Tuesday September 19th 2017

People from all over the Seattle area meet with the senators’ staffers at the Federal Building in Seattle 12:30-1:30 every Tuesday.
These notes from September 19th 2017 from all attendees; calls to action and links provided by me. This page is updated by 3pm Wednesday.

Met with

Tommy Bauer, Senator Cantwell’s Seattle Outreach Director.
Email: tommy_bauer@cantwell.senate.gov
Senator Cantwell: Email ~ P: (202) 224-3441 ~ F: (202) 228-0514

Kate Baumgartner, Senator Murray’s Seattle Outreach Director.
Email: Kate_baumgartner@murray.senate.gov
Senator Murray: Email ~ P: (202) 224-2621 / Toll Free: (866) 481-9186 ~ F: (202) 224-0238

Cassidy – Graham health care bill

Tommy, Senator Cantwell’s Outreach Director emailed through information that was requested about the senator’s actions re. the new bill. Extra credit. From her recent health care town hall: notes ~ video.

We all have concerns about the Cassidy – Graham health care bill. It is more vicious than the previous offering by the republicans. It could actually get voted in. No CBO score. The republicans want it to be voted on through reconciliation, so they have to vote before the end of September.

Please tell detailed stories about how this health ‘care’ would affect you through loss of care / preventative care: particularly if it involves opioids personally or professionally. This is a huge national problem. Please also share stories about how the ACA helped you or your loved ones, and its loss would affect you through suffering, lost ability to work or otherwise contribute: and about how life before ACA was tough. More actions.

When contacting senators, they generally do not need zip code authentication to leave an email on their web site. Representatives mainly do. In that case, use their office address and zip code. Your opinion counts on national issues that personally affect you. They can tak your opinion or not, but the fact that so many people are contacting them is the point.
Please contact our MoCs.

Other Senators to contact

McCain is especially good to contact to:
thank him for his previous vote,
tell him that Arizona stands to lose $1.6 billion in federal funding by 2026,
mention 1 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill,
the 78,000 Arizonans relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse care would be in jeopardy,
– and he has called for “return to regular order”: we don’t know how many people will lose their coverage because the CBO hasn’t had time to fully review the bill.
email Sen. John McCain (AZ) (202) 224-2235 Fax: (202) 228-2862

email Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV) (202) 224-6472
email Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202) 224-6665
email Sen. Dean Heller (NV) (202) 224-6244
email Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK) (202) 224-3004
email Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ) (202) 224-4521
email Sen. Susan Collins (ME) (202) 224-2523
email Sen. Bill Cassidy (LA) (202) 224-5824
email Sen. Bob Corker (TN) (202) 224-3344
email Sen. Rob Portman (OH) (202) 224-3353
email Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) (202) 224-4944
email Sen. Cory Gardner (CO) (202) 224-5941
email Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) (202) 224-5972
email Sen. Tom Cotton (AR) (202) 224-2353
email Sen. Pat Toomey (PA) (202) 224-4254
email Sen. Mike Lee (UT) (202) 224-5444
email Sen. John Hoeven (ND) (202) 224-2551
email Sen. Richard Shelby (AL) (202) 224-5744 Fax: (202) 224-3416
email Sen. Luther Strange (AL) (202) 224-4124 Fax: (202) 224-3149
email Sen. John Boozman (AK) (202) 224-4843
email Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) (202) 224-5323 Fax: (202) 228-6965
email Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) (202) 224-4224
List compiled from: WaPo & NYTimes & TrumpCareToolkit
All Members of Congress


The ADAPT Group will be very busy!

The Ongoing Tuesday Plan

We now have a room booked for us to meet in the Federal Building. Kate Baumgartner will post in Seattle Indivisible’s FB page the day before about the meeting. Please check it in case there is a room change or the meeting needs to be cancelled. SI are working on having rallies every Tuesday 12-12:30 to encourage attendance. We need groups other than SI to step up and volunteer. At this meeting, an attendee passed around cards for us to sign to thank our senators 🙂

Child Care for Working Families Act

Senator Murray has introduced the popular Child Care for Working Families Act. It includes increasing the number of children enjoying help with preschool costs and ensures good pay for preschool workers.

Rep. DeSantis’ Amendment to defund Mueller

The question was asked: can the resolution to defund Mueller move forward?
Rep. DeSantis has introduced an amendment to defund the probe. “In a statement, DeSantis said the order appointing Mueller as special counsel ‘didn’t identify a crime to be investigated and practically invites a fishing expedition.'” from Politico.
There are also bipartisan efforts to protect Mueller. Senators Tillis and Coon’s: S. 1741 & Senators Graham and Booker’s: S. 1735. “the bill(s) effectively would limit the president’s authority to hire and fire special counsels” from WaPo.

Bristol Bay

The EPA is considering removing protections from Bristol Bay, an important fishing area for Seattle salmon. Please comment here by October 15th and share. It would be environmental disaster, affect adversely our Ballard fisheries (they get their salmon there), and trample on Native rights. The salmon ensure “an estimated 14,000 jobs and annual revenue of $1.5 billion” from HuffPost. About the EPA’s plans for Bristol Bay: https://www.epa.gov/bristolbay.

The De-escalate Washington Petition

Please help us to get signatures for the de-escalate Washington petition. you can volunteer to be in busy areas and collect signatures.
“This measure would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation.”

This is important because “Trump (is) to lift military gear ban for local police” from CNN.

The NDAA Bill

The NDAA bill went through Congress recently. “Senators voted 89 to 8 to pass the nearly $700 billion bill, which authorizes support for Pentagon programs and combat operations at home and abroad” from WaPo. There is funding in there for protections for people in Hanford and military bases throughout WA.

Net Neutrality

If bots have put comments in the FCC site in your name, please tell Senator Cantwell and she will order an investigation: More actions.

The BRIDGE Act

Currently, Congress has 6 months before the DACA program is taken away, and they can replace it or not. There is bipartisan legislation to renew the program for the next two years: the BRIDGE Act, S. 128. We need further-reaching legislation to protect our DACA recipients. They cannot be expected to limp from 2 year-long DACA protection to 2 year-long DACA protection. There needs to be a longer term solution. People are calling this a clean DREAM act.

People are desperate for a fix for the DREAMers. We need comprehensive immigration reform. There is no proposed legislation for it yet. This was exemplified by the protesters at Nancy Pelosi’s meeting supporting the DREAMers this week.

Net Neutrality

“Now that the comment period has ended, the FCC will begin work on a revised version of its proposal, which it will then vote on and quite likely pass, making it official policy.”
From the verge. More about net neutrality and ways to act.

Equifax

Congress sent a letter to Equifax asking them for information about the recent security breach: NPR. What can we do to protect ourselves? WaPo. The letter was signed by multiple MoCs, including Senator Murray. The letter.