Federal Action Alert – January 17, 2023

Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks

A. Get our Senators to support the Reproductive Freedom for All Act! The
Reproductive Freedom for All Act would codify the core protections of Roe into federal
law. It would also guarantee access to contraceptives and enshrine elements of other
Supreme Court decisions involving reproductive rights.
According to the text of the bill, the court has long held that the provisions of equal
protection and due process under the law contained in the 14th Amendment guarantee the right to make certain reproductive decisions without government interference.
Republican senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Maine’s Susan Collins along with
Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, and Kristin Sinema are co-sponsors.
Supporters say the bill is crucial in order to protect people’s ability to make their own
healthcare decisions regardless of where they live. Demand our Representatives do all
they can to get this act passed!!

B. Demand that our Representatives support a clean raising of the debt ceiling ASAP!!
Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary, has indicated that the Treasury Department would need
to begin taking extraordinary measures to avoid a catastrophic default as early as January
19! These measure are expected to suffice until June when the US could default if the
debt ceiling is not raised. The last time Republicans help the debt ceiling hostage was
2011 and while the debt ceiling was raised in time, the hostage taking stance by
Republicans resulted in the only credit rating downgrade in the history of our country!
Republicans intend to use the threat of refusing to raise the debt limit (the amount the
Treasury can borrow for debts already authorized by Congress!!) so that they can get
spending concessions – specifically to reduce spending on Social Security and Medicare.

C. Insist our Senators confirm Federal Judges ASAP!! Over 50 nominees are awaiting
confirmation many of which have already had hearing in 2022. Among President
Biden’s nominees are ten standouts with incredible backgrounds who have been awaiting
confirmation for far too long. These include Nancy Abudu, Rahel Bloomekatz, Dale Ho,
Araceli Martineq-Olguin, and others. This group of nominees includes worker’s rights,
abortion access, and voting rights lawyers. They will bring crucial representation to
majority white corporate courts. Confirm these Judges ASAP!!

Sen. Mark Kelly: Call (202) 224-2235 (DC); Email via his website at
https://www.kelly.senate.gov/contact/. Tag the Senator at @senmarkkelly.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: Call (202) 224-4521 (DC) or (602) 598-7327. Email via her website at
https://www.sinema.senate.gov/contact-kyrsten. Tag the Senator at @senatorsinema.
Rep. Eli Crane: Call (202) 225-3361 (DC) or email via website at
https://crane.house.gov/contact. Tag the Congressman @RepEliCrane

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