A Summary of This Week’s Indivisible Actions:
- Urge your senator to vote NO on the “Motion to Proceed” on TrumpCare using our new call script.
- Tell your MoCs to oppose any budget that finances Trump’s mass deportation agenda. See our brand new explainer here.
- Ask your MoCs to support the bipartisan DREAM Act using our new explainer.
- Before a vote on Tuesday, tell your representative in the House to leave the “Arbitration rule” in place and let the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau protect your rights without interference.
- Start preparing for August recess with our new August Recess Toolkit.
Dear Indivisible Group Leader,
First off, congratulations on a successful first National Day of Action this week! Together, you held over 170 events in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia to stop TrumpCare. This is no small feat, and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of this movement with all of you.
After feedback from group leaders like you, we wanted to be sure that you stay up-to-date with what’s happening on Capitol Hill using our Capitol Calendar. Our Policy Team will be updating throughout the week with key developments from Washington.
TrumpCare isn’t dead yet.
McConnell wanted a vote this week and he didn’t get it. You and your fellow Indivisible groups and local resisters did that. This is a huge accomplishment and we should celebrate it, but we should not confuse it for a final victory. TrumpCare is not dead yet. Repeat: TrumpCare. Is. Not. Dead. Yet. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now twisting arms and offering new bribes to get it over the finish line.
Our new explainer and sample script tells you how McConnell is pulling out all the stops to try and give TrumpCare new life, and explains how you can tell your senator to fight back.
Two truths and a lie: This week in CBO scores.
This week, three different scores came out about various versions of the GOP health care plan (see our explainer on these scores):
- Two real scores from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—one on a revised version of Senate TrumpCare, and one on a simple repeal bill, both showing that millions lose coverage and costs significantly increase.
- One fake “score” from the very partisan Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the Cruz Amendment, which allows insurance companies to provide less coverage and skirt consumer protections. See our explainer and script on the Cruz Amendment.
Separate the fact from fiction as you keep the pressure on your senators this week.
Friday night news dump from Republicans. As we drafted this email, we got HUGE news on TrumpCare. The Senate Parliamentarian just ruled that a long list of provisions don’t follow the rules of the special reconciliation process Republicans are using to jam TrumpCare through the Senate with only 50 votes. (See our explainer on “the Byrd Rule.”) That means they either have to take those provisions out, find 60 votes to pass them, or break decades of precedent and overrule the Senate Parliamentarian.
Next steps for TrumpCare—and what you can do to stop it (again).
- McConnell is pushing yet again for a vote next week on a bill to fully repeal the ACA without a replacement in sight. This is called a “clean repeal,” and it would have catastrophic consequences. You can use our new explainer to know the facts on “clean repeal” and hold your MoC accountable.
- We estimate the first procedural vote—the “Motion to Proceed”—to take place as early as Tuesday. If that passes, the Senate will debate the bill until Thursday, and then vote on final passage.
- Urge your senator to vote NO on the motion to proceed on the clean repeal bill. If you thought TrumpCare was bad, a clean repeal is even worse. Keep up those office visits, protests, and calls. We’ve got a new call script right here.
Stand up for immigrants.
No matter which way Trump’s agenda goes on healthcare, we know he will try to score political points with his base by attacking immigrants. That’s why we’ve partnered with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and United We Dream to launch standup.indivisibleguide.com—a hub for resources to fight Trump’s multipronged attack on immigrant communities and to support our immigrant neighbors.
- Tell your MoCs to oppose any budget that finances Trump’s mass deportation agenda using our new explainer. Your representative could vote on a spending bill as early as Tuesday that includes $1.6 billion for Trump’s border wall—call and tell them to deny the request and #DefundHate
- Tell your senators to support the bipartisan DREAM Act using this new explainer. The DREAM Act would be a permanent legislative fix to the terrifying problem that many young immigrants face: their legal status under Pres. Obama’s DACA program could be ripped away by Trump at any moment.
Help the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau help you.
There’s one agency in Washington swimming against the Trump tide, and it needs your help: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) just restored your ability take collective legal action against big corporate players like Wells Fargo when they break the law. But Trump’s friends in the House are voting to repeal this important new rule on Tuesday. Tell your MoC to leave the “Arbitration rule” in place and let the CFPB protect your rights without interference.
Celebrating a successful National Day of Action!
This past Tuesday, groups across the country came together for the first ever Indivisible National Day of Action (check out this video with some highlights of your amazing work that Rachel Maddow promoted yesterday!). Over the course of the day, there were 170 events across 40 states. Groups in Maine visited all of Collins’ district offices, Indianapolis made their point without ever saying a word and got a great video feature out of it, while groups in Texas had a die-in outside Cruz’s office. Meanwhile, DC Indivisible members visited the hill to share constituent stories with key senators. And, while we read Sen. Murkowski’s staff stories of Alaskans, she announced she’d be voting no.
The fight isn’t over, but the coordinated events that happened last week were a remarkable reminder that we’re not alone in this fight. You and your local group are standing Indivisible with others across the country—and it’s working.
New organizing resource: August recess toolkit.
In the midst of continued efforts to defeat TrumpCare, it’s also time to start planning for the long August Recess. This is going to be the longest and most critical recess of the year! We’ve heard your feedback and wanted to get you our plans and some materials in advance so that you can plan ahead.
New toolkit. Check out our new August Recess toolkit here. The toolkit outlines August Recess goals, our strategy and three tactics: canvassing, Member of Congress (MoC) public appearances, and town halls. We’ll also have more resources coming soon, including sample town hall questions, and canvassing flyers and scripts.
We’ll be updating it as news breaks. Clearly, things have been changing in Congress very quickly these days (just scroll through your breaking news alerts from any day this week). However, August Recess is a big opportunity for impact, so we wanted to give group leaders the ability to start the planning process. With TrumpCare likely coming to a vote next week, this toolkit may go through some changes over the next few weeks. We’ll keep you updated about any revisions!
4 immediate next steps. Once you read through the toolkit, here are a few steps to get you started with your planning process:
- Set Goals. Determine your group’s specific goals for August Recess. What do you want to get out of this: More group members? An explanation from your MoC on their TrumpCare vote? To pressure your MoC to hold a Town Hall?
- Plan Your Events. Review the tactics in the toolkit and determine how you’ll apply them during August Recess (ideally you’re doing at least one event of each type).
- Delegate. Connect with key members of your group to whom you can delegate the planning of different events.
- Have a Group Meeting. Bring your group together for a meeting (if you don’t already have one planned before recess) to review plans, set up planning teams and get commitments for the events.
Our organizing team is here to help you with your August Recess planning! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We know, Trump and his capitulating GOP Congress are throwing a lot at us right now. We’re coming off an incredibly successful week, and we’ve got more fights ahead. Rest up and enjoy your weekend, and then it’s time to get back in the ring. August recess is right around the corner.
The Indivisible Team
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