Act of Resistance 5-30-2018

I’ve decided to change the headings to my blog posts to Act Of Resistance instead of Letters to My Representatives. Though most of the time these posts will in fact be letters to my reps, they aren’t the only acts of resistance I participate in, so I decided a heading change was in order.

This week’s post will encompass the last three weeks, as I didn’t post the last two.

On May 16th I wrote Postcards to Voters. This time it was for Jesse Salinas, running for Yolo County Clerk-Recorder/Assessor in California. Please consider visiting their site and getting involved. It’s an easy way to help increase voter participation. Here’s my tweet thread on how it works.

Postcards to voters

Last week I sadly didn’t do anything specific besides sharing information on Twitter and Facebook. It’s not enough, but some weeks that’s all you have to give and we need to allow ourselves a break now and then.

But we also need to understand that even small acts of resistance are needed right now. People tweeting about Roseanne Barr’s comments about Valerie Jarret forced Disney and ABC to cancel her show. Maybe they would have done it anyway, but I doubt it. If everyone had just ignored the racist and disgusting comments Barr made, ABC would have ignored them too. It’s not like they didn’t know who Barr was from the beginning. They hired her to do a reboot of the show even knowing pictures like this were out there:

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This week I wrote to my representatives and the letters will be below. As always, the scripts came from I Called My Reps and you can find more info and scripts on their website. If you are so inclined, I know they are just a couple of people keeping that site up and it’s a lot of work, so visit their Ko-Fi and show them a little monetary support so they can keep this up!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you vote against the Ronald Mortensen nomination to the State Department. Mortensen has been nominated to a position he knows very little about – he has little to no knowledge of refugees. Additionally, his demonstrated record of being anti-illegal immigrant, could very well influence how he chooses to tackle refugee related-subjects.

I ask that you condemn Secretary Nielsen’s comments about separating families at the border, during her 05/16 testimony in front of Senate Homeland Security. I also demand that you vehemently oppose the Trump Administration’s decision to expand on the existing policy to separate families at the border. I am also concerned and would like an open investigation into ICE’s practices of abusing young kids and teens in their care. This has been going on for several years, and Congress needs to stop overlooking their practices.

I ask that you condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear deal based on false pretenses.  According to the IAEA and the Trump Administration’s own intelligence officials, there is no evidence of a nuclear program in Iran since 2009. They are in compliance with the terms of the 2015 deal, and Trump has been unable to clarify what he means by saying Iran is in violation of the “spirit” of the deal. This decision was a dangerous, carelessly thought-out decision by the Trump Administration made on false pretenses. It will absolutely create further chaos in the Middle East, and I expect you to condemn the decision AND any further military action that may occur in the area.

I ask that you demand Scott Pruitt’s resignation. The scandals that keep coming out of the EPA are absolutely unacceptable. Not only is he repeatedly committing ethics violations, he clearly doesn’t spend enough time doing his job, verses defending his job. Of course he’s not very effective at doing his job either.

I demand that you take action on the gun control legislation stalled in the Senate, including Feinstein’s Act 21 changing the purchase age for assault weapons, and Senator Murphy’s S. 2009 /background check expansion act. The continued epidemic of mass shootings is a clear indication that action needs to be taken now! I also ask that you publicly declare that you will not support Concealed Carry Reciprocity as it is rumored that the Senate plans to take up this legislation this summer.

I object strongly to Trump’s aims to target abortion education.

Please support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller, as introduced by Senators Tillis, Boons, Booker, and Graham. I fear Trump will attempt to end the investigation. The investigation has support from not only Democrats, but also prominent members of the GOP and we need to ensure that Mueller is allowed to do his work.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I ask that you condemn Secretary Nielsen’s comments about separating families at the border, during her 05/16 testimony in front of Senate Homeland Security. I also demand that you vehemently oppose the Trump Administration’s decision to expand on the existing policy to separate families at the border. I am also concerned and would like an open investigation into ICE’s practices of abusing young kids and teens in their care. This has been going on for several years, and Congress needs to stop overlooking their practices.

I ask that you condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear deal based on false pretenses.  According to the IAEA and the Trump Administration’s own intelligence officials, there is no evidence of a nuclear program in Iran since 2009. They are in compliance with the terms of the 2015 deal, and Trump has been unable to clarify what he means by saying Iran is in violation of the “spirit” of the deal. This decision was a dangerous, carelessly thought-out decision by the Trump Administration made on false pretenses. It will absolutely create further chaos in the Middle East, and I expect you to condemn the decision AND any further military action that may occur in the area.

I ask that you demand Scott Pruitt’s resignation. The scandals that keep coming out of the EPA are absolutely unacceptable. Not only is he repeatedly committing ethics violations, he clearly doesn’t spend enough time doing his job, verses defending his job. Of course he’s not very effective at doing his job either.

I demand that you take action on the gun control legislation stalled in the Senate, including Feinstein’s Act 21 changing the purchase age for assault weapons, and Senator Murphy’s S. 2009 /background check expansion act. The continued epidemic of mass shootings is a clear indication that action needs to be taken now! I also ask that you publicly declare that you will not support Concealed Carry Reciprocity as it is rumored that the Senate plans to take up this legislation this summer.

I object strongly to Trump’s aims to target abortion education.

Please support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller, as introduced by Senators Tillis, Boons, Booker, and Graham. I fear Trump will attempt to end the investigation. The investigation has support from not only Democrats, but also prominent members of the GOP and we need to ensure that Mueller is allowed to do his work.

I want you to support Senator Markey’s Net Neutrality petition, and to also encourage House leadership to take up and support the petition. 60-80% of Americans do not support the roll back of Net Neutrality regulations, and I am one of those constituents. I expect you to take a stand for the rights of their constituents.

Please support the DACA discharge petition. An overwhelming number of Americans support a permanent solution for DACA recipients, with 9 in 10 Americans polled in January 2018 in favor of legal protections for said recipients. Now is the time to act and I support the discharge petition. I expect you to do the same.

I hope you and the House are working on the much needed Farm Bill, but be assured if it contains anything regarding work requirements for SNAP or increased production on forest lands I will not support it.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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March for Our Lives, Postcards to Voters, and Letters to My Representatives 4-19-2018

Okay, so it’s been a wee while since I posted. This is the first day I’ve had time to write my reps and you will find a letter below, but I haven’t been completely out of the Resistance loop.

On March 24th I joined over 4000 people in Ann Arbor, and more than 1.2 million in the United States (and more globally!) to demand reform on gun control and gun safety measures. I was part of a group known as Kid Lit Marches for Kids organized nationally by author Jenny Han and regionally by local writers. Me being who I am I made signs for all our participants and handed out the extras to the surrounding crowd. Here are a few pictures from the event:

I also participated in Postcards to Voters a program to allow volunteers to write postcards to registered Democratic voters coming up to an election. It’s a small thing you can do to encourage voter participation even in small elections. Here’s a picture of mine and you can check out my Twitter Thread on how you can get involved!

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And now for my letter to my reps. It was essentially the same to all three so I’m only sharing the Letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow:

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller, as introduced by Senators Tillis, Coons, Booker and Graham. The NYT’s latest report indicates that Trump considered ending the Russian investigation in the fall, the second time he has made such considerations. That move along with his continued rhetoric suggests Trump might try to end Mueller’s work sooner than later. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller and want to let him do his work. Please pass the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act as soon as possible. I would also like to ask that you reiterate that Rod Rosenstein cannot be fired as well.

I demand that you speak up about the airstrikes on Syria. You need to push the Trump Administration to provide clarification on what’s a “sustained response” to address the situation might look like. I would rather not get into a sustained conflict in the region, and any effort we do engage in needs to be focused on gaining freedom for the Syrian people and humanitarian aid for the millions affected by this crisis.

I would also like for you to push for changes to the presidential war powers. The lack of clarity in the language allows the president the leeway to carry out limited precision strikes and that needs to be changed. Similarly I also want you to bring up the need to debate the Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed in 2001. What scope does the authorization now cover?

I want you to address the fact that our country has only taken in 11 Syrian refugees this year. If we are to seriously address the challenges being faced by Syrians, the refugee restrictions put forth by this administration need to be reversed.

I demand you call for Scott Pruitt’s resignation. The daily scandals that keep coming out of the EPA are absolutely unacceptable. Not only is he repeatedly committing ethics violations, he clearly doesn’t spend enough time doing his job, versus trying to defend his job.

I ask that you vote NO on against Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State if the vote comes to the Senate floor. Mike Pompeo has little to no background in diplomacy, and has been unable to fully answer many of the questions that were asked during his confirmation hearing.

I want you to vote in favor of Senator Markey’s resolution to repeal the FCC’s December decision to unwind Net Neutrality, via the Congressional Review Act. Polling suggests 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of the net neutrality, and voting in support of this bipartisan resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t singlehandedly decided by five people.

I support the FCC Inspector General case against Chairman Pai and I ask that you do as well. Chairman Pai’s potential connections with Sinclair Broadcasting need to be explored, particularly given the potential Sinclair-Tribune merge on the table. I also ask you to consider passing anti-trust laws, so Chairman Pai’s actions to help Sinclair in the merger process, cannot be repeated.

I am adamantly opposed to John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Advisor, and demand you do everything in your power to protest this appointment. John Bolton has a track record for advocating for extreme foreign policy views, often to the detriment of the nation. It’s for that reason Senate Foreign Relations determined Bolton was unfit to serve TWICE during the Bush Administration, and why he’s still unfit to serve now. I understand that you have no confirmation power when it comes to Bolton. But I demand you push forward w/ other options, including pushing forward w/ the Markey/Lieu bill limiting POTUS’s ability for first strike.

I expect you to take a stand against the Trump Administration’s latest attempts to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. The administration’s justification for banning transgender  individuals is based on flawed, discriminatory research. Moreover, many active service duty members have already reiterated: this discriminatory act against potential/serving officers, only damages unit cohesion. It doesn’t improve it. I expect you to take a stand, and let your constituents know you are supportive of any and all who choose to serve.

I ask that you do what you can to defend Andrew McCabe from the administration’s latest attack. Firing him days before he’s scheduled to retire is, as Senator Hirono called it, “sadistic”. He will lose his pension, after a twenty-two year career at the Bureau. I encourage you to call to let McCabe retire and receive his full pension, and continue on with whatever investigations are needed at that point.

I want to know why Trump is meeting with Putin and why Russia made the announcement.

I am against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, and I am demand you take a stand against these measures. According to economists, the tariffs will likely cause trade wars, disrupt the US economy and cause job losses in certain industries. Moreover, history has shown us before, tariffs simply are not effective. Please take whatever steps you can to oppose these measures.

I demand you work with your colleagues, to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers. Since the Trump administration has announced the end of DACA, more than 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation. 850 more lose it every week. We need action NOW, especially as Leader McConnell wants the immigration debate to end. Now the bipartisan budget bill is out of the way, I demand you take the promises you made in the lead-up to that vote seriously, and figure out a solution for DACA. Please take this seriously. Please support a clean DREAM/SECURE Act for all then people currently in this country who need it, including 200k Slavadorans who will lose their protected status.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

So that’s it for today. It looks like the site It’s Time to Fight has merged with the I Called My Reps website, so for more information and scripts be sure to head over there! And if you do call or write your reps be sure to use #ICalledMyReps on Twitter to talk about it. We need to see each other resisting to maintain our morale and momentum!

Letters to My Representatives 3-22-2018

I missed a couple weeks because of life! To be honest, I almost didn’t do this week’s, but I buckled down and got it done. So here are today’s letters to my representatives. As always, check out It’s Time to Fight for scripts and information.

Also, if you are able, please find a March for Our Lives event near you this Saturday, March 24th.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I am against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, and I ask that you take a stand against these measures. According to economists, the tariffs will likely cause trade wars, disrupt the US economy and cause job losses in certain industries. Moreover, history has shown us before, tariffs simply are not effective. Please take whatever steps you can to oppose these measures.

I am in support of Senator Cornyn and Senator Murphy’s FIX NICS bill, with the understanding Concealed Carry Reciprocity can’t be attached, as it is in the House. I ask that Senators continue to push for debate and consideration of the other legislation available for gun safety, including Senator Feinstein and Flake’s Age 21 bill. Simply fixing NICS isn’t enough to address the gun safety challenges in our nation.

I want you to vote in favor of Senator Markey’s resolution to repeal the FCC’s December decision to unwind Net Neutrality, via the Congressional Review Act. Polling suggests 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of the net neutrality, and voting in support of this bipartisan resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t single-handedly decided by five people.

I would like to express my concerns regarding Speaker Ryan’s decision to replace Matthew Masterson from the Election Admission Commission. The Speaker’s office has been unable to justify the decision to replace him, and Mr. Masterson’s state colleagues have been vocally against the move. Given the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia is clearly working to interfere in the 2018 midterms I demand to know 1) Why Mr. Masterson is being replaced before he has a chance to implement his recommended protection measures, and 2) who Speaker Ryan plans to replace Mr. Masterson with and when.

I ask that you vote NO on Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State and also NO on Gina Haspel for CIA Director. Both candidates are completely unfit for their positions, with Pompeo having little to no background in diplomacy, and Gina Haspel having spent a portion of her career both working on assignments involving torture and also possibly destroying tapes. Please vote AGAINST their appointments if/when they come to a vote on the floor.

I demand you work with your colleagues to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers this week. Since the Trump administration has announced the end of DACA, more than 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation. 850 more lose it every week. We need action NOW, especially as Leader McConnell wants the immigration debate to end this week. Now that the bipartisan budget bill is out of the way, we demand you take the promises you made in the lead-up to that vote seriously, and figure out a solution for DACA. Please take this seriously.

I am against Trump’s tariffs that will affect the solar panel and washing machine industries. This will debilitate both industries. Please do what you can to protest these actions.

I am strongly against Trump’s decision to end protection for Salvadorians seeking refuge in this country. Sending them back to an unsafe place is tantamount to murder. Please do what you can to protest and prevent this heinous measure.

Please work to stabilize the ACA in light of the current spending bill needed to be passed this week. So many Americans rely on ACA and we must do all we can to continue affordable coverage for those who need it.

I ask that you do all you can to protect the investigation being done my Robert Mueller. Please help ensure that he has the time and resources to complete this as well as protection from Trump’s petty vindictiveness. It is imperative that this investigation be concluded in an appropriate and legal manner to ensure not only that we protect America from outside influence, but also that we know the investigation itself was not tampered with.

I ask that you call for hearings regarding the firing of Andrew McCabe.

I ask that you call for hearings regarding Facebook’s involvement with Cambridge Analytics, as well as an investigation into CA itself.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you need volunteers during the 2018 Midterms I would be happy to contribute my time to your campaign.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I am against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, and I ask that you take a stand against these measures. According to economists, the tariffs will likely cause trade wars, disrupt the US economy and cause job losses in certain industries. Moreover, history has shown us before, tariffs simply are not effective. Please take whatever steps you can to oppose these measures.

I am in support of Senator Cornyn and Senator Murphy’s FIX NICS bill, with the understanding Concealed Carry Reciprocity can’t be attached, as it is in the House. I ask that Senators continue to push for debate and consideration of the other legislation available for gun safety, including Senator Feinstein and Flake’s Age 21 bill. Simply fixing NICS isn’t enough to address the gun safety challenges in our nation.

I want you to vote in favor of Senator Markey’s resolution to repeal the FCC’s December decision to unwind Net Neutrality, via the Congressional Review Act. Polling suggests 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of the net neutrality, and voting in support of this bipartisan resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t single-handedly decided by five people.

I would like to express my concerns regarding Speaker Ryan’s decision to replace Matthew Masterson from the Election Admission Commission. The Speaker’s office has been unable to justify the decision to replace him, and Mr. Masterson’s state colleagues have been vocally against the move. Given the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia is clearly working to interfere in the 2018 midterms I demand to know 1) Why Mr. Masterson is being replaced before he has a chance to implement his recommended protection measures, and 2) who Speaker Ryan plans to replace Mr. Masterson with and when.

I demand you work with your colleagues to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers this week. Since the Trump administration has announced the end of DACA, more than 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation. 850 more lose it every week. We need action NOW, especially as Leader McConnell wants the immigration debate to end this week. Now that the bipartisan budget bill is out of the way, we demand you take the promises you made in the lead-up to that vote seriously, and figure out a solution for DACA. Please take this seriously.

I am against Trump’s tariffs that will affect the solar panel and washing machine industries. This will debilitate both industries. Please do what you can to protest these actions.

I am strongly against Trump’s decision to end protection for Salvadorians seeking refuge in this country. Sending them back to an unsafe place is tantamount to murder. Please do what you can to protest and prevent this heinous measure.

Please work to stabilize the ACA in light of the current spending bill needed to be passed this week. So many Americans rely on ACA and we must do all we can to continue affordable coverage for those who need it.

I ask that you do all you can to protect the investigation being done my Robert Mueller and I strongly condemn the House Intelligence Committee’s decision to end their investigation. This partisan politics at its most damaging. Please help ensure that Mueller has the time and resources to complete this investigation as well as protection from Trump’s petty vindictiveness. It is imperative that this investigation be concluded in an appropriate and legal manner to ensure not only that we protect America from outside influence, but also that we know the investigation itself was not tampered with.

I ask that you call for hearings regarding the firing of Andrew McCabe.

I ask that you call for hearings regarding Facebook’s involvement with Cambridge Analytics, as well as an investigation into CA itself.

Do not support S.2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which passed the Senate. We are only a decade out from the 2008 economic crisis, and several months out from the Wells Fargo banking crisis. Wall Street and the banking industry have clearly demonstrated time and again, they need the regulations that were put into place by Dodd-Frank and the Volcker rule. Rolling back many of the safeguards implemented by Dodd-Frank, including those outlined in Section 401 may temporarily help banks now, but would also create a climate that might very well lead to another financial crisis in the future. Vote NO.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 2-15-2018

Today’s letters aren’t long. I included a section on DACA, but there’s only one thing I wanted to talk about today: gun control. Enough is enough.

As always, check out It’s Time to Fight for scripts and information.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I demand that you sign onto Senator Feinstein’s Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act (S 1916), Assault Weapons Ban (S. 2095) and Senator Murphy’s Background Check Expansion Act (S. 2009) if you have not done so already. The latest mass shooting in Florida is a reminder that gun violence is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. We need gun control reform, and these three bills will help begin to address the gun violence we are seeing almost weekly now. The Senate has it in their power to help reduce firearms access to those who would cause the general public harm. Please act immediately.

I ask that you vote NO on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The bill would potentially put law enforcement and the general public at risk, including allowing individuals from states with laxer gun laws, the ability to carry those firearms in states with stricter requirements. This could potentially cause genuine problems for public safety. Please do not support this bill. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) can be fixed separately from this bill.

I demand that you work with your colleagues to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers this week. I will accept nothing less and will remember whatever decisions you choose to make. Since the Trump administration announced the end of DACA, more than 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation. 850 more lose it every week. We need action NOW, especially as Leader McConnell wants the immigration debate to end this week. Now the bipartisan budget bill is out of the way, we demand you take the promises you made in the lead-up to that vote seriously, and figure out a solution for DACA. Please take this seriously.

It is unconscionable that thousands of people are dying every year in this country because of gun violence and our legislatures–specifically the GOP–refuse to do anything about it. Background checks, bans on bump stocks, magazine capacity limitations, more funding, research, and resources for the programs that deal with mental health, and counteracting toxic masculinity are all important parts to solving this problem. No solution will be fool proof, but doing nothing while our children crouch trembling in classrooms and closets for “lock-down” drills is the opposite of a solution: it is death sentence for those unlucky enough to be in the path of the next person with a gun and a grudge.

Please make doing something about this situation a priority.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I demand that you support Senator Feinstein’s Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act (S 1916), Assault Weapons Ban (S. 2095) and Senator Murphy’s Background Check Expansion Act (S. 2009) should either of them make their way to the House or start a similar bill of your own if your not too much of a coward to do it. The latest mass shooting in Florida is a reminder that gun violence is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. We need gun control reform, and these three bills will help begin to address the gun violence we are seeing almost weekly now.

I demand that you work with your colleagues, to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers this week. I will accept nothing less, and will remember whatever decisions you chooses to make. Since the Trump administration announced the end of DACA, more than 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation. 850 more lose it every week. We need action NOW, especially as Leader McConnell wants the immigration debate to end this week.

I urge you to vote NO on HR 620, when it comes to the floor for a vote. HR620 upends a key provision of the ADA by preventing people with disabilities from immediately going to court to enforce their right and to press for timely removal of the barrier that impedes access. HR 620 also removes any incentive for businesses to comply proactively with the ADA. I demand that you do not support a law that actively discriminates against those with disabilities.

It is unconscionable that thousands of people are dying every year in this country because of gun violence and our legislatures–specifically the GOP–refuse to do anything about it. Background checks, bans on bump stocks, magazine capacity limitations, more funding, research, and resources for the programs that deal with mental health, and counteracting toxic masculinity are all important parts to solving this problem. No solution will be fool proof, but doing nothing while our children crouch trembling in classrooms and closets for “lock-down” drills is the opposite of a solution: it is death sentence for those unlucky enough to be in the path of the next person with a gun and a grudge.

Please make doing something about this situation a priority.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 2-7-2018

Here are today’s letters:

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you do what you can to bring the DREAM Act to the floor. The GOP has less than 2 days to prove they’re not posturing about DACA and that they are truly committed to helping the young people who were brought here and are currently enrolled in DACA. DACA recipients pay about $2 billion in taxes every year, contribute to the economy, and so with the full knowledge that they are ineligible for certain things like ACA coverage. Though I’d also like to point out that their contribution is irrelevant in my opinion as they were brought here as children through no decision of their own and this has become their home and it is the right and moral thing to do to give them a path to citizenship.

I ask that you take a stand against John Kelley’s abhorrent remarks referring to Dreamers as lazy. It is inappropriate for a member of the administration to make such remarks, and patently false.

I ask that you push for the Senate to consider disaster funding for Puerto Rico. The House passed H.R. 4667 in December, allocating a needed $81 billion to Puerto Rico, and it is inexcusable that the Senate has yet to also vote in support of the bill. I would also like to protest FEMA’s decision to end food and water aid to Puerto Rico. Approximately 20% of the island still does not have electricity, and access to fundamental utilities and needs. The island is still very much in a recovery stage, and it is too early to try and shift the focus to long-term development. I am also appalled to learn that a contracts were awarded to supply food packets to Puerto Rico and they were not fully met. If this is true I demand the government take action to get that food to Puerto Ricans who desperately need it.

I ask that you do everything in your power to support funding for community health centers around the country. These health centers serve 1 out of every 12 people and are an essential part of our community framework. Please find a concrete solution to provide funding for these centers.

I ask that you support the bipartisan legislation introduced to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation. The bills written by Senators Graham/Booker (S. 1735) and Senators Tillis/Coons (S. 1741) and their House equivalents (H.R. 3654/H.R. 4669) are all essential to protecting the integrity of the Mueller investigation particularly given the reports that Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June of 2017. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller’s work, and want to let him do his work. If that’s true then pass the legislation introduced to by bipartisan members in the House and the Senate to protect his work.

I demand the Senate address Trump’s announcement that he does not plan to enforce Russian sanctions. The argument that the “threat itself is a deterrent” is ridiculous and another example of an administration that is unwilling to take a firm stance against the Russian government. Given that the congressional sanctions received firm bipartisan support – including enough votes for a veto-proof majority – this is again another example of the Trump Administration taking a soft stance on Russia, for reasons that are beyond understanding at this point. I demand that you take whatever action possible to protect against this move. This is an action that will only embolden Russia while continuing to harm our national interests.

I would like to express my concerns regarding a story published in the Washington Post re: Victor Cha’s ambassadorship to the ROK. The story suggests that Cha was taken out of contention when he objected to a limited strike on North Korea. I am calling to reiterate my opposition to any form of limited strike against North Korea, and would reiterate that it is important to work on diplomacy versus aggressive action.

I oppose Trump’s changes to Medicaid and the new criteria that states can now add work requirements. The justification that work requirements will help Medicaid recipients live longer/become more productive members of society is based on flawed reasoning; many are already working. Those who are not have legitimate reasons for doing so. These work requirements are also not clearly thought out; there is no specific logic for how they would be enacted, nor the resources for the states to make it happen.

I oppose Secretary Zinke’s decision to open up our coasts to offshore drilling. Please oppose this in whatever way you can.

I protest Trump’s decision to enact tariffs against the solar panel industry and washing machines that are made abroad. This is a damaging decision, particularly to the solar industry, which is still growing and developing in states across the USA. There have been projections this decision could potentially cost the US thousands of jobs. I understand you can’t reverse these tariffs, but I expect you to vigorously protest them and to think of a solution that does not damage our solar industry.

I also ask that you support the SECURE Act. It’s a needed protection for those that cannot return to their countries of origin because it could very well cost them their lives. Please act to protect these people.

Vote NO on Jim Bridenstein’s nomination for NASA Director.

Continue to vote for Net Neutrality. I am happy you have 50 votes but please continue to fight for more.

Please speak out against the reported decision trump has made to have a military parade. I do not believe that this is something that a stable, peaceful democracy does. it is saber rattling and childish and more on par for the likes of Kim Jung Un than a sitting president of the USA. It is an embarrassment and a sign that Trump is moving this nation closer and closer to authoritarianism, aggression, and isolationism in the sense that we will consider America’s interests and nothing else.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

Just your reminder that I will be reminding all of your constituents this year that you are opposed to the healthcare they need, opposed to Net Neutrality to keep their internet equal for all, and have supported Trump in everything he has done. And yes, your lack of coming forth to oppose him on anything is also support. Hopefully they will show you how they feel about all of this in November.

I would like to protest House Intelligence Committee’s partisan decision to release the Nunes memo. It’s a blatantly partisan decision designed to undercut Robert Mueller’s investigations, and a move that will also cause controversy and challenges with the Department of Justice. The very fact that the GOP members of the committee chose to invoke a rule that has never been used in the panel’s 40 year history to make this happen is evidence itself that this is a reckless move. I ask that you condemn the actions of your colleagues and make it clear to your constituents where you stand on this issue. I also demand that the House push the Trump Administration to release the Democratic answer to the memo. The House Intelligence Committee has voted to release the memo and it is the correct move.

I demand the House address Trump’s announcement that he does not plan to enforce Russian sanctions. The argument that the “threat itself is a deterrent” is ridiculous and another example of an administration that is unwilling to take a firm stance against the Russian government. Given that the congressional sanctions received firm bipartisan support – including enough votes for a veto-proof majority – this is again another example of the Trump Administration taking a soft stance on Russia, for reasons that are beyond understanding at this point. I demand that you take whatever action possible to protect against this move. This is an action that will only embolden Russia while continuing to harm our national interests.

I ask that you support the bipartisan legislation introduced to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation. The bills written by Senators Graham/Booker (S. 1735) and Senators Tillis/Coons (S. 1741) and their House equivalents (H.R. 3654/H.R. 4669) are all essential to protecting the integrity of the Mueller investigation particularly given the reports that Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June of 2017. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller’s work, and want to let him do his work. If that’s true then pass the legislation introduced to by bipartisan members in the House and the Senate to protect his work.

I would like to express my concerns regarding a story published in the Washington Post re: Victor Cha’s ambassadorship to the ROK. The story suggests that Cha was taken out of contention when he objected to a limited strike on North Korea. I am calling to reiterate my opposition to any form of limited strike against North Korea, and would reiterate that it is important to work on diplomacy versus aggressive action.

I ask that you support the DREAM and SECURE Acts and vote YES if they should come to the floor. We still urgently need a clean DREAM Act; there has been no legislative movement to help Dreamers since the summer of 2017. They are running out of options and out of time. Please act quickly.

I also ask that you support the SECURE Act. It’s a needed protection for those that cannot return to their countries of origin because it could very well cost them their lives. Please act to protect these people.

I am appalled that FEMA is withdrawing aid from Puerto Rico and that then Senate hasn’t approved the $81 billion aid package the House passed in December. These are Americans whose lives hang in the balance because of a government that has forgotten about them and probably never cared about them in the first place. We need to help Puerto Rico, and not just because of the hurricanes, but also because they are a neglected part of the United States that has been passed over for too long.

I oppose Trump’s changes to Medicaid and the new criteria that states can now add work requirements. The justification that work requirements will help Medicaid recipients live longer/become more productive members of society is based on flawed reasoning; many are already working. Those who are not have legitimate reasons for doing so. These work requirements are also not clearly thought out; there is no specific logic for how they would be enacted, nor the resources for the states to make it happen.

I oppose Secretary Zinke’s decision to open up our coasts to offshore drilling. Please oppose this in whatever way you can.

I protest Trump’s decision to enact tariffs against the solar panel industry and washing machines that are made abroad. This is a damaging decision, particularly to the solar industry, which is still growing and developing in states across the USA. There have been projections this decision could potentially cost the US thousands of jobs. I understand you can’t reverse these tariffs, but I expect you to vigorously protest them and to think of a solution that does not damage our solar industry.

I oppose the FCC’s change to Net Neutrality and ask that you do everything you can to reinstate it. I know that you won’t, but I am letting you know how I feel about that stance.

I ask that you do everything in your power to support funding for community health centers around the country. These health centers serve 1 out of every 12 people and are an essential part of our community framework. Please find a concrete solution to provide funding for these centers.

Please speak out against the reported decision trump has made to have a military parade. I do not believe that this is something that a stable, peaceful democracy does. it is saber rattling and childish and more on par for the likes of Kim Jung Un than a sitting president of the USA. It is an embarrassment and a sign that Trump is moving this nation closer and closer to authoritarianism, aggression, and isolationism in the sense that we will consider America’s interests and nothing else.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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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

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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