June 12, 2017: Weekly Actions
Last week we watched as former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, underscoring more than ever the need for us to continue resisting. We heard Mr. Comey call the President a liar no less than five times, and lay out a strong case that the President committed obstruction of justice—an impeachable offense.
While that was going on, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took advantage of the lull in attention on Congress to push the Republicans' disastrous health care repeal plan forward. McConnell invoked "Rule 14," a Senate procedure that allows a bill to completely bypass the committee process and be placed directly on the Senate floor. This confirms that Senate Republicans plan to ram their bill through without any hearings or opportunity for public comment. Details on the new bill are still scant, but we know that Republicans are already appearing to come together to pass their bill.
We also saw House Republicans vote overwhelmingly to repeal the financial protections put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act. These rules were put in place after the 2008 financial crisis to require Wall Street banks to take on less risk, to avoid another "too big to fail" scenario. All but one Republican voted to make our financial system less secure and to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, paving the way for another economic meltdown in the future.
Looking ahead this week, the big news is that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee. That will certainly be important to watch, but as Indivisible members we also know we must remain vigilant elsewhere as well, and take action to resist the President and the GOP in Congress as they do their best to dismantle our way of life.
Recommended Actions for the Week of June 12:
- As we mentioned, the Senate has fast-tracked their health care repeal bill, and a vote is expected before June 30. That gives us only three weeks to step up our resistance efforts. This Wednesday, June 14, is a national Senate call-in day to stop TrumpCare, and we have to make our voices heard. But more than making our own calls—which is, of course, very important—consider reaching out personally to your friends and relatives in red states and asking them to make calls to their Senators as well. Make sure they get the facts about TrumpCare, and how it will affect people in every state.
- While the Senate works on their repeal bill, Republicans in the House are continuing to do their best to undermine the ACA. HR. 2581—which is expected to receive a vote on Tuesday, June 13—is not only dangerously anti-immigrant, but would also weaken health care markets and make it more difficult, time-consuming, and costly even for American citizens to obtain health insurance. Please call your House representative and ask them to vote against HR. 2581.
- In California, two important bills are up for committee votes on Tuesday, June 13. The Assembly Public Safety Committee will be voting on SB-54, the California Values Act, which would establish California as a sanctuary state. The Assembly Judiciary Committee will be voting on SB-31, the California Religious Freedom Act, which would bar California agencies from participating in or assisting in the creation of a religious registry system. We have new pages explaining those bills and listing the members of the relevant committees, so please take a moment to learn about SB-54 and SB-31, then if you have an Assembly member on those committees, make sure to call and tell them to support the bills.
- Last week we asked residents of the city of San Diego to contact their city council members to deny $5 million for a SoccerCity special election this year. The council heard our voices and voted 8-1 to remove that funding, but Mayor Kevin Faulconer then responded by not only vetoing and restoring that funding, but also retaliated against city council members by cutting funding from the districts who worked to oppose his wasteful plan. The city council will vote today, Monday, June 12, on whether to schedule the special election. Please call your council member and ask them to vote against the special election. If you don't know your council district, you can look it up on this map and you can find your council member's contact information via the city website.