***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Tues, March 21th, 2017
Ok! So ICYMI, yesterday's action was to RECOMMIT to your activism! Now that you're all re-fired up and re-committed and re-energized, here's what to do today:
1) POSTPONE THE GORSUCH VOTE UNTIL FBI INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES [text + script modified from Daily Action]
Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey testified under oath that the FBI had begun investigating the collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia in the run-up to the election. They began last July, and the fact that they are still at it eight months later speaks volumes.
The Senate should not confirm the lifetime appointments of a President whose very legitimacy is being investigated by the FBI. The Republicans ran out the clock on Obama, even though a Supreme Court seat became vacant 11 months before the end of his (entirely legitimate) presidency. We have no idea whether the FBI is going to ask Donald Trump for sworn testimony, whether he is going to be indicted or whether the public findings from this investigation will force Trump's resignation or impeachment. This is a time to slow down—not rubber-stamp Trump's lifetime appointments to the bench.
Today we ask that the Senate postpone the vote on Gorsuch until the FBI's investigation is complete and the findings are made public. This may be an unprecedented move but everything about Trump's Presidency—including his ties to Putin—is unprecedented.
#ACTION: Call BOTH of your Senators!
"My name is (NAME), I live in (CITY), my zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to ask that the (Senator/Congressperson) support postponement of Neil Gorsuch’s hearing vote in the wake of yesterday's confirmation from James Comey that the FBI is, in fact, investigating collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Until we know the outcome of the FBI investigation we should not move forward with the life-long appointment of a Supreme Court Justice from a president who may have mislead and betrayed the American public. Thank you."
2) LAST FEW DAYS (hopefully) TO MAKE CALLS ON THE ACHA [modified from 5 Calls]
The House is expected to vote on the AHCA this Thursday, March 23rd. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that Republicans' purported ACA replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would leave a total of 52 million Americans uninsured by 2026. This is primarily due to $880 billion in proposed cuts to Medicaid, despite Trump's campaign promise of maintaining Medicaid coverage. The bill is also predicted to substantially raise premiums for older people, especially in rural areas. Republicans argue their goal is to reduce the federal deficit, and indeed the bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion over the next 10 years. However, this reduction is less than 0.2% of the United States GDP and is far less than the $592 billion in tax cuts that the bill provides to wealthier Americans.
A last-minute AHCA amendment developed by GOP leadership failed to meaningfully address the bill's affordability issues. The amendment does include a proposed medical tax deduction for people between the ages of 50 and 64 (which the Senate would need to implement) to help offset skyrocketing premium costs under the AHCA. However, the amendment would worsen insurance access for Medicaid beneficiaries by allowing states to establish work requirements for Medicaid enrollees. To add insult to injury, the amendment would hasten the repeal of ACA-related taxes, again disproportionately benefiting wealthier constituents.
#ACTION Call your HOUSE REP
"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to take a stand against the American Health Care Act. A health care plan that would leave 24 million more people uninsured by 2026 is an unacceptable replacement for the ACA. [OPTIONAL: tell how the ACA/Obamacare has helped you or someone you know]. Thank you for your time and attention."
3) With the House vote on the AHCA looming, this is the last push to activate everyone you know to take action—ESPECIALLY older Americans and Medicaid recipients who may not be Dems, but who sure as hell need healthcare. This is one of the those potential reach-across-the-aisle issues: Can you contact your red state grandma? Your elderly parents? Your conservative high school friend who might lose coverage? Take a few moments to contact people you know + love who might be affected by this, and who might be willing to make a phone call or two themselves.
Finally: Gorsuch hearing is live today. Fascinating stuff so far.