Letters to My Representatives 5-24-2017

Here is today’s letter. I relied heavily on ItsTimeToFight.com today. They had some wonderful scripts that made covering all the information much easier and as I’m short on time it’s a life saver. Feel free to copy and paste my words into your letters, or visit It’s Time to Fight for more information!

This is the letter I wrote to Senator Stabenow. All three letters were essentially the same, except the letter to Rep. Mitchell contained the following paragraph to replace the one on the AHCA:

Here is my weekly reminder that I intend to make sure all of your constituents remember in 2018 that you voted for the ACHA and what it will mean for them and their health care. I assume you are aware that Edith DesMarais just won a NH state seat over a GOP opponent in a district that has never seen a Democratic rep., and voted for Trump with 60% of the vote. It can happen. And your attack on Americans’ healthcare and not standing up to Trump’s abuse of power, possible ties to Russia, and obstruction of investigations will be noted in the coming election.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask you not to support any attempts to pass legislation that may help revoke monument status on any of our nation’s already-designated monuments. While the Trump Administration has claimed that the purpose of this review is to stop federal government overreach and return power to the states, we can’t overlook the fact that a lot of the monuments under review are natural monuments that could potentially be negatively impacted, without their national monument status. Please consider the long-term impact of removing national monument status from an invaluable resource to our country.

I would like to express my concern and anger over the Trump budget proposal. The cuts to entitlement programs are not only destructive to society, but they are also counter to previous administration promises to protect Medicaid. I am asking that you condemn the budget and vote against it in any form.

I would also like to express deep concern that Trump asked DNI Coats and Admiral Rogers to push back against Director Comey’s statements about the existing Russian probe. His actions were inappropriately trying to influence an ongoing investigation, and also should be considered an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the FBI. I ask that you condemn these actions, and support any efforts to investigate Trump/Russian ties more thoroughly. I also ask for an independent commission to investigate Trump/Russian ties as well as his apparent efforts to obstruct said investigation. A special prosecutor is a great first step, but we still need an independent commission.

I ask that you take a stand against changes to net neutrality rules. A change in rules would take away our freedom on the internet, and negatively impact individual constituents and small businesses alike, and I think it is important that you speak out against this and fight any attempts to change these rules.

I would like to profess profound concern that Trump revealed classified intelligence to Ambassador Kiyslak and Foreign Minister Lavrov in their Oval Office meeting. I understand that it is in his purview to do so, but this information was obviously revealed without coordination with our intelligence agencies. I ask you to push for a release of the transcripts and take any other relevant action. It is also concerning that he then talked about the incident in front of cameras with Netanyahu in order to”clear up” that he never mentioned Israel, except he then did. In front of cameras.

I am very concerned that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn in February. This is an obvious case of Trump interfering in an ongoing federal investigation. Once again, I ask for an independent commission to investigate this entire scenario.

I continue to ask that you do not support any efforts to repeal the ACA. The AHCA bill that passed the House is reprehensible and destructive to so many lives. In fact, the very lives that need ACA in the first place.

I would like to express my horrified concern at the appointment of Sheriff David Clarke to the Department of Homeland Security. Clarke has many questionable obstacles on his record and his appointment is not in the best interest of the DHS. I understand his appointment does not require Congressional confirmation, but I ask that you voice strong opposition nonetheless.

I ask that you fight for funding for the census and that you push Trump to appoint a non-partisan person to head the department.

I am very concerned about the recent rule changes to mandatory minimums by AG Sessions. He is reverting back to a time of excessive incarceration, funded by our tax dollars, and with a long term impact on families and communities. I would like you to speak out against a return to this policy that has long-standing ramifications and has been proven to have little effect on the crime rate.

I would like to express my deep concern and outrage at the “Religious Freedoms” EO. While not as horrible as we thought it might be, it still allows the Justice department and the IRS to play with their interpretation of the Johnson Amendment. It is not a “Religious Freedom” EO, but rather a “Freedom to Discriminate” EO.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Letters to My Representatives 5-17-2017

Here are today’s letters. All three received essentially the same one with a few changes. Here is the one for Representative Mitchell (R).

Dear Representative Mitchell,

Good morning.

I ask (again) for you to call for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the Russian interference into our election, Trump’s ties to Russia and that interference, as well as any of Trump’s surrogates/associates, and also Trump’s financial ties to Russia, and possible obstruction of justice in regards to the Comey firing as well as the Comey memo that was released. I also ask you to call for an independent commission to investigate the items listed above. It is time to give the American people the truth. Trump’s actions concerning Comey both the firing and before raise serious questions about his competency to be president, especially whether he has the basic knowledge required to fill the position. He is veering down the path of authoritarianism and must be stopped now.

I ask that you request a transcript of Trump’s talk with the Russian’s in which he revealed classified code words to them. While I understand that Trump has the authority to reveal classified information, it is another demonstration of his incompetence as president. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean it is in the best interest of your country. In the words of Paul Ryan, “Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ with classified information should be denied further access to such info.”

I would also like to express my concerns over the recent announcement regarding the intention to roll back net neutrality rules. I believe that rolling back the progress that was made under the Obama Administration, would cause severe harm to the individual consumer.  Net neutrality helps ensure that there is an even playing ground for all consumers. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could very well influence internet searches, news and how we access the internet as a whole. This would influence the ability for individuals to create and communicate openly and freely on the internet. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could also negatively influence services, to their advantage.

Moreover, this uneven playing field would also disadvantage entrepreneurs. Small businesses wouldn’t necessarily have the financial clout of larger companies, to pay into this uneven playing field. Please keep the rules in place.

I would also like to remind you that I will do everything in my power to remind your constituents that you voted for the AHCA and what it will mean for them. I will especially be vocal on this prior to the 2018 elections.

I ask that you fight for funding for the upcoming census and that you ask that Trump appoint a non-partisan person to head the department.

I would like to express my concern over the recent rule changes to mandatory minimums by AG Sessions. He is reverting back to a time of excessive incarceration , funded by our tax dollars, and with a long term impact on families and communities. I would like you to take a stand and speak out against a return to a policy that has long-standing ramifications.

I would like to speak out against Trump’s Religious Freedoms EO and I ask that you publicly stand against it. Though it is not as extreme as I had expected it leaves the Justice Department and the IRS to mess with an interpretation of the Johnson Amendment. It is not a religious freedom EO, it is a freedom to discriminate EO. Which I thought was what this country was against.

I would still like to express my concern for Trump’s repeated visits to Mar-a-Lago on tax payer dollars, the fact that many of those tax payer dollars are funneling directly into Trump’s pocket, and that Mar-a-Lago is featured on the State Department website. This is a clear breach of the emoluments clause and needs to be addressed. Keep in mind, whatever Trump does now, a Democratic president will get to do it in the future. The precedent that you, the GOP, and Trump set now may come back to bite you in the future.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 5-16-2017

Today’s letter is for Representative Paul Mitchell only. I’ll write all three of my reps tomorrow with my usual letters, but today the GOP needs to wake up. I’m tired. I’m tired of their excuses, of their lies, of their vile justifications for damaging the people of this country.

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I was prepared to write a pleasant, dare I say, civil letter today, but I’m afraid that ship has sailed. I have just one question for you and the rest of the Republican Party:

What’s it going to take?

What’s it going to take for the GOP to stand with the Constitution, with Democracy, with the American people?

What’s it going to take for the Republicans to decide the preservation of our union is more important than party?

What’s it going to take for Conservatives to stop the erosion of the very foundation of this democracy instead of clinging to the power that allows them to advance their agenda?

What’s it going to take?

What if Trump lies to the American people, and is proven to have lied? Nope. He’s already done that.

What if Trump accuses a former president of illegal actions, is found to have no proof, and never retracts his statement? Nope. Sorry. That one’s passed too.

What if Trump writes executive orders that are discriminatory? Yeah. Done.

What if Trump threatens a foreign power with naval deployment only to find out those ships were headed in the wrong direction? Yeah. That’s already happened.

What if Trump hires a man to be the National Security Adviser knowing he is compromised, and being advised that he is a compromised individual? Again. This has already passed.

What if Trump fires the woman who advised him that Flynn was compromised after she refuses to uphold something she didn’t believe was Constitutional, which she swore under oath to do? You’re right. He’s already done that.

What if Trump fires the FBI director after the director asks for more money and resources for an investigation into Russia’s interference into our election & Trump’s possible ties to that? Yup. Done. And GOP has done nothing.

What if Trump asks for loyalty from other branches, divisions of the government? Oh, yeah. That happened. Seriously. A sitting president asked for “loyalty”. In case you’ve forgotten, and by the responses from the GOP these days, I’m going to assume you have, we don’t give loyalty to leaders. We give loyalty to country. And Trump is not this country. No president is this country. The country is the people collectively. All of them. Not one. Not Trump. Those are the actions of a dictator.

And what if Trump gives classified information to a foreign power that would be detrimental to this country? WHAT IF TRUMP GIVES CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO A FOREIGN POWER THAT WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO THIS COUNTRY?!!

I have asked repeatedly for a special prosecutor to be assigned to this case and for the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Russian interference into the election and any connection Trump and his surrogates may have had with the interference. I have also asked that Trump’s financial ties to Russia be thoroughly investigated. I reiterate my request again, and will do so in the future. This matter must be thoroughly investigated by an independent commission for the safety and continuance of our Democracy.

I also ask that you and the rest of the GOP put this country ahead of your party. Trump is detrimental to the very core of our union. The longer the GOP stands by and allows him to erode our democracy, the more damage we will have to undo in the future. If we will even have one at this rate.

I ask that you take a stand against any change to the net neutrality rules. A change in rules would take away our freedom on the internet and negatively impact individual constituents and small businesses alike, and I think it is important that you speak out against in advance of May 18th and fight any attempts to change the rules.

I would also like to remind you that I will be making every effort in approach of the 2018 elections to not only remind your 10th District constituents that you voted in favor of the AHCA, but also let them know how this has and will affect their lives.

I ask that you increase funding for the upcoming American census. It is important that we have adequate data to help us plan for the future.

I am opposed to Sessions decision to pursue harsher maximum sentences against drug offenders. The drug problem in this country is not one that will be solved by filling up our prisons and ruining lives even further than they are already ruined. We should be looking at rehabilitation, job training, decreasing poverty, education, and many other avenues. We need to provide assistance and a way out for drug users, dealers, and those who could potentially be caught up in that situation.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letter to My Representatives 5-11-2017

Here are today’s letters. Stabenow and Peters received the same one, while Mitchell needed a little something else to remind him that I won’t forget, and I won’t let his constituents forget, that he voted for the AHCA.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I would like to thank you for your comments on Trump firing Comey and the need for an independent investigation. I ask that you continue to call for a special prosecutor and independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. Please do not rest until this happens. It is vital to the continuance of our democracy that we determine that no foreign party has undermined the presidency. It is the most important issue facing our country right now.

I also thank you for your stance against the AHCA. Please continue to fight this heinous bill and work with some of your more moderate Republican colleagues to not support this bill. I do not support any bill that removes protections for pre-existing conditions, or moves that decision to the states. I do not support any bill that repeals ACA, especially without a replacement. I do not support any bill that excludes pre and post natal care from essential health benefits. I do not support any bill that creates high risk pools forcing our the Americans who need the most help to pay the most essentially pricing them out of healthcare insurance. And yes, people do die without health insurance.

I am concerned over a recent announcement regarding FCC intention to roll back net neutrality rules. I believe that rolling back the progress that was made under the Obama Administration, would cause severe harm to the individual consumer. Net neutrality helps ensure that there is an even playing ground for all consumers. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could very well influence internet searches, news and how we access the internet as a whole. This would influence the ability for individuals to create and communicate openly and freely on the internet. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could also negatively influence services, to their advantage. Moreover, this uneven playing field would also disadvantage entrepreneurs. Small businesses wouldn’t necessarily have the financial clout of larger companies, to pay into this uneven playing field. Please keep the rules in place.

I encourage you to fight for more funding for the census and that you push for Trump to appoint someone non-partisan to fill the position vacated by John H. Thompson. The census is vital in determining everything from where federal money is spent, to where the money and services are needed, to how many representatives from each state. I do not want this to negatively affect this country for years to come because Trump handles the census badly. Moreover, I am concerned about gerrymandering and the continued use of this to hold Republicans in power.

I ask you to stand against Trump’s Religious Liberties EO. Though not as bad as many of us anticipated, it is nothing more than an effort to legalize discrimination.

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I want you to know that I plan to do everything in my power to make sure that 10th district constituents remember that you voted for the  AHCA when you are up for re-election in 2018. They may not understand why this affects them now, and maybe they won’t care because they vote party lines. I understand that you won the 10th district with 62% of the vote. And even though it may be a fruitless effort, I will make sure that voters understand and remember when they walk into that voting booth that you sold them out for petty vengeance and party affiliation.

I demand that you ask for an independent commission and a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. Not only is the Comey firing after Comey asked for more money and resources to investigate this situation highly irregular and suspect, but we needed a non-partisan investigation in the first place. While I have no problem with the firing of Comey, the timing behind it raises more questions and only reinforces the fact that we must have an independent commission to investigate these issues.

I am concerned over a recent announcement regarding FCC intention to roll back net neutrality rules. I believe that rolling back the progress that was made under the Obama Administration, would cause severe harm to the individual consumer. Net neutrality helps ensure that there is an even playing ground for all consumers. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could very well influence internet searches, news and how we access the internet as a whole. This would influence the ability for individuals to create and communicate openly and freely on the internet. Without net neutrality, telecom and cable companies could also negatively influence services, to their advantage. Moreover, this uneven playing field would also disadvantage entrepreneurs. Small businesses wouldn’t necessarily have the financial clout of larger companies, to pay into this uneven playing field. Please keep the rules in place.

I encourage you to fight for more funding for the census and that you push for Trump to appoint someone non-partisan to fill the position vacated by John H. Thompson. The census is vital in determining everything from where federal money is spent, to where the money and services are needed, to how many representatives from each state. I do not want this to negatively affect this country for years to come because Trump handles the census badly. Moreover, I am concerned about gerrymandering and the continued use of this to hold Republicans in power.

I ask you to stand against Trump’s Religious Liberties EO. Though not as bad as many of us anticipated, it is nothing more than an effort to legalize discrimination.

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

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Letters to My Representatives 4-26-2017

Here is today’s letter to my representatives. This is the one I sent to Senator Stabenow. Senator Peters received the same one, minus the first paragraph about jobs. Senator Stabenow works very hard to promote jobs not only in America, but Michigan specifically. Check out her American Jobs Agenda.

Representative Mitchell received the same letter minus the first paragraph on jobs, but also adding in this: I ask you to vote NO on HR620 and HR1493. I do not support any bill that takes away protections and assurances from disabled people.

Please feel free to use any or all of my letter to write/call your own representatives. We have a civic duty to inform our electeds what we expect of them. For more information go to It’s Time to Fight.

On a side note, my family will be moving in the next couple of months, and while that doesn’t affect who my Senators are, I will have a new Representative who will get the pleasure of my weekly letters.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to American jobs, and specifically Michigan jobs. I support your work to bring jobs back to the USA, support small businesses, and level the playing field for international business. I agree with your stance that if Trump is in earnest about helping American workers, you will work with him to improve our situation, but am so grateful that you stand by your commitment to civil rights, healthcare, and other progressive issues.

I would like to encourage you to continue working on a bipartisan spending bill that will allow the government to continue functioning after April 28th. However, I ask you not to support any measures proposed by Trump that would cut healthcare funding or support a wall on the Mexican/US border. While I do not want a government shutdown, I understand it may happen and I encourage you to stand firm on these issues. I understand that the GOP is receiving a lot of pressure from the White House to sign off on a spending bill that provides financing for the wall. I ask that you continue working with Democratic & Republican colleagues, to find mutually agreeable bipartisan solutions that will keep our government running.

I do not support any tax plan that includes elimination of payroll taxes. Those funds are needed for Social Security and Medicaid and the short term gain of a little more money in our pockets will result in a long term detriment to needed programs.

I do not support an Executive Order asking for a review of the Antiquities Act. I ask that you not support this and speak publicly about it.

​I am asking you to please vote NO, when you address any new version of the healthcare bill that is being brought forward. There is discussion of the proposed MacArthur Amendment, which would give the option of limited waivers. While the argument is that limited waivers would allow for wider coverage, it would actually allow insurers to go back to individual ratings to set premiums.

The byproduct of reverting back to the individual rating system would likely impact those with pre-existing conditions, forcing the costs of individual plans higher. Please do not allow ill constituents to be negatively impacted in this way.

I ask you to speak out about Mar-a-Lago being featured on State Department websites. It is not only an ethics violation, but implies that Mar-a-Lago is an official government site. It is not. We, the tax payers, are already shunting large sums of money to this resort through Secret Service fees and staff, it is reprehensible that Trump is making more and more money off his position. Not only do I ask you to speak out against Mar-a-Lago being featured on a government website, I also ask that you speak out against Trump’s continued visits there and the amount of money that we the American people are putting into Trump’s pocket through his constant visits.

I am concerned over Trump’s levying tariffs against Canadian lumber. They are our oldest and closest ally and friend and it seems like a bad idea to alienate them. It also demonstrates Trump’s rapid flip flopping on economic policies, not that I’m surprised, but it is one more indication of his volatile nature that reacts instead of thinks. The cost of this will be passed onto the consumer, so in all likelihood, the American people will suffer from this, not Canada. Does Trump even have a plan for renegotiating NAFTA? Because this move seems haphazard and not well thought out. Please question the Trump administration on the purpose of this move, the strategy, and what are the future plans for renegotiating NAFTA.

I am concerned over Trump signing the H-1B (skilled workers visa). We are setting ourselves up to limit talent we will need to bring into this country, as well as limit competition. We as a country will not improve and grow if we don’t have impetus. Competition with foreign markets and foreign workers does that.

I will continue to ask for a full bipartisan independent commission to investigate Trump/Russia ties. I will probably write you further on this later this week, but my research time is limited today.

Lastly, I look forward to what you have to say after the Senate meeting with Trump at the White House on DPRK. I am hopeful that you and the Senate will be a moderating factor with the Trump WH, as I fear their volatile nature and rash decisions. Please keep us informed and speak for the American people in the face of a president that doesn’t actually seem to care about the American people.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

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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