FEDERAL ACTION ALERT – Oct. 30, 2021

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

THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Filibuster Reform after defeat of Voting Rights bill; Support for Build Back Better!!:  ALL IN ON SINEMA: 

NOW THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE TORPEDOED THE “FREEDOM TO VOTE ACT” IT’S TIME TO MODIFY THE FILIBUSTER.   BOTH SENATORS

Sen. Manchin worked all summer with Republicans to try and bring about a compromise voting rights bill. His scaled-back “For the People Act” (supported by all Democrats) went down last Wednesday without a single Republican Senate vote.  60 votes were needed to pass.  It’s time to modify the filibuster to at least require an old-school speaking filibuster. 

SAMPLE VOICE MAIL FOR SENATORS: 

I’m a lifelong Democrat living and voting in XXXXX, Arizona.  Now that every Republican Senator has voted down Sen. Manchin’s “Freedom to Vote Act” return the Senate to some reasonable order.  The filibuster used to be a rare event.  Now it’s used to prevent almost anything including our rights to vote.  It’s time to restore the Senate take the extreme politics out of the Senate and return the filibuster to a “talking” filibuster, at least on voting rights.”

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. Senator Sinema sits on the Commerce Science and Transportation Committee (drug prices, Medicare), and on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs (housing proposals).

Sen. Mark Kelly: Call (202) 224-2235 (DC),  Email via his website at http://www.kelly.senate.gov Tag the Senator at @senmarkkelly . Senator Kelly sits on the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Committee on Aging.

D.  AGGRESSIVE MESSAGE FOR SENATOR SINEMA.  STOP WORKING AGAINST PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA! 

Senator Sinema IS the problem and you know it.  It is indispensable to keep pushing on the Reconciliation Bill.  Even though we are ignored we understand her office is counting the calls and positions.  Find three others to help. 

Sample texts or message for Senator Sinema:  “My name is XXXX, and I’m a Democrat living and voting in XXXXX.    I was stunned to hear that you are actively working against President Biden and his Build Back Better agenda (PICK AN ISSUE BELOW):  

[RAISING REVENUE TO PAY FOR]  “You’ve threatened to tank the social infrastructure plan if it was paid for by rescinding the obscene Trump tax cuts that benefited super rich tax cheats.  What happened to you?  Raising taxes on those earning over $400,000 per year and on super wealthy corporations affects only a tiny fraction of Arizonans.  71% of Arizonans support increasing the corporate tax rate to 28%.[1]  Please stand with the vast majority of Arizonans and don’t let super rich tax cheats get away with it.”

[CLIMATE PITCH]  “Build Back Better will create millions of clean energy jobs, including a Civilian Climate Corps; the crucially needed Clean Energy Standard and use of both incentives and penalties to speed up the move away from fossil fuels to true renewables.  I know you support this.  Investments in mitigating climate change will save literally billions in near-term damages from climate-caused disasters.  So please make sure these climate provisions are passed into law.” 

[CARE ECONOMY]:   “Build Back Better would bring affordable childcare benefits to those who need it, and improved quality of and access to home and community-based care for seniors and those with disabilities.  Please stop standing in the way.  We all must compromise in life.  I’m asking you to compromise as well.” 

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. Senator Sinema sits on the Commerce Science and Transportation Committee (drug prices, Medicare), and on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs (housing proposals).


[1] Hart &ALG Research, July 2021 poll.

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