Letter to My Representatives 5-11-2017

Here are today’s letters. Stabenow and Peters received the same one, while Mitchell needed a little something else to remind him that I won’t forget, and I won’t let his constituents forget, that he voted for the AHCA.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I would like to thank you for your comments on Trump firing Comey and the need for an independent investigation. I ask that you continue to call for a special prosecutor and independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. Please do not rest until this happens. It is vital to the continuance of our democracy that we determine that no foreign party has undermined the presidency. It is the most important issue facing our country right now.

I also thank you for your stance against the AHCA. Please continue to fight this heinous bill and work with some of your more moderate Republican colleagues to not support this bill. I do not support any bill that removes protections for pre-existing conditions, or moves that decision to the states. I do not support any bill that repeals ACA, especially without a replacement. I do not support any bill that excludes pre and post natal care from essential health benefits. I do not support any bill that creates high risk pools forcing our the Americans who need the most help to pay the most essentially pricing them out of healthcare insurance. And yes, people do die without health insurance.

I am concerned over a recent announcement regarding FCC intention to roll back net neutrality rules. I believe that rolling back the progress that was made under the Obama Administration, would cause severe harm to the individual consumer. Net neutrality helps ensure that there is an even playing ground for all consumers. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could very well influence internet searches, news and how we access the internet as a whole. This would influence the ability for individuals to create and communicate openly and freely on the internet. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could also negatively influence services, to their advantage. Moreover, this uneven playing field would also disadvantage entrepreneurs. Small businesses wouldn’t necessarily have the financial clout of larger companies, to pay into this uneven playing field. Please keep the rules in place.

I encourage you to fight for more funding for the census and that you push for Trump to appoint someone non-partisan to fill the position vacated by John H. Thompson. The census is vital in determining everything from where federal money is spent, to where the money and services are needed, to how many representatives from each state. I do not want this to negatively affect this country for years to come because Trump handles the census badly. Moreover, I am concerned about gerrymandering and the continued use of this to hold Republicans in power.

I ask you to stand against Trump’s Religious Liberties EO. Though not as bad as many of us anticipated, it is nothing more than an effort to legalize discrimination.

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I want you to know that I plan to do everything in my power to make sure that 10th district constituents remember that you voted for the  AHCA when you are up for re-election in 2018. They may not understand why this affects them now, and maybe they won’t care because they vote party lines. I understand that you won the 10th district with 62% of the vote. And even though it may be a fruitless effort, I will make sure that voters understand and remember when they walk into that voting booth that you sold them out for petty vengeance and party affiliation.

I demand that you ask for an independent commission and a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. Not only is the Comey firing after Comey asked for more money and resources to investigate this situation highly irregular and suspect, but we needed a non-partisan investigation in the first place. While I have no problem with the firing of Comey, the timing behind it raises more questions and only reinforces the fact that we must have an independent commission to investigate these issues.

I am concerned over a recent announcement regarding FCC intention to roll back net neutrality rules. I believe that rolling back the progress that was made under the Obama Administration, would cause severe harm to the individual consumer. Net neutrality helps ensure that there is an even playing ground for all consumers. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could very well influence internet searches, news and how we access the internet as a whole. This would influence the ability for individuals to create and communicate openly and freely on the internet. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could also negatively influence services, to their advantage. Moreover, this uneven playing field would also disadvantage entrepreneurs. Small businesses wouldn’t necessarily have the financial clout of larger companies, to pay into this uneven playing field. Please keep the rules in place.

I encourage you to fight for more funding for the census and that you push for Trump to appoint someone non-partisan to fill the position vacated by John H. Thompson. The census is vital in determining everything from where federal money is spent, to where the money and services are needed, to how many representatives from each state. I do not want this to negatively affect this country for years to come because Trump handles the census badly. Moreover, I am concerned about gerrymandering and the continued use of this to hold Republicans in power.

I ask you to stand against Trump’s Religious Liberties EO. Though not as bad as many of us anticipated, it is nothing more than an effort to legalize discrimination.

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Visit ItsTimeToFight.com for more information. And as always, feel free to use my letters for your own.

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