Weekly Actions 1/17/2017

Click on each action for details and scripts:

BETSY DEVOS (SECRETARY OF EDUCATION)

  • Suggested calling time: Tuesday morning
  • Call HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee switchboard (202-224-5375) to voice opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. Contact info on individual HELP committee members can be found here.
  • Call your senators and ask them to oppose Devos’ nomination should it reach the senate floor.

 

Not only does Trump’s selection for Secretary of Education hold no degrees in education — she has never even taught or worked in a school. In fact, she (and her children) have never even attended a public school. Ms. DeVos has been a leading advocate for the privatization of public schools for decades, investing millions of dollars in political contributions and proudly proclaiming “we expect a return on our investment” in a 1997 op-ed for the Capitol Hill newspaper. DeVos is a big proponent of “school choice” which is code for gutting the public education system through for-profit schools, vouchers which allow families to divert public dollars to fund private schools, and charter schools. DeVos’ family is also a major contributor to the Heritage Foundation which has actually put out reports that teachers are overpaid! It’s no wonder the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, is mobilizing in opposition.

Script (from project 1461):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling today to ask the Senator to reject the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, whose hearing is scheduled to occur today despite her ethics paperwork reportedly still incomplete as of Friday. DeVos is hostile to public education; she holds no relevant experience for this critical position; and her efforts in Michigan have resulted in decimated public schools. DeVos has no business making crucial decisions about the education of American schoolchildren. Please tell the Senator that confirming DeVos will be disastrous for American students and their families.

Script (for committee):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to voice my opposition to Betsy DeVos. She is hostile to public education; she holds no relevant experience for this critical position; and her efforts in Michigan have resulted in decimated public schools. DeVos has no business making crucial decisions about the education of American schoolchildren and I urge the committee NOT to move on her nomination, especially as it has been reported that, as of Friday, her ethics paperwork remains incomplete.

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SCOTT PRUITT (ADMINISTRATOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY)

  • Suggested calling time: Tuesday early afternoon
  • Call Committee on Environment and Public Works switchboard (202-224-6176) to voice opposition to the confirmation of Scott Pruitt.
  • Call your senators and ask them to oppose Pruitt’s nomination should it reach the senate floor.

 

Pruitt is a climate change denialist and oil ally who is actively involved in a lawsuit against the EPA (the very agency he has been appointed to head) over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. When ExxonMobil came under investigation for failing to disclose knowledge it had about the consequences of climate change and actively funding misinformation, Pruitt sided with Exxon. Nearly half of the money going into Pruitt’s PAC has come from the energy sector. Confirming his appointment would be disastrous given that we’ve already done too little too late when it comes to climate change.

Script (for senators):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to let the Senator know that I would like (him/her) to oppose the appointment of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the EPA. Pruitt has accepted money from polluters, sued against the EPA to dismantle vital pollution safeguards, and denies the well-established science of climate change. A lackey for the oil and gas industry has no business running our nation’s Environmental Protection Agency, especially at a time when the urgency of climate change increases with each passing day.

Script (for committee):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to voice my opposition to Scott Pruitt. He has accepted money from polluters, sued against the EPA to dismantle vital pollution safeguards, and denies the well-established science of climate change. A lackey for the oil and gas industry has no business running our nation’s Environmental Protection Agency, especially at a time when the urgency of climate change increases with each passing day. I urge the committee NOT to move on his nomination.

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TOM PRICE (SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES)

  • Suggested calling time: Tuesday late afternoon
  • Call HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee switchboard (202-224-5375) to voice opposition to the confirmation of Tom Price.
  • Call your senators and ask them to oppose Price’s nomination should it reach the senate floor.
  • Contact info on individual HELP committee members can be found here

Script (for senators):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to let the Senator know that I would like (him/her) to oppose the appointment of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. As a leading opponent of the Affordable Care Act, an advocate of privatizing Medicare and Medicaid, and an anti-LGBT crusader who has been a major recipient of funding from the health sector, insurance, and big pharma, Tom Price is uniquely unfit to serve the awesome responsibilities of Secretary. Mr. Price has introduced legislation that would gut the Affordable Care Act and leave out protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Such a measure is untenable as it would result in unnecessary pain and suffering and even potentially death for thousands of people with pre-existing conditions or at risk of losing their coverage. I urge the senator to resist this nomination and to do everything in (his/her) power to protect the Affordable Care Act.

Script (for committee):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to voice my opposition to Tom Price.The fact that he is a leading opponent of the Affordable Care Act, an advocate of privatising Medicare and Medicaid, and an anti-LGBT crusader who has been a major recipient of funding from the health sector, insurance, and big pharma, makes him uniquely unfit to serve the awesome responsibilities of Secretary. His confirmation would result in unnecessary pain and suffering and even potentially death for thousands of people with pre-existing conditions or at risk of losing their coverage. I urge the committee NOT to move on his nomination.

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According to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Office, the most effective thing to do right now with regards to the Affordable Care Act is to telephone the five Republican Senators who have been calling for a slowdown of the ACA repeal. Tell them how much you appreciate their efforts and voice your support of the ACA.
 
These senators are:

  • Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
  • Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
  • Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523
  • Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824

 

And please alert people in Tennessee, Alaska, Ohio, Maine and Louisiana, whose voices will matter even more since they will be contacting their own reps.
 

Thursday 19th

 

Friday 20th

 

Saturday 21st

 

Longhaul

  • The old adage is that ‘all politics is local.’ Find an action group near you and get involved with your local community
  • Whatever you do, resist complacency and the temptation to pretend that this administration is normal. Never normalize Donald Trump. Never forget how he got elected.