey Booker’s bill. Booker.Senate.gov

If our senators need to push harder, they can ask for a hearing about this. Sen. Murray has contacted HHS multiple times to ask for action on this.

Contributions that Sen. Cantwell has accepted: OpenSecrets.org
Contributions that Sen. Murray has accepted: OpenSecrets.org

SUGGESTION: Murray take $7500 from GEO Group and donate to immigrants’ rights group.

Azar and Nielson

We want them to ask for the resignations of Azar and Nielsen – for their lack of respect for innocents during the immigration debacle. Sen. Durbin did. TheHill.com
Sen. Murray’s letter to Azar: Murray.Senate.gov.
Sen. Cantwell’s tweets: Cantwell.Senate.gov.

Protecting Rosenstein and Mueller

There are 2 bills in the senate now to do this. NPR.org

Trump’s Military Parade

We don’t know anything much about this now. MilitaryTimes.com

Tuesday Was Mueller’s Birthday

He is 74. Politico.com