DEMAND TOWN HALLS DURING THE AUGUST RECESS


The House of Representatives is scheduled for Congressional Recess from July 29th through September 5th, and the Senate is scheduled for recess from August 7th through September 5th. This time is allotted for Members of Congress to work and engage with constituents in the states and districts they represent. It is also the perfect time for them to hold public town halls and hear the concerns of their constituents live and in person.

Your representatives work for you: you should have regular opportunities to discuss their positions, the platforms of their parties, and how their legislative agendas will affect you and those close to you. Town halls are a critical tool for holding representatives accountable for their actions and ensuring that these men and women, who spend much of their time outside of their home states, are hearing the needs and concerns of their constituents in person.

Call your reps and find out where/when your town hall will be, then reblog with that info so others can reference. If a rep refuses to hold a town hall, put them on blast and consider an in-office meeting to discuss your concerns. A database is being created, though incomplete, take a look here

Tell the Senate to Protect Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments and Americans’ Access to Affordable Care!


The “skinny” bill got a big fat NO thanks to the trail blazed by two moderate Republican senators, but it’s not over yet. White House aides have made it clear that Trump is prepared to eliminate cost-sharing reduction payments in order to bully senators into passing a health care bill. Kellyanne Conway says that the President will decide this week whether or not to continue Obamacare payments to insurers. Your senators need to be reminded that they work for you, not for POTUS. Tell them to join Senator Susan Collins as she once again stands up and speaks out against the administration’s attempt to play politics with hardworking Americans’ access to care.

Before You Call: Look up the name of your senator’s health care staffer here and take a moment to learn more about what cost-sharing reduction payments are and why they’re important. CSRs help low-income Americans afford insurance premiums. The government pays a portion of their costs directly to insurers. If these payments stop, insurers won’t get financial assistance for the costs they’re incurring, which is likely to result in a) insurers pulling out of the market or b) raising premiums to recoup costs.

Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP] calling about health care. I’d like to share some of my opinions on health care policy, which is my highest priority issue as a voter. I would like to speak to a legislative assistant who works on health care, can you connect me [to NAME, if you have one. PAUSE for the assistant to come on the line].

If You’re Speaking to a Republican: Hello, I’m calling to urge Senator [NAME] to let go of the repeal and replace agenda and instead focus on bipartisan health care reform in regular legislative order. I realize President Trump is pressuring Republicans to pass a bill and threatening to withhold cost-sharing reduction payments if they don’t. I’m appalled by that and I hope Senator [NAME] is, too. I think any and all health care reform needs to be done through the democratic process, so please urge Senator [NAME] to immediately speak out against the President’s threats and work to pass legislation to stabilize the insurance market and make sure that the cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers are fully funded. We can’t afford to let the President play politics with millions of Americans’ access to affordable health care. This issue is my top priority as a voter because [SHARE YOUR STORY], and I urge Senator [NAME] to address it immediately. Thanks so much for taking my call.

If You’re Speaking to a Democrat: Hello, I’m calling to thank Senator [NAME] for voting NO on the repeal and replace bill; I am so relieved to have a senator who supports affordable access to health care. I’m very concerned about the President’s threats to end cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers in order to sabotage the ACA. Trump’s ultimatums underscore the need for Congress to pass legislation that ensures funding for these payments. I’m counting on Senator [NAME] to do whatever it takes legislatively and publicly to get this done as well as publicly commit to bipartisan reform efforts! Thanks so much for taking my call. 

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Some shit that went down today, June 26th, 2017: Day 158


Whatever your political leanings, I hope you’re all hotline blingin’ your senators this…


Whatever your political leanings, I hope you’re all hotline blingin’ your senators this morning to let them know where you stand! 202-224-3121 (<–main senate line, will route you to any state). Read more about the MURDEROUS bill here

Whatever your political leanings, I hope you&rsquo;re all hotline blingin&rsquo; your senators this…


Whatever your political leanings, I hope you’re all hotline blingin’ your senators this morning to let them know where you stand! 202-224-3121 (<–main senate line, will route you to any state). Read more about the MURDEROUS bill here

Seen in Polk County, Tennessee. *It was taken down yesterday but…


Seen in Polk County, Tennessee. 

*It was taken down yesterday but this man, Rick Tyler, is actually running for Congress. He owns Whitewater Grill in Ocoee – I’m going to leave him a nasty yelp review to match his piece of shit heart.

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Why Republicans Are Complicit in Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy


Why Republicans Are Complicit in Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy:

hats off to TeenVogue and Cosmo – magazines which have been pushing more news and activism lately. We all gotta use the platforms we have to elevate issues that are important to us / keep this shit-administration accountable.