As you know, TrumpCare is moving through the Senate at lightning speed; this is the first time in 100 years, since a tariff reform bill drafted during WWI, that such a large piece of legislation is moving forward with no hearings and no transparency. And according to many sources, McConnell and the R’s want to vote on the Obamacare repeal bill next week. Worst of all, they only need 51 votes, because this is a “budget reconciliation” measure.
You’ve asked what you can do to stop the Trump agenda — today is your day. Please commit to calling your senators today. The plan to stop this is in your hands. Democrats have begun the process and can slow down the bill by 1) Withholding Consent during Senate floor proceedings, and 2) Filibustering the bill by offering unlimited amendments. These are not normal Senate tactics, but then again, neither is ramming through a vote on a bill that would pull coverage from 20+ million Americans.
This is a rare instance where we New Yorkers (and constituents with Democratic senators) get a say – first, because our senior senator, Schumer, is Minority Leader and can enable these tactics, and second, because Gillibrand, as a rising star and a potential presidential candidate, has a lot of clout when it comes to shaping the resistance. You can you senators’ number’s here , or below for NY:
- Schumer’s contact info: https://www.schumer.sena
te.gov/contact/email-chuck; DC office: (202) 224-6542; NYC office: (212) 486-4430; fax: (202) 228-2838; twitter: @SenSchumer
- Gillibrand’s contact info: https://www.gillibrand.s
enate.gov/contact/email-me; DC office: 202-224-4451; NYC office:(212) 688-6262; fax: (866) 824-6340; twitter: @SenGillibrand
You can find an easy script below or here:
Dear Senator So-and-so,
I urge you to please take all measures necessary to resist Republican’s attempts to pass TrumpCare. If they do so, millions will lose their healthcare and thousands will likely die as a result.
There are two ways that you can do this. First, you can Withhold Consent on all actions coming before the Senate floor. This will slow the process down, so that Republicans can’t ram the healthcare bill through before July 4th.
Second, you can “Filibuster by Amendment”: you can propose unlimited amendments to the TrumpCare bill that will have to go through a vote. Given that this bill is being created in secrecy, with no Democratic input at all, this seems to be a completely reasonable step!
The public needs time to understand how bad this bill is – please use these legislative means to give us citizens the time we need. Millions of Americans, myself included, are counting on you.
And here is a great article about why calling (as opposed to emailing) is so so important. More details from Indivisible below.
Resist (and forward this email to as many people as you know)!