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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