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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Keep writing and calling your electeds. We still have 1077 days left in the Trump Administration and it’s going to take all of us continuing to fight to stop him from eroding our democracy beyond repair.

Letters to My Representatives 2-1-2018

So I save all of my letters to my reps in a word doc and it looks like in 2017 I wrote 91 pages of letters to them comprising 43,445 words. Which is actually a little misleading since I send my Senators the same letter for the most part so I don’t keep a copy of most. That means I probably sent 65,167 words last year. That’s a novel!

2018 will probably be a little less since I was writing every few days in the beginning and now I just stick to once a week. But that also doesn’t include the phone calls I’ve made on time sensitive issues. Anyway, that’s a lot of words. But we have to keep up this momentum so we don’t get dragged down by the Trump Administration.

Here are today’s letters. They’re long today. There is a lot going on! Remember to visit It’s Time to Fight for scripts and info. My letters are generated from scripts available on their site. Keep up the good work and feel free to sue my letters to create your own.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

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 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.

Vote NO on Jim Bridenstein’s nomination to head NASA.

Please continue to use your position to fight for Net Neutrality.

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.

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 the House Intelligence Committee’s partisan decision to release the Nunes Memo. It’s a blatantly partisan decision designed to undercut Robert Mueller’s investigation, and a move that will also cause controversy and challenges within the Department of Justice. The very fact that the GOP members of the committee chose to invoke a rule that has never used in the panel’s 40 year history to make this happen is evidence itself that this is a reckless move. I call on you to take a public stand against this rushed, reckless move. Condemn the actions of your colleagues and make it clear to your constituents where you stand on this issue. At the very least ask for a full conference discussion of this issue in advance of any release. You must protect the interests of government and the separation of powers.

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.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 1-25-2018

Here are today’s letters. I was so busy yesterday I just didn’t have the opportunity to write them, so they’re a day late. I do have some plans for writing related posts in the near future just as soon as I can get the revision of my WIP to a spot where I can tolerate letting anyone else see it!

Don’t forget to visit It’s Time to Fight for information on what to call your representatives about!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Please do not support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Act. There is no conclusive evidence that a 20 week old fetus can feel pain and therefore the “scientific” basis of this bill is unfounded. If the Republicans would like to fund more research on whether a fetus can feel pain I would support that. But until then I do not support the GOP attempt to ban abortions past 20 weeks.

Thank you for working to gain an extension for CHIP funding and please work to make sure that it doesn’t just run out again in 6 years creating this crisis all over again.

I ask that you work diligently to get a clean DREAM Act passed. It is imperative that those people brought here as children have a path to citizenship.

Thank you for voting NO for Alex Azar’s appointment to the HHS.

I am opposed to Trump’s proposal to place a work requirement on Medicaid benefits. Please do not support this policy suggestion.

I oppose Sec. Zinke’s move to open up our coast lines to more offshore oil drilling. Please do not support this policy.

I am opposed to the Trump tariff that would affect the solar industry. He is intentionally cutting jobs in an industry just because he doesn’t like them. I believe this is because he dislikes President Obama so much he wants to undo everything he stood for. Please stand against this move that will cost American jobs and will set the solar industry back. We need clean, renewable energy and hampering that industry while negatively affect the environment and the economy.

Please support the SECURE Act. We need to protect Salvadorians and Haitians and others who come to this country seeking security from threats in their countries of origin.

Please vote NO on Jim Bridenstein’s nomination to head NASA.

Please do what you can to protect Net Neutrality and convince your colleagues to support this much needed protection for the internet and its users.

Please support funding for community health centers and do all in your power to make sure these much need services are given the funding to continue to serve the most vulnerable of our society.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I ask that you work diligently to get a clean DREAM Act passed. It is imperative that those people brought here as children have a path to citizenship.

I am opposed to Trump’s proposal to place a work requirement on Medicaid benefits. Please do not support this policy suggestion.

I oppose Sec. Zinke’s move to open up our coast lines to more offshore oil drilling. Please do not support this policy.

I am opposed to the Trump tariff that would affect the solar industry. He is intentionally cutting jobs in an industry just because he doesn’t like them. I believe this is because he dislikes President Obama so much he wants to undo everything he stood for. Please stand against this move that will cost American jobs and will set the solar industry back. We need clean, renewable energy and hampering that industry while negatively affect the environment and the economy.

Please support the SECURE Act. We need to protect Salvadorians and Haitians and others who come to this country seeking security from threats in their countries of origin.

I oppose the removal of Net Neutrality. I know you support it and I will be sure to remind your constituents of that and what it can mean for them in 2018.

Please support funding for community health centers and do all in your power to make sure these much need services are given the funding to continue to serve the most vulnerable of our society.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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 1-10-2018

Here are today’s letters. They’re a little short as I have been a bit distracted over the holidays from the news cycle, and the director of the It’s Time to Fight website has been involved in a cross country move and hasn’t been able to update the site! So here are the couple of things that she has posted on her Twitter page and a few I have thought of.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

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

I do not support Trump’s decision to begin deportation of 200,000 Salvadorians and 60,000 Haitians, removing their protected status in this country. Please stand up and support these disadvantaged people so they may stay protected in this country.

Please help to find and support a solution for Dreamers in this country and support a clean Dream Act.

Please support Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and increase funding for the people there who need electricity, food, water, and medical aid.

I am horrified over Trump’s comments and taunting with Kim Jung Un via Twitter concerning nuclear weapons and his “button”. Not only is this unbecoming of a president, it is dangerous.

I am disgusted by Trump’s plans to award “Fake News” awards. Not only is this unbecoming of a president, it is embarrassing to this nation, and quite frankly he has a job to do. It is wholly inappropriate for him to be taking time to do this and most importantly, it goes against everything the Constitution was written for. It is examples of his authoritarian leanings and wishes to stifle and suppress the free press.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I am looking forward to reminding your voters come 2018 elections that you support the repeal of the ACA, the GOP Tax Scam, and repeal of Net Neutrality.

I want you to support the Senate resolution on Net Neutrality. Polling suggests that 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of net neutrality, and support of the resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t single-handedly decided by five people. Please do what you can to bring this issue to the House floor for a vote.

I do not support Trump’s decision to begin deportation of 200,000 Salvadorians and 60,000 Haitians, removing their protected status in this country. Please stand up and support these disadvantaged people so they may stay protected in this country.

Please help to find and support a solution for Dreamers in this country and support a clean Dream Act.

Please support Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and increase funding for the people there who need electricity, food, water, and medical aid.

I am horrified over Trump’s comments and taunting with Kim Jung Un via Twitter concerning nuclear weapons and his “button”. Not only is this unbecoming of a president, it is dangerous.

I am disgusted by Trump’s plans to award “Fake News” awards. Not only is this unbecoming of a president, it is embarrassing to this nation, and quite frankly he has a job to do. It is wholly inappropriate for him to be taking time to do this and most importantly, it goes against everything the Constitution was written for. It is examples of his authoritarian leanings and wishes to stifle and suppress the free press.

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: 11-16-2017

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

Dear Senator Stabenow,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I want you to vote NO to the House’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Not only does it not have bipartisan support, the bill will also increase our national debt by $1.5 trillion dollars. Furthermore, the bill will largely hurt the individual tax payer, with changes to the property tax deduction, changes to business taxes, while concurrently benefiting corporations and the wealthy, including cut and elimination of previous taxes. I know you will vote for it anyway, since you vote party lines every time, but I will be certain to remind your constituents not only that you voted for this, but also to take away their health insurance numerous times. They have the right to know, and I will be happy to remind them, that you have voted against their best interests and for tax cuts for the rich time and time again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives: 11-8-2017

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

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Dear Senator Stabenow,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin