Friday, May 4, 2018

ACTION: MITCH MCCONNEL DO YOUR JOB

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**  
Friday, May 4, 2018
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MITCH MCCONNELL: DO YOUR JOB
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#SexualHarassment
#MeToo
#ProtectMueller

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to block significant legislation from reaching floor for vote—even when widely supported by American people. Most egregious examples involve sexual harassment reform and bipartisan bill protecting Mueller’s investigation.

In February the House, by voice vote, passed legislation reforming its sexual harassment policies, barring sexual relationships with employees, and requiring that settlements be made public, and paid with personal, not taxpayer, funds

McConnell, opposed to prohibition against using taxpayer funds for settlements, refused to include these reforms in omnibus spending bill. Thereafter, all 22 female Senators demanded an immediate vote on the House-passed legislation. Three weeks later (in mid-April), Senator Merkley circulated a letter, signed by 31 male colleagues, supporting their demand for immediate Senate action, but McConnell hasn’t budged.

He’s been similarly intransigent about not protecting Mueller, despite Trump’s escalation of attacks on Mueller and the Justice Department—thereby siding with Trump rather than putting interests of American people first.

The country’s watching Congress’ behavior leading up to the midterms. Harassment survivors seeking justice must be supported. And Congress must convince Trump his assault on America’s democratic institutions won’t be tolerated. Our Senators must demand action now.
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATOR MERKLEY:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am concerned about Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow a Senate vote on sexual harassment reform and on protecting the Mueller investigation. I want to thank Senator Merkley for taking the lead in supporting his female colleagues and pushing for passage of legislation like the House’s and for defending the need to protect the Russia investigation. Please ask the Senator to continue demanding that McConnell do his job by bringing S. 2401 (Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act) and S. 2644 (Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act) to an immediate vote. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATOR WYDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am concerned about Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow a Senate vote on sexual harassment reform and on protecting the Mueller investigation. I want to thank Senator Wyden for supporting his female colleagues and pushing for passage of legislation like the House’s and for defending the need to protect the Russia investigation. Please ask the Senator to continue demanding that McConnell do his job by bringing S. 2401 (Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act) and S. 2644 (Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act) to an immediate vote. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: REMEMBER FOR THE MIDTERMS**
It is clear that we need a different Congress with leaders who will work hard to protect victims of sexual harassment and who understand the important role Congress must play in protecting the integrity of our elections from foreign interference and upholding the rule of law.

The 2018 elections will be the most important in our lifetimes. To save democracy and protect our commitment to a just society, no one can afford to sit on the sidelines. Join and make a difference
--make sure you and everyone you know is registered to vote.
--check out Indivisible Oregon’s website at www.IndivisibleOR.org for midterm actions
--ensure that every candidate for Congress answers questions about the need to protect Congressional staffers and all employees from sexual harassment in the workplace and about the importance of protecting the independence and integrity of the Mueller investigation.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
 
SENATOR MERKLEY  
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
 
SENATOR WYDEN  
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
 
  ** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience! **

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