Fight back against the ACA repeal bill, Defend educational priorities in Washington State

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Action 1:  Keep the pressure on potential Republican holdouts.

The small select group of GOP senators writing the ACA-repeal bill has finally released the bill for review.  Senate Minority Leader Schumer has stated the the Democrats have a “damn good chance” of blocking the ObamaCare repeal.

Schumer:  “The only way you can get on [with] a bill is called the motion to proceed. ... Our whole focus if McConnell will bring this up right before July Fourth is to get three votes against the motion to proceed, and we think we have a damn good chance.”

From the New York Times:  "Every Democrat is expected to oppose the bill, which means three Republican 'no' votes would block it."

Do you have friends or family in other states with undecided Senators?  Please call them today and ask them to urge their senator not to support this bill.

List of the Senators who may be receptive to voting against Trumpcare:

  • Alaska:  Lisa Murkowski (Medicaid, Planned Parenthood) - (202) 224-6665
  • Arizona:  Jeff Flake (Medicaid) - (202) 224-4521
  • Arkansas:  Tom Cotton (Medicaid) - (202) 224-2353
  • Maine:  Susan Collins, Maine (Medicaid, Planned Parenthood) - (202) 224-2523
  • Nevada:  Dean Heller (Medicaid) - (202) 224-6244
  • West Virginia:  Shelley Moore Capito (Medicaid) - (202) 224-6472

Script (to ask friends/family to call):

“Hello, I am reaching out to ask you to call your Senator [MOC name] about the healthcare bill.  I am concerned about [YOUR ISSUE] in this bill.  Please consider calling to urge your senator not to vote for this bill.  Thank you.”

Background  

Schumer comments -  http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/338759-schumer-dems-have-damn-good-chance-of-blocking-obamacare-repeal

THE NEW YORK TIMES article, including a list of where Senators' votes stand - click here:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/22/us/politics/senate-health-care-whip-count.html

Action 2:  Keep Washington State from a budget shutdown by defending educational priorities.

As awful as what's happening in Washington, D.C. is, there are times when we think it's worth turning our attention, briefly, to matters here in Washington state. We are on the verge of a state government shutdown, and Gov. Inslee called the state legislature to go into a third overtime session to finish off the state's budget.

The budgetary process sounds complex, but it sees to boil down to one basic fact: Senate Republicans are violating our state constitution by failing to adequately fund our public schools. The state Supreme Court has even gone so far as to hold the state in contempt and impose huge fines in order to move the legislature to act. Thus far, it hasn't done any good.

Republican Senators need to stop playing games with our children and with the well-being of our state. If we don't have a new budget signed into law by June 30, 32,000 state employees will stop receiving paychecks. 50,000 seniors will stop receiving meals. Department of Health workers will be unable to monitor and control our mumps outbreak.

Find Your State Senator:

1. Enter your address here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/ (Make sure you choose "Legislative" for the "District Type".)

You only need to call your state Senator for this.

Sample script:

"My name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [CITY,ZIP]. The legislature promised the Court that they would properly fund education this legislative session. I expect the Senator to do so with new and progressive revenue, and not balance the budget on the backs of low-income communities and by cutting social services. Can you tell me what [SENATOR] will do to solve this problem?"

Background:

How we got into this mess with education: http://paramountduty.org/how-we-got-into-this-mess/

What a state government shutdown means for you: http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/with-possible-government-shutdown-in-9-day-gov-inslee-calls-another-special-session/536988455

GOOD NEWS

"Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has joined more than two-hundred of her colleagues in Congress in filing a lawsuit against President Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution." - https://jayapal.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-jayapal-sues-president-trump-violating-constitution