***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Today we repeat yesterday's action, add another push for independent Russia investigations, and also a net neutrality issue to watch. Also, ICYMI, the ENTIRE Senate (all 100 of em) have been summoned to a super rare Senate briefing at the White House tomorrow—on North Korea. Is the use of the WH just about optics and trying to make a bigly show of importance as the 100 day mark nears? We shall see. Def following this.
1. NO WALL. NO DEPORTATION FORCE. NO COMPROMISES.
CALL YOUR SENATORS and make it clear that funding for a border wall and a deportation force is NOT on the table. Because the White House has little to show for their first 100 days, they are now trying to cram some of their campaign promises into this discussion, demanding that a funding bill include money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Dems and many GOP are pushing back, stalling negotiations ahead of a Friday night deadline to avoid a government shutdown. We need to keep pressure on—on Monday Trump told a group of conservative journalists that he'd be okay with putting off the border wall fight until the next gov't funding deadline in September. BUT this morning he tweeted this gem: "Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc."
#ACTION: CALL BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS
"Hi my name is ____ and I live in ______. I'm calling to let Sen.______ know that I oppose any kind of plan or compromise to fund the border wall. There is no benefit to building a wall, and it will cost us taxpayers billions of dollars. Thank you."
2. RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA [from Daily Action + 5calls, w/ my edits + additions]
Once again, it's time to (re)demand an independent non-partisan commission, like the 9/11 Commission, to investigate Russian interference in the November election. After the House investigations became a debacle, the last great hope for Congress was that the Senate Intelligence Committee was going to get this right. But now we've learned that even that Committee is behind the ball -- they haven't called any witnesses and only had 7 part-time staffers devoted to this. As the news broke yesterday, the Committee quickly hired two staffers - as if that's anything close to what is needed to investigate something on this scale.
An independent non-partisan commission has the time and resources to fully staff an investigation and the benefit of being removed from day-to-day politics because it is typically led by retired government officials from both parties (Think Colin Powell or Madeleine Albright). Furthermore, rather than simply casting blame, the commission is most concerned with identifying measures to prevent this from happening again.
While the House and Senate Committees end up producing two reports - one Republican and one Democratic, the independent non-partisan commission produces one report.
#ACTION: CALL THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE: 202-224-1700
EDIT: MAILBOX IS FULL (good job!) SO HERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS:
-Fax: (202) 224-1772
-CALL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SEN. RICHARD BURR (NC) (202) 224-3154
-CALL COMMITTEE VICE CHAIR MARK WARNER (VA) 202-224-2023
"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I'm calling to express my concern that the committee is not sufficiently investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The public deserves and expects an investigation that is well staffed with experienced investigators, conducts interviews, issues subpoenas and conducts itself with the highest integrity. Anything less would be a disservice to the Constitution and the American people."
3. Finally: For those concerned with net neutrality (which should be all of us, right?!), keep an eye on this story. Will likely develop an action on it once it develops further, but for now—something (else) to pay attention to:
"FCC Chairman Ajit Pai intends to launch his reworking of the Obama-era net neutrality rules, according to sources familiar with the plan, setting up a showdown on an issue that has long pitted tech companies against internet providers. In a speech in Washington on Wednesday, Pai plans to discuss his vision for net neutrality — keeping open internet principles but getting rid of the utility-style regulatory framework approved by the agency's previous Democratic majority. And he could circulate a notice of proposed rulemaking on the plan to his fellow commissioners on Thursday, sources said. That would set up a vote on the issue at the FCC's May 18 meeting. One industry source said the chairman's goal is to finish the proceeding by this fall."