Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday 10/20 Call to Action

There is so much going on.
1. GOP Budget Proposal Passes Senate
In a vote of 51-49 (Sen. Paul voted “No”), the senate passed a $4 trillion budget yesterday. The passing of this budget gets Congress one step closer to overhauling the U. S. tax code. The cuts in the new tax proposal would create a $1.5 trillion deficit, which republicans claim will be offset by a HUGE bump in economic growth. This tax proposal does great things for the wealthiest in our country at the expense of the most vulnerable, including massive cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. As an added bonus, the budget allows drilling up in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is bad stuff people.
Congress has orchestrated all of this in a way that circumvents the need for a 60 vote majority to pass. The GOP is hoping they can pass this through with no one noticing what’s really in it. Our only hope to squash this thing is to make some noise. Call your members of Congress, text, email, Resistbot, write letters, and do your thing. This is as important as healthcare.
2. Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017
Remember when our biggest nuclear concern was that President Bush said nucular? Sigh, who would have thought I would long for the stability of the Bush presidency. Now we have to worry about Trump going rogue and creating nuclear annihilation because someone bruised his ego. Representative Ted Lieu has proposed a bill that would make it difficult for Trump to launch nuclear weapons on a whim. The bill would require Congress to declare war against a country before a nuclear strike was authorized. Give your representative a call about this one. FYI, Reps. Ellison, Nolan, and McCollum are cosponsors.

3. H.R.620 - ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017
A lot has changed since the 1990 signing of the American’s with Disabilities Act. Adaptations in infrastructure have allowed people with physical disabilities access to areas that were once difficult or even impossible to traverse.
Today, some legislators are proposing to take a step backward. Instead of requiring businesses to comply with the ADA, this bill would allow them to wait until they are notified of a failure to meet their legal obligations before removing any physical barriers. This could mean that many buildings could remain inaccessible while complaints of violations are processed in the system. Read more in this piece by Sen. Tammy Duckworth:…/f508069c-b359-11e7-9e58-e6…
I really liked this part:
This offensive legislation would segregate the disability community, making it the only protected class under civil rights law that must rely on “education” — rather than strong enforcement — to guarantee access to public spaces. As the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Rights Task Force and other civil rights organizations wrote in opposing this bill, “We know of no other law that outlaws discrimination but permits entities to discriminate with impunity until victims experience that discrimination and educate the entities perpetrating it about their obligations not to discriminate.”
For decades, from enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through passage of the ADA, Congress has worked to enshrine the principle in law that no American should be denied access to a public space because of who they are, be it their race, nationality, religion, gender or disability. The ADA Education and Reform Act betrays this bipartisan legacy.
I understand that not everyone thinks about these things because, for most of my adult life, I didn’t either. But the truth is that everyone, whether they realize it or not, is just one bad day away from needing accessible options to help them get around their community.
Give your representative a call today. FYI, Reps. Emmer and Lewis are cosponsors of this bill 
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
Congressional District 2 residents: Check out this website for information about groups and events in your area.
This is not a place to start bashing people, starting political…

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