Our position, and ‘our’ candidate, Jared Golden’s position on impeachment

My statement on new reports of misconduct contained in an Intelligence Community whistle-blower complaint:

"The willingness of the President to legitimize or even entertain the involvement of foreign entities in domestic affairs is of grave concern. As I stated about the findings of the Mueller investigation, we are seeing in this administration a fundamental failure to put the interests of the country ahead of political gain. I believe it is important to be honest that there has been a growing cancer among the Washington establishment for far too long that has enabled foreign interests to seep into our politics. But to be clear: the president’s statements and reported actions raise novel and serious questions about his commitment to putting the good of the country before his own interests. I believe that any leader of this nation, at any level of government, who actively seeks to involve foreign entities in American politics, especially in our campaigns and elections, is betraying the good faith of the American people.

“We are a nation of laws, and it would be dangerous to ignore the importance of process in making political decisions. Congress has a duty to seek out and carefully examine all of the available evidence before taking action. The more serious the matter at hand, the more important that principle is. A whistle-blower complaint has been filed by a member of our nation’s Intelligence Community. What we know about its content is primarily based on speculation and anonymous media sources. Congress must acquire all of the facts. That is why Congress must insist upon receiving full access to the whistle-blower’s complaint.

From Jared Golden, ME02: “The law is clear: the Acting Director of National Intelligence (ADNI) must forward the whistle-blower’s complaint to both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Intelligence Committee members from both parties must have an opportunity to fully examine the information. The ADNI must also ensure that the whistle-blower is protected against retaliation by the White House. This isn’t negotiable—it’s the law. The House of Representatives must take every action necessary to combat this administration’s stonewalling of the rule of law. Ensuring that the Intelligence Committees receive the full text of the whistle-blower’s complaint is a necessary first step."

Patti Garrahy

Looking Ahead

Marching Forward

Summer is waning, and the Administration and Congress have a very full schedule for the next few months.  That means that we at Marching Forward do as well.  Pay attention to the issues that matter most to you, and contact your members of Congress, and also Congressional leaders and committee chairpersons.  We have all heard that the involvement and feedback from citizens all over the country has made a real difference in Washington.  Let's keep it up!

More specific news about Marching Forward actions and events will be posted in the coming weeks, including meeting dates, political action opportunities, and the Film Festival in late October. 

From our hardworking HealthCare Huddle is this update on ACA.  
GOP ability to Dismantle ACA may expire, possible bipartisan effort to shore up insurance markets.  New York Times,  September 1, 2017

Looking Ahead to 2018 and 2020

2018 elections are coming, and are very important.  Do you want to play a role?  Search our Political Action resources on the web site, and stay tuned for local initiatives. 

How progressive activists are leading the Trump resistance - with or without the Democratic Party.  
Rolling Stone, August 24, 2017

Trump resistance groups look beyond Washington for victories.                                       Washington Post, September 3, 2017 

This behavioral phenomenon is one of the reasons Trump will probably win re-election in 2020.

This week from Indivisible

Your weekly Indivisible to-dos:

  1. Defend DACAmented youth. Media reports this weekend indicate that Trump is getting ready to eliminate the DACA program -- and yank the American Dream from 800,000 young immigrants who are living in the U.S. lawfully. Congress can prevent this. You can make them.  Ask your representative and two senators to co-sponsor S.1615 in the Senate and H.R. 3591 in the House to permanently protect these young Americans, and take their future out of Trump’s hands. Here’s an explainer to get you started.
  2. TODAY show up with DACAmented youth and allies. In cities and states across the country today, thousands of immigrant youth and allies, led by United We Dream, will take to the streets to demand the protection of DACA and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs. Find an event near you, RSVP, or register your own.
  3. Respond to Hurricane Harvey. The communities affected by Hurricane Harvey need immediate disaster aid and we could see a package as early as Wednesday. Make sure your member of Congress (MoC) is working to provide it using our new explainer.
  4. Stop Trump’s tax scam. The next big legislative priority for Republicans is to give massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations at the expense of critical social programs and working families. It’s time to fight back against tax giveaways to the rich. Use our new comprehensive microsite--TrumpTaxScam.org-- that has everything you need to hold your MoCs accountable.
  5. Stop Trump from starting war with North Korea. Impulse-prone Trump is the last person we want playing a game of nuclear brinksmanship. Tell your MoC that you don’t want him starting a war with North Korea using our explainer and questions you can ask when you make your calls and district office visits this week.
  6. Stay vigilant on ACA. On Friday, we got news that the Senate Parliamentarian ruled Republicans only have until the end of the fiscal year, September 30, to use the Fiscal Year 2017 reconciliation bill to pass TrumpCare. There’s nothing to act on yet, but this could mean a renewed push to jam TrumpCare through the Senate while they still can. Keep your eye on this over the next couple of weeks.
  7. Tune in to Facebook Live to plan for this September in Congress. Join us tonight at 8:30 PM ET when we’ll be joined by tax experts from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) to talk about the upcoming tax fight.

Dear Indivisibles,

Consistent with his white supremacist agenda, news broke this weekend that Trump will likely announce the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program has provided relief from deportation to 800,000 young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, who passed rigorous background checks, who paid a fee, and who met several other requirements. Trump has affirmed that he has no regard for the promise of safety made to immigrant youth by our government five years ago. But let’s be clear: it is on Speaker Ryan and Congress to pass a permanent legislative fix. Many Republicans, including Ryan, have voiced their support of DREAMers. Now it’s time to make sure their actions match their words. It’s not enough for your MoCs to disapprove of the decision. Words are empty if not followed up with immediate, decisive action.

Say it with us: We will not stand idly by while this White House tramples on the civil rights of members of our communities. There are two things you can do right now to support DACAmented young people:

First, tell your representative and senators to co-sponsor a legislative fix for DACA. Like so many other issues, Congress has the power to remedy this situation. Congress doesn’t have to—and should not—sit on the sidelines. Removing DACA protections from these hundreds of thousands of young people would turn their lives upside down, and harm the communities where they live, work and study. The only beneficiary would be the for-profit private immigrant detention complex and Trump’s runaway deportation machine, which would embark on a new taxpayer-funded mission to apprehend, process, detain and remove these young people. Congress can pass legislation protecting these immigrant youth. Ask your representative and two senators to co-sponsor S.1615 in the Senate and H.R. 3591 in the Houseto protect these young Americans and take their future out of Trump’s hands. Here’s an explainer to get you started.

Second, show up in your community TODAY for DACAmented youth. Today is the deadline that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 9 other right-wing politicians have given Trump to end the DACA program. In cities and states across the country today, thousands of immigrant youth and allies, led by United We Dream, will take to the streets to demand the protection of DACA and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs. DACA recipients, immigrants protected under TPS and our allies have a message to the Trump administration: We have won before, we will win again, and we are #HereToStay. Find an event near you or register your own.

Congress is back for a big September. Congress returns to Washington this week with a long to-do list and not much time to do it. Here are just a few agenda items Congress must attend to this month:

  • Pass a critically needed aid package for communities affected by Harvey
  • Raise the debt ceiling
  • Reauthorize the national flood insurance program
  • Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Agree on a plan to fund the government by the end of the month.

For more, read our preview of what to expect in September.

Tune in to Facebook Live TONIGHT 9/5 at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT
Due to Labor Day, this week’s Facebook Live will be tonight, 9/5. We’ll be joined by tax experts from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) to talk about the upcoming tax fight and what’s on deck on Capitol Hill this September. Tune in at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT!