Unhappy with Trump’s destructive agenda? TAKE ACTION NOW!

This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy.  Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook. 

Celebrate Success!  TAN readers have advocated for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump Russia affair since January. Most recently they wrote and called assistant attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who responded on Tuesday with the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller III as the special prosecutor with the broad charge to investigate Russia’s interference in our election, the collusion of any American with the Russians and any other illegal activity they uncover.  

It is important, though, that we continue to press for a congressional select committee because a select committee's findings will be more open to the public than the non-criminal findings of the special prosecutor.  House Democrats and two Republicans signed a discharge petition to skirt Speaker Ryan’s opposition to appointing a commission.  It only needs 23 more Republicans.  Call Rob Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595) and ask him to put country over party and support bringing the Protecting Our Democracy Act to the House floor. 

 

Keep the pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who stated that he would recuse himself from the Trump Russia investigation. After promising to recuse himself, Sessions helped fire the FBI director, James Comey, who was in charge of the investigation and  Sessions is participating in the interviews for the new director.  Eleven Senators have called on the Justice Department’s Inspector General to investigate Sessions’ false promise.  Call and insist that Senators Warner (202-224-2023 or 804-775-2314) and Kaine (202-224-4024 or 804-771-2221) sign on to this request to investigate Sessions.  Say that Sessions’ participation in the firing of the person in charge of the investigation is a violation of his promise to recuse himself from that investigation and remind the Senators that Sessions recused himself because he lied under oath during his Senate confirmation hearings about his contacts with the Russians.

 

Focus on women and healthcare.  The Senate committee working on healthcare reform initially had 13 Republican men and no women. The imbalance on the committee likely is no accident because women will be disproportionately harmed by Trumpcare (AHCA), under which states could opt out of requiring coverage for Essential Health Benefits, meaning that maternity and newborn care, and preventive cancer screenings might no longer be covered.  The Center for American Progress estimates that adding maternity coverage to one of these policies might mean paying a $17,000 surcharge. The loss of support for Planned Parenthood, cuts to Medicaid and denial of any abortion coverage will directly harm women. With women earning at best 80 cents to the male dollar, they are more likely to be harmed by a policy that helps the wealthy at the expense of the poor.  After an uproar, one woman, Shelly Moore Capito R-WV, was added to the committee.  Call Senator Capito (202-224-6472 or 304-347-5372) and say you are calling because of her membership on the Senate AHCA committee.  Cite the reasons the AHCA is disproportionately harmful to women and ask her to demand women be better represented.

 

Protect voting rights.  Many struggled so long and so bravely to attain the right to vote.  This administration is trying to suppress that precious right.  Trump signed an executive order forming the ironically named “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity”, which will serve to confirm Trump’s delusion that millions voted in the 2016 election illegally.  Many civil rights groups see this as a means to suppress the voting rights of poor and minority voters.  Vice President Pence will serve as chair and Kris Kobach, Kansas’ secretary of state, will serve be vice-chair. The Kansas state Senate minority leader called Kobach the “most racist politician in America today” and the ACLU Voting Rights Project calls him the “king of voter suppression”.  Another member, Ken Blackwell, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, which has been designated as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Fighting against voter suppression will be a tough sell with our “Trump can do no wrong” congressman, Rob Wittman, but let’s put him on notice that we will not tolerate voter suppression.  Call Rob Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595) and ask him to speak out against this fraudulent commission and its intent to suppress the vote.

 

 

 

Support Consumer Protections.  Democrat Heidi Heitkamp co-sponsored a bill, the Regulatory Review Act, with Republican Rob Portman, which would make the job of regulators charged with protecting consumers much more difficult by requiring a cost-benefit analysis of every ruling.  These analyses would be done by the very corporations that want to avoid the regulation, leaving consumers prey to large corporations and Wall Street banks.  Call Senators Warner (202-224-2023 or 804-775-2314) and Kaine (202-224-4024 or 804-771-2221) and ask them to oppose the Regulatory Review Act.