Letters To My Representatives 4-19-2017

Good morning, fellow Resistance! Here is my letter for today! All three of my reps received the same one. Be sure to call/email/fax your own reps and check out It’s Time To Fight for more info!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Good morning!

I would like to express concern that Trump called Erdogan and congratulated him on winning the referendum that awards Erdogan more power. This is a slide into a dictatorship for Turkey and it is very disturbing that Trump is congratulating another leader on acquiring more power. It also means we need to be very careful in curtailing Trump’s own power and guaranteeing that he doesn’t make a power grab in anyway.

I realize that our influence over this is limited, but I want to express strong condemnation over the reports that gay men are being held and tortured in camps in Chechnya. If this is true, it is a heinous crime and we need to speak out against it, and potentially do something about it.

I am very concerned about the developments in our relationship with North Korea. Mainly that Trump is in charge of our response and he has thus far proven himself to be ineffectual, reactive, and a liar. We cannot trust him. I don’t know what you or any elected official can do about this, but as a citizen, I fear to have that man in charge if any military operation.

Concerning the North Korean developments, I’d like to know how Trump can say he is deploying the USS Carl Vinson in an offensive maneuver against NK, but really it was heading to the Indian Ocean. How does our government lose track and/or not have their story straight on a carrier strike group? If it was a ruse, is this responsible governance to potentially spark an international incident? How horrifying for the families of those serving on those ships to think Trump was sending them into a volatile situation when really they were going to practice maneuvers. And what is the end game? Trump has no plan. He is reactionary and irrational. Does he want a regime change or for the DPRK to reduce their nuclear efforts? He’s made no coherent statements.

I am concerned that Stephen Miller has been tasked with working on women’s issues. To start with, he’s not female, so why is Trump placing a man in charge of women’s issues? Also, Miller has expressed a disbelief in the pay gap, argued against paid family leave, and has no experience working with women’s issues. This continuing absence of women from Trump’s administration and the role of men in deciding things for women is not just troubling, it’s downright criminal. We are going backward and I for one have no wish to live in the 1950’s.

I have concerns over the Buy American, Hire American EO Trump signed. While I can see some benefits, I think the prevailing mindset that we should only look at American products and people puts us into the position of becoming less competitive in the global market. We make ourselves better and more competitive by absorbing the best into our system. If we continue with this nationalistic and isolationist approach we will fall behind the rest of the world. America First is a policy for the past. We are a global community and need to act like it.

I oppose any measures to repeal, defund, or end the ACA. Please continue to work to support the ACA, as well as propose measures to fix some of its problems, because it is of course not perfect.

I am concerned about the cutting of federal jobs. While eliminating redundancy and making departments more efficient is a good thing and needed, I am concerned that our government is going to be running short handed and under-funded. This may be Trump’s plan, to make our government work less well so he can point out the problems and declare he needs more power to make things run better, so we need to be extremely vigilant in preventing him from doing this.

I am opposed to Devos rolling back Obama-era guidelines on student loans. Taking away these protections do not help our students.

I will continue to call for a bipartisan commission to investigate Trump and his campaign and their ties to Russia, both financially and during the campaign. I demand a full investigation into all of Trump’s surrogates and himself.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 4-12-2017

Here are today’s letter! For personal reasons, I am cutting back to one letter a week, so they’ll be pretty full of everything I want to say. I planned on continuing three letters a week for a while longer, but that’s just not sustainable right now. Please continue to write your own letters and make phone calls. It is our civic duty to participate in our government. We can no longer trust our electeds to do this job without our input. We never should have in the first place.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I oppose Trump’s possible proposal to cut the payroll tax. More money in our pockets in the short term will be detrimental to the Social Security/Medicare pool in the long term.

I oppose Sessions ordering the end of the forensic science commission. Though forensic science has never been perfect, with regulation it could make a huge positive impact and this sets the field back.

I am very concerned about Pruitt’s decision to postpone decisions about banning the use of chlorpyrifos until 2022. If this is a harmful substance, and studies have shown that it is, we need to rethink our use of it now before it does more damage to people and the environment.

Please stand with Obama’s agreement with the auto industry on fuel efficiency standards. We need to move in the direction of environmental responsibility, decrease fuel use, and keep up with progress in technology. If there are better ways to do this, I am acceptable to altering the agreement, but we need to always be moving toward a better future, not short term gains for right now.

I am opposed to increasing offshore oil drilling as Trump is preparing an EO on this. We need to be investing in alternative and renewable sources of energy, not increasing our dependency on oil and damaging the environment in the process.

I am opposed to Trump cutting regulations on smog limits. We need to improve quality of the air in cities and around the world to reduce health risks and improve quality of life. Reducing smog limits will be detrimental to both these concerns.

I am opposed to cuts for the Lead risk Reduction Program. These cuts will place more people in danger, prolonging the dangerous effects previous lead use has had on our country.

I am greatly concerned with Trump’s foreign policy approach, especially when we are talking about North Korea and Syria. He appears to have no actual plan or strategy and is just reacting with whatever pops into his head at the moment. What is our end game in North Korea and Syria? Are we looking to achieve a regime change? What would that strategy look like and how would it be achieved? Does the end game involve reduction in North Korea’s nuclear efforts? Are we coordinating with Japan, South Korea and China in regards to North Korea? Trump’s haphazard approach and frankly dangerous temperament make me gravely concerned for these situations and the millions of people who could be affected.

I have concerns about Trump’s military strike on Syria. I am not opposed to bomb strikes on Assad targets, especially in retaliation to the chemical attacks on innocent civilians, but Trump’s approach seems sporadic and driven by emotion, not policy or strategy. Not to mention ineffectual and possibly driven by a desire to distance himself from the idea that he is in Putin’s pocket. How do you plan to address moves going forward? How will you require Trump to get Congressional approval of major military action in the future? What is the end game here? Regime change? How would we achieve this while protecting the lives of Syrians, limiting the numbers of American troops on the ground, and preventing ISIS from taking control? I don’t believe Trump has a comprehensive plan going forward and I look to Congress to hold him accountable and propose strategic moves. Also, I know you are against the ban of Syrian refugees, but please continue to be vocal about this. The idea that Trump and Ivanka were “heartbroken” over the deaths of Syrian children due to a chemical attack but couldn’t care less if we do our part in the international community by assisting refugees is both hypocritical and ludicrous.

Please strongly oppose the latest GOP effort to repeal or weaken the ACA.

I oppose Trump’s defunding of the UN Family Planning Agency and their lies to justify it. We need to stand strongly against the GOP and their continued attacks on the poorest and most vulnerable people. It is time that Conservatism be disassociated from Christianity, because the Christianity I know is about helping the weak, not punishing them for being so.

I oppose Sessions review of the Justice Department’s review of Police reform. I ask that you question the point of these challenges and condemn the effectiveness of these reviews if necessary. Police reform will protect everyone, civilian and police, and are needed to make our streets safer.

I have asked repeatedly and will say it again: I demand an independent commission to investigate Trump and his ties to Russia, both financially and through the campaign, including many of his surrogates like Manafort, Kushner, Flynn, Sessions, and more. The American people deserve to know the truth and I do not trust a GOP congress to conduct this investigation, especially with Nunes’ already questionable actions.

I ask you to condemn the removal of LGBTQIA from the census. It is important to know where need is present so we can allocate resources effectively.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I oppose Trump’s possible proposal to cut the payroll tax. More money in our pockets in the short term will be detrimental to the Social Security/Medicare pool in the long term.

I oppose Sessions ordering the end of the forensic science commission. Though forensic science has never been perfect, with regulation it could make a huge positive impact and this sets the field back.

I am very concerned about Pruitt’s decision to postpone decisions about banning the use of chlorpyrifos until 2022. If this is a harmful substance, and studies have shown that it is, we need to rethink our use of it now before it does more damage to people and the environment.

Please stand with Obama’s agreement with the auto industry on fuel efficiency standards. We need to move in the direction of environmental responsibility, decrease fuel use, and keep up with progress in technology. If there are better ways to do this, I am acceptable to altering the agreement, but we need to always be moving toward a better future, not short term gains for right now.

I am opposed to increasing offshore oil drilling as Trump is preparing an EO on this. We need to be investing in alternative and renewable sources of energy, not increasing our dependency on oil and damaging the environment in the process.

I am opposed to Trump cutting regulations on smog limits. We need to improve quality of the air in cities and around the world to reduce health risks and improve quality of life. Reducing smog limits will be detrimental to both these concerns.

I am opposed to cuts for the Lead risk Reduction Program. These cuts will place more people in danger, prolonging the dangerous effects previous lead use has had on our country.

I am greatly concerned with Trump’s foreign policy approach, especially when we are talking about North Korea and Syria. He appears to have no actual plan or strategy and is just reacting with whatever pops into his head at the moment. What is our end game in North Korea and Syria? Are we looking to achieve a regime change? What would that strategy look like and how would it be achieved? Does the end game involve reduction in North Korea’s nuclear efforts? Are we coordinating with Japan, South Korea and China in regards to North Korea? Trump’s haphazard approach and frankly dangerous temperament make me gravely concerned for these situations and the millions of people who could be affected.

I have concerns about Trump’s military strike on Syria. I am not opposed to bomb strikes on Assad targets, especially in retaliation to the chemical attacks on innocent civilians, but Trump’s approach seems sporadic and driven by emotion, not policy or strategy. Not to mention ineffectual and possibly driven by a desire to distance himself from the idea that he is in Putin’s pocket. How do you plan to address moves going forward? How will you require Trump to get Congressional approval of major military action in the future? What is the end game here? Regime change? How would we achieve this while protecting the lives of Syrians, limiting the numbers of American troops on the ground, and preventing ISIS from taking control? I don’t believe Trump has a comprehensive plan going forward and I look to Congress to hold him accountable and propose strategic moves. I strongly oppose the ban of Syrian refugees. The idea that Trump and Ivanka were “heartbroken” over the deaths of Syrian children due to a chemical attack but couldn’t care less if we do our part in the international community by assisting refugees is both hypocritical and ludicrous.

I strongly oppose the latest GOP effort to repeal or weaken the ACA.

I oppose Trump’s defunding of the UN Family Planning Agency and his lies to justify it. I am against the continued GOP attacks against the most vulnerable people. It is time that Conservatism be disassociated from Christianity, because the Christianity I know is about helping the weak, not punishing them for being so.

I oppose Sessions review of the Justice Department’s review of Police reform. I ask that you question the point of these challenges and condemn the effectiveness of these reviews if necessary. Police reform will protect everyone, civilian and police, and are needed to make our streets safer.

I have asked repeatedly and will say it again: I demand an independent commission to investigate Trump and his ties to Russia, both financially and through the campaign, including many of his surrogates like Manafort, Kushner, Flynn, Sessions, and more. The American people deserve to know the truth and I do not trust a GOP congress to conduct this investigation, especially with Nunes’ already questionable actions.

I ask you to condemn the removal of LGBTQIA from the census. It is important to know where need is present so we can allocate resources effectively.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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Letters to My Representatives 4-6-2017

Today’s letter is loooong. We’re on vacation and I know it’s the only one I’m going to have time for. I wrote all three reps, though this is the one for Senator Stabenow. But all three were mostly the same, so no need to post them all. Please consider writing/calling/faxing your reps once a week. it may not seem like it odes much, but our combined voices are important to influence our democracy.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Thank you for voting NO on Gorsuch. Please continue to fight against the changing of the rules to allow for a simple majority to approve Supreme Court picks.

I am deeply disturbed at the lack of US response or inappropriate response to the chemical attacks on civilians in Syria, the refugee crisis, as well as the threat of unprecedented famine and drought around the world. We are approaching an attitude of isolationism which is morally wrong, detrimental to our country and impossible as we are becoming a global society and affect others with our actions whether we choose to or not. Please take a stand that our government needs to be a global leader in helping the less fortunate in this world.

We need to be accepting more refugees, not less. We need to take a firm stance against Assad, the use of chemical warfare, as well as Putin. We need for the US to push Russia to sign off on the UN Security Council resolution. We need to do more!

I do not support cuts to the Lead Risk Reduction Program.

Please stand against the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal and undermine the ACA. I do not support the idea of high risk groups that place an unsustainable burden on the most vulnerable. We are attacking and punishing the very people who need our help the most.

I ask you to protest Trump’s defunding the UN Family Planning Agency. He continually targets the most vulnerable groups of people and it’s time we held the GOP accountable for not caring about the least among us.

Please protest Trump’s changes and/or proposed changes to use of force rules. This could lead to more civilian deaths, which in itself is heinous, but will also lead to increased hatred of Americans and potential backlash and increased attacks and fighting.

Please challenge Session’s review of the Justice Department’s review of Police Reform. We need police reform to address the systemic racism and violence that permeates our police forces nationwide and increase safety for our officers as well as decrease the instances of death to our civilians.

Please speak out in defense of sanctuary cities.

I DEMAND as a US citizen an independent commission to investigate Trump and his Russian ties. We need a full investigation into Trump, his financial ties, his campaign ties, Flynn, Sessions, Manafort, Kuchner and many more and their ties and interactions with Russians and their surrogates during the campaign. We deserve to know the complete truth on this matter.

I want to know why LGBTQIA people were removed from the census and what can be done about it. We need data to target need in certain communities and the lack of this data will be detrimental to the US for generations to come.

I want to know why Sessions has not been held accountable for lying under oath. Please seek appropriate action to make sure that this happens.

Please continue to find ways to protect Dreamers. We have an obligation to help children who were brought here as children and have grown up as Americans most of their life. They are a part of our communities and we need to provide protections for them.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Visit It’s Time to Fight for more ideas, scripts and information. I’ts important to be armed with facts!

Letters to My Representatives 3-30-2017

I did write a letter to Representative Paul Mitchell on Tuesday, but in a weird Copy/Paste mishap I lost it. I know, who can’t copy and paste correctly? But alas, it is gone into the ether. So here are all three letters I’ve written today. They are each a bit redundant, but I thought I would share as each is a little different based on what the Senator or Rep has done or already supported. Plus each voting body has different concerns, so the House Rep doesn’t need to hear about Gorsuch’s nomination as they don’t vote on him.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask you to vote NO on HJ Res 43.

Thank you for publicly declaring you don’t support Gorsuch’s nomination. I support you in this decision. NO Trump appointees should be confirmed for anything until his involvement with Russia during the election is cleared up.

If HR 1431 makes it to the Senate, please vote NO.

I do not support the exclusion of LGBTQIA from the census. I want to know how this decision was made and who is responsible. We need this information to track need, size and allocation issues. Please speak out against this and help to find a solution to this problem.

I call again for an independent bipartisan investigation into all of Trump’s ties to Russia, including financial and during the campaign and including investigations into Flynn, Manafort, Sessions, Kushner and all his surrogates with Russian connections. It is imperative that the American people be given a full understanding of what transpired as well as put a halt to the Trump presidency until this matter is cleared up.

I want the issue of Trump’s conflicts of interest to be addressed. Though there are many, specifically I want the money that is going into Trump’s pockets directly from tax payers (use of trump Tower, Mar-a-Lago, Trump airlines) to be addressed. Trump should not be making money off the presidency and it a disgusting and egregious violation that this is happening.

I ask you to strongly oppose Trump’s EO regarding environmental protections. I am disgusted that our environment and the state of the planet means so little to this administration.

I encourage you to strongly oppose Trump’s proposed budget. Trump’s proposed budget focuses too much on hard power options like defense spending, and cuts too much from essential programs that help serve Americans domestically, and internationally. I strongly believe that by eliminating funding that contributes to programs like Meals on Wheels, coastal research programs that help the government determine the movement of inclement weather, grants for after school programs and teacher training, and counterterrorism programs from the Department of Homeland Security, we are weakening our nation. Moreover, by reducing funding to programs with international ramifications like the UN Peacekeeping programs, we are lessening our influence on the global stage.

I urge you to speak out against Trump’s nepotism including Kushner and Ivanka in the White House. Neither has any government experience and Kushner especially is getting heavy responsibilities I do not feel he is qualified for.

I also encourage you to call for an investigation into Sessions perjury in front of Senate Judiciary committee. It is horrifying that this is being allowed to be swept under the rug. He is supposed to be the Attorney General of the US and he LIED under oath. This is not acceptable.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Senator Peters,

Thank you for standing with Planned Parenthood. I saw your Tweet on yesterday and appreciate you standing for health care for women.

I ask you to vote NO on HJ Res 43.

Thank you for publicly declaring you don’t support Gorsuch’s nomination. I support you in this decision. NO Trump appointees should be confirmed for anything until his involvement with Russia during the election is cleared up.

If HR 1431 makes it to the Senate, please vote NO.

I do not support the exclusion of LGBTQIA from the census. I want to know how this decision was made and who is responsible. We need this information to track need, size and allocation issues. Please speak out against this and help to find a solution to this problem.

I thank you for calling for an independent bipartisan investigation into all of Trump’s ties to Russia, including financial and during the campaign and including investigations into Flynn, Manafort, Sessions, Kushner and all his surrogates with Russian connections. It is imperative that the American people be given a full understanding of what transpired as well as put a halt to the Trump presidency until this matter is cleared up. Please continue to demand this happens.

I want the issue of Trump’s conflicts of interest to be addressed. Though there are many, specifically I want the money that is going into Trump’s pockets directly from tax payers (use of trump Tower, Mar-a-Lago, Trump airlines) to be addressed. Trump should not be making money off the presidency and it a disgusting and egregious violation that this is happening.

I ask you to strongly oppose Trump’s EO regarding environmental protections. I am disgusted that our environment and the state of the planet means so little to this administration. Thank you for already expressing your strong support for science and the environment.

I encourage you to strongly oppose Trump’s proposed budget. Trump’s proposed budget focuses too much on hard power options like defense spending, and cuts too much from essential programs that help serve Americans domestically, and internationally. I strongly believe that by eliminating funding that contributes to programs like Meals on Wheels, coastal research programs that help the government determine the movement of inclement weather, grants for after school programs and teacher training, and counterterrorism programs from the Department of Homeland Security, we are weakening our nation. Moreover, by reducing funding to programs with international ramifications like the UN Peacekeeping programs, we are lessening our influence on the global stage.

I urge you to speak out against Trump’s nepotism including Kushner and Ivanka in the White House. Neither has any government experience and Kushner especially is getting heavy responsibilities I do not feel he is qualified for.

I also encourage you to call for an investigation into Sessions perjury in front of Senate Judiciary committee. It is horrifying that this is being allowed to be swept under the rug. He is supposed to be the Attorney General of the US and he LIED under oath. This is not acceptable.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I ask you to vote NO on HR 1431.

I do not support the exclusion of LGBTQIA from the census. I want to know how this decision was made and who is responsible. We need this information to track need, size and allocation issues. Please speak out against this and help to find a solution to this problem.

I call AGAIN for an independent bipartisan investigation into all of Trump’s ties to Russia, including financial and during the campaign and including investigations into Flynn, Manafort, Sessions, Kushner and all his surrogates with Russian connections. It is imperative that the American people be given a full understanding of what transpired as well as put a halt to the Trump presidency until this matter is cleared up.

I want the issue of Trump’s conflicts of interest to be addressed. Though there are many, specifically I want the money that is going into Trump’s pockets directly from tax payers (use of trump Tower, Mar-a-Lago, Trump airlines) to be addressed. Trump should not be making money off the presidency and it a disgusting and egregious violation that this is happening.

I ask you to strongly oppose Trump’s EO regarding environmental protections. I am disgusted that our environment and the state of the planet means so little to this administration.

I encourage you to strongly oppose Trump’s proposed budget. Trump’s proposed budget focuses too much on hard power options like defense spending, and cuts too much from essential programs that help serve Americans domestically, and internationally. I strongly believe that by eliminating funding that contributes to programs like Meals on Wheels, coastal research programs that help the government determine the movement of inclement weather, grants for after school programs and teacher training, and counterterrorism programs from the Department of Homeland Security, we are weakening our nation. Moreover, by reducing funding to programs with international ramifications like the UN Peacekeeping programs, we are lessening our influence on the global stage.

I urge you to speak out against Trump’s nepotism including Kushner and Ivanka in the White House. Neither has any government experience and Kushner especially is getting heavy responsibilities I do not feel he is qualified for.

I also encourage you to call for an investigation into Sessions perjury in front of Senate Judiciary committee. It is horrifying that this is being allowed to be swept under the rug. He is supposed to be the Attorney General of the US and he LIED under oath. This is not acceptable.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Please check out ItsTimeToFight.com for information, call list and scripts! I couldn’t do my letters without them!

Letters to My Representatives 3-24-2017

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

Dear Representative Mitchell,

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

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

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

Have a nice day.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 3-23-2017

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

Dear Senator Stabenow,

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

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

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear representative Mitchell,

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

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

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

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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

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

 

Letters to My Representatives 3-21-2017

Today I sent Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters the same letter, below. Then I wrote a different one to Representative Mitchell.

I also want to share a tidbit from a friend of mine who is a DNC political staffer who talked to a GOP political staffer who is a long time friend. The GOP staffer (obviously not a Trump supporter) indicates that the pressure of phone calls/emails is working. It won’t show success immediately, but the slow relentless pressure of constituents writing/calling and staying engaged is being noticed. It’s hard to see what impact we are having, but we are! Keep it up!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I think in light of the current FBI investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, it is even more important that Gorsuch’s nomination for Supreme Court be put on hold. We should not be subjected to a Supreme Court pick chosen by a potentially illegal president. This seat should have gone to Garland, or at the least he should have gotten hearings and a vote. The GOP’s stance was abhorrent and counter to democracy.

I also demand that there be a full independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia (campaign, finances, potential blackmail) as soon as possible. I am horrified at the GOP’s distractions from this by claiming we need to investigate leaks, not Trump’s potentially illegal activities. We must not back down and allow this to be business as usual. I ask that you demand a commission (much like what we had for 9/11) and that you continue to take a strong stance on this issue.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Mitchell,

In light of Comey’s testimony yesterday, I will once again demand that an independent commission be formed to do a full and comprehensive investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia (financial, campaign, & potential blackmail). I am appalled at the GOP’s responses yesterday to Comey’s testimony. Their concern was not on the potential egregious matter of Trump colluding with Russia, but rather leaks that have let loose information from the White House. That is the equivalent of trying to punish the person who called the fire department when your house is on fire. The American people deserve to know what is going on here and it is Congress’s responsibility to thoroughly investigate. Party before country has got to stop, on both sides of the aisle.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin