Monday, March 13, 2017

UPDATE: From the Indivisible National Team

Sent by the team at Indivisible:
Last week, two Republican Members of Congress went on television to promote the disastrous repeal bill and admitted that they have no idea how many of their constituents are currently insured under the Affordable Care Act—embarrassing! This week, make sure Congress knows just how many of us there are standing indivisible against their rushed, impractical, and unjust legislation. House and Senate Republicans are trying to repeal the ACA before the next big recess begins April 7. We’re not going to allow that to happen. Your work is already making a difference, and we just need to keep the pressure on.

Health care repeal update: We’re still waiting for that CBO score…

House Republicans moved their repeal bill ahead in the House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees this week without a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revealing how much the bill is going to cost. So much for all that talk of fiscal responsibility!
The score will be coming as soon as today, and Republicans know it’s going to be bad—that’s why they’re already at work trying to undermine the CBO. Meanwhile, a study by the Brookings Institution estimates that at least 15 million Americans will lose health insurance. This is completely unacceptable—and your MoCs need to keep hearing that message from you.

Need resources on the health care bill? Unlike Republicans, we’ve got you covered.

  • We’ve collected all our materials on health care together so that you can find our brand new script plus talking points, district-level data, legislative process explainers, and more in one place: Save the ACA.
  • Last week, we joined up with health care experts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Families USA, and Planned Parenthood Action for an emergency call providing an overview of the American Health Care Act and what you can do to stop the repeal of the ACA. If you missed it, you can listen to the recording here.
  • Make sure you know where your MoC stands with this handy tracker from NPR.

More Capitol Hill highlights

Want more to talk about with your MoCs’ offices this week after you’re done reminding them how you feel about saving health care? We’ve got a few suggestions:
  • In the House of Representatives: Stop the secrecy around Trump’s taxes.
    We’re all still being kept in the dark about Trump’s conflicts of interest—including information that could be important to revealing further ties between Trump and Russia. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) has introduced a Resolution of Inquiry (H.Res. 186) directing the Treasury Secretary to provide to the House of Representatives Trump’s tax returns from 2006 through 2015, as well as other financial documentation. If you think that Trump’s tax returns need to be made public, tell your MoC to cosponsor H.Res. 186. Here’s our background and script for asking your Representative to cosponsor the resolution.
  • In the Senate: The Most Boring and Dangerous Bills You’ve Never Heard Of.
    Yes, even as former congressional staffers, our eyes glaze over at the mention of “regulatory rollback.” You know who doesn’t think this is boring? Corporate lobbyists—and they’re hoping you don’t notice. The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act (H.R. 998) would create an unelected board to make recommendations to Congress on cutting regulations. This may not sound like a big deal—but it is. It’s a quiet way to give big business a big gift: the end of regulations essential to protecting our environment, health, and workplace safety. This bill has already passed the House and is currently before the Senate: here’s our script for telling your Senator to vote NO on this dangerous legislation.
    As if that weren’t bad enough, the Senate is also considering the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (S. 21), which requires congressional approval for a huge number of regulations. This bill would put corporate lobbyists in the driver’s seat—taking aim at the health and safety protections Americans depend on. REINS is a truly reactionary, fundamental reworking of the federal government, and not in a fun way. It’s been called “the most dangerous bill you’ve never heard of.”
Extra credit: want to learn more about the legislative process? We’ve got a new explainer on House of Representatives Committee Action.

Looking ahead: Stop Gorsuch

America has never been more in need of an independent judiciary. With President Trump escalating his attacks on our most basic rights, the courts are our last safeguard. And with the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, a right-wing apologist (more conservative than Scalia!), to the Supreme Court, Trump has made it clear that he hopes to enshrine his agenda through our nation’s judiciary too.
That’s why we’ve joined The People’s Defense, a campaign bringing together grassroots activists to fight the appointment of any Supreme Court Justice who will not stand up to this president. Gorsuch’s first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee is March 20, and Senate Republicans are trying to force a final vote before Senators go home during the April recess to face you. It’s time to step up our game.
  • Visit The People’s Defense and read about why Gorsuch is bad for American families. Use this information to call your Senators and tell them to oppose Neil Gorsuch. Spread the word on social media, at your Indivisible meetings, and with your friends and family on why Gorsuch is a dangerous pick for an independent judiciary.

Need some inspiration?

Last week, local group Indivisible Austin and Spotzen Film released I Stand Indivisible, a bold, powerful video featuring group members from all walks of life speaking about what brought them to the Indivisible movement, what they’re fighting for, and their confidence that when we stand indivisible, we’re capable of creating change. It’s a must-see, and we hope it inspires you as much as it’s inspired us.

This is the part where we ask you for money

Want to see something amazing? Watch this Rachel Maddow segment from last week, which shows that constituents like you are asserting their power and convincing their MoCs (even Republicans like Tom Cotton!) to oppose the ACA repeal bill.
The evidence is very clear: This. Is. Working.
There’s nothing more important than this ground-game advocacy. But if you happen to also have the resources to donate a little to Indivisible, know that your gift will help us sustain this movement. We’re holding emergency calls to fight against repeal of ACA, and we’re responding to thousands of questions from activists all over the country. In the last seven days alone, our website got over half a million pageviews. More than 30,000 people have RSVPed for nearly 2,000 events on our centralized map since it went live. Your support makes this work possible—so thank you.
Click here to chip in a few bucks to help us build this movement, so we can create more Tom Cotton moments and save health care for millions of Americans.
We have everything we need to stop the repeal bill: your strength as constituents, standing indivisible. We can and we will win.
In solidarity,
The Indivisible Guide team
P.S. We love hearing what you’re up to and spreading the word about everything you’re accomplishing! Keep sharing your stories, pictures, and videos with us at stories@indivisibleguide.com and using #indivisible and tagging @IndivisibleTeam on Twitter, and posting to Facebook.com/IndivisibleGuide.

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