Here are the phone numbers of the 13 Senators meeting in the back room, all men, writing their new Trumpcare bill in secret, and intending to use procedural shenanigans to ram it through to a vote with no public hearings and no opportunity for bi-partisan input or amendments. We ALL may call them, (not just their state constituents) because they’re on a committee that serves ALL Americans and impacts everyone….
Senate Finance and Health Committee Members:
Portman 202-224-3353 – note: Portman is listed against the “fast-tracking” – see below
Ask the assistant/intern who answers the phone to give this note to the Senator:
In addition, Elizabeth Warren’s staff is saying that the following 5 Republican Senators may potentially break away from the GPO in an attempt to slow down the repeal of the ACA. Call their offices and tell them that you appreciate their efforts to provide a better opportunity for true debate and review of this critical health care bill:
Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski – 202-224-6665
Senator Rob Portman –202-224- 3353 (he is also a member of the committee listed above)
Senator Susan Collins – 202-224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy – 202-224-5824
MAKE THESE CALLS. SOONER. NOT LATER. AND SHARE THIS INFORMATION.
Earlier this year, Republican officeholders in Jefferson City and Eric Greitens gutted rights for working Missourians and tilted the deck further in favor of big corporations by bringing so-call “Right to Work” into our state’s law. As these new rules will drastically hurt workers and their ability to support their families, the Missouri Democratic State Committee voted in April to officially endorse the grassroots effort aimed at putting the so called “Right to Work” law on a statewide ballot. The aim of our endorsement is to help give the power to veto this damaging (and poorly named) legislation directly to the people it impacts most.
First, here are three reasons why so-called “Right to Work” is bad economics for Missourians:
Second, here’s a quick rundown of the petition and our endorsement:
And finally, here’s how you can get involved: To get involved text WORK to 235246 to receive updates from the National AFL-CIO or you can visit www.moaflcio.org.
April 5, 2017
In what might be described as a new low even for the GOP led Missouri Legislature, Senator Bob Onder (R-SD2, Lake St. Louis) proposed an amendment to a bill to rename the St. Louis Zoological Park to “Midwest Abortion Sanctuary City Zoological Park”. The amendment was to SB49 written by Senator Gina Walsh allowing St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, and Franklin Counties to propose a 1/8th of a cent sales tax to fund the St. Louis Zoo.
When asked, Senator Walsh said, “You can’t make this stuff up.” On that, she is correct.
The St. Louis Zoo was recently named as the Nation’s “Best Zoo.”; and to involve this famed institution in personal politics is sacrilege.
You can read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article by Kurt Ericson. In the article, Senator Gina Walsh is quoted, “All I want is to give the people in the greater St. Louis area an opportunity to have their voices heard at the ballot box in support of the St. Louis Zoo, an attraction that strengthens our economy and is a point of pride for the region,” Walsh said. “I’m frustrated that my nonpartisan legislation would be wrapped up in an unrelated issue, and I hope the political games end soon so we can get back to the important work before us.”
Senator Bob Onder is not new to controversy. Last year, he sponsored an onerous constitutional amendment (SJR 39) called “A Religious Freedom Bill.” In reality, it was a bill masquerading as a way to discriminate against LGBTQIA Missourians. Even former Onder campaign donors such as Express Scripts, Pfizer, Burns & McDonnell, and Bryan Cave expressed concern over Onder’s proposed constitutional amendment. Business groups such as the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry also opposed the amendment for moral and economic reasons. This bill was so out of line with Missouri values it couldn’t even get a vote in the Missouri House.
Senator Gina Walsh (D-SD 13, Bellefountain Neighbors) discusses the state of the 2017 legislative session. Senator Gina Walsh was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2012. Prior to her service in the Senate, Senator Walsh served four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Right now, extreme Republicans in the Missouri Legislature are trying to roll back discrimination protections for Missouri workers.
Instead of fighting for equality in Missouri, they’re hell-bent on pushing a dangerous bill that gives people a free pass to discriminate against our family and friends.
Senate Bill 43 is being heard in the House Litigation Reform Committee today at 1:00.
If SB43 passes out of committee and heads to the House floor, it will gut protections for employees who’ve been discriminated against based on their age, ancestry, color, disability, sex, religion, race or nation of origin. That’s unacceptable — and we need to show the extremists in Jefferson City that Missourians aren’t interested in moving backwards.
Missourians deserve better from their employers — and from their elected officials.
It’s clear that some politicians are more interested in looking out for their wealthy donors than making sure Missourians like you and me find justice when we’ve been wronged in the workplace.
Thanks for fighting discrimination,
Missouri Democratic Party
In case you missed it, Senator Claire McCaskill announced her opposition to Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon. McCaskill said, “I reject this nomination because Judge Gorsuch would continue an activist position that states that corporations have the same rights as people.” Her full announcement is below.
Additionally, in support of McCaskill’s decision, MDP Chair Stephen Webber issued the following press statement: “Claire McCaskill fighting on behalf of ordinary, working people in Missouri isn’t surprising – it’s what she’s done every day as our Senator. And anybody who wants to launch partisan attacks for her standing against a judge who’s used his courtroom to let the rich and powerful step all over working people, should have to answer for why they’re refusing to stand with working Missourians.”
Read Senator McCaskill’s Full Announcement on Gorsuch Below:
Gorsuch: Good for Corporations, Bad for Working People
By Senator Claire McCaskill
March 31, 2017
This is a really difficult decision for me. I am not comfortable with either choice. While I have come to the conclusion that I can’t support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court — and will vote no on the procedural vote and his confirmation — I remain very worried about our polarized politics and what the future will bring, since I’m certain we will have a Senate rule change that will usher in more extreme judges in the future.
I cannot support Judge Gorsuch because a study of his opinions reveal a rigid ideology that always puts the little guy under the boot of corporations. He is evasive, but his body of work isn’t. Whether it is a freezing truck driver or an autistic child, he has shown a stunning lack of humanity. And he has been an activist — for example, writing a dissent on a case that had been settled, in what appears to be an attempt to audition for his current nomination.
Then there is Citizen’s United, the single most corrupting force in the history of politics in this nation. I cannot and will not support a nominee that allows dark and dirty anonymous money to continue to flood unchecked into our elections.
I reject this nomination because Judge Gorsuch would continue an activist position that states that corporations have the same rights as people. The men who wrote our Constitution would reject that nonsense, since they were highly suspect of corporations as the tools of royalty. Corporations don’t cry or laugh or marry or worry about sending their kids to college. Judge Gorsuch’s allegiance to corporations disqualifies him from the highest court in the land.
And finally, this judge does not reflect the promises that Donald Trump made to Missourians. The candidate Donald Trump farmed out this important decision to a right-wing group that fronts for large corporations and special interests. Donald Trump promised Missourians that he would look out for the little guy, for working people, for the forgotten. He promised he would drain the swamp of the special interests, the lobbyists, and politicians who have overlooked the working people in this country. This judicial nomination breaks those promises.
The President who promised working people he would lift them up has nominated a judge who can’t even see them.
Critical Water and Waste Water Investments that Benefit Families in Cape Girardeau, Oregon, New Madrid and Stoddard Counties are at Risk
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Democratic Party today released local figures detailing exactly how President Trump’s proposed federal budget would hurt Southeast Missouri families and businesses in Congressman Jason Smith’s 8th Congressional District.
Among a wide array of harmful cuts to programs for seniors, veterans and rural economic development, Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate nearly $500 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is used to fund water and waste water projects. In 2016, those funds boosted critical water infrastructure in Southeast Missouri through local loans and grants, including:
Overall, USDA provided a total of nearly $50 million in federal loans and grants that went toward over 30 water and waste water projects throughout the entire state in 2016. That year, 65% of water and waste water investments from USDA focused on Missouri drinking water projects.
“It looks from his budget, that Donald Trump’s campaign promises to protect rural America are worth about as much as his promise to repeal Obamacare,” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “We need Representatives who are going to stand up for our state from Donald Trump’s reckless budget that puts the health and safety of Southeast Missouri at risk. Will GOP officeholders like Jason Smith side with Missourians? Or will he run and hide as critical resources for protecting and upgrading our rural water systems are slashed?”
“There will soon be a lot of petitions circulating in the community to change Missouri laws. If you decide to sign any of them, you must sign exactly as your name is on your voter registration. EXACTLY. If you do not, your signature will be thrown out. Voter ID cards have been mailed out recently for the April elections. Look at your card. Remember how it is addressed when you sign a petition. I didn’t realize my middle name was on mine!” — Shelley Rae Hoffman
There’s a pretty good chance that it won’t be too long from now that Republicans will wake up and have an “oh shit” moment about Donald Trump being in the White House. It might happen in near-unison or it might unfold in stages.
Few people are actually good at admitting mistakes or acknowledging that they made errors in judgment. This is particularly difficult for Republicans who seem to have more certainty that they are right, about nearly everything.
There are times when we all must walk back from positions that we have taken. Millions of Americans once professed that Bill Cosby was the role model for all men – the ultimate father and family man. When word began to leak out about the way he sexually abused dozens of women, his support faded. At first it was with hesitation; later it had the momentum of a cascade.
Every day, Republicans are on the brink of disaster with President Donald Trump. The more executive actions he takes, the more nominees that he sends to Congress, the more abrasive his words are along with those of the likes of Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Michael Flynn and Stephen Miller, the more he backs other Republicans into a corner. The closer we get to the elections of 2018, the more distance they will want from Trump.
In the twelve days of his presidency, he has done more damage to Americans and global citizens than most presidents could possible do in an entire term. He has embarrassed himself unlike any previous presidents, except that he is immune to his own embarrassment. What he has not done is something as drastic as cutting entitlements such as Social Security or Medicare. He has not gotten the United States into armed conflict.
But once his failures reach a new level, his Republican “friends” will abandon him. They will plead that they never really supported him.
Some will say that in the seventeen months in which he was a presidential candidate and the two-and-a-half months in which he was president-elect, he got away with one outrage after another without paying the proper price. But now that he is actually in the White House, he has his hands on the levers of power. To Republicans, they may be toys to be bent, spindled and mutilated, but to the entire world they are serious business.
When things tumble, it will be an “oh shit” moment for Republicans. They will abandon Trump in droves. But this does not mean that the party will crumble. In the 1970s, the Republicans survived Watergate, and by 1980 they rose again like the phoenix and recaptured the presidency and both houses of Congress.
Most Republicans are less concerned about integrity than most Democrats. They can be comfortable acting like chameleons. As they do this, they still try to portray themselves as “America’s Party.” They succeed in doing so when Democrats are not united (almost a given) and when Democrats are amorphous because they do not present a clear progressive agenda.
If we had a do-over of the November election tomorrow, Clinton would win both the popular and electoral votes in a landslide. But it won’t be tomorrow, and next time there may well be different candidates for both parties. “Oh shit” is not the same for Republicans as Democrats. For Republicans, it’s just the cost of doing business. For Democrats, it means they’ve really screwed up.
It will happen to Republicans, and when it does, Democrats have to show how they contrast with Republicans. Get away from the big money, the sleaziness and the counterproductive policies. Give the progressive agenda another chance to shine.
In our exuberance over Right to Work going down in flames, we don’t want to forget the severe losses Missourians had at the hands of the lap dog Republicans in the State Legislature during the veto session. Nor should we forget that Right to Work, like a Phoenix, can rise from the ashes at any moment.
Doing the bidding of their well- heeled masters, these GOP lap dogs overrode Governor Nixon’s prudent veto of the following bills:
SB 345 – Missouri has the highest predatory average interest rate on loans in the United States at a staggering 451.91 percent. Missouri has twice as many payday loan vendors as McDonald’s and Starbucks combined. Yet, the lap dogs, feeding at the feet of predatory lenders, upped the fees on loans with this bill.
HB 150 – Lowers the maximum number of weeks of unemployment to 13 weeks. The US standard is 26; before this bill, Missouri was one of only eight states not meeting or exceeding that standard. Now at 13 weeks, Missouri only beats out scumbag North Carolina’s 12 weeks.
HB 723 – Takes away local communities’ rights to make decisions best for their community. The lap dogs’ owners were incensed that local governments, like St. Louis City, might actually want a living wage to be paid in their community, or ban plastic bags like Columbia. So when the owners yelled ‘fetch” to their lap dogs, the mutts bought back a bill banning any community from paying more than the minimum wage or banning plastic bags. (The sponsor of the bill is the head of the Missouri Grocers Association. He is his own lap dog.)
SB 224 – Missouri has the 12th toughest qualifying standard for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Families cannot earn more than 34 percent of poverty to qualify, and Missouri is tied for a bottom feeding 9th lowest in amount given to needy families. Currently, a mother and a child can only get a meager $238 a month. Yet, even those inadequate benefits were too much for the well- heeled to pay. So their doggies brought them a bone: SB 224 cuts the number of weeks a needy families can receive necessary help by 15 weeks. This cuts out 70,000 of Missouri’s kids.
HB 878 – This gives “mall cops” the same powers to arrest as trained policemen. This is just another stab at unions and first steps toward privatizing our police force.
In addition to these, the lap dogs were drooling like St. Bernards to bring their masters’ tax cuts for laundries, higher court fees (even in the wake of Ferguson), and allowing insurance companies to be even more vague about premiums.
These lap dogs are not the cute and cuddly kind found in the pet store. These are rabid mongrels have been trained to protect their elitist owners by attacking the middle class and the poor. Next November, it’s time to train the dogs to stope obeying their donor bosses, and do the people’s bidding, or it would be easier to just VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE.
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