Action Alerts 2017

Action Alerts 2017


November 28, 2017

Tell Republican Senators to Vote NO On This Terrible Tax Plan

Make calls today to stop the Trump Terrible Tax Plan, which is set to be voted on in the Senate this week.

Call the GOP Senators who should be firmly opposed to the bill and whose votes would ensure its defeat.

They are:

Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz., 202-224-4521),

John McCain (R-Ariz., 202-224-2235),

Susan Collins (R-Maine, 202-224-2523),

Bob Corker (R-Tenn., 202-224-3344),

Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin, 202-224-5323) and

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska, 202-224-6665).

The Tax Plan will inevitably lead to budget deficits, which under the Republicans will be paid for by cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Even before the deficits kick in, the plan would cancel the ACA individual mandate, which would leave 13 million Americans without health care and drive up premiums.

Modest tax benefits for some in the middle class will expire in 2025.

The plan will encourage offshoring of US business profits and increase the trade deficit.

Despite Republicans bringing out its magic tale once again, tax breaks for the rich have never trickled down to the rest of us and they won’t this time either.


 

November 27, 2017

Tell Your Representatives and Senators to Oppose the SECURE Act and More Unqualified Environmental Nominees

In the last few days, a bill titled the SECURE American Energy Act was approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources.  If it becomes law, it will make it much easier and faster for fossil fuel companies to drill on millions of acres of now protected public land and in protected marine ecosystems. Pumping oil and gas will take precedence over rules protecting marine mammals; will give financial incentives to states to drill in sensitive ecosystems; and will prohibit enforcement of federal fracking regulations. You are urged to take action now to protect our natural resources and our communities from reckless oil and gas development that benefits only the fossil fuel industry.

Further evidence of so many of our leaders attacking the environment includes the nominations of two more representatives of regulated industries who are unqualified for key positions requiring scientific knowledge:

Kathleen Hartnett White to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She is a climate science denier and a coal industry advocate, who admits to having no scientific expertise or even lay knowledge of the harm caused to humans by carbon dioxide buildup.

Michael Dourson to oversee chemical safety at the EPA. Throughout his career, he has been paid by the chemical industry and the Koch Brothers to weaken chemical safety standards. Late-breaking news indicates both Senators from North Carolina will vote against Dourson in the face of serious chemical pollution of some of the state’s rivers.

Please contact your Representatives and Senators and urge them to oppose passage of the SECURE Act, and the confirmations of Ms. White and Mr. Dourson.

Jean Stewart, Chair, Earth and Environment Task Force


 

November 7, 2017

Another Gun Atrocity — Time for Action!

Sunday’s gun atrocity near San Antonio was the country’s ninth mass shooting so far this year. In today’s elections at polling places across America, gun sanity advocates have the opportunity to reject candidates who kowtow to the NRA and to vote instead for Democratic candidates who will fight for sensible gun restrictions. We must insist on comprehensive background checks, banning civilian access to weapons of war, keeping guns away from domestic abusers, smart gun technology, and more.

In the Virginia gubernatorial race, Democrat Ralph Northam is standing up to the NRA, while his Republican Ed Gillespie does its bidding. In the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Democrat Phil Murphy will push for stronger protections against gun violence while his Republican opponent says she wouldn’t make any changes.

And these aren’t the only elections that matter. Across the country, up and down the ballot–whether running for governor, attorney general, state legislator, city councilor, or school board member, Democrats need our support to turn policy goals into reality and build a team that can beat the gun lobby. Go to the polls today and make your voice heard.

What if there’s no election in your area? Volunteer to canvas or phone bank, post reminders on your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and call your friends and relatives where there are elections to urge them to vote. If they’re not sure who’s running and for what, they can use this link.

If you’re determined to stop gun carnage, now is the time to act. Help elect the leaders who say NO to gun violence. Elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

Gail Gottlieb
Chair, Task Force on Gun Policy


 

October 16, 2017

This Wednesday, Come Take a Stand Against Assault Weapons

We’ve had enough – more than enough.

Our nation has been turned into a killing field by the easy availability of military-style weapons. If ever there were a time to show your opposition to assault weapons this is it. This Wednesday, October 18, from 6:30 to 8 PM, join the Woman’s National Democratic Club and other gun sanity advocates on the West Lawn of the Capitol to show our lawmakers and the public how serious we are about this issue. We owe it to the victims and their grieving families to do our best to prevent the next gun tragedy.

Details are below. See you Wednesday at the Capitol.

Gail Gottlieb
Chair, Task Force on Gun Policy


 

October 6, 2017

Tell Federal and State Lawmakers to Ban All Civilian Ownership of Military Style Weapons

Because of the grave impact of assault weapons and similar military type weapons on our public health, the Health Policy Task Force and the Gun Policy Task Force jointly request that all WNDC members contact their federal and state legislators immediately to demand laws that ban ALL military style assault weapons, automatic guns/rifles, semi-automatic guns/rifles, and bump stock-type accessories that enable single trigger pull repetitive shooting. These weapons magnify the carnage we see in too many acts of domestic terrorism in America.

Such weapons are appropriate for military combat zones, but do not belong in civilian society. No one should be able to murder 59 Americans and wound 500 more of our fellow citizens in 11 minutes. BUT an assault-style rifle equipped with a bump stock inflicted such catastrophic damage on Sunday evening, October 1, 2017, at an open air concert in Las Vegas. Our cities cannot be allowed to become war zones.

Please call your Senators and Members of Congress at 202-225-3121, and your state legislators (https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/.), to demand that these weapons and accessories be banned from civilian use.


 

September 19, 2017

URGENT: Tell Your Senators to Reject the Cassidy-Graham ACA Repeal Bill

Republican senators are now rushing to meet a SEPTEMBER 30 deadline to pass the Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal bill that would kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. The repeal bill would:

  • Cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.
  • Eliminate the ACA’s marketplace subsidies that help people purchase health insurance and the matching rate for the Medicaid expansion, replacing them with underfunded block grants that would entirely disappear in 2027.
  • Cap and sharply cut federal Medicaid per-beneficiary funding (beginning in 2020) severely hurting tens of millions of seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.
  • Give states broad authority to eliminate critical ACA protections, including those for people with preexisting conditions.
  • Allow states to permit insurers to eliminate essential services, such as maternity and mental health care.

Republicans are trying to pass this bill before the Congressional Budget Office can estimate its impact and before people figure out how bad it is.

Timing is crucial: Please immediately call your Senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them to reject the Cassidy-Graham bill.


 

September 12, 2017

Tell Congress to Strengthen ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments (CSRs)  

President Trump has repeatedly threatened to end cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs)that help low- and middle-income consumers afford their healthcare under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by compensating health insurers for reducing deductibles and copayments.

Eliminating these payments would have the following adverse effects:

Some insurers leaving the market because the law still requires them to offer “lower income” cost-sharing charges to low and middle-income enrollees, even if CRS payments are eliminated.

Higher premium costs: Insurers might raise the average premium (some 19 percent as estimated by the Kaiser Family Foundation) for people with incomes too high to qualify for subsidies.

Increased federal cost for providing premium tax credits ($2.3 billion in 2018 and $31 billion over ten years, according to Kaiser).

Proposals to eliminate CRS payments (like the recent Cassidy-Graham bill) would sabotage the ACA by destabilizing the health markets, cutting health coverage, and shifting costs to the states.

Please call your Senators and Representatives at 202-224-3121 and tell them to support bipartisan efforts to stabilize and strengthen CSRs.

Bonnie Brown
Public Policy Committee


 

September 5, 2017

Urgent Action Required to Stop Trump Attacks on Children’s Health

The Children’s Health Insurance Program — which covers 8.9 million children whose family incomes are too high for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage — has been a dramatic success. Along with an expanded Medicaid program that covers an additional 37.1 million children, CHIP has helped reduce the percentage of uninsured children to a record low of 5 percent (from 14 percent in 1997).

But new legislation is needed to extend funding for the program beyond September 2017. Congress may fail to pass this legislation. It should be noted, also, that President Trump’s proposed budget would significantly cut funds for the CHIP program, as well as Medicaid coverage for children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which describes CHIP as a “national success story” for nearly two decades, has strongly urged Congress to continue providing full financial support for the program.

Failure to extend CHIP funding would result in:

Coverage losses: Nearly 8 million children could lose their health coverage

Increased financial pressure on states: More than half the states would exhaust their federal CHIP funding by March 2018

Time is of the essence. Even though CHIP was originally a bipartisan effort (co-authored by Senators Orrin Hatch and Edward Kennedy), the politics surrounding the program have changed. Opponents may seek to derail the CHIP reauthorization by adding non-related riders to the bill.

Please call your members of Congress at 202-225-3121. Demand that they protect the health of America’s children by extending and fully funding the CHIP program.

Bonnie Brown
Public Policy Committee


 

 

July 13, 2017

Tell your Senators and Representatives that any Republican health bill will be unacceptable if it destroys essential health care by:

Ending the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults.

Capping and cutting federal Medicaid funding for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.

Increasing premiums and deductibles for millions of moderate-income people who buy health insurance through the ACA marketplace.

Undermining the ACA’s individual market reforms.

Providing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for high-income households, drug companies, and other corporations.

Please call your Senators and Representatives at 202-224-3121 and tell them that as long as any bill retains these five components, it will significantly and negatively affect the coverage and the quality and affordability of health insurance.

Bonnie Brown

Public Policy Committee


 

July 12, 2017

WNDC Joins Women’s March on Washington to Protest the NRA 

Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington — which took place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration and inspired solidarity marches in hundreds of cities across the globe — will be protesting the National Rifle Association Friday, July 14, in response to a video published to the NRA’s Facebook page last month.

In the minute-long video that provoked the march, conservative talk-radio host Dana Loesch pushes the false narrative that protesters are violent, in an effort to encourage viewer support for the NRA and gun ownership. Loesch says US media and protest organizers encourage demonstrators “to smash windows, burn cars, shutdown interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding…”

In response to the incendiary video, Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, wrote an open letter to NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, requesting a public apology and that the video be taken down:

Watch the NRA video here:
https://www.facebook.com/NRA/videos/1605896562755373/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

Protest Sign Making
Thursday, July 13 – 5:00-8:00pm

Make banners and protest signs the night before at the WNDC Clubhouse, located at 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20036, from 5:00-8:00pm. This event is free, basic supplies (cardboard, paper, markers, brushes and paint) are provided, donations are accepted, but you are welcome to bring your own materials.

– followed by the –

Women’s March on Washington
to Protest the NRA

Friday, July 14 – 7:00am Shuttle departs from WNDC

We will meet in front of the WNDC Clubhouse at 7:00am. Free shuttle buses will start departing at 7:00am to go directly to the NRA HQ in Fairfax, VA.

The Rally is scheduled to start at 9:00am, and the 17 mile march to the Department of Justice is scheduled for 12:00pm. Return Shuttles will be available for those not marching at noon. A Disability Service Shuttle will be following the marchers for those who would like to attend the Rally at the DOJ.

People will stay overnight in the D.C. area, as marchers will also gather at the Department of Justice on Saturday at 10:00am again.

Organizers are promoting the march on social media with #NRA2DOJ and official details are available on the WMW’s Facebook event. (https://www.facebook.com/events/220759958443652/)


 

June 30, 2017

Tell Your Senators to Reject the Senate Health Care Plan That Slashes Coverage and Destroys Traditional Medicaid

The Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would cause 22 million people to lose health coverage by 2026 and reduce Medicaid outlays by $722 billion during that same period by:

Eliminating the ACA’s Medicaid expansion for 11 million people in 31 states and DC.

Changing the Medicaid program from one that pays 90% of shared federal and state health costs to a fixed per capita cut, reducing federal contributions to about 57% in 2024. This represents a 26% cut in federal spending in 2026, widening to a 35% cut in 2036. 

Eliminating the mandate to purchase health insurance, cutting tax credits for consumers, and permitting states to modify the ACA requirement that policies provide essential health benefits.

Offsetting the benefit of any premium reductions through thousands of dollars in higher deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses per person, particularly for older low-income adults, many of whom would no longer be able to afford health insurance.

Providing a $699 billion windfall in tax cuts for high income individuals and companies.

The Senate bill would destroy traditional Medicaid, threatening essential health services for 70 million of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society:

Medicaid now covers 49% of all births, 76% of all poor children, 60% of all children with disabilities, 40% of all poor adults, 30% of all adults with disabilities, and 64% of all nursing home residents.

States starved of federal resources would have to pay up to five times more to support health care, jeopardizing these programs and essential health benefits, such as coverage of pre-existing benefits and women’s reproductive care.

States would lose capacity to support rural hospitals and to respond to emerging demands, such as the opioid epidemic.

Our most vulnerable fellow American children and adults will suffer and die premature deaths if we deny them health care.

Please call your Senators at 844-241-1141 or 202-224-3121 and ask them to reject the Senate Health Care bill.

Bonnie Brown
Public Policy Committee 


 


April 28, 2017

Oppose Trump’s Executive Order to Review Our National Monuments

WNDC strongly opposes President Trump’s executive order, signed on April 26, that directs the Department of the Interior to review President Obama’s and Clinton’s designation of certain areas as national monuments under the Antiquities Act. This law, signed by Teddy Roosevelt, allows presidents to set aside federal lands without Congressional approval. Interior Secretary Zinke is directed to examine all of these designations, beginning with Bears Ears, located in rural San Juan County, Utah.

Our national monuments were created with overwhelming public support, and have since 1906 safeguarded and preserved precious cultural, historical, and natural resources. Most of them attract large numbers of tourists, bringing welcome economic benefits to the areas around the monuments, and no doubt will do the same for Bears Ears. Several of these monuments, like Bears Ears, also preserve sites that are sacred to Native Americans.

The president ordered this review, he says, because he views President Obama’s designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah to be “an overreach of executive power.” Trump’s action is part of his agenda to open public lands to private exploitation of fossil fuels, minerals such as uranium, and timber. The oil wells or coal and uranium mines likely to spring up if the national monument designations are reversed would damage the environment and tourism as well.

We must speak out to save these precious resources for all Americans, and to prevent their being damaged or destroyed for private profit. The WNDC urges all members to call the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, and leave a recorded message opposing this wasteful and dangerous exercise, and supporting the preservation of all our national monuments in their entirety.  Call1-202-601-3839 or write to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC  20240.

Jean Stewart
Chair, Earth and Environment Task Force


 

April 11, 2017

Say “NO” to Defunding Planned Parenthood

The current Republican Campaign to strip Medicaid reimbursement for services to patients by Planned Parenthood is another direct assault on the primary source for the health care of millions of American women (basically 1 in 10), many of whom would have nowhere else to go for basic gynecologic care. More than 50 percent of Planned Parenthood offices are located in rural or medically underserved areas.

The “false facts” excuse for terminating Medicaid payments for cancer screenings, STI screening (sexually transmitted infections), and contraceptive care at Planned Parenthood offices is a video made by an anti-choice videographer hired by the    news agency. The spliced film purported to show Planned Parenthood employees “selling body parts of aborted babies.” Courts have since found the films to be false, and the perpetrators are being prosecuted.

The “true facts” are that for decades, no federal monies have paid for abortions. Republicans say that Medicaid payments should be diverted to the 9200 existing public health clinics in order to enable immediate care for all of the patients in Planned Parenthood’s 700 health care centers.  That too is a “false fact.” The public health clinics are already filled to capacity with long wait times.

If we wish to curtail the number of abortions, the kindest and most effective way to accomplish the goal is to prevent unplanned pregnancies by making state-of-the- art contraception available to all who request it.

Closing down Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid-reimbursed health care for so many of our nation’s women (and STI testing for many men as well) is a cruel stunt to appease the radical Republican base.

Without Planned Parenthood, the numbers of abortions will increase, gynecologic cancers will multiply, and the numbers of patients with untreated sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, will skyrocket.

Please call the president (202-456-1111) or your members of Congress (202-224-3121) and tell them NOT to defund Planned Parenthood.

Karen Pataky,
WNDC Vice President for Public Policy and Political Action
Chair, Health Care Task Force


 

 

April 11, 2017

Ask Your Representatives to Strengthen and Improve the Affordable Care Act

WNDC strongly supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and welcomes efforts to strengthen and improve it for the benefit of all Americans.

Since Republicans failed in their seven-year-long effort to repeal and, belatedly, replace the ACA, they are considering a variety of measures to undermine it. Most notably, they advocate eliminating essential health benefits and coverage of pre-existing conditions, as well as weakening the financial stability of health markets and affordability of health plans.

Their proposals to eliminate essential health benefits, especially those affecting maternal and child care and treatment for drug use, would be particularly harmful. Maternal and infant mortality rates are already shockingly high in the United States. Opioid use has become an unprecedented epidemic and, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 27 percent of adult Americans under the age of 65 have health conditions that could leave them uninsurable.

These and other proposals would also undermine market stability. Eliminating subsidies, the individual mandate, and marketing would shrink enrollment, spike the cost of premiums, and promote withdrawal of insurers.

WNDC encourages its members to be alert to the danger posed by these piecemeal proposals to change the ACA. Please tell your representatives that you oppose any efforts to undermine health coverage and urge them to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act.

You can reach your members of Congress by calling 202-224-3121 or by consulting the Senate contact list or House phone list.

Bonnie Brown
Public Policy Committee 


 

March 24, 2017

Stop Republican Repeal of Obamacare

The House is scheduled to vote within the hour on their health care bill, which strips women of preventive care like cancer screenings, maternity care, and vaccinations, and defunds organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide necessary care to people all across the country.

Please call your members of Congress and tell them to protect the Affordable Care Act. The lives of millions of women and their families are at stake.

Phone Numbers:  Congress: 202-224-2121; White House: 202-456-1111


 


March 7, 2017

Action Alert: Tell Congress, “Say ‘No'” to Medicaid Block Grants  

The Trump Administration and Speaker Paul Ryan want to block grant Medicaid, a federal-state program begun in 1965 that funds health insurance for 75 million adults and children, most of whom have no other access to health care. Right now, everyone who qualifies for Medicaid is entitled to be covered. Almost half of Medicaid dollars (48%) funds healthcare for children from their first day of life to age 21.

If Medicaid is block granted, however, states would receive a lump (and likely reduced) sum from the federal government, and would have more control how these funds are used. Although the Administration and Speaker Ryan have not yet issued detailed proposals, block granting could significantly reduce the funding states receive and the number of people who are covered. Results could include:

Loss of (or lower) coverage for 50% of America’s children.

Loss of (or lower) coverage for 2/3 of frail elders in nursing homes.

Hospitals throughout the country closing down or
reducing the number of available beds.

Job loss in communities where medical services are cut.

Unnecessary suffering (sometimes death) for millions of Americans.

Please call your members of Congress and tell them not to block grant Medicaid because:

Americans, regardless of income status, deserve access to healthcare

Medicaid-funded healthcare is less expensive than private health insurance

Block grants do not foster “innovation,” but can divert critical healthcare dollars to state “priorities” (such as roads or golf courses).

To contact your senators and representatives, call the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 or visit www.senate.gov or www.house.gov to identify and contact your members of Congress.

Karen Pataky, Vice President for Public Policy and Political Action
Mary Tierney, MD, Public Policy Committee, Heath Care Task Force

 The authors will follow up with more articles on the likely impact of Medicaid block grants. For more detailed information on this issue, visit the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.  

 


 

 

February 2, 2017

Emergency Action Alert –  Stop Betsy DeVos – Susan Collins, Maine and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska will vote No

We need one more Republican to vote No, and she will be gone.

Call or email all of your contacts in red states today, and ask them to call their senators to request that they vote No on the nomination of this woman who is so dangerous to the education of our kids.

We can make the difference. Do it NOW!!!!!

Georgia, North and South Carolina, Wyoming and Kentucky are particularly important because  the following senators have been suggested as targets for pressure, as Senators Collins and Murkowski were before.

Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999..&..202.224.3643

Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125..&..202.224.3154..&.. 910.251.1058..&..828.350.2437

Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424

Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121

Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343


 

January 23, 2017

Action Alert from Indivisible: Join Us: National Day of Action

On Tuesday, January 24, local groups across America are visiting their senators’ offices and demanding that they reject Trump’s unqualified, corrupt Cabinet nominees. Thousands of local activists like you have already committed to opposing this cast of racists, cronies, and kleptocrats by taking this in-person action. Join us, #standindivisible, and send the videos, pictures, and stories from your actions to stories@indivisibleguide.com.

Three Indivisible Actions This Week

1) Keep the Heat on Trump’s Divisive Cabinet Nominees: Hearings for many of Donald’s cabinet nominees may have occurred last week, but the fight is far from over. Ethical scandals, financial conflicts, and outstanding questions plague many nominees. There’s still time to block nominees like the four highlighted below. Call and visit your Senators to tell them to oppose these nominees!

Today, Monday, January 23rd: There’s one big vote up today:

Rex Tillerson, long-time CEO of ExxonMobil, for Secretary of State. Unsurprisingly he expressed skepticism about the dangers of climate change during his confirmation hearing.

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 24th:Two big votes up tomorrow:

Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Sessions has regularly opposed civil rights legislation and he has extreme anti-immigration views.

Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price is a radical conservativeand there are also unanswered ethical questions swirling around his nomination.

2) Tell Your Representative, “Vote No on HR 7, Yes for Women’s Healthcare”.
Seriously, republicans are planning to respond to Saturday’s historic Women’s March in Washington with a vote on HR 7, a bill that would restrict women’s reproductive rights. It’s not the first time Republicans have tried to pass this anti-woman bill.

3) Continue to Defend Obamacare: Tell Congress to #ProtectOurCare
With committees in Congress now working on ACA repeal legislation, Trump is now even closer to dismantling the health care law. Continue to tell your MoCs that you won’t stand by and let 30 million people lose their healthcare.

Spread the Word

Help us spotlight your group’s Day of Action! Take pictures and videos and share them with us at stories@indivisibleguide.com. Or, use #indivisible and tag @IndivisibleTeam on Twitter or post them to Facebook.com/IndivisibleGuide.

Americans are ready to fight back, and we know that when we stand indivisible, we will win.


 

January 16, 2017

Help Save the Affordable Care Act (from Senator Chris Van Hollen-D-MD)

Donald Trump and the Congressional Republicans have already taken the first step toward destroying the Affordable Care Act and creating chaos in the health care system. We must stop them! To do so, we need at least 3 REPUBLICAN SENATORS to join the 48 members of the Democratic Caucus to block repeal.

Contact all your family, friends, and colleagues who live in states with Republican senators and urge them to let their senators know that they will hold them accountable if they take away our health care and ruin our health care system. Here is a list of Republican Senators and the most important arguments:

List of Republican Senators 2017 (1).  U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121