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 :
PROTECT MUELLER: A bipartisan group of Senators is introducing a bill tomorrow, Wednesday, called the Special Counsel Independence Act, which would protect Mueller and the investigation should Trump try to fire him. Introduced by Booker, Graham, Coons, and Tillis, the bill creates a requirement that any firing receive an expedited judicial review within 10 days to determine just cause for the firing, and if no such cause is found, the special counsel be reinstated. It also codifies that only a senior Justice department official can execute such a firing. We will urge our Senators to support the bill and move quickly to pass it. We will also urge our two Congresswomen to push to have the bill heard and passed immediately in the House. Time is of the essence and this needs immediate attention! (Note that this one is also bipartisan, so Gabbard cannot hide behind the statement that she doesn’t support partisan legislation. We will also push her office for her commitment to support the legislation when it comes to the House.)
Foreign Policy Requires Strategy and Diplomacy, not a Bully: Assad’s gas attack is heinous and against all internationally held standards. But the president can’t send in troops and declare military action without Congress. He does not have that power, and we cannot stand by and shrug when he makes unilateral decisions. We will demand our MOCs continue to press the White House, foreign affairs experts, and the DOD to demand that the President bring his strategy and plan to Congress for their action. This is a pillar of our constitution, and continuing to ignore it unravels the very foundation on which our nation was built.
“Morally unfit to be president:” Comey put to the airwaves what we’ve all known for months. The New Yorker is calling it the end-stage of the Trump presidency, given the depth and breadth of intel gathered from Cohen’s office. We will demand that our MOCs cease to work with this administration in a “business as usual” fashion. Trump promised to “drain the swamp” and we’re going to get it done, starting with him and his corrupt band of thieves. Pompeo cannot be confirmed. Pruitt must go. We will ask our Members to continue to beat that drum publicly and to exercise their voice within Congress to rally patriots that understand the harm being done, regardless of party affiliation.