Letters to My Representatives 3-24-2017

Here is today’s letter to Representative Paul Mitchell only. The House votes on AHCA today and I encourage all of you to email/fax/call immediately! Voting starts at 10am!

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I attempted to call your Washington DC office this morning but not only are you not answering the phone your voicemail box is full. I have heard a lot of Americans saying this is the case with their own representatives. I’d like to believe it’s because so many people are calling to tell all of you to do your damn job and vote no on the AHCA, and I think that’s highly likely because it is extremely unpopular, but I suspect it is also a tactic so that certain GOP representatives no longer have to listen to their constituents. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt that you would never do this to your constituents and will continue to be readily available to hear their concerns and acknowledge what they want as you do in fact work for us.

As such I am writing to demand that you vote no on HR 1628 or the American Health Care of 2017, when it comes to the House Floor. This is a bill that has the potential to impact millions of lives for decades, and decisions are being made too quickly, and without deliberation. The CBO score alone suggests that there are millions who will be negatively impacted, should AHCA pass. Please focus on working and fixing the ACA, and addressing any challenges/potential solutions that way. Not to mention the last minute additions will be catastrophic to the health of millions of Americans.

Based on your multiple letters and calls trying to convince me that the AHCA is a great bill (you failed by the way) I am assuming that you are voting yes. If you have indeed changed your mind and are voting no, my apologies for the vociferousness of this letter. If you are voting yes, which I suspect you will, just know that I will remember come November of 2018. In fact, I’ll make it my mission in life to make sure that every constituent of Michigan’s 10th District remembers come November of 2018. This bill is detrimental to Americans and not only will it cause great harm to the health of millions of people, it will come back to bite you when you’re up for re-election. Which I suspect is all you really care about anyway.

Have a nice day.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 3-23-2017

Here are my letters today! First one is for my senators, the second for my House rep. If you can, call or write your reps today!! The House is voting on the AHCA today.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I know I can count on you to vote against HR 1628/American Health Care of 2017 or whatever it will be called if/when it reaches the Senate. I encourage you to continue to speak out against this horrible bill with strong language. Thank you for your support of the American people and Michigan residents in particular. Please continue to encourage both Senators and Congresspeople to vote against this damaging bill.

I would also like to encourage you to strongly demand that we put a hold on the Trump administration until matters of his ties to Russia have been resolved. It is inappropriate that a questionable president should be making decisions, enacting policy and appointing people to the government when his legality is in question. Most importantly, please hold up Gorsuch’s nomination as Trump should not be allowed to appoint a Supreme Court justice when he is under investigation for colluding with Russia to throw our election.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear representative Mitchell,

I am asking you to please vote NO, when HR 1628 or the American Health Care of 2017, comes to the House Floor either today, or tomorrow. This is a bill that has the potential to impact millions of lives for decades, and decisions are being made too quickly, and without deliberation.

The CBO score alone suggests that there are millions who will be negatively impacted, should AHCA pass. Please focus on working and fixing the ACA, and addressing any challenges/potential solutions that way.

I encourage you to support a full independent commission into Trump’s ties to Russia and his collusion to throw the election. Nunes is demonstrating he is not qualified to conduct this and we need absolute certainty in this matter. The Trump administration should not be allowed to enact policy, make decisions, or appoint people to the government while his very legitimacy is in question. You owe it to the American people to ensure that their president is legitimate and serves the interests of America, not himself or Russia.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Here’s a link to call/email scripts for the AHCA though it’s also what I used! Get out there and let your reps know how you feel!!

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com/ahca.html

 

Letters to My Representatives 3-20-2017

Good morning fellow Resistors! Here is my letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow for today. Senator Gary Peters received and identical letter and for Representative Paul Mitchell’s letter I removed the portion on Supreme Court nomination (as the House of Reps doesn’t vote on that) and changed some of the wording to reflect that Mitchell doesn’t agree with some of stances. Be sure to write/call your own reps today. We make ourselves heard not by the volume of one individual’s voice, but by volume in numbers of all our voices!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Good morning!

I encourage you to take a stand against Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I encourage you to filibuster this nomination and take a strong stance against his nomination. At the very least, he needs a vigorous questioning and thorough hearing. While I respect Judge Gorsuch’s accomplishments, I do agree with the comments from Democratic leaders like Senator Chuck Schumer, reiterating that Judge Gorsuch’s presumptive seat belongs to Merrick Garland.

Please continue to fight for a full bipartisan investigation into Trump, his campaign, and his surrogate’s ties to Russia, both politically, financially and things the Russian’s could use to blackmail any in the Trump administration. It is imperative the American people have full knowledge of what has taken place, who lied and when, and who knew what and when.

I encourage you to strongly oppose Trump’s proposed budget. The budget focuses too much on military/defense expenditures and not enough on diplomacy. It cuts needed funds that serve the most vulnerable and needy in this country as well as provide education and development. Those cuts will drastically damage us as a nation able to interact effectively not only with each other, but with the world. The cuts amount to small portions of the budget that make no difference in the enormity of the budget, but their wide spreading impact will be felt by all Americans. And I am appalled at the statements put forth by the GOP as to the ineffectiveness of these programs when there is ample evidence to the contrary. I’d also like to put forth that returns on investment are a terrible and inhumane way to look at programs that benefit humans. Their value as humans is intrinsic, not determined by how much they “give” to society.

Please continue to stand strong against the AHCA and any attempts to repeal ACA. While the program does need some adjustments to make it work best for all Americans, a repeal is not what is best for America.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Visit Itstimetofight.com for more information, scripts and call lists. They are a vital resource in resisting this damaging GOP administration.

Letters to My Representatives 3-14-2017

Here are today’s letters. Everybody received the same one with no changes. Please feel free to copy and paste if you would like to use them for your own reps. We need to keep making our voices heard.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

My first concern for today is Trump’s prospective EO to reorganize the Executive Branch. While I do think that the government could benefit from reorganization across all branches in an effort to save money, do a job more efficiently, and cut red tape that prevents citizens from receiving the aid they need, I DO NOT trust Trump or his administration to do this in a meaningful, comprehensive and intelligent way. I see Trump as trying to consolidate power in himself and his immediate subordinates. I also see him trying to create discord and chaos in our current government so he can use these examples of inefficiency (that he creates) as a valid reason for him to make the changes that he wants. I do not trust him to make changes that benefit the American people. I encourage you to be vigilant as these actions move forward and stop him from damaging our system of government and consolidating more power in his hands. If anything, we need an independent commission making suggestions about how to run our government more smoothly, not a person who has a stake in grabbing more power for himself. Not to mention many positions are still unfilled and Trump shows no indication he is going to fill them, thus creating a system where employees are too busy with White House mandate to do their jobs effectively and thereby hurting the American people.

My second concern is the AHCA. I am upset that as many as 14 million people will lose coverage by next year. I realize this is largely attributed to repeal of penalties if you don’t participate in the plans, and while I understand that ideology, insurance works when all people participate, just like car, home, flood insurance do. They are there to guard us against catastrophes and in the case of health insurance, to give us the care necessary to remain healthy. Even worse is the loss of coverage to upwards of 24 million people by 2026. I do not like that this will increase costs exponentially for people with pre-existing conditions and the elderly, two groups of people who are the least able to shoulder the extra cost in the first place. I am concerned that this will decrease the quality of insurance plans as they will be competing on cost basis not a quality basis. And I am concerned that this will narrow the scope of care that people can receive through the insurance plans, such as losing maternity benefits. I encourage you to oppose the AHCA.

I’d also like to encourage you to strongly oppose Rep. John Shimkus’s remarks regarding that men shouldn’t have to pay for women’s prenatal care. The sentiment is utterly ludicrous and sexist, placing all the burden for childcare on the woman. Yet I’m sure he has no problem regulating whether women can have an abortion or have access to birth control.

I encourage you to strongly denounce Rep. Steve King’s racist remarks regarding white nationalism. Trump is an enabler and a vindication to all the racists that have been hiding. Now they feel they can come out and promote a homogeneous society and white nationalism with no repercussions. We must be adamant and have zero tolerance for these words and behaviors.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 3-8-2017

Here is today’s letter. All three received the same basic letter with a few small tweaks.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

My daily letter is a little late today because I delivered flowers to all the female staff at my sons’ school this morning in honor of International Women’s Day and in acknowledgment of a Day Without a Woman. I am a writer and a stay-at-home mom, so striking was not really a statement I could make, though I am refraining from using social media and making any purchases today. I am wearing red and doing what I can to promote awareness that all people need equality.

I would like to thank you for your continued stance to support and promote women. You are doing necessary work.

I would like for you to ask for or use influence to ask others for a CBO score for the AHCA. It is inappropriate that the GOP is trying to ram this bill through before Congress, health experts, and the American people are given a chance to analyze what this bill means. We need comprehensive analysis of something before we are forced to accept a GOP agenda that will damage Americans and their healthcare. I encourage you not to support this bill.

I am opposed to Trump’s newest Muslim ban, and yes I will call it that, because no matter what kind of mental gymnastics he and the GOP try to use to sell this, it is a Muslim ban. He insults the men and women who have worked tirelessly to protect our country and vet incoming immigrants and refugees by claiming the process is not stringent enough. And he violates human rights and basic ethics of our country. I encourage you to oppose this legally-questionable act.

Once again, I want to see a full investigation done into Trump’s ties including financial and any other to Russia, especially during the election. This includes a full investigation into Trump’s associates during the campaign such as Flynn, Kushner, Manafort, Sessions and others. The American people deserve to know the truth. Trump should not be making decisions that affect the American people while these questions are still unanswered.

I will not be writing letters tomorrow, as I will be using that time to thank woman on social media and in person for all that they do. I think it is important that we continue to make a statement about important issues affecting this country and I want you to know that I am doing my part to contribute to the narrative.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin