Demand federal agencies answer questions from Senate lawmakers, keep up the fight for National Monuments

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

While Trump is overseas taking photo ops with foreign dignitaries, he is hoping we will forget about the investigations into Russian government meddling, his abominable budget, and the insulting response to health care concerns.  We’re still angry!  We are still demanding answers to investigations, and we are still are defending our public lands!

 

ACTION 1: Demand that federal agencies cooperate with the Senate inquiries into critical issues.

We, the American public, have a right to know what our federal agencies are doing.  Call your lawmaker and ask them to continue to demand answers from federal agencies about issues under investigation.  

From the Washington Post:  “Senate Democrats are accusing the White House of purposely ignoring requests for information on issues ranging from the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in U.S. elections, to ethics waivers given to top officials and changes in environmental rules.

“At issue are the routine requests that members of Congress make to federal agencies in pursuit of information about policy changes or the individual concerns of constituents. Each federal agency is staffed with personnel responsible for fielding inquiries and following up with lawmakers.

“But Democratic senators are accusing the administration of instructing federal agencies to ‘refuse requests for information from Democratic members of Congress,’ according to a letter being sent to the White House on Wednesday and obtained by The Washington Post. Such a move ‘would be a significant departure from the practices of past Administrations and seriously inhibit Congress’s ability to fulfill its legislative and oversight duties.’”

Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545

SCRIPT:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip].  I’m extremely concerned about federal agencies failing to provide answers to inquiries from the Senate, like about the influence of the Russian government and ethics waivers for senior officials.  Please demand that federal agencies cooperate in oversight on these issues.“

Background - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/24/in-letter-to-trump-democrats-accuse-white-house-of-intentionally-withholding-information/?utm_term=.9f5104eaabb4


ACTION 2: Defend ALL National Monuments under review - including Hanford Reach.

The American people have submitted over 85,000 comments for the National Monument review.  This week Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat wrote:

“At a rate of more than 100 to 1, comments are flowing into the Department of the Interior denouncing the effort to review, and perhaps undo, up to 22 national monuments. On the chopping block in this state is the Hanford Reach monument along the Columbia River.”  

These are OUR public lands.  They are set aside for the enjoyment and recreation of the American People, not for development by gas and oil companies, ranchers, or local landowners.  Although the final deadline is not until early July, posting your comments early sends a message to Trump and Pruitt: DON’T MESS WITH OUR PUBLIC LANDS!  

Please note that comments for ALL public National Monuments under review, including Hanford Reach, can be made at this link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001

Background:
The list of the public National Monuments under review - https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-list-monuments-under-review-announces-first-ever-formal

Danny Westneat’s column - http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/trump-asked-for-input-on-monuments-and-hes-sure-getting-it/

REMINDER:

Our Seattle Indivisible Activist Fair is this coming Tuesday, May 30! It features Rep. Pramila Jayapal, and will have opportunities to get involved with many activist organizations. Tuesday, 5/30, 7:30 pm, at Town Hall Seattle.  It is free but RSVP is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-our-democracy-activist-fair-tickets-34582618543