WE ARE NOT GIVING UP OR GIVING IN!!! EVERY TUESDAY YOU WILL HEAR FROM US!!
WHAT, WHERE + WHEN (NOTE : Bring a photo ID)
Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)
Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)
- Option 3 : Call or Email your representatives
Senator Mazie Hirono (808) 522-8970 or (202) 224-6361
Senator Brian Schatz (808) 523-2061 or (202) 224-3934
Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard (808) 541-1986 or (202) 225-4906
Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa (808) 541-2570 or (202) 225-2726
Join us on Tuesday or make your calls!! Make your voices heard!
TALKING POINTS : There are three major stages playing out this week in Washington. They are intentionally stacked to confuse and exhaust us. We will stay strong and focused! We will talk with our delegation and push them to be persistent and diligent.
The administration’s budget strips funding from those most in need and most marginalized, and it cannot be allowed to move forward. It violates the most basic sense of compassion and human decency.
Let your representatives know that these cuts are unacceptable. Put faces and people to the picture. Identify stories of people you know and get those details - someone who relies on Meals on Wheels and who would be in jeopardy; family members or neighbors whose lives were impacted by what became SuperFund sites — what happens when protections are stripped away for corporate gain; the importance of public television and radio, particularly in rural communities and what it means to families. There are so many examples to choose from —so pick those that matter most to you — but our underlying message is singular in focus: This budget is in no way in keeping with American values and it must be rejected. This isn’t just moving money from “discretionary spending” pots to fund greater military readiness. This budget is part of the deconstruction of the progressive state, just as Bannon promised. And it cannot be allowed to move another inch.
TrumpCare isn’t about healthcare at all. It is a tax break for the wealthy and a deconstruction of those vital lifelines so critical to Americans across the country — from rural remote corners of the country to major urban centers.
Speaker Ryan plans to call a vote on the House bill this Thursday, on the anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act. Let your Representatives know that you expect their loud rejection of this bill. Tell them stories of people you know. Share details with them so they know exactly what it looks like, what the medication costs, what the choices facing these people are. Tell the stories of elderly relatives or neighbors whose very life hangs in the balance with Medicaid.
Reach beyond your own representatives and get your friends and family around the country targeting those who are on-the fence.
The Bill may well pass the House. But our focus is the Senate. If the Senate sees hell rain down on the House, they may defer their consideration of the bill (scheduled for the week of March 27). If we can delay it into April, Members will have to face angry constituents during the break and hear those first hand stories.
And after the vote, follow up and make clear your disappointment or approval of their vote, depending on what they do.
This Supreme Court seat - and the dozens of judicial vacancies around the country - are stolen seats created by a GOP that refused hearings on any Obama nominee. Let our Senators know that we staunchly oppose the confirmation of Gorsuch, and that despite some of the rhetoric, his record is clear that he will be one of the most far-right appointments to the Court.
The confirmation hearings begin on Monday, and we expect those Senators on the committee to push him hard. They must ask every single difficult question in those hearings, Particularly with Hirono, we want her to ask how Gorsuch would view overreach by POTUS and would be rule to rein that in? What are his views on interference by other countries in our elections? What about abuse of the emoluments clause of the Constitution? When his nomination comes to the Senate floor, we expect our members to then stand prepared to filibuster the floor debate
When we hear talk of Democrats in red states being lobbied to support the GOP in stopping the debate, we must be firm in our opposition to that tactic. While the GOP may promise it will then hold the 60 vote requirement for judicial confirmations, we can’t believe they will hold to their word. They have shown they will change the rules whenever it suits them. Don’t let them play Senators looking to find middle ground!