Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday, 10/18 Call to Action

1. “We the People” Democracy Reform Act of 2017…/WE%20THE%20PEOPLE%20DEMOC…
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative David Price (D-NC) have created an ambitious bill that proposes comprehensive reform of America’s political system.
This bill proposes restructuring the fundraising system so that small contributions (matched by public funds) would replace vote influencing Big Money from billionaires.
The bill would demand disclosure from all types of advertising so we know who is trying to sway our vote.
Gerrymandering would be addressed by creating independent citizen redistricting commissions.
Automatic same-day voter registration would be established to prevent voter suppression.
All presidential nominees would be required to release income-tax returns.
The president and vice president must divest from all financial interests that may create a potential conflict.
All presidential visitor logs would be made public.
I like this bill very, very much. I haven’t heard much buzz about it though. Today let’s call our members of Congress and tell them to get on board the Democracy Reform train.
I really liked the last two lines of this article:
The lesson is that political movements should not squander their time in opposition. They should use the opportunity that a respite from power affords to think boldly, broadly and practically.
There is one other thing about reform: It happens when even those who are skeptical of change realize that the existing system cannot sustain itself. If Trump’s rise and the abuses of his presidency do not persuade us about the depth of our problem, nothing will.
2. Bipartisan Efforts on Healthcare
Here is another example of why I cannot write these calls to action the day before. Last week, by Executive Order, Trump decided he would end payments to health insurers that make insurance affordable for millions of American. Yesterday, Sens. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander announced a bipartisan plan to continue to fund these payments for the next few years. Yay! Bipartisan agreement! Congress is working together again!
Nope. Many of the members of the GOP are panning the effort. Trump is flip flopping all over with his opinion of it.
This is so incredibly frustrating. Our elected officials are paid to work together to find solutions. They are NOT doing their jobs. Let’s call our senators and tell them that we expect compromise. It’s time for Sens. Klobuchar and Franken to start making a stink about all this dysfunction.
3. DACA, CHIP, Gun Safety, Puerto Rico, California Wildfires
What are you doing about these, Congress? Give your members a call! Remember, the House is on recess this week. Give them a visit!

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.
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