Letters to My Representatives: 11-16-2017

Here are today’s letters. There are some really important things on here, so be sure to write your own letters or make phone calls. Resistance doesn’t happen with out participation. Visit It’s Time to Fight for more information and scripts.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I do not support the tax bill, and I want you to vote NO on letting this bill onto the floor for a full floor vote. I also want you to address the addition of the repeal of the individual mandate of the ACA by the Senate GOP in committee. The CBO and independent analysts have repeatedly demonstrated that repealing the individual mandate will ensure millions will lose health insurance. This addition cannot be allowed to continue.

I am calling to ask you to continue to publicly support a clean DREAM Act, and to push for its passage. There has been no movement on any DACA-related legislation since the summer, and we’re getting closer to a point where DACA recipients are running out of options. I am also calling on you to do everything in your legislative power to pressure USCIS to change their rejections of the DACA applicants who had their applications refused, due to USPS-acknowledged problems. Please act quickly on this; the DREAMERs are depending on action.

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 would like to express concern with potential interference from Trump in the Time Warner merger. Government merger reviews are supposed to be politically impartial, but news reports involving the White House’s interest in the merger suggests it’s anything but impartial. I am not necessarily opposed to the merger, but I do want you to record my concern on this issue, and join Senator Klobaucher in expressing their concern.

I ask that you vote NO for Brett J. Talley’s nomination for a lifetime federal judgeship in Alabama. Not only does Mr. Talley have little to no judicial experience that would be appropriate for the position in question, he also failed to disclose pertinent information about his spouse’s position as White House Counsel Donald McGahn’s chief of staff. As a judge, Mr. Talley would have to show clear ethics and principle, something he has already failed to display. I am calling on you to vote no.

I ask that you 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 coming up, and the newly allocated $106 million.

Please continue to support and work hard for sensible gun control including universal background checks. And please speak out against the violence permeating our country with more than thoughts and prayers. The time for wishful thinking is over. It is a time for action. Many conservatives have said that immediately after a mass shooting is not the time to talk about gun control, but as they occur regularly, when IS the right time to talk about it? We can’t wait for a “more appropriate time” because by then another shooting has occurred.

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.

Please continue to push for more resources and aid for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the wake of their devastation. Only 50% of Puerto Rico has power restored and this is unacceptable. Also, I saw reports of the food being sent to the islands including Airhead candy being listed as fruit, a candy bar as dessert, and very little else in the way of nutritious food. While I have no problem with the victims of the hurricane receiving things like candy (everyone needs a little bright spot in their day) I would hope that FEMA is supplying the people with needed, healthy food, not just junk food. Please look into this.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I want you to vote NO to the House’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 largely hurt the individual tax payer, with changes to the property tax deduction, changes to business taxes, while concurrently benefiting corporations and the wealthy, including cut and elimination of previous taxes. I know you will vote for it anyway, since you vote party lines every time, but I will be certain to remind your constituents not only that you voted for this, but also to take away their health insurance numerous times. They have the right to know, and I will be happy to remind them, that you have voted against their best interests and for tax cuts for the rich time and time again.

I am calling to ask you to continue to publicly support a clean DREAM Act, and to push for its passage. There has been no movement on any DACA-related legislation since the summer, and we’re getting closer to a point where DACA recipients are running out of options. I am also calling on you to do everything in your legislative power to pressure USCIS to change their rejections of the DACA applicants who had their applications refused, due to USPS-acknowledged problems. Please act quickly on this; the DREAMERs are depending on action.

I would like to express concern with potential interference from Trump in the Time Warner merger. Government merger reviews are supposed to be politically impartial, but news reports involving the White House’s interest in the merger suggests it’s anything but impartial. I am not necessarily opposed to the merger, but I do want you to record my concern on this issue, and join Senator Klobaucher in expressing their concern.

I ask that you 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 coming up, and the newly allocated $106 million.

Please continue to support and work hard for sensible gun control including universal background checks. And please speak out against the violence permeating our country with more than thoughts and prayers. The time for wishful thinking is over. It is a time for action. Many conservatives have said that immediately after a mass shooting is not the time to talk about gun control, but as they occur regularly, when IS the right time to talk about it? We can’t wait for a “more appropriate time” because by then another shooting has occurred.

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.

Please continue to push for more resources and aid for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the wake of their devastation. Only 50% of Puerto Rico has power restored and this is unacceptable. Also, I saw reports of the food being sent to the islands including Airhead candy being listed as fruit, a candy bar as dessert, and very little else in the way of nutritious food. While I have no problem with the victims of the hurricane receiving things like candy (everyone needs a little bright spot in their day) I would hope that FEMA is supplying the people with needed, healthy food, not just junk food. Please look into this.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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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!

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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

Letters to My Representatives: 11-1-2017

Today I’m going to share my letter to Senator Gary Peters (I usually share the one I write to Senator Debbie Stabenow) because Sen. Peters is on the Commerce Committee and there is a part in there specifically for him.

Dear Senator Peters,

I ask that you let the Commerce Committee know that I want them to 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. I call on you to vote no. Please do not move his nomination forward.

I want you to know that I support the move to block Brownback vote. His track record of opposing LGBTQIA+ rights is alarming, and he should not be confirmed as U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Liberty. I understand that it will be a challenge to delay the vote indefinitely, but I applaud the Senate Democrats for continuing to take a stand.

I demand that you push for the release of Rosa Maria Hernandez. The fact that the Border Patrol agents followed her ambulance to the hospital, tried to persuade her family to let her be deported to Mexico before she could receive critical care, and have now taken her into custody (and separated her from her family) is not only counter to practice but reprehensible. We need answers to this heinous situation and you need to commit to speaking out for her release, and investigate the practices in this situation.

I am calling on you to issue a statement against Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander’s statement that it is the official position of the White House that all of Trump’s accusers are lying. Not only is wholly inappropriate for the administration’s Press Secretary to be issuing these kinds of statements from the podium (it’s an abuse of the position), it’s also counter to the national dialogue on the importance of supporting women who do speak out against sexual assault.

Also, please do your part to spread the word about open enrollment for the ACA. We can’t let trump destroy this important benefit for Americans.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I demand that you push for the release of Rosa Maria Hernandez. The fact that the Border Patrol agents followed her ambulance to the hospital, tried to persuade her family to let her be deported to Mexico before she could receive critical care, and have now taken her into custody (and separated her from her family) is not only counter to practice but reprehensible. We need answers to this heinous situation and you need to commit to speaking out for her release, and investigate the practices in this situation.

I am calling on you to issue a statement against Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander’s statement that it is the official position of the White House that all of Trump’s accusers are lying. Not only is wholly inappropriate for the administration’s Press Secretary to be issuing these kinds of statements from the podium (it’s an abuse of the position), it’s also counter to the national dialogue on the importance of supporting women who do speak out against sexual assault.

Also, please do your part to spread the word about open enrollment for the ACA. We can’t let trump destroy this important benefit for Americans.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Scripts taken from It’s Time to Fight.

Letters to My Representatives: 10-25-2017

Here are today’s letters. Most of the scripts have been taken from It’s Time to Fight so visit the site for more info and scripts, or use my letters if you like. It’s a lot of the same information from last  week, but adding parts about Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran deal, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Niger investigation, and the treatment of Jane Doe in Texas.

These letters have gotten pretty long so next week I’m going to trim some things I have been talking about for a while and focus on new issues, or at least alternate the issues form week to week. I don’t know that it makes much difference, but on the one hand it might be nice to give these poor interns a break from reading my long letters, and I don’t know if focusing on one or two per week would be more effective than a laundry list every week.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you do everything in your power to protest the GOP’s attempts to cut funding to Medicare and Medicaid in the GOP budget resolution. Cutting Medicare by $473 billion and Medicaid by approximately $1 trillion over 10 years is unacceptable.

I ask that you 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 like to protest the steps the federal government has taken in the case of Jane Doe’s abortion in Texas, and demand that you do everything in your power to help this young woman. The young woman in question should be allowed to get an abortion, with legal justification as outlined in the dissent by Judge Patricia Millet. These continued delays are putting an undue burden on her health, and can be construed as being part of a personal agenda by E. Scott Lloyd, who is known for his anti-abortion views. I demand that you push for E. Scott Lloyd to putting the welfare and health of the young woman at risk, and allow her to do what is in her best interest and best for her health.

I would like for you to support the Murray-Alexander Deal to stabilize the ACA. This is a needed step in protecting healthcare for millions, particularly given that the agreement 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 to put their support behind the agreement as well. We need to act quickly, particularly with open enrollment coming up and the newly allocated $106 million.

I demand that you publicly condemn Trump’s reported statements to the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson in that “he knew what he was getting into”. Please demand an apology from Trump. He claims that is not what he said and he has proof. Please demand that he produce proof or apologize to the widow as well as to the military and the American public.

I would like for you to publicly denounce the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reductions for the Affordable Care Act. The CBO and independent studies all show this will increase health premiums by 20 percent or more, and the deficit will be up by $194 billion. (Per the CBO). I am also demanding you work with your colleagues to appropriate funding for CSR payments. You have to focus on the goal of market stability and reducing premiums, for the good of the constituents you represent. I will be monitoring how you choose to respond, and whether you chooses to respond in a way that shows a commitment toward improving healthcare for all.

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 to demand you vote NO on the Hearing Protection Act and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, if/when it comes to a vote on the floor. Both bills would potentially put law enforcement and the general public at risk, and make it easier to commit violence. We just experienced the largest mass shooting in US history in Las Vegas; any support of either bill would strongly indicate that you do not support public safety. Additionally, I demand you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control, including universal background checks. I also ask that you filibuster these bills if they come to the floor.

I ask that you support S.1916, Senator Feinstein’s bump stock bill. Bump stocks were a key addition for several of the weapons found in the Las Vegas shooting. There appears to be no conclusive reason why bump stocks are needed, and/or should be legal. They simply cause more damage. Senator Feinstein’s bill to ban them has tentative bipartisan support, and I would like you to commit to signing on.

I am calling to protest the Trump Administration’s narrowing of the contraception coverage mandate. Many women use contraception for health, and not just to prevent pregnancy. I ask that you denounce this denial of access to contraception for women who need it for health reasons, simply based on the religious objections of certain groups. Women should have the option to decide their own reproductive rights. I demand you speak out for women’s health and protest this narrowing, but also support women’s health through legislation.

I ask that you push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico – there is only a partial disaster declaration at the moment. Additionally, I would also like you to request a waiver regarding matching funds requirements for relief. Puerto Rico’s economy is currently unable to handle said requirements. I would also like you to request expanded military personnel, to help with infrastructure and recovery efforts. You should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. We cannot wait until October for another round of funding. Finally, I am asking that you push for additional military personnel to be brought onto the island, beyond current numbers cited by the Pentagon. The island is in need of support to rebuild their infrastructure.

I ask that you support the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)’s investigation of Secretary Tom Price’s use of chartered planes when conducting official government business. Not only do Secretary Price’s actions violate federal law when it comes to travel by executive branch officials, it is also a questionable use of tax dollars particularly due to the cuts he wants to implement. Please publicly state that you support the investigation.

I want to express my objections to the latest incarnation of Trump’s travel ban. Even with the addition of North Korea and Venezuela, this ban is clearly targeted at Muslim nations, and should be construed as a Muslim ban. There is no documentation or justification for this ban. There is no research to prove that our country is safer. Keep speak out against this absurd ban.

I would like to voice my support for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and opposition to the Senate Republicans’ attempts to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule. I believe that consumers deserve the right to their day in court, particularly in light of the unfolding situation with Equifax. Please protect the individual, and not the corporation.

I ask that you issue a public statement opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA, and to support Senator Graham and Durbin’s DREAM act.

I demand that you publicly condemn Richard Spencer’s return to Charlottesville last Saturday. Even just a few people demonstrating hate like Spencer cannot be tolerated and should be rejected in the strongest possible terms.

I am ask that you continue to pressure the Trump administration to seek diplomatic solutions with North Korea. What we need right now are strategic talks to help influence what steps North Korea might choose to take next; inflamed rhetoric will only escalate the situation. I am also asking you to push the Trump Administration to not undertake moves that will upset key allies in the region. The Trump administration has indicated they will withdraw from the South Korea trade deal; to do so is shortsighted, and will cause tensions with a key ally needed to address Kim Jong Un’s regime. Please consider long-term strategy, verses short-term moves.

I ask that you NOT snapback sanctions for the Iran nuclear deal, unless international inspectors actually see resumption of activity that is in violation of the agreement. I also ask that you carefully evaluate any decision to renegotiate the deal. At minimum, all of the previous parties involved in the previous round of negotiations must be brought back to the table, along with a realistic consideration of positive incentives. Any attempts to renegotiate the deal must be taken seriously, and in good faith.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I ask that you NOT snapback sanctions for the Iran nuclear deal, unless international inspectors actually see resumption of activity that is in violation of the agreement. I also ask that you carefully evaluate any decision to renegotiate the deal. At minimum, all of the previous parties involved in the previous round of negotiations must be brought back to the table, along with a realistic consideration of positive incentives. Any attempts to renegotiate the deal must be taken seriously, and in good faith.

I ask that you 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 like to protest the steps the federal government has taken in the case of Jane Doe’s abortion in Texas, and demand that you do everything in your power to help this young woman. The young woman in question should be allowed to get an abortion, with legal justification as outlined in the dissent by Judge Patricia Millet. These continued delays are putting an undue burden on her health, and can be construed as being part of a personal agenda by E. Scott Lloyd, who is known for his anti-abortion views. I demand that you push for E. Scott Lloyd to putting the welfare and health of the young woman at risk, and allow her to do what is in her best interest and best for her health.

I would like for you to support the Murray-Alexander Deal to stabilize the ACA. This is a needed step in protecting healthcare for millions, particularly given that the agreement 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 to put their support behind the agreement as well. We need to act quickly, particularly with open enrollment coming up and the newly allocated $106 million.

I demand that you publicly condemn Trump’s reported statements to the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson in that “he knew what he was getting into”. Please demand an apology from Trump. He claims that is not what he said and he has proof. Please demand that he produce proof or apologize to the widow as well as to the military and the American public.

I would like for you to publicly denounce the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reductions for the Affordable Care Act. The CBO and independent studies all show this will increase health premiums by 20 percent or more, and the deficit will be up by $194 billion. (Per the CBO). I am also demanding you work with your colleagues to appropriate funding for CSR payments. You have to focus on the goal of market stability and reducing premiums, for the good of the constituents you represent. I will be monitoring how you choose to respond, and whether you chooses to respond in a way that shows a commitment toward improving healthcare for all.

I demand you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control, including universal background checks.

I am calling to protest the Trump Administration’s narrowing of the contraception coverage mandate. Many women use contraception for health, and not just to prevent pregnancy. I ask that you denounce this denial of access to contraception for women who need it for health reasons, simply based on the religious objections of certain groups. Women should have the option to decide their own reproductive rights. I demand you speak out for women’s health and protest this narrowing, but also support women’s health through legislation.

I ask that you push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico – there is only a partial disaster declaration at the moment. Additionally, I would also like you to request a waiver regarding matching funds requirements for relief. Puerto Rico’s economy is currently unable to handle said requirements. I would also like you to request expanded military personnel, to help with infrastructure and recovery efforts. You should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. We cannot wait until October for another round of funding. Finally, I am asking that you push for additional military personnel to be brought onto the island, beyond current numbers cited by the Pentagon. The island is in need of support to rebuild their infrastructure.

I want to express my objections to the latest incarnation of Trump’s travel ban. Even with the addition of North Korea and Venezuela, this ban is clearly targeted at Muslim nations, and should be construed as a Muslim ban. There is no documentation or justification for this ban. There is no research to prove that our country is safer. Keep speaking out against this absurd ban.

I ask that you issue a public statement opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA, and to support the Bridge Act.

I demand that you publicly condemn Richard Spencer’s return to Charlottesville last Saturday. Even just a few people demonstrating hate like Spencer cannot be tolerated and should be rejected in the strongest possible terms.

I am ask that you continue to pressure the Trump administration to seek diplomatic solutions with North Korea. What we need right now are strategic talks to help influence what steps North Korea might choose to take next; inflamed rhetoric will only escalate the situation. I am also asking you to push the Trump Administration to not undertake moves that will upset key allies in the region. The Trump administration has indicated they will withdraw from the South Korea trade deal; to do so is shortsighted, and will cause tensions with a key ally needed to address Kim Jong Un’s regime. Please consider long-term strategy, verses short-term moves.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Writing Challenge: Day 18

I wrote 2155 words today, missing my word count goal, but since I wrote extra yesterday it more than made up for it. My total is now 49,722 which is 366 words over my goal.

I definitely could have written more today—despite the big chunk in the middle of the afternoon for Pumpkin Day—but I had another commitment this morning that I don’t want to miss. Every week I write my representatives. Some of you may already know that, but it’s not something I’m willing to sacrifice. Not in today’s political climate. Maybe not ever again. I—and the rest of this country—have been too lax in our civic duty. I’m not saying that’s what ushered in the orange monstrosity, but it certainly contributed. I won’t let that happen again.

So anyway, I spent time this morning drafting letters to my three federal level representatives which affected the overall word count, but I don’t regret it one bit. And I’ll do the same next week, and the next, and the next. I’m hoping I’ll keep it up for the rest of my life, because governing this country isn’t going to just go away. And we can’t assume that our electeds always have our best interests at heart. As they’ve proven. So we must hold them accountable.

All this to say that there are going to be things that are really important to you, and you have to make time for them. Because writing can’t be the only thing you do in the world.

Status Sheet 10182017

Letters to My Representatives 10-18-2017

Here are today’s letter. Please take a moment to call or write your electeds on these issues today or tomorrow.  Especially the Murray-Alexander deal! Visit It’s Time to Fight for more information and scripts. As always, many of my words come directly from that site.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I would like for you to support the Murray-Alexander Deal to stabilize the ACA. This is a needed step in protecting healthcare for millions, particularly given that the agreement 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 to put their support behind the agreement as well. We need to act quickly, particularly with open enrollment coming up and the newly allocated $106 million.

I demand that you publicly condemn Trump’s reported statements to the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson in that “he knew what he was getting into”. Please demand an apology from Trump. He claims that is not what he said and he has proof. Please demand that he produce proof or apologize to the widow as well as to the military and the American public.

I would like for you to publicly denounce the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reductions for the Affordable Care Act. The CBO and independent studies all show this will increase health premiums by 20 percent or more, and the deficit will be up by $194 billion. (Per the CBO). I am also demanding you work with your colleagues to appropriate funding for CSR payments. You have to focus on the goal of market stability and reducing premiums, for the good of the constituents you represent. I will be monitoring how you choose to respond, and whether you chooses to respond in a way that shows a commitment toward improving healthcare for all.

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 to demand you vote NO on the Hearing Protection Act and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, if/when it comes to a vote on the floor. Both bills would potentially put law enforcement and the general public at risk, and make it easier to commit violence. We just experienced the largest mass shooting in US history in Las Vegas; any support of either bill would strongly indicate that you do not support public safety. Additionally, I demand you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control, including universal background checks. I also ask that you filibuster these bills if they come to the floor.

I ask that you support S.1916, Senator Feinstein’s bump stock bill. Bump stocks were a key addition for several of the weapons found in the Las Vegas shooting. There appears to be no conclusive reason why bump stocks are needed, and/or should be legal. They simply cause more damage. Senator Feinstein’s bill to ban them has tentative bipartisan support, and I would like you to commit to signing on.

I am calling to protest the Trump Administration’s narrowing of the contraception coverage mandate. Many women use contraception for health, and not just to prevent pregnancy. I ask that you denounce this denial of access to contraception for women who need it for health reasons, simply based on the religious objections of certain groups. Women should have the option to decide their own reproductive rights. I demand you speak out for women’s health and protest this narrowing, but also support women’s health through legislation.

I ask that you push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico – there is only a partial disaster declaration at the moment. Additionally, I would also like you to request a waiver regarding matching funds requirements for relief. Puerto Rico’s economy is currently unable to handle said requirements. I would also like you to request expanded military personnel, to help with infrastructure and recovery efforts. You should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. We cannot wait until October for another round of funding. Finally, I am asking that you push for additional military personnel to be brought onto the island, beyond current numbers cited by the Pentagon. The island is in need of support to rebuild their infrastructure.

I ask that you support the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)’s investigation of Secretary Tom Price’s use of chartered planes when conducting official government business. Not only do Secretary Price’s actions violate federal law when it comes to travel by executive branch officials, it is also a questionable use of tax dollars particularly due to the cuts he wants to implement. Please publicly state that you support the investigation.

I want to express my objections to the latest incarnation of Trump’s travel ban. Even with the addition of North Korea and Venezuela, this ban is clearly targeted at Muslim nations, and should be construed as a Muslim ban. There is no documentation or justification for this ban. There is no research to prove that our country is safer. Keep speak out against this absurd ban.

I would like to voice my support for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and opposition to the Senate Republicans’ attempts to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule. I believe that consumers deserve the right to their day in court, particularly in light of the unfolding situation with Equifax. Please protect the individual, and not the corporation.

I ask that you issue a public statement opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA, and to support Senator Graham and Durbin’s DREAM act.

I demand that you publicly condemn Richard Spencer’s return to Charlottesville last Saturday. Even just a few people demonstrating hate like Spencer cannot be tolerated and should be rejected in the strongest possible terms.

I ask that you publicly condemn Pence’s stunt at the Colt’s game. At a minimum, Pence’s trip to the game to make a point – as trump tweeted – cost the taxpayers a minimum of $520,000. This is not a responsible way for the federal government to spend money. I ask that you issue a statement and make it clear that you do not support this type of showboating tactic.

I am ask that you continue to pressure the Trump administration to seek diplomatic solutions with North Korea. What we need right now are strategic talks to help influence what steps North Korea might choose to take next; inflamed rhetoric will only escalate the situation. I am also asking you to push the Trump Administration to not undertake moves that will upset key allies in the region. The Trump administration has indicated they will withdraw from the South Korea trade deal; to do so is shortsighted, and will cause tensions with a key ally needed to address Kim Jong Un’s regime. Please consider long-term strategy, verses short-term moves.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I would like for you to support the Murray-Alexander Deal to stabilize the ACA. This is a needed step in protecting healthcare for millions, particularly given that the agreement 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 to put their support behind the agreement as well. We need to act quickly, particularly with open enrollment coming up and the newly allocated $106 million.

I demand that you publicly condemn Trump’s reported statements to the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson in that “he knew what he was getting into”. Please demand an apology from Trump. He claims that is not what he said and he has proof. Please demand that he produce proof or apologize to the widow as well as to the military and the American public.

I would like for you to publicly denounce the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reductions for the Affordable Care Act. The CBO and independent studies all show this will increase health premiums by 20 percent or more, and the deficit will be up by $194 billion. (Per the CBO). I am also demanding you work with your colleagues to appropriate funding for CSR payments. You have to focus on the goal of market stability and reducing premiums, for the good of the constituents you represent. I will be monitoring how you choose to respond, and whether you chooses to respond in a way that shows a commitment toward improving healthcare for all.

I demand you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control, including universal background checks.

I am calling to protest the Trump Administration’s narrowing of the contraception coverage mandate. Many women use contraception for health, and not just to prevent pregnancy. I ask that you denounce this denial of access to contraception for women who need it for health reasons, simply based on the religious objections of certain groups. Women should have the option to decide their own reproductive rights. I demand you speak out for women’s health and protest this narrowing, but also support women’s health through legislation.

I ask that you push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico – there is only a partial disaster declaration at the moment. Additionally, I would also like you to request a waiver regarding matching funds requirements for relief. Puerto Rico’s economy is currently unable to handle said requirements. I would also like you to request expanded military personnel, to help with infrastructure and recovery efforts. You should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. We cannot wait until October for another round of funding. Finally, I am asking that you push for additional military personnel to be brought onto the island, beyond current numbers cited by the Pentagon. The island is in need of support to rebuild their infrastructure.

I want to express my objections to the latest incarnation of Trump’s travel ban. Even with the addition of North Korea and Venezuela, this ban is clearly targeted at Muslim nations, and should be construed as a Muslim ban. There is no documentation or justification for this ban. There is no research to prove that our country is safer. Keep speaking out against this absurd ban.

I ask that you issue a public statement opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA, and to support the Bridge Act.

I demand that you publicly condemn Richard Spencer’s return to Charlottesville last Saturday. Even just a few people demonstrating hate like Spencer cannot be tolerated and should be rejected in the strongest possible terms.

I ask that you publicly condemn Pence’s stunt last weekend at the Colt’s game. At a minimum, Pence’s trip to the game to make a point – as trump tweeted – cost the taxpayers a minimum of $520,000. This is not a responsible way for the federal government to spend money. I ask that you issue a statement and make it clear that you do not support this type of showboating tactic.

I am ask that you continue to pressure the Trump administration to seek diplomatic solutions with North Korea. What we need right now are strategic talks to help influence what steps North Korea might choose to take next; inflamed rhetoric will only escalate the situation. I am also asking you to push the Trump Administration to not undertake moves that will upset key allies in the region. The Trump administration has indicated they will withdraw from the South Korea trade deal; to do so is shortsighted, and will cause tensions with a key ally needed to address Kim Jong Un’s regime. Please consider long-term strategy, verses short-term moves.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 10-13-2017

I was so busy with my writing goals this week that I didn’t get to my letters to my reps until ten o’clock tonight. Laptops about to run out of battery so posting this quick before it does! Write or call your reps!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I would like for you to publicly denounce the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reductions for the Affordable Care Act. The CBO and independent studies all show this will increase health premiums by 20 percent or more, and the deficit will be up by $194 billion. (Per the CBO). I am also demanding you work with your colleagues to appropriate funding for CSR payments. You have to focus on the goal of market stability and reducing premiums, for the good of the constituents you represent. I will be monitoring how you choose to respond, and whether you chooses to respond in a way that shows a commitment toward improving healthcare for all.

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 to demand you vote NO on the Hearing Protection Act and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, if/when it comes to a vote on the floor. Both bills would potentially put law enforcement and the general public at risk, and make it easier to commit violence. We just experienced the largest mass shooting in US history in Las Vegas; any support of either bill would strongly indicate that you do not support public safety. Additionally, I demand you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control, including universal background checks. I also ask that you filibuster these bills if they come to the floor.

I ask that you support S.1916, Senator Feinstein’s bump stock bill. Bump stocks were a key addition for several of the weapons found in the Las Vegas shooting. There appears to be no conclusive reason why bump stocks are needed, and/or should be legal. They simply cause more damage. Senator Feinstein’s bill to ban them has tentative bipartisan support, and I would like you to commit to signing on.

I am calling to protest the Trump Administration’s narrowing of the contraception coverage mandate. Many women use contraception for health, and not just to prevent pregnancy. I ask that you denounce this denial of access to contraception for women who need it for health reasons, simply based on the religious objections of certain groups. Women should have the option to decide their own reproductive rights. I demand you speak out for women’s health and protest this narrowing, but also support women’s health through legislation.

I ask that you push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico – there is only a partial disaster declaration at the moment. Additionally, I would also like you to request a waiver regarding matching funds requirements for relief. Puerto Rico’s economy is currently unable to handle said requirements. I would also like you to request expanded military personnel, to help with infrastructure and recovery efforts. You should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. We cannot wait until October for another round of funding. Finally, I am asking that you push for additional military personnel to be brought onto the island, beyond current numbers cited by the Pentagon. The island is in need of support to rebuild their infrastructure.

I ask that you support the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)’s investigation of Secretary Tom Price’s use of chartered planes when conducting official government business. Not only do Secretary Price’s actions violate federal law when it comes to travel by executive branch officials, it is also a questionable use of tax dollars particularly due to the cuts he wants to implement. Please publicly state that you support the investigation.

I want to express my objections to the latest incarnation of Trump’s travel ban. Even with the addition of North Korea and Venezuela, this ban is clearly targeted at Muslim nations, and should be construed as a Muslim ban. There is no documentation or justification for this ban. There is no research to prove that our country is safer. Keep speak out against this absurd ban.

I would like to voice my support for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and opposition to the Senate Republicans’ attempts to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule. I believe that consumers deserve the right to their day in court, particularly in light of the unfolding situation with Equifax. Please protect the individual, and not the corporation.

I ask that you issue a public statement opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA, and to support Senator Graham and Durbin’s DREAM act.

I demand that you publicly condemn Richard Spencer’s return to Charlottesville last Saturday. Even just a few people demonstrating hate like Spencer cannot be tolerated and should be rejected in the strongest possible terms.

I ask that you publicly condemn Pence’s stunt last weekend at the Colt’s game. At a minimum, Pence’s trip to the game to make a point – as trump tweeted – cost the taxpayers a minimum of $520,000. This is not a responsible way for the federal government to spend money. I ask that you issue a statement and make it clear that you do not support this type of showboating tactic.

I am ask that you continue to pressure the Trump administration to seek diplomatic solutions with North Korea. What we need right now are strategic talks to help influence what steps North Korea might choose to take next; inflamed rhetoric will only escalate the situation. I am also asking you to push the Trump Administration to not undertake moves that will upset key allies in the region. The Trump administration has indicated they will withdraw from the South Korea trade deal; to do so is shortsighted, and will cause tensions with a key ally needed to address Kim Jong Un’s regime. Please consider long-term strategy, verses short-term moves.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenbaar,

I would like for you to publicly denounce the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reductions for the Affordable Care Act. The CBO and independent studies all show this will increase health premiums by 20 percent or more, and the deficit will be up by $194 billion. (Per the CBO). I am also demanding you work with your colleagues to appropriate funding for CSR payments. You have to focus on the goal of market stability and reducing premiums, for the good of the constituents you represent. I will be monitoring how you choose to respond, and whether you chooses to respond in a way that shows a commitment toward improving healthcare for all.

I demand you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control, including universal background checks.

I am calling to protest the Trump Administration’s narrowing of the contraception coverage mandate. Many women use contraception for health, and not just to prevent pregnancy. I ask that you denounce this denial of access to contraception for women who need it for health reasons, simply based on the religious objections of certain groups. Women should have the option to decide their own reproductive rights. I demand you speak out for women’s health and protest this narrowing, but also support women’s health through legislation.

I ask that you push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico – there is only a partial disaster declaration at the moment. Additionally, I would also like you to request a waiver regarding matching funds requirements for relief. Puerto Rico’s economy is currently unable to handle said requirements. I would also like you to request expanded military personnel, to help with infrastructure and recovery efforts. You should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. We cannot wait until October for another round of funding. Finally, I am asking that you push for additional military personnel to be brought onto the island, beyond current numbers cited by the Pentagon. The island is in need of support to rebuild their infrastructure.

I want to express my objections to the latest incarnation of Trump’s travel ban. Even with the addition of North Korea and Venezuela, this ban is clearly targeted at Muslim nations, and should be construed as a Muslim ban. There is no documentation or justification for this ban. There is no research to prove that our country is safer. Keep speaking out against this absurd ban.

I ask that you issue a public statement opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA, and to support the Bridge Act.

I demand that you publicly condemn Richard Spencer’s return to Charlottesville last Saturday. Even just a few people demonstrating hate like Spencer cannot be tolerated and should be rejected in the strongest possible terms.

I ask that you publicly condemn Pence’s stunt last weekend at the Colt’s game. At a minimum, Pence’s trip to the game to make a point – as trump tweeted – cost the taxpayers a minimum of $520,000. This is not a responsible way for the federal government to spend money. I ask that you issue a statement and make it clear that you do not support this type of showboating tactic.

I am ask that you continue to pressure the Trump administration to seek diplomatic solutions with North Korea. What we need right now are strategic talks to help influence what steps North Korea might choose to take next; inflamed rhetoric will only escalate the situation. I am also asking you to push the Trump Administration to not undertake moves that will upset key allies in the region. The Trump administration has indicated they will withdraw from the South Korea trade deal; to do so is shortsighted, and will cause tensions with a key ally needed to address Kim Jong Un’s regime. Please consider long-term strategy, verses short-term moves.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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