Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday 5/2 Call to Action

Tuesday Call to Action
1. Health Care
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the AHCA is still a topic needing attention. The House is bound and determined to get this crummy bill passed. It is evident they don't care what the bill contains. Their new goal is to punt it over to the Senate. That way, the House can claim they "repealed" Obamacare and then campaign with that when they run for reelection in 2018.
“'I would hope it gets changed over there,' Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) told Bloomberg News, echoing other center-right members who explicitly said they were willing to pass the new revision in hopes that the Senate would strip out the harsher provisions."
 Do your jobs Representatives!! Hoping the Senate will fix your mess is NOT doing your job.
Or listen to Governor Mark Dayton. The ACA has helped people in rural Minnesota get health care.https://www.facebook.com/GovMarkDayton/photos/a.188546714508433.50837.186151651414606/1667242869972136/?type=3&theater
To keep your conversations interesting, here is a list from Andy Slavitt. An "am I impacted by the ACA repeal?" checklist:https://twitter.com/katcapps/status/829450452706037760
2. The Budget
Guess what? The budget is not so bad! In fact, it's pretty good news. The budget that was finished Sunday night will take us into the Fall and is expected to be passed by the Senate soon. It includes a lot of things that should make you smile.
*While there was an increase in spending for border security, none of that money will go towards "The Wall".
*The EPA budget will only be cut by 1% and no employees will be fired.
*There will be an increase in spending on scientific research, specifically medical research.
*Planned Parenthood will continue to be funded.
*Retired coal miners will continue to receive health care benefits.
"How can that be?", you ask. My opinion is that the Republicans are quite divided. It is almost as if they have become two separate entities, the moderates and the ultra-conservatives. They barely have a majority in the Senate and they cannot create a unified message. This is even more reason to continue to push for unity in the Democratic party. We are powerful when we work together.
Read more about it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/5be2915e-2e97-11e7-9534-00…
And here is more information on the science funding:http://www.iflscience.com/…/congress-ignored-trump-boosted…/
Feel free to call and thank our senators for their hard work.
3. Local Stuff
I am painfully behind when it comes to local legislation. Sadly, I missed the Education Omnibus Bill yesterday :( Lucky for us, there are great groups in Minnesota that have it under control. I urge you to check them out and do what they say.
 *Watch Your Reps MN https://watchyourrepsmn.tumblr.com/
*Indivisible Minnesota Localhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/MinnesotaIndivisibleLocal/ (This one is a closed group- you have to ask to join)
*There are also many local DFL groups that are working on local legislation. Do a google search for your district.
There is an environmental omnibus bill happening today. From Watch Your Reps MN:
HF707 – Legacy Funding Finance omnibus bill. Cuts 12% ($16.5 million) from the Clean Water Fund. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has a detailed breakdown of these cuts and their impact http://www.mncenter.org/…/legacy-bill-slashes-drinking-wate…
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Conference Committee
Chairs: Senator Carrie Ruud and Representative Bob Gunther
House: Gunther, Fabian, Torkelson, Green, Lillie
Senate: Ruud, Ingebrigtsen, Senjem, Lang, Cohen
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Out and About
Tuesday 5/9, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Medicare For All Rally at the Capitol
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
Tuesday 5/16, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Case for Impeaching Donald Trump
with Prof. David Schultz
Maplewood Ramsey County Library
3025 Southlawn Drive
Maplewood, Minnesota 55109
Saturday 5/20, 12 - 3 PM
Invest in Success Rally for Public Education
Education Minnesota
41 Sherburne Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103

Joan Baez sings The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down at Kalvøya in Norway 1978.

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