Letters to My Representatives 4-12-2017

Here are today’s letter! For personal reasons, I am cutting back to one letter a week, so they’ll be pretty full of everything I want to say. I planned on continuing three letters a week for a while longer, but that’s just not sustainable right now. Please continue to write your own letters and make phone calls. It is our civic duty to participate in our government. We can no longer trust our electeds to do this job without our input. We never should have in the first place.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I oppose Trump’s possible proposal to cut the payroll tax. More money in our pockets in the short term will be detrimental to the Social Security/Medicare pool in the long term.

I oppose Sessions ordering the end of the forensic science commission. Though forensic science has never been perfect, with regulation it could make a huge positive impact and this sets the field back.

I am very concerned about Pruitt’s decision to postpone decisions about banning the use of chlorpyrifos until 2022. If this is a harmful substance, and studies have shown that it is, we need to rethink our use of it now before it does more damage to people and the environment.

Please stand with Obama’s agreement with the auto industry on fuel efficiency standards. We need to move in the direction of environmental responsibility, decrease fuel use, and keep up with progress in technology. If there are better ways to do this, I am acceptable to altering the agreement, but we need to always be moving toward a better future, not short term gains for right now.

I am opposed to increasing offshore oil drilling as Trump is preparing an EO on this. We need to be investing in alternative and renewable sources of energy, not increasing our dependency on oil and damaging the environment in the process.

I am opposed to Trump cutting regulations on smog limits. We need to improve quality of the air in cities and around the world to reduce health risks and improve quality of life. Reducing smog limits will be detrimental to both these concerns.

I am opposed to cuts for the Lead risk Reduction Program. These cuts will place more people in danger, prolonging the dangerous effects previous lead use has had on our country.

I am greatly concerned with Trump’s foreign policy approach, especially when we are talking about North Korea and Syria. He appears to have no actual plan or strategy and is just reacting with whatever pops into his head at the moment. What is our end game in North Korea and Syria? Are we looking to achieve a regime change? What would that strategy look like and how would it be achieved? Does the end game involve reduction in North Korea’s nuclear efforts? Are we coordinating with Japan, South Korea and China in regards to North Korea? Trump’s haphazard approach and frankly dangerous temperament make me gravely concerned for these situations and the millions of people who could be affected.

I have concerns about Trump’s military strike on Syria. I am not opposed to bomb strikes on Assad targets, especially in retaliation to the chemical attacks on innocent civilians, but Trump’s approach seems sporadic and driven by emotion, not policy or strategy. Not to mention ineffectual and possibly driven by a desire to distance himself from the idea that he is in Putin’s pocket. How do you plan to address moves going forward? How will you require Trump to get Congressional approval of major military action in the future? What is the end game here? Regime change? How would we achieve this while protecting the lives of Syrians, limiting the numbers of American troops on the ground, and preventing ISIS from taking control? I don’t believe Trump has a comprehensive plan going forward and I look to Congress to hold him accountable and propose strategic moves. Also, I know you are against the ban of Syrian refugees, but please continue to be vocal about this. The idea that Trump and Ivanka were “heartbroken” over the deaths of Syrian children due to a chemical attack but couldn’t care less if we do our part in the international community by assisting refugees is both hypocritical and ludicrous.

Please strongly oppose the latest GOP effort to repeal or weaken the ACA.

I oppose Trump’s defunding of the UN Family Planning Agency and their lies to justify it. We need to stand strongly against the GOP and their continued attacks on the poorest and most vulnerable people. It is time that Conservatism be disassociated from Christianity, because the Christianity I know is about helping the weak, not punishing them for being so.

I oppose Sessions review of the Justice Department’s review of Police reform. I ask that you question the point of these challenges and condemn the effectiveness of these reviews if necessary. Police reform will protect everyone, civilian and police, and are needed to make our streets safer.

I have asked repeatedly and will say it again: I demand an independent commission to investigate Trump and his ties to Russia, both financially and through the campaign, including many of his surrogates like Manafort, Kushner, Flynn, Sessions, and more. The American people deserve to know the truth and I do not trust a GOP congress to conduct this investigation, especially with Nunes’ already questionable actions.

I ask you to condemn the removal of LGBTQIA from the census. It is important to know where need is present so we can allocate resources effectively.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I oppose Trump’s possible proposal to cut the payroll tax. More money in our pockets in the short term will be detrimental to the Social Security/Medicare pool in the long term.

I oppose Sessions ordering the end of the forensic science commission. Though forensic science has never been perfect, with regulation it could make a huge positive impact and this sets the field back.

I am very concerned about Pruitt’s decision to postpone decisions about banning the use of chlorpyrifos until 2022. If this is a harmful substance, and studies have shown that it is, we need to rethink our use of it now before it does more damage to people and the environment.

Please stand with Obama’s agreement with the auto industry on fuel efficiency standards. We need to move in the direction of environmental responsibility, decrease fuel use, and keep up with progress in technology. If there are better ways to do this, I am acceptable to altering the agreement, but we need to always be moving toward a better future, not short term gains for right now.

I am opposed to increasing offshore oil drilling as Trump is preparing an EO on this. We need to be investing in alternative and renewable sources of energy, not increasing our dependency on oil and damaging the environment in the process.

I am opposed to Trump cutting regulations on smog limits. We need to improve quality of the air in cities and around the world to reduce health risks and improve quality of life. Reducing smog limits will be detrimental to both these concerns.

I am opposed to cuts for the Lead risk Reduction Program. These cuts will place more people in danger, prolonging the dangerous effects previous lead use has had on our country.

I am greatly concerned with Trump’s foreign policy approach, especially when we are talking about North Korea and Syria. He appears to have no actual plan or strategy and is just reacting with whatever pops into his head at the moment. What is our end game in North Korea and Syria? Are we looking to achieve a regime change? What would that strategy look like and how would it be achieved? Does the end game involve reduction in North Korea’s nuclear efforts? Are we coordinating with Japan, South Korea and China in regards to North Korea? Trump’s haphazard approach and frankly dangerous temperament make me gravely concerned for these situations and the millions of people who could be affected.

I have concerns about Trump’s military strike on Syria. I am not opposed to bomb strikes on Assad targets, especially in retaliation to the chemical attacks on innocent civilians, but Trump’s approach seems sporadic and driven by emotion, not policy or strategy. Not to mention ineffectual and possibly driven by a desire to distance himself from the idea that he is in Putin’s pocket. How do you plan to address moves going forward? How will you require Trump to get Congressional approval of major military action in the future? What is the end game here? Regime change? How would we achieve this while protecting the lives of Syrians, limiting the numbers of American troops on the ground, and preventing ISIS from taking control? I don’t believe Trump has a comprehensive plan going forward and I look to Congress to hold him accountable and propose strategic moves. I strongly oppose the ban of Syrian refugees. The idea that Trump and Ivanka were “heartbroken” over the deaths of Syrian children due to a chemical attack but couldn’t care less if we do our part in the international community by assisting refugees is both hypocritical and ludicrous.

I strongly oppose the latest GOP effort to repeal or weaken the ACA.

I oppose Trump’s defunding of the UN Family Planning Agency and his lies to justify it. I am against the continued GOP attacks against the most vulnerable people. It is time that Conservatism be disassociated from Christianity, because the Christianity I know is about helping the weak, not punishing them for being so.

I oppose Sessions review of the Justice Department’s review of Police reform. I ask that you question the point of these challenges and condemn the effectiveness of these reviews if necessary. Police reform will protect everyone, civilian and police, and are needed to make our streets safer.

I have asked repeatedly and will say it again: I demand an independent commission to investigate Trump and his ties to Russia, both financially and through the campaign, including many of his surrogates like Manafort, Kushner, Flynn, Sessions, and more. The American people deserve to know the truth and I do not trust a GOP congress to conduct this investigation, especially with Nunes’ already questionable actions.

I ask you to condemn the removal of LGBTQIA from the census. It is important to know where need is present so we can allocate resources effectively.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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