Federal Action Alert – June 18, 2021

For Sen. Sinema:  John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.  

While Sen. Sinema and Manchin have to date blocked reform of the filibuster, this week we prod Sen. Sinema to prove herself by corralling 10 Republicans to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4).   In fact, all 50 Democrats and Republican Senator Murkowski (Alaska) support the Act. She needs to come up with 9 more Republicans! 

Sample voice mail to Senator Sinema:  “My name is XXXX and I live in XXXXX.  

I am urgently requesting that you show leadership and find a way to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act which you have co-sponsored.  All Democrats, including Senator Manchin, and even Sen. Murkowski support the Act.  Isn’t it incumbent on you to find 10 Republican votes on something so crucial to our democracy to prove the utility of the filibuster?”       

Sen. Sinema:  Call (202) 224-4521 (DC) or (602) 598-7327.  Email via her website at “http://www.sinema.senate.gov”  Tag the Senator at @senatorsinema,

For Senator Kelly:  Infrastructure – Reject the “moderates”:   Last Thursday a bi-partisan group of ten moderate senators (including Sen. Sinema) proposed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that does not raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans or corporations.  Relying on “user fees” and other gimmicks just enshrines the Trump era giveaway to the super wealthy and increases the historic level of wealth disparity in America.  Democrats can pass a better bill through the reconciliation process that makes the wealthy pay their share and addresses global warming. 

Sample voicemail or email to Sen. Kelly:  “My name is XXXX and I live in XXXXX.  Last Thursday a bi partisan group of ten senators agreed to promote a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan without any tax increases on the super-wealthy or corporations.  We need to reverse the massive transfer of wealth to the super-rich and corporations under the Trump administration and require them to pay their fair share.  Continuing to shift their tax obligations to ordinary American through “user fees” and other gimmicks, under a plan that does nothing to address global warming is unfair and not in America’s interest.  It’s time to pass a better bill through the reconciliation process.   

Sen. Mark Kelly: Call (202) 224-2235 (DC),  Email via his website at http://www.kelly.senate.gov Tag the Senator at @senmarkkelly

For Rep. O’Halleran:  Stop taking PAC money from hospitals, insurance, and big pharma companies and sign the Patients Over Profits pledge.    

Rep. Tom O’Halleran is one of the top recipients of corporate healthcare donations in Congress. During 2020 he received $65,000 from the same corporations that run our current profit driven system. (See https://tracker.healthcare-now.org).   We urge Rep. O’Halleran to join five of the seven US Representatives from Arizona and sign the   Patients Over Profits pledge disavowing such contributions.  Please sign the petition yourself and call or email  Rep. O’Halleran to do the same.  We’d like him to stop accepting money from corporate healthcare profiteers.  

Sample voicemail or email to Rep. O’Halleran:  “My name is XXXX and I live in XXXXX.  I was disturbed to find out that you accepted some $65,000 in your last campaign from PAC associated with hospitals, health insurance interests, and big pharma.  These interests put profits over a rational health care delivery system.  I’m asking you to join five of your fellow Democrats in Congress from Arizona and sign the Patients Over Profits pledge not to take these contributions.  Please put our health above for-profit corporate interests. 

Rep. O’Halleran: Call (202) 225-3361 or send an email via his website at http://www.ohalleran.house.gov

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