Letters to My Representatives 1-17-2018

Here are today’s letters. The director of the It’s Time to Fight website is still trying to work through her cross-country move, so the site is thin on scripts, but there are still plenty of issues to keep in our elected’s minds. Please call or write to your electeds as often as you can. The fight to preserve our democracy and influence the path of our country is never ending.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you support the DREAM and SECURE Acts. We still urgently need a clean DREAM Act; there has been no legislative movement to help the Dreamers since the summer. They are running out of time. Please act quickly. The SECURE Act is a needed protection for those who cannot return to their countries of origin because it could very well cost them their lives. Please act quickly on this.

I ask that you find a way to support the CHIP program and renew financing for it. Michigan is set to run out of funds by March 2018 and I do not want to see millions of children suffer because of politics.

I do not support Trump’s efforts to attach a work requirement to Medicaid and ask that you oppose this initiative in all ways possible.

I do not support Secretary Zinke’s policy change to increase off-shore drilling. Please oppose this decision in any way you can.

Please vote NO on the Jim Bridenstein nomination for NASA director. I have written to you about this before. He doesn’t have the qualifications and is a climate change denier.

Please do not allow Trump’s wall fixation to be attached in any way to a DREAM Act. They must be separate entities.

I seriously question Trump’s competency to be president. Please take any action necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of America in light of his inability to perform the job adequately.

I would also like to thank you for taking a stand against Trump and his racist, bigoted, sexist, homophobic, Islamaphobic, and xenophobic administration. Please continue to do so and demand that your Republican colleagues do so as well. I am tired of hearing the GOP comment that they don’t support or are concerned with Trump’s statements, but then never do anything about it. They have sold their souls to the political devil in an effort to pass legislation that meets their agenda but will damage this country. Please continue to be strong and fight for all Americans. We need more people like you to stand between us and Trump’s horrible ideology for this country.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I ask that you support the DREAM and SECURE Acts if they reach the House. We still urgently need a clean DREAM Act; there has been no legislative movement to help the Dreamers since the summer. They are running out of time. Please act quickly. The SECURE Act is a needed protection for those who cannot return to their countries of origin because it could very well cost them their lives. Please act quickly on this.

I ask that you find a way to support the CHIP program and renew financing for it. Michigan is set to run out of funds by March 2018 and I do not want to see millions of children suffer because of politics.

I do not support Trump’s efforts to attach a work requirement to Medicaid and ask that you oppose this initiative in all ways possible.

I do not support Secretary Zinke’s policy change to increase off-shore drilling. Please oppose this decision in any way you can.

Please do not allow Trump’s wall fixation to be attached in any way to a DREAM Act. They must be separate entities.

I seriously question Trump’s competency to be president. Please take any action necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of America in light of his inability to perform the job adequately.

I ask that you take a stand (which you have not yet) against Trump and his racist, bigoted, sexist, homophobic, Islamaphobic, and xenophobic administration. I am tired of hearing the GOP comment that they don’t support or are concerned with Trump’s statements, but then never do anything about it. They have sold their souls to the political devil in an effort to pass legislation that meets their agenda but will damage this country. I know you are one of those people and history will remember.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 1-3-2018

So these are my first letters of the New Year! And my first since November. The Holidays were a hectic time and I needed a break from Resistance work. Please know for yourself that we all need a break sometimes and it’s okay! Allow yourself the rest and recuperation you need to keep fighting!

Letters a short today, partly because I’ve been a little out of the political loop for the last 6 weeks and also because the site I rely on for scripts and information is not fully up to date. Even Jess needs a break from politics! Still, It’s Time to Fight has information that can help you write letters and make phone calls, so please be sure to visit. I’m sure Jess will get to updating it further soon.

Here are my letters for the week:

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Thank you for fighting for Michigan, and for the rest of the country. We need people like you to protect us against not only the Republicans decisions and agendas, but from the monstrosity that is the Trump Administration.

I am disgusted by the passing of the GOP Tax Scam. I know you fought against it, so thank you, but please do what you can to inform voters about why this bill is awful and to use legislation to protect us from it as much as you can.

I stand strongly against the Trump Administrations banned words in the CDC reports concerning the budget and ask that you take a strong stance against such absurd censorship.

I demand that the CHIP program be funded. Please do all you can to make this happen.

Please do all you can to promote a clean DREAM Act. We need to ensure that Dreamers are secure in this country with no fear of deportation.

Please support additional funding for Puerto Rico, including Medicaid funding. They are Americans and deserve the same support that any mainland disaster would have received.

I oppose hikes on National Park fees. I personally can afford such hikes, but it is already difficult for those with less financial security than I to ask our National Parks. It is completely inappropriate to reduce their access to them further.

I oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed by the House. Please do not support this bill.

Last, and possibly most importantly, I am appalled and disgusted by Trump’s actions regarding his Twitter feud with Kim Jung Un and his blatant disregard for protocol, decency, or any common sense in discussing and threatening nuclear war against North Korea. Please continue to stand in opposition to this clearly unfit person to serve as president and pressure your Republican colleagues to stand against him. He is dangerous to the United States as well as the rest of the world and it is well past time that our elected officials do something about removing him from office.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jenifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I see while I have been on a Winter Break you have continued to wreak havoc on the American people. So let’s see, now I have to inform your voters come November that you supported repealing the ACA, supported the GOP Tax Scam that will be detrimental to Americans, and also that you support making it easier for armed gunmen to kill people in this country. Good to know.

I stand strongly against the Trump Administration’s banned words in the CDC reports concerning the budget and ask that you take a strong stance against such absurd censorship.

I demand that the CHIP program be funded. Please do all you can to make this happen.

Please do all you can to promote a clean DREAM Act. We need to ensure that Dreamers are secure in this country with no fear of deportation.

Please support additional funding for Puerto Rico, including Medicaid funding. They are Americans and deserve the same support that any mainland disaster would have received.

I oppose hikes on National Park fees. I personally can afford such hikes, but it is already difficult for those with less financial security than I to ask our National Parks. It is completely inappropriate to reduce their access to them further.

Last, and possibly most importantly, I am appalled and disgusted by Trump’s actions regarding his Twitter feud with Kim Jung Un and his blatant disregard for protocol, decency, or any common sense in discussing and threatening nuclear war against North Korea. Please continue to stand in opposition to this clearly unfit person to serve as president and pressure your Republican colleagues to stand against him. He is dangerous to the United States as well as the rest of the world and it is well past time that our elected officials do something about removing him from office. How can you continue to support this man and not demand his immediate removal? Your devotion to party at the cost of Americans, democracy and this country is noted. History will not remember you or your colleagues kindly.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jenifer Austin

Also, January 21st is the anniversary of the Women’s March and there are events scheduled across the country to commemorate and continue the fight. Find one near you!

Women’s March Anniversary Events

Letters to My Representatives 10-3-2017

Here are today’s letters. Even though there are a number of issues I find important, I restricted my letters today to talking about CHIP funding, Puerto Rico aid, and sensible gun control.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

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 ask you to 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 ask 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. And please speak publicly against Trump’s heinous comments regarding Puerto Rico and their leadership. It is disgusting to hear him intimate that the Puerto Rican people “want everything done for them” or that they are lazy. He obviously has no understanding of what the Puerto Rican people are dealing with.

I demand that 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 public at risk and make it easier to commit violence. We jst experienced the largest mass shooting in modern US History in las Vegas; any support of either bill would strongly indicate that you do not support public safety. Additionally, I demand that you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control including universal background checks. Please filibuster these bills if they come to the floor.

Thank you for your time and consideration and all you do for the state of Michigan.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I ask you to 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 ask 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. And please speak publicly against Trump’s heinous comments regarding Puerto Rico and their leadership. It is disgusting to hear him intimate that the Puerto Rican people “want everything done for them” or that they are lazy. He obviously has no understanding of what the Puerto Rican people are dealing with.

I demand that 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 public at risk and make it easier to commit violence. We jst experienced the largest mass shooting in modern US History in las Vegas; any support of either bill would strongly indicate that you do not support public safety. Additionally, I demand that you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control including universal background checks. Please filibuster these bills if they come to the floor.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

As always, please visit It’s Time to Fight for scripts and more information! They are a great resource and where I get most of my talking points.