Bodyslam the Trump Budget and Stop Trumpcare in the Senate

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While Trump travels abroad, and the Russian connection investigation grinds on, the Administration and its Republican enablers continue to work against the everyday interests of ordinary Americans. In today’s actions we ask our representatives to denounce the cruel Trump budget, and to urge “persuadable” Republican Senators to oppose Trumpcare.

 

Action 1: Repudiate the Trump budget

If a budget is a moral document, the budget proposed this week by the Trump Administration is a document of moral depravity.  The Administration proposes to cut a staggering $627 billion from Medicaid, $345 billion from education $194 billion from food stamps and $87 billion from the National Institutes for Health among many other devastating cuts, while reducing taxes for the wealthy and for corporations. While the proposal is unlikely to be adopted by in its current form, its priorities are so skewed that our representatives must reject it outright.

 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106

Seattle - 206-674-0040

 

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901

Renton - 425-793-5180

 

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. The priorities in the Trump Administration’s budget proposal are disastrously skewed against our kids, our health, and the poor. Thank you for speaking out about the impacts on your constituents if this budget proposal becomes a reality and do all you can to fight for a budget that reflects our values.”

Background: https://tinyurl.com/k95q6aj

Action 2: Fight Trumpcare in the Senate by reaching out to red state friends and families

 

The AHCA can only afford to lose the support of two Senate Republicans before it is tanked. With the release of Congressional Budget Office analysis today, we know that the AHCA reflects our worst expectations. The number of Americans without health coverage will increase by 14 million next year and 23 million in 2026. Furthermore, it states that “people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all.”

Hopefully Senate Republican can be convinced to vote against this unpopular legislation. David Leonhardt reports that the following Senators are susceptible to persuasion.

 

Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)

Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)

Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)

Susan Collins (Maine)

Dean Heller (Nevada)

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

 

If you have friends in any of the states above, ask them to call their Senators to oppose Trumpcare. They can use the Senate switchboard to connect:  (202) 224-3121

 

Background: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/us/politics/cbo-congressional-budget-office-health-care.html

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/24/15688010/voxcare-cbo-report-ahca-devastating

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/opinion/health-care-bill-senate.html?_r=0

 

 

Opportunities to Get Involved

 

RSVP for Seattle Indivisible’s “Save Our Democracy” Activism Fair May 30th May 30th at 7 PM in Seattle’s Town Hall (with keynote speech by Rep. Pramila Jayapal!). Free ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-our-democracy-activist-fair-tickets-34582618543 Tickets are required for entry. :

 

Register for “Pathways and Networks for Justice; Workshop on Supporting Local Immigrants and Refugees,” with presentations by the ACLU, Casa Latina, OneAmerica, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Southwest Youth and Family Services on Saturday June 3rd from 10 AM to 1 PM at 7141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136 (Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation). Free ticket at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2939564

Special Bonus! Trump Document Dump (from The Onion): http://www.theonion.com/trumpdocuments

 

Do you have ideas for a future call to action? E-mail daily-action@seattleindivisible.com