Act of Resistance: 6-27-2018

Not going to lie, it’s hard to keep these letters going some days. After SCOTUS decision to uphold the Muslim Ban and siding in favor of the bigoted baker over the gay wedding cake, and knowing no one (okay, a few people) actually read the letters on my blog, and just feeling daily that there’s no winning with these people, it can be hard to continue.

But none of that is why I do it. I write letters because I need to hold my elected representatives accountable. I know they aren’t always going to do what I ask. I know some of them care more about their donors than they do their constituents. I know that GOP reps are NEVER going to listen to me. But if I don’t DO anything, I’m allowing them to operate unhindered. They need to know how we feel about the issues and if enough people speak out, things can change.

Slowly. Too slowly. But change does happen. And it won’t if we just sit around and be mad about it. We have to write, call, protest, run, share information, combat ignorance, and rest.

Rest is important. Last week I didn’t write letters. I did donate to Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages, a drive that’s raising money for RAICES which pays for lawyers and bond money for undocumented immigrants. It’s not much. It’s small. But it’s something. And in this landscape every act of Resistance helps.

And the biggest reason why I post my letters here and other actions is because it helps me when I see others resisting. When I see a bumper sticker or a T-shirt, or a blog post or Tweet it helps me keep going. Every protest brings tears to my eyes. Every community that bands together to stop unjust actions by this administration is balm to my heart.

So keep Resisting, no matter how small your act is. Because we need every single one to win. And we need to see them to keep going!

As always, see I Called My Reps for scripts and info. Most of my words came from these scripts.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I am deeply saddened by SCOTUS decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban. It is a deep scar on the fabric that makes up America and will be regarded in the future to an erroneous decision much as the determination that is was acceptable to inter Japanese citizens during WWII was. Please speak out against this decision and continue to do all in your power to fight for what is morally just in this country.

I ask you to support Senator Feinstein’s Keep Families Together Act. The Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy is only harming families, adding a strain on the system, and causing incalculable emotional and physical damage to many of these young children. The fact that 658 children were taken from 638 parents during a two-week period in May, is unacceptable. This bill would ensure that families would only be separated in the most extreme circumstances, including situations where the child or children were at risk.

I ask that you support the opening of investigations into the DHS’s implementation of their zero tolerance policy for families at the border. Per journalists who are now touring facilites and writing stories about the policy, the practice of separating families is leading to children being jailed in detention facilities w/ limited access to fresh air, parents being arrested when they refuse to be separated from their children, and so many more horrific acts. These are horrific practices that are unacceptable, inhumane and need to be looked into ASAP. I am counting on you to push for investigations questioning these practices, and push for department and policy changes, to eliminate these acts.

I ask that you support Senator Corker’s bill S.3013 to limit the President’s ability to impose tariffs on the basis of national security. Trump’s most recent round of introduced tariffs are negatively impacting trade, international relations, domestic jobs and were justified using measures that were originally introduced for limited use/war time powers. Please support Senator Corker’s bill.

While I agree with the concerns about the efficacy of the UN Human Rights Council, I disagree with the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw entirely. We cannot influence the council’s decisions or stances if we are not part of the discussion. Please condemn Trump’s move in this regard.

Please push for Scott Pruitt’s resignation as director of the EPA. His ethics violations cannot be tolerated and if we do not condemn him now we are setting a precedent for all other officials of his stature in the future.

I ask that you take action on gun legislation stalled in the Senate including Senator Feinstein’s Age 21 Act changing the purchase age for assault weapons, and Senator Murphy’s S.2009\background check expansion act. The continuation of school and other mass shootings is a clear indication that action needs to be taken and taken now! I demand that you move forward with gun legislation and that you encourage your colleagues to do the same. I also ask that you strongly condemn Concealed Carry Reciprocity and vote against it should it come to the Senate floor.

I ask that you support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller as introduced by Senator’s Tillis, Coons, Booker, and Graham.

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

I would like to know how you and the rest of the Senate plan to address continued support for Puerto Rico and recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. I ask that you support hearings and investigations about how this situation could have been handled differently. I would also like to know how the government plans to handle 2018 hurricane efforts. Have things changed so that we do not experience the lax efforts we saw in PR in 2017?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I am deeply saddened by SCOTUS decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban. It is a deep scar on the fabric that makes up America and will be regarded in the future to an erroneous decision much as the determination that is was acceptable to inter Japanese citizens during WWII was. Please speak out against this decision and continue to do all in your power to fight for what is morally just in this country.

I would like to voice my opposition to the Farm Bill, in its current form. Forcing work requirements on SNAP recipients, when the majority of SNAP recipients do work, is an unreasonable requirement that limits options to others. I am opposed to this bill, and ask you to take a stand.

I ask you to support Senator Feinstein’s Keep Families Together Act. The Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy is only harming families, adding a strain on the system, and causing incalculable emotional and physical damage to many of these young children. The fact that 658 children were taken from 638 parents during a two-week period in May, is unacceptable. This bill would ensure that families would only be separated in the most extreme circumstances, including situations where the child or children were at risk.

I oppose the House Budget Resolution that is attempting to repeal ACA and ask you to stand against it.

I ask that you support the opening of investigations into the DHS’s implementation of their zero tolerance policy for families at the border. Per journalists who are now touring facilities and writing stories about the policy, the practice of separating families is leading to children being jailed in detention facilities w/ limited access to fresh air, parents being arrested when they refuse to be separated from their children, and so many more horrific acts. These are horrific practices that are unacceptable, inhumane and need to be looked into ASAP. I am counting on you to push for investigations questioning these practices, and push for department and policy changes, to eliminate these acts.

While I agree with the concerns about the efficacy of the UN Human Rights Council, I disagree with the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw entirely. We cannot influence the council’s decisions or stances if we are not part of the discussion. Please condemn Trump’s move in this regard.

Please push for Scott Pruitt’s resignation as director of the EPA. His ethics violations cannot be tolerated and if we do not condemn him now we are setting a precedent for all other officials of his stature in the future.

I would like to know how you and the rest of the House plan to address continued support for Puerto Rico and recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. I ask that you support hearings and investigations about how this situation could have been handled differently. I would also like to know how the government plans to handle 2018 hurricane efforts. Have things changed so that we do not experience the lax efforts we saw in PR in 2017?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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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 1-10-2018

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: 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 10-3-2017

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

Dear Senator Stabenow,

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

I ask you to push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico – there is only a partial disaster declaration at the moment. Additionally, I would also like you to request a waiver regarding matching funds requirements for relief. Puerto Rico’s economy is currently unable to handle said requirements. I would also like you to request expanded military personnel, to help with infrastructure and recovery efforts. You should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. We cannot wait until October for another round of funding. Finally, I am ask that you push for additional military personnel to be brought onto the island, beyond current numbers cited by the Pentagon. The island is in need of support to rebuild their infrastructure. And please speak publicly against Trump’s heinous comments regarding Puerto Rico and their leadership. It is disgusting to hear him intimate that the Puerto Rican people “want everything done for them” or that they are lazy. He obviously has no understanding of what the Puerto Rican people are dealing with.

I demand that you vote NO on the Hearing Protection Act and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 if/when it comes to a vote on the floor. Both bills would potentially put law enforcement and the public at risk and make it easier to commit violence. We jst experienced the largest mass shooting in modern US History in las Vegas; any support of either bill would strongly indicate that you do not support public safety. Additionally, I demand that you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control including universal background checks. Please filibuster these bills if they come to the floor.

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

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I ask you to push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico – there is only a partial disaster declaration at the moment. Additionally, I would also like you to request a waiver regarding matching funds requirements for relief. Puerto Rico’s economy is currently unable to handle said requirements. I would also like you to request expanded military personnel, to help with infrastructure and recovery efforts. You should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. We cannot wait until October for another round of funding. Finally, I am ask that you push for additional military personnel to be brought onto the island, beyond current numbers cited by the Pentagon. The island is in need of support to rebuild their infrastructure. And please speak publicly against Trump’s heinous comments regarding Puerto Rico and their leadership. It is disgusting to hear him intimate that the Puerto Rican people “want everything done for them” or that they are lazy. He obviously has no understanding of what the Puerto Rican people are dealing with.

I demand that you vote NO on the Hearing Protection Act and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 if/when it comes to a vote on the floor. Both bills would potentially put law enforcement and the public at risk and make it easier to commit violence. We jst experienced the largest mass shooting in modern US History in las Vegas; any support of either bill would strongly indicate that you do not support public safety. Additionally, I demand that you commit to legislation that will result in sensible gun control including universal background checks. Please filibuster these bills if they come to the floor.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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