Congress votes to end government shutdown: the government shut down for a few hours last night – did anyone notice?
Let’s play a game
Congress passes resolution calling on DT to condemn hate groups.DT nominates conservative Texas lawyer who has pushed for less regulation of money in politics to the Federal Election Commission.Bernie Sanders introduces plan for universal healthcare.La…
I’m sure these are the same folks who argue that they are colorblind.
“Extreme weather occurrences exacerbated by climate change? Not time to talk about climate change. Mass shooting at a school full of children? Not time to talk about guns. Terrorist attack in America by a white man? Don’t politicize this. Terrorist attack in another country by someone who isn’t white? We must ban all people from this religion immediately or we will be unsafe.”
Cher takin names.
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.
Spotted in the Hamptons. You can learn a lot about a person from the company they keep.xoxo Gossip Girl
On Sunday July 2nd, New York Magazine reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked the Congressional Budget Office to score two revised versions of the BCRA. Topher Spiro, Vice President for Health Policy and a Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at American Progress tweeted Sunday morning that this is a “code red” alert for those concerned about the bill passing, adding that Republicans are “close to a deal.” Although last week’s procedural vote was delayed it’s imperative that we flood the lines, securing NO votes and reaching undecideds. Since McConnell has invoked Rule 14 in order to make the bill eligible for a floor vote without committee markup, the bill is on the fast-track to passing, without debate, without experts weighing, without ample time for the public and experts to review the CBO score. Because they are using a process called reconciliation to fast-track the bill, Republicans only need 51 votes, rather than the usual 60. However, the tradeoff is that they must allow an unlimited number of amendments to the bill during the vote-a-rama. This presents an opportunity for Dems to get creative. If Dems file thousands and thousands of amendments and call for a vote on each, they could hold off the bill in perpetuity. This week, call Republican senators (and their health care legislative assistant – list above) who are undecided and let them know you oppose the bill, and call Democratic senators and remind them that you want them to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to delay the vote on the bill.