Good Morning from Marching Forward!
The post this week is a cut and paste from the hardworking people at Indivisible.
Next week there will be an update on our Town Hall with Bill Keating on August 30, and new content from our Huddles.
Your Indivisible Action Items This Week:
- Urge your senator to vote NO on the “Motion to Proceed” on TrumpCare using our new call script. You can also check out our updated collection of TrumpCare resources to separate fact from fiction and understand exactly where we stand today.
- Tell your MoCs to oppose any budget that finances Trump’s mass deportation agenda. See our brand new explainer here.
- Ask your senators to co-sponsor the bipartisan DREAM Act (S.1615) using our new explainer.
- Before a vote on Tuesday, tell your representative in the House to leave the “Arbitration rule” in place and let the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau protect your rights without interference using this great resources from Rules at Risk.
This week is a big one. It’s the last week your House representatives are in session before a long August recess, and the Senate is expected to vote for TrumpCare. And yes, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on Wednesday, July 26 on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. It’s a big deal. But, it is not the priority this week—stopping TrumpCare is. We’ve got a lot to share with you to make this week as successful as last week, and be sure to check out this week’s priorities blogfrom Policy Director Angel Padilla with more discussion of what’s at stake and what you should be doing to hold your members of Congress (MoCs) accountable this week.
Kill zombie TrumpCare for good.
Folks, TrumpCare is not dead yet. Repeat: TrumpCare. Is. Not. Dead. Yet. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying YET AGAIN to get this over the finish line this week. And there are some reports that senators are giving in to pressure to advance TrumpCare, even though no one knows which version of TrumpCare they’ll actually be voting on. Yes, that means they’re voting FOR a bill without knowing WHICH bill it is.
First vote as soon as Tuesday. We estimate the first procedural vote, known as the “motion to proceed,” could take place as early as Tuesday. The motion to proceed determines whether TrumpCare receives a vote or not. If the vote passes, the Senate will debate the bill until Thursday, and then vote on final passage.
What you can do right now on TrumpCare:
- Call your Republican senators and tell them how devastating a repeal bill would be using our new explainer and script.
- Call your Republican senators and tell them all options on the table are terrible and to vote no on the TrumpCare motion to proceed using our new call script.
- Call your Democratic senators and tell them that if Republicans succeed at the motion to proceed, you’re depending on them to “filibuster-by-amendment” using this script and to raise “points of order” against provisions that don’t follow the rules of reconciliation (check out the explainer).
- If you live in one of the 10 key TrumpCare states (looking at you AK, AR, AZ, CO, LA, ME, NV, OH, PA, WV), continue to use trumpcareten.org for daily scripts and ways to reach your senators. Senators like Murkowski and Capito are getting a lot of pressure from coordinated efforts on the other side, and are wavering in their opposition.
Stand up for immigrants.
No matter which way Trump’s agenda goes on healthcare, we know he will try to score political points with his base by attacking immigrants. That’s why we’ve partnered with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and United We Dream to launch standup.indivisibleguide.com—a hub for resources to fight Trump’s multipronged attack on immigrant communities and to support our immigrant neighbors. Our key asks this week: Tell your MoCs to:
- Oppose mass deportation. Oppose any budget that finances Trump’s mass deportation agenda using our explainer.
- Co-sponsor the DREAM Act (S.1615). Tell your senators to co-sponsor the bipartisan DREAM Act using our new resource.
Immigration must-read: NILC lays out all the ways Trump’s administration is threatening immigrants in a new post on the IndivisiBlog.
Save consumer protections.
There’s an agency in Washington swimming against the Trump tide, and it needs your help: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) just restored your ability take collective legal action against big corporate players like Wells Fargo when they break the law. But Trump’s friends in the House are voting to repeal this important new rule on Tuesday. Tell your representative to leave the “Arbitration rule” in place and let the CFPB protect your rights without interference.
Learn how to write Letters to the Editor that really get your MoCs’ attention.
Letters to the editor might not seem like the flashiest way to get your member of Congress’s attention. But there’s something about a sharp letter to the editor in a hometown paper that can really get under the skin of the most powerful lawmaker. Use our new resource to learn why they matter and how to write one that gets attention.
Celebrate a successful National Day of Action!
Congratulations on a successful first National Day of Action last week! Together, you held over 170 events in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia to stop TrumpCare. This is no small feat, and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of this movement with all of you. Check out our video highlights from the day (that Rachel Maddow shared last week!).
Look back at six months of standing Indivisible.
Last week marked Donald Trump’s sixth month in office, and six months of resisting his corrosive agenda. In a new IndivisiBlog post, Roanoke Indivisible leader Ivonne Wallace Fuentes reflects on her experience starting a group, becoming a political activist, and transforming her fear to power.
Trump and his capitulating GOP Congress are throwing a lot at us right now. We beat them last week. We’re going to beat them again this week. Together, we will win.