Letters to My Representatives 7-13-2017

So it’s been FOUR weeks since my last letter! I’m a little angry at myself (and disappointed), but between Sandler’s graduation party and moving, there just wasn’t time. Even now I’m sitting in the new house surrounded by boxes and eking out the time to write a few letters. So, before I go work on the new book, here’s my last letter to Representative Paul Mitchell:

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I’m sorry it’s been almost four weeks since my last letter. I’m sure you missed them. But due to my son graduating high school and a big move, I was unable to set aside the time to write to you. The good news for you, is that this will be my last letter to you. I am now living in the 4th District and will be represented by John Moolenaar. But I had a few last parting words.

I just want to remind you that I will make every effort to remind 10th District Constituents that you voted for the AHCA and what that will mean for their healthcare come the 2018 election. That’s of course not the only issue I will keep fresh in their minds as they contemplate who to vote for in 2018, but it is probably the biggest. And though I don’t know who your opponent will be, I’ll be sure to campaign for them as well. I realize that the GOP has a strong hold on the 10th District, and I don’t expect to break it, but I will do my part to make it more difficult for you or any other Republican to hold office. There was a time I thought that to be Republican was just a slightly different view on spending money, but now I know it is a drastically different view on who deserves to live and who doesn’t. So I’m just going to make sure your constituents know that.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Here is my first letter to Representative John Moolenaar, Republican from the 4th District:

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

Hello. I am a new constituent. Until recently, Representative Paul Mitchell has had the pleasure of receiving my weekly emails. Now it’s your turn.

First, I’d like to talk about Net Neutrality. I am concerned about Chairman Pai’s recent announcement regarding his intention to change pre-existing net neutrality rules. I am asking for you to take a stand against this change.

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 do whatever you can to help keep current rules in place.

I would also like to encourage you to use whatever resources you have available to investigate (or call for the investigation) into Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump’s denial of the meeting and then lies about the purpose of the meeting (countered by the email from Rod Goldstein) indicate collusion. This is something that must be taken seriously and investigated. Please push for the truth.

I would like to protest the Pentagon’s decision to delay the lifting of the ban for transgender individuals to enlist. Mattis’s decision harms the progress that we’ve made in the military and we shouldn’t go back. Please call on the Pentagon to lift the six month delay and lift the ban now.

I would also like to express my deepest concern over the White House’s decision to continuously block reporters from recording or broadcasting the daily White House press briefing. Denying the American public the right to hear what is being discussed by our government is anti-transparency and not what a democratic government is supposed to do. Please speak out on this practice and challenge the White House on this stance.

I would like to express my concern over Interior Secretary Zink’s recommendation for the Bear’s Ear monument in Utah to be scaled back and for Congress to step in management for some sections. The monument is considered sacred by many Nations (Native American Nations, if you were unsure about my use of the word Nations) and is also home to over 100,000 cultural and archaeological sites. Co-management or separating the sites (as proposed by Zink) simply will not work. Please speak out against any attempts to scale back Bear’s Ear, or any of the other 26 monuments.

Lastly, I want to express my support for a continued investigation, including a specialized commission, to investigate Donald Trump and all of his associates and their ties with Russia. The American people deserve to know if, how, when Trump and/or his associates colluded with Russian officials to win the 2016 election. A special prosecutor is a great start, but I want to see a full independent commission working on this.

Thank you for your time. You can definitely look forward to hearing from me next week, and since I missed a few weeks due to our move, I may just email you every day for awhile.

Oh, and I almost forgot! As I have told Representative Paul Mitchell repeatedly, I want to let you know that I will be sure to remind your constituents during the 2018 election that you voted for the AHCA and what that means for their healthcare. I wouldn’t want them to forget how you sold them out for petty vengeance against “Obama’s legacy” and towing the party line. Or that the Republicans have had 8-odd years to fix the problems with the ACA but would rather fritter people’s lives away rather than do something that’s good for the country if it means giving any credit to a Democrat.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

As always, many of my words come from scripts written on It’s Time to Fight site. Please feel free to use my letter and/or visit It’s Time to Fight for more information. Good luck and keep Resisting!!

Letters to My Representatives 6-7-2017

Here is today’s letter to my representatives. Senators Stabenow and Peters received this letter as is, but Representative Mitchell received his weekly reminder that I will be sure to remind his constituents that he voted for the AHCA. Let’s hope it bites him in the ass in 2018.

Remember to check out ItsTimetoFight.com for more information and scripts. It’s where I get much of what I use. Just click on the current issues tab and then select Call List.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

First I’d like to thank you for your continued support of the ACA. It is heinous that Trump and the Republicans want to kill this bill, and cause so many Americans to suffer. Thank you for standing with what is not only morally right, but was is best for this country. Please do not support any attempts to repeal the ACA, especially through AHCA. Please work to convince some of your GOP counterparts not to support this bill. I understand that the Senate is still writing the bill, but I want to voice my opposition to any bill that will repeal the ACA, especially without replacement. And the CBO score estimating that 23 million Americans will lose their healthcare coverage is unacceptable, and the potential for state waivers will negatively affect those with pre-existing conditions.

I am extremely angry and disgusted at Trump’s shortsighted and disastrous decision to pull out of the Paris Accord. I am hopeful that so many individual citizens, corporations and local and state governments have pledged to abide by the accord regardless of Trump’s decision. Please do whatever you can to support those that chose to put the planet’s welfare ahead of Trump’s ignorance.

I ask that you do not vote for the Financial Choice Act of 2017. Many of these safeguards were put into place after the recession of 2008 and helped our economy recover.

I would like to express my supreme concern and anger over the proposed Trump budget. The cuts to entitlement programs are destructive to society, and cuts to Medicaid in particular are catastrophic to many people. I ask that you condemn the budget and oppose it any form.

I ask that you speak out against the Trump Administration’s planned attempts to rollback contraception mandate for healthcare coverage. Women’s healthcare should be considered a private matter, and contraception use is used for many areas outside of birth control. Please defend a women’s right to make their own healthcare choices.

I ask for an independent commission to be formed to investigate Trump, Kushner, Manafort, Flynn, Sessions and the rest of the Trump campaign and administration and their ties to Russia during the campaign. A special prosecutor is a good first step, but the American people deserve a full independent investigation.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 5-31-2017

Here is today’s letter to my representative. I used ItsTimetoFight.com for scripts and info. All three letters were the same except Representative Mitchell’s (R) has a paragraph about me reminding his constituents that he voted for the AHCA coming into the 2018 election and removing the paragraph about judiciary confirmations as that is a Senate issue and the House doesn’t vote on those.

I swear these letters keep getting longer and longer, but that’s because there are always new things to write about, yet the old ones never go away. It may seem redundant to send them the same concerns over and over again, but that;s kind of the point. We need to be squeaky wheels. Very loud, obnoxious, repetitive, relentless squeaky wheels. They may not listen. But we have to let them know we aren’t going away. We will just keep coming back for more and more.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I want to thank you for your continued support of the ACA and ask that you oppose any efforts to repeal the ACA, especially without replacement measures. The AHCA is a terrible bill and I ask that you oppose it in any form and work with your GOP colleagues to encourage them to vote NO on the bill as well. The CBO score estimating that 23 million Americans will lose their coverage is unacceptable and the potential for state waivers will affect those with pre-existing conditions.

I ask that you vote NO for the Financial Choice Act of 2017. Many of these safeguards were put into place after the recession on 2008 and helped our economy recover. The financial welfare of this country will be in danger if this passes.

I am very concerned at the Trump budget proposal. The cuts to entitlement programs will be destructive to the most vulnerable in this country. Without Medicaid paying for the birth of my first child I would have been mired in debt. It helped me make a strong recovery from an unexpected situation at a young age, and I was able to go to college while caring for a young child, ultimately getting a good paying job so I could not only support myself and my child, but pay taxes to benefit all of our society. It may not seem like a lot, but programs like Medicaid and WIC not only ensured that my child had a healthy start in life, but allowed me to become a productive member of society.

I ask that you condemn Trump’s budget and vote against it in any form.

I ask that you speak out against Trump’s proposed plan to roll back contraception mandate for health coverage. Contraception is not only used for birth control, for one thing, but it is ludicrous that health insurance would not cover something that creates the ability for women to choose when to become pregnant and drops the rates of abortion. It is also ridiculous to me the attitude I have heard from many male lawmakers that they should not be responsible for women’s healthcare, i.e. prenatal, maternity, birth control. Too many men are simultaneously saying ‘we need to make choices for you on your healthcare, but we shouldn’t have to pay for it either’. Please defend a woman’s right to make her own choices about birth control.

I ask that you condemn Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. I realize there is little that Congress can do, but we need to be very vocal about this. Ignoring the ramifications of global warming will be permanently damaging to our nation and counter to what all of our science agencies are advising.

I ask that you push for further investigation into Jared Kushner’s apparent attempts to establish a ‘back channel’ communication with the Russians during the campaign, and push to have his security clearance revoked if necessary. Kushner’s actions merit investigation, especially when taken with the many, many suspicious activities of other Trump associates, Trump administration, and Russia. Please push for the truth.

I ask that you take a stand against the change in net neutrality rules. A change in rules will take away our freedom on the internet, and negatively impact individual constituents and small businesses alike. Please speak out against the change in these rules.

I would like to express my concern that Trump revealed classified intelligence to Ambassador Kiyslak and Foreign Minister Lavrov in their Oval Office meeting. I understand it is within his duties to make that decision, but this information was obviously revealed without coordination with our intelligence community. I ask that you push for a release of the transcript and and take any other relevant action.

I would also like to express my concern over the news that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn. If this is true, it is a clear obstruction of justice and interfering into an ongoing federal investigation. That is criminal. I will ask again for an independent commission to investigate all of these apparent ties to Russia from Trump, his associates, and his campaign. A special prosecutor is a good first step, but we need an independent commission.

I want to express my profound concern at the appointment of Sheriff David Clarke to the DHS. Clarke has many questionable obstacles on his record and is not in the best interest of the DHS. I understand his appointment doesn’t require confirmation, but I ask you to speak out against this nonetheless.

 

Please fight for funding for the census and push Trump to appoint a non-partisan person to head the department.

I would like to express my concern at Sessions recent rule changes to mandatory minimums. He is reverting back to a time of excessive incarceration, funded by our tax dollars, and with long term detrimental impacts on families and communities. Please speak out and stand against such policies that will have long standing ramifications.

I ask that you block Trump’s judicial nominees for the 129 vacancies currently in the US. I ask that you make every attempt to block him placing partisan judges in those positions that will affect the country for many, many years to come. Now is not the time for Senate courtesy. We are fighting for their very soul of our Democracy and we can’t give an inch.

Please stand against Trump’s Religious Liberties EO. We need to stop the idea that people can discriminate against others and use their religion as an excuse. This isn’t about religious freedom, it’s about freedom to discriminate.

I am writing to not 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 state.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

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 5-16-2017

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

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