Stop Trumpcare and Reject Otting

Official Group Daily Action for Thursday, June 8th

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Action 1: Ask Red State Friends (again) to Help Stop Trumpcare in the Senate

Senate Republicans are increasingly optimistic that they can reach agreement by the end of this month on a Senate version of Trumpcare,  butthey will fail if more than two Republican Senators vote no.   Nine Republican Senators are reportedly on the fence, and need to hear from their constituents about the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, and protecting the coverage of people with pre-existing conditions. The nine are:

Cory Gardner(Colorado)

Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)

Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)

Susan Collins (Maine)

Dean Heller (Nevada)

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Dan Sullivan (Alaska)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

Tom Cotton (Arkansas)

Even if you have asked before, ask friends and family who live in the states above to call their Senators and demand that they vote against Trumpcare. They can use the Senate switchboard to connect:  (202) 224-3121

Background: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senate-republicans-to-watch-on-health-care

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/06/07/make-no-mistake-republicans-can-still-succeed-in-destroying-obamacare/

Action 2: Swamp Creature Alert!

Despite his promise to “drain the swamp” Trump keeps appointing swamp creatures to fill high level positions in his administration. The latest example is the nomination of Joseph Otting as Comptroller of the Currency, an office in which he would oversee many of the nation’s biggest banks. Along with Steven Mnuchin (now Trump’s Treasury Secretary),  Otting ran OneWest (formerly known as IndyMac),  a bank infamous for foreclosures,  use of illegal tactics like “robo-signing” and shadyreverse mortgage practices. “The president’s choice for watchdog of America’s largest banks is someone who signed a consent order — over shady foreclosure practices — with the very agency he’s been selected to run,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio.  Call your Senators and ask them to reject Otting for Comptroller of the Currency.

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 am calling ask Senator [name] to reject the nomination of Joseph Otting for Comptroller of the Currency. Otting was involved in shady business practices when he ran OneWest from 2010 to 2015.  The financial crisis of 2008 shows that we need real supervision of our biggest banks; we can’t allow Trump to put another fox in charge of our financial hen house.”

Background: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/business/dealbook/trump-picks-joseph-otting-to-oversee-banks.html?ref=politics

Opportunities to Get Involved

Stand with Muslims Saturday from 9 AM to 2PM (Location TBA): "On Saturday, June 10, a recognized Islamophobic hate group is coming to Seattle to spread fear and divide our community. We are coming together in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors. We will say loud and clear that hate and Islamophobia are not welcome here." Note, this rally will be held at a different location than the hate group's event. For details, and important guides for conduct, see: https://tinyurl.com/y8qyxeom

"Resist Trump" MonthlyRally: Seattle Indivisible holds its next Monthly Rally Tuesday June 13th at 11:45 AMin front of the Federal Building in downtown Seattle,  followed by a meeting with our senators’ staff. Details at: https://tinyurl.com/yd5hebx3

Good News

Our Washington Senators are fighting Trumpcare with help from your healthcare stories!

Listen to Senator Murray’s passionate floor speech from Tuesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg42HoU05ss&feature=youtu.be

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