Visit Hawai‘i Senators and Representatives offices every Tuesday to express your views on the most urgent matters.
WHAT, WHERE + WHEN
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)
NOTE : Bring a photo ID
TALKING POINTS :
Another week, another government shutdown looms if a bill doesn’t pass by Friday midnight. And the same issues are on the table - shoring up the ACA markets, DACA (where it’s unlikely to be included), GOP “corrections” to their tax law (that Dems are demanding concessions for before supporting) and now the language requiring Congressional offices to modernize their handling of sexual harassment claims (also not likely to be included). When does this end? What purpose does it serve? When do we quit kicking the can(s) down the road and do something to serve the American people whose lives hang in the balance? While these may be political pawns in Washington, families are being torn apart, health care is being denied to people in need, and crime victims are being told their voice can’t be heard.
Surely the possibility of a blue wave in November stokes the possibilities of bipartisan legislative work now. Where there are issues that share some common ground, what’s being done to cross the aisle and find opportunity? Can we move anything on DACA, guns, healthcare, infrastructure, or any of the issues clearly important to large constituencies across the country?
Sessions fired McCabe within 26 hours of his pension kicking in, Trump is tweeting about Mueller, and the Trump team is lawyering up. Mueller is in jeopardy, and all those republicans who said there’d be a constitutional crisis if Mueller was fired have gone silent (except for the occasional comment that no law is needed to protect Mueller). Other than marching in the streets if/when the firing occurs, what is the strategy and what can our MOCs do to protect the special counsel and preserve an investigation that’s clearly gotten too close for comfort?
The nominations of Pompeo and Haspel are an affront to the sensibilities of American intelligence and diplomacy. We will ask our Senators if they will oppose the nominations and discuss what they expect to see in that process.