The House Needs to Play Hardball

On Tuesday, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone stated in a letter to House leadership that the White House would refuse to comply with any subpoenas or other demands from Congress associated with the impeachment of Donald Trump. At first blush, it doesn't look like the House has many tools at its disposal. They could take the administration to court, but a legal case could take months or years to resolve. This is why Congress must act quickly and decisively to show the White House that it will not allow its constitutionally determined authority to be undermined.

One way that Congress can show the White House it is willing to play hardball is by using its sergeant-at-arms to arrest the people around Donald Trump that are usurping Congress's authority. Arresting contemnors (people in contempt of Congress) is entirely within the House's authority, and happened at least twice in the 20th century.

Another way that Congress can reaffirm its coequal status is by removing all funding for the White House Counsel's office and other bad actors in the administration from the next funding bill, which is due by November 21st.

Today's Action: Tell our Representatives that they need to play hardball

Call your Representative:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Sample script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I'm alarmed by the White House's refusal to comply with Congress's subpoenas on the impeachment of Donald Trump. I want to see the House respond forcefully to the White House's stonewalling by arresting people in contempt of Congress and cutting all funding from bad actors in next month's funding bill.

Background

The House Can Play Hardball, Too. It Can Arrest Giuliani: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/opinion/impeachment-contempt-congress.html

Events

SeaTac Canvass

Saturday, Oct 12, 11:00 AM

SeaTac needs CHANGE. It's time to put #PeopleFirst and take care of our community.

Join progressive candidates in SeaTac as they go door to door to talk to voters in our community!

We will be meeting at the parking lot of Tyee High School:

4424 S 188th St, SeaTac, WA 98188.

We have to talk to voters to create change in SeaTac on November 5! We encourage everyone to come. If it's your first time, no worries we got you covered with a training right on the spot.

Please arrive on time for a quick training. Wear your comfortable walking shoes and bring a friend. Snacks and water will be provided.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2701041003263057

Seattle Indivisible Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.