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 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 : (note- no visit to Sen. Schatz’s office - staff has let us know that they are having their annual all-staff lunch tomorrow so will not be able to meet.)
1- POMPEO AND HASPEL ARE UNFIT AND SHOULD NOT BE CONFIRMED. We will remind our Senators once again that we expect their deep-throated opposition to these two nominees. Pompeo’s grasp of diplomacy is virtually non-existent, and Haspel’s record of torture should immediately disqualify her. Both nominations are on rocky ground, with members of both parties asking questions, and we want our Senators to continue to raise their concerns and doubts, doing what they can to derail these confirmations.
2- THE BILL TO PROTECT MUELLER SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE SENATE FLOOR. While McConnell continues to make noise that he won’t bring the bill to the floor, even members of his own party are breaking rank with him and arguing that the issue deserves the Senate’s full attention. We will ask our Senators to remain vocal that the bill must move on the floor and get the thoughtful floor discussion necessary on such an important issue. While McConnell can make noise about having full control over the floor’s agenda, Senate Rules require the liberal use of UC (unanimous consent) to move anything. That means one Senator can object and things grind to a halt - just as Colorado republican Cory Gardner did recently to protect Colorado dispensaries from federal action. The Mueller investigation may be one of the most important investigations of our time. It deserves protection to complete the work it was charged to do.
THE ELECTIONS PROCESS NEEDS OUR CLOSE ATTENTION. While we stand in front of a fire hose of scandal, swamp-mucking, and frightening moves by this administration, we cannot lose focus on the sanctity of elections happening across the country over the coming months. We will ask our MOCs to be constant watchdogs, following the work of all the engaged entities to ensure the money allocated for elections is wisely spent, that states have the resources they need, and that Cambridge Analytica and other tools of deception are not allowed to mess with this fundamental tenet of democracy.