Letters to My Representatives: 11-8-2017

One year ago today I was hopeful of an historic victory. By the same time the next day I was severely depressed and have felt this depression hanging over me like a cloud for a full year. But that darkness also inspired me to become an active participant in my democracy. And yesterday millions of Americans voted to continue that participation and change the status quo by electing Democrats, people of color, and those who represent the LGBTQIA+ community to key seats in our local and state governments. We are poised to continue this into 2018 where we will maintain Blue seats and flip Red to Blue. Today I write my weekly letters knowing that I cannot change the world alone, but rather my small act joins with another small act, and another and another, until all these Liberal Snowflakes become a mountain of change. Find your small act today!

It’s Time to Fight

The Road to 2018

Flippable

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I am not in support of the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Not only does it not have bipartisan support, the bill will also increase our national debt by $1.5 trillion dollars. Furthermore, the bill will hurt the individual tax payer, with elements like the elimination of the medical expense deduction and elimination of the student loan interest deduction. The bill will concurrently benefit corporations and the wealthy, including cut and elimination of previous taxes. I call on you to not support this bill, and wish to be recorded.

I oppose Jim Bridenstein for NASA coordinator. Mr. Bridenstein does not have any formal qualifications in science or engineering – unlike previous coordinators like Charles Bolden – and is also does not believe in climate change. I do not believe he can capably serve in the capacity of this position. If the vote comes to the floor, please vote NO.

Please support Senator Graham and Durbin’s DREAM Act. The majority of those young individuals who are enrolled in DACA, were brought to the country at a young age. They have contributed to society, excelled in academics, and have even had a positive impact on the community. The DREAM Act would give these individuals a way of continuing their positive contributions to our nation. I would like to reiterate, as I have said before, that a person’s contributions to society are not what makes a human being valuable. Their value lies in their status as a human being, and whether they are a college graduate or a hotel maid, Dreamers should remain in this country and be given a path to citizenship.

Please support the Murray-Alexander deal to stabilize the ACA. This is a needed step in protecting healthcare for millions, particularly given that agreements adds two years of much-needed subsidy funding, along with potential further steps to help 2018 enrollees.  Please support this agreement, and do everything in your power to encourage your colleagues put their support behind the agreement as well. We need to add quickly, particularly with open enrollment on going, and the newly allocated $106 million.

I would like to voice my support for Senator Wyden and Hatch’s bipartisan bill extending the funding of the CHIP program, and am urging you to call for it to be brought to the floor for a vote. Approximately 9 million children rely on the CHIP program for health insurance, and a number of states will lose funding by the end of the year, if the extension is not passed. Please do not gamble with the health and well-being of our youth. ​

I am calling on you to do everything in your power to support the investigations that are currently being undertaken regarding the 10/4 ambush in Niger. I believe the American people deserve answers about what happened to the Americans who died in Niger, particularly what happened to Sgt. La David Johnson. But more importantly, the families of the soldiers also deserve answers.

I ask that you do everything in your power, including investigate, why Trump Administration appointees are already working at the departments they have been appointed to, without actually being confirmed. Even if these actions are not an official violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, it challenges the appropriate order of senate confirmations, and lessens the public’s faith in the rule and order of government. Please do what you can to investigate and stop this practice from continuing.

I would also like to know, and encourage you to pursue investigations, into why Whitefish Energy received a contract to restore Puerto Rico’s power. There are a number of “fishy” circumstances regarding this, and I apologize for the pun, but it was hard to resist.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I am not in support of the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Not only does it not have bipartisan support, the bill will also increase our national debt by $1.5 trillion dollars. Furthermore, the bill will hurt the individual tax payer, with elements like the elimination of the medical expense deduction and elimination of the student loan interest deduction. The bill will concurrently benefit corporations and the wealthy, including cut and elimination of previous taxes. I call on you to not support this bill, and wish to be recorded.

Please support the Murray-Alexander deal to stabilize the ACA. This is a needed step in protecting healthcare for millions, particularly given that agreements adds two years of much-needed subsidy funding, along with potential further steps to help 2018 enrollees.  Please support this agreement, and do everything in your power to encourage your colleagues put their support behind the agreement as well. We need to add quickly, particularly with open enrollment on going, and the newly allocated $106 million.

I am calling on you to do everything in your power to support the investigations that are currently being undertaken regarding the 10/4 ambush in Niger. I believe the American people deserve answers about what happened to the Americans who died in Niger, particularly what happened to Sgt. La David Johnson. But more importantly, the families of the soldiers also deserve answers.

I would also like to know, and encourage you to pursue investigations, into why Whitefish Energy received a contract to restore Puerto Rico’s power. There are a number of “fishy” circumstances regarding this, and I apologize for the pun, but it was hard to resist.

I see you have signed on as a co-sponsor of HR 620 and I want you to know I am not in favor of this bill. The law as currently written would harm the rights of the disability community by allowing businesses to opt out of Title III. The bill would also put the onus on making sure a business is ADA-compliant onto the individual who is in need of those requirements – with an extensive time delay – which puts undue burden on the individual. I condemn you for your support of this bill. Putting the needs of small businesses ahead of the individual is is unacceptable.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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