Federal Action Alert – November 20, 2022

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

  1. We must repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq!!  We have a chance to get this done this year after 20 years!!  George W. Bush used questionable information to get congress to pass this authorization in 2002.  This gave the green light to a military intervention in Iraq that resulted in destroying the lives of millions of people.  Many of us knew then that this war was a mistake.  As long as this AUMF remains on the books a president may once again use it to try and start a war that the public doesn’t want and Congress hasn’t voted on.  In fact, Donald Trump used the ’02 AUMF as justification to assassinate Iranian general Qasem Soleimani – bringing the US and Iran dangerously close to an all our war.  The House has already acted to repeal this Authorization and it’s now up to the Senate to make it happen.  Demand our Senators work to get the repeal of AUMF accomplished!!
  1. Democrats must raise the debt ceiling NOW to stop the GOP from holding our economy hostage.  Raising the debt ceiling, once considered a routine duty of Congress to pay our bills – bills that have already been approved through formal votes, is now used by Republicans as an opportunity to threaten and extort concessions from Democrats.  The GOP has already threatened, if they capture a majority in the House, to hold the debt ceiling hostage while demanding cuts in essential programs like Social Security and Medicaid.  If Democrats raise the debt ceiling during this lame duck session, they can deprive the GOP of a chance to hold the country hostage over the next two years.  Democrats must stand up to Republican obstruction before it starts and use their respective powers to end this Republican manufactured crisis before it begins!!
  1. Insist that our Senators pass the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act (MAT Act) NOW!!  This act will remove the stigma-based barriers to treatment for people with opioid use disorder.  The MAT Act will increase access to buprenorphine – a form of medication assisted treatment which is the most effective form of treatment for folks with opioid use disorder.  The MAT Act was approved by the House in June, 2022 but has stalled in the Senate.  It is important to push to get the MAT Act included in the end of year omnibus spending bill.  Senator Schumer has agreed to include it and now we need to make sure that all our representatives are pushing equally as hard to make it happen.  Pass the MAT Act NOW!!

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. Tom O’Halleran: Call (202) 225-3361 (DC) or email via website at https://ohalleran.house.gov/contact. Tag the Congressman @RepOHalleran

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