April Political Action Followup
Thanks to everyone who participated in our political actions this month. A LaMalfa staffer told me they track total messages on an issue as well as messages per week. So for issues you care about, you should get in touch with his office once per week. Here's a review of April 2017 actions with updated info where available:
April 1: I asked you to contact our Senator Feinstein to represent you by filibustering Gorsuch.
➔ Gorsuch was confirmed after Democrats filibustered the nomination and Republicans changed the rules of the Senate to proceed to a final vote. Feinstein and Harris voted NO.
Contact both our Senators quickly using ResistBot to send a free fax by texting the word resist to 50409.
Fresno office: 559-485-7430
Mail: 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4290, Fresno, CA 93721
Term ends: January 2019
Fresno office: 559-497-5109
Mail: 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 5290, Fresno, CA 93721
Term ends: January 2023
April 2: I asked you to contact our State Senator Ted Gaines to represent you by SUPPORTING and voting YES on S.B. 49, which will clone all Federal environmental protection functions at the state level, combining the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act into the California Environmental Defense Act.
➔ S.B. 49 was "placed on APPR. suspense file" on May 15.
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April 3: I asked you to contact our Senators to vote NO on HR 1430 and 1431, which will damage the EPA’s ability to use science in decision-making and will obstruct the development of effective public health safeguards. I asked you to ask a friend or family member in a different state to call their Senators as well.
➔ The House passed HR HR 1430 and HR 1431, with LaMalfa voting YES for both.
April 3: I also asked you to use the form from Friends of the Earth to send a message to the White House (or use their message as the base for your own call/fax/letter) explaining why the White House's new budget that calls for cuts to the USDA is harmful, as it will reduce conservation programs by more than 50%.
➔ The new budget is not yet finalized.
April 4: I asked you to contact LaMalfa to vote NO on H.R. 1304, the Self-Insurance Protection Act, which would amend the federal definition of “health insurance” to exclude stop-loss coverage.
➔ H.R. 1304 passed the House with LaMalfa voting YES. This is one of three bills intended to weaken the ACA, including H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, which passed the House with LaMalfa voting yes, and H.R. 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, which has been referred to several committees.
April 5: In honor of April 4th being Equal Pay Day I asked you to contact our Assemblymember Brian Dahle to represent you by voting YES on California's Assembly Bill 9 (AB 9), which would exempt feminine hygiene products (tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups and sponges) from sales and use taxes.
➔ AB 9 is in committee.
April 5: I asked you to contact our Assemblymember Dahle to tell him you SUPPORT AB 569, the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act. The bill will protect workers from firing or any other adverse employment effects based on their reproductive health choices, like using birth control or in vitro fertilization.
➔ AB 569 was re-referred to committee on April 25th.
April 5: I asked you to tell the White House that you oppose the "Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders", which revokes the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that prevented companies with sex discrimination violations from being awarded federal contracts.
April 6: I asked you to contact our Representatives to make 2017 the year The Paycheck Fairness Act is passed; it has been submitted to every session of Congress since 1997 with the goal of reducing the gender wage gap. Factsheet. Wikipedia.
➔ S. 819 and H.R. 1869 were introduced in April.
April 6: I asked you to fight climate change on the local level by contacting your mayor’s office and see if your mayor has joined the Compact of Mayors, "the world’s largest cooperative effort among mayors and city officials to pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, track progress and prepare for the impacts of climate change." If not, convince them to join.
➔ I have not heard back from any.
- Nevada City Mayor Evans Phelps (term ends June 2018): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nevada City Vice Mayor Duane Strawser (term ends June 2018): 530-263-3388 or email@example.com
- Grass Valley Mayor Howard Levine (term ends December 2020): 530-274-4314 or e-mail
- Truckee Mayor Morgan Goodwin (term ends 2018): firstname.lastname@example.org
April 7: I asked you to call on companies to pull advertising from The O’Reilly Factor now that it has come to light that Bill O’Reilly is a sexual assailant. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
➔ Bill O’Reilly's show got cancelled!
April 7: I also asked you to e-mail or fax your House Rep LaMalfa a personal message about an issue related to disability rights, such as increasing rural internet access, funding for Social Security Disability, institutional bias in long term care, or special education. Ask him for a reply. April is National Autism Awareness Month.
➔ No one reported on this action.
April 7: I also asked you to join the candlelight vigil remembrance for murder victim William Tackett and all other Nevada County victims who have lost their lives due to violence. This week is Crime Victims' Rights Week.
April 8: I asked you to contact our State Senator Ted Gaines to represent you by SUPPORTING and voting YES on SB 30, which states that, "Any federally funded infrastructure project along California’s southern border that exceeds a cost of one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) shall first be approved by a majority of the voters voting on the issue at a statewide general election." The bill also addresses that the border wall is an environmental threat by stating, "California’s border region is also home to numerous threatened and endangered species of plant and animal life, including California’s official state amphibian, the California red-legged frog, and the endangered arroyo toad."
➔ SB 30 was "placed on APPR. suspense file" on May 15.
April 8: I asked you to fight climate change on the local level by asking your City Council members to join the efforts to combat climate change by signing the letter of the National League of Cities.
Nevada City's 5 Council Members:
- Evans Phelps, Mayor: email@example.com, term ends June 2018
- Duane Strawser, Vice Mayor: firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-263-3388, term ends June 2018
- Valerie Moberg: email@example.com, 530-265-2239, term ends June 2020
- David Parker: firstname.lastname@example.org, term ends June 2020
- Reinette Senum: email@example.com, term ends June 2020
Grass Valley's 5 Council Members:
- Howard Levine, Mayor: e-mail, 530-274-4314, term ends December 2020
- Lisa Swarthout, Vice Mayor: e-mail, 530-274-4315, term ends December 2020
- Ben Aguilar: e-mail, 530-274-4317, term ends December 2018
- Jan Arbuckle: e-mail, 530-274-4316, term ends December 2020
- Jason Fouyer: e-mail, 530-274-4318, term ends December 2018
➔ I have not heard back from anyone.
April 9: I asked you to comment on the Centennial Dam.
➔ The NID is still promoting the dam.
April 9: I asked you to contact our House Representative LaMalfa to vote NO on H.R. 1387, the SOAR Reauthorization Act, which would fund and expand the District of Columbia’s private school voucher program. (Call script from the Network for Public Education Action; Letter to sign from the Network for Public Education; Letter to sign from the National Education Association)
➔ H.R. 1387 was "Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 34" in March.
April 10: I asked you to contact your State Senator Ted Gaines to say you SUPPORT SB 320, which would require public higher education institutions with student health centers that receive state funding to "offer abortion by medication techniques and scientifically accurate abortion counseling services to its students" up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.
➔ SB 320 was re-referred to committee on April 25th.
April 10: On the deadline to comment on the Centennial Dam, I asked you to comment if you hadn't.
➔ The NID is still promoting the dam.
April 11: I asked you to attend the NID Board Meeting and LaMalfa's town halls.
➔ We had attendees at all events.
April 11: I asked you to contact LaMalfa to say that you SUPPORT H.Res. 186, which instructs the House to direct Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to provide the House with the president's tax returns.
➔ LaMalfa told his constituents at his town hall that Donald Trump should not release his tax returns because they would be indecipherable to average people (see: GOP Rep tells town hall that Trump’s taxes are just too complicated for them to understand).
April 12: I asked you to ask our Senators to vote NO on H.R. 26, the "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017" or REINS Act.
➔ H.R. 26 has already passed the House, and was co-sponsored by LaMalfa and McClintock. A Senate committee held a hearing in March.
April 13: I asked you to tell the White House you oppose cutting or eliminating the payroll tax, which funds Social Security and part of Medicare. Critics worry this proposal will lead to cutting Social Security benefits, "a retirement insurance benefit provided by right". (Source: Trump's proposal to eliminate the Social Security payroll tax may be his worst idea yet)
April 13: I also asked you to ask the DNC to support Democratic candidates in special election.
➔ I don't know if they are now supporting said races.
April 14: I asked you to contact our representatives to OPPOSE convening a Constitutional Convention, during which the Constitution could be rewritten. Info including call script.
➔ A Constitutional Convention has not been convened.
April 14: I asked you to participate in Break up with your Megabank Day, a call to collectively close bank accounts with the Wall Street Banks that are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline and other pipelines. See the pledge form and resource sheet.
➔ I don't know how many people participated.
April 15: I let you know our own County Supervisor Heidi Hall has put out the call to contact our Rep LaMalfa to move H.R. 800 out of committee and to vote YES on H.R. 800, which would bring attention to rural broadband needs.
➔ H.R. 800 has not progressed since referred to subcommittee in February.
April 15: I applauded anyone attending a Tax March.
➔ Turn out was great in Sacramento!
April 15: I thanked everyone who worked to ratify the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) in Nevada. After a 45 year wait, Nevada became the 36th of the 38 states required to amend our Constitution.
➔ I now ask you to contact our federal representatives to SUPPORT S.J.Res. 5 and H.J.Res. 53, which remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
April 16: I asked you to contact LaMalfa to vote NO on H.R. 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. This is one of three bills intended to weaken the ACA (along with H.R. 1304 and H.R. 1101, both of which passed the house with LaMalfa voting YES on both).
➔ H.R. 1313 has made no progress since March.
April 17: I asked you to attend LaMalfa's town halls on April 17 and April 19 if possible.
➔ Both were well attended!
April 17: I also asked you to use the form of Care, a nonprofit working to end global poverty, to tell Congress you support the Farm Bill reforms that help feed more people at no extra cost, or use their form as the basis to send your own e-mail, fax, call, or letter to our representatives. Tell Congress not to cut the International Affairs Budget and not to reduce foreign aid to end hunger.
➔ Trump's budget cuts were ignored and Congress passed a budget through September.
April 18: I relayed a request from LaMalfa's Oroville town hall to ask LaMalfa to co-sponsor and support H.R. 1205, the Social Security Fairness Act of 2017, which has 97 co-sponsors; LaMalfa is not one. The bill seeks to repeal the "Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision" which penalizes the social security benefits of "teachers in 15 states and police, firefighters, postal workers, air traffic controllers, federal government employees (hired before 1983 -CSRS), and some state, county, local and special district workers." (Source: ssfairness.com). See also The Senior Citizens League (TSCL)'s list of Social Security Reform Bills.
➔ H.R. 1205 was referred to a subcommittee in March.
April 19: I let you know our own County Supervisor has put out the call for a new Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commissioner.
➔ I don't know if this has been filled.
April 19: I asked you to contact LaMalfa to co-sponsor and support H.R. 1711, the MAR-A-LAGO Act, to publish visitor logs at the White House and wherever the president conducts business.
➔ H.R. 1711 was referred to committee in March.
April 20: In honor of 4/20, I asked you to contact LaMalfa (term ends January 2019) to vote YES on H.R. 1227 (Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017), which would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, leaving the states free to set marijuana policies as they choose. This is exactly the type of "states' rights" legislation that LaMalfa claims is core to his Republican values.
➔ H.R. 1227 was referred to subcommittee in March.
April 21: I let you know website events are now tagged.
April 21: I asked you to contact our Assemblymember Brian Dahle at 916-319-2001 to vote YES on AB 1665 (Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund). AB 1665 would keep the goal of approving funding for infrastructure projects that will provide broadband access to no less than 98% of California households, but would move the date of achievement from December 31, 2015, to December 31, 2023, and it would remove limits on how much money can be collected to achieve that goal. (See also the California Library Association's Bill Watch list or visit the site in support of the bill.)
➔ AB 1665 was re-referred to committee in May.
April 22: I asked you to contact Senators Harris and Feinstein to vote YES on S. 771, and contact Representative LaMalfa to vote YES on H.R. 1776, the Improving Access To Affordable Prescription Drugs Act, which seeks to lower prescription drug prices and reduce brand-name exclusivity incentives.
➔ S. 771 was referred to committee in March. H.R. 1776 was referred to committees in March.
April 23: I asked you to contact our Representative LaMalfa to vote NO on H.R. 634, which would eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which is an independent agency that helps ensure that our elections are fair and transparent. In February, 38 organizations, including the NAACP and League of Women Voters, sent a letter opposing H.R. 634 as well as H.R. 133, which would remove public funding of elections.
➔ H.R. 634 hasn't made progress since February. H.R. 133 hasn't made progress since February.
April 24: I asked you to participate in a nationwide effort for people to collectively call their representatives about healthcare. Health Care for All asks you call 3 members of the Senate Health Committee and ask them to guarantee healthcare for all Californians by voting YES on SB 562.
- Senator Janet Nguyen: 916-651-4034
- Senator Richard Roth: 916-651-4031
- Senator Josh Newman: 916-651-4029
April 24: I also asked you to leave a comment with the EPA on the Executive Order to eliminate regulations (like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act). You have to click on the 'Open Docket Folder' to get the page where you can leave a comment.
➔ Comments are open until May 15.
April 25: I asked you to contact our federal representatives to OPPOSE the current president's budget. Suggestions:
- I oppose any budget that cuts or defunds the ACA, which would leave millions of Americans without insurance.
- I urge you to oppose any budget that cuts funding for USAID, which has saved millions of lives worldwide.
- I'm writing to express my strong opposition to any federal budget that cuts funding to the Department of Agriculture, which has many programs that support my district.
- Represent me by opposing any cuts to the EPA, which makes and enforces safeguards for our health and the environment.
➔ Congress ignored the president's cuts and passed a sane budget valid until September.
April 25: I asked you to check out CA District One Media's reports on LaMalfa.
April 26: I let you know it was Denim Day, a call for everyone to wear denim as a visible sign of protest against sexual violence as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
April 26 and April 27: I asked you to contact our Rep LaMalfa to say NO on any healthcare bill that abandons people with pre-existing conditions. If you have a personal message about the ACA helping you or a loved one, please let him know.
➔ The AHCA passed the House with LaMalfa voting YES; the Senate immediately killed the bill by saying they would not vote on it and would write their own healthcare bill.
April 27: I let you know this week is National Infertility Awareness week. Information on how to get involved at: infertilityawareness.org
April 28: I thanked everyone who called/faxed to ensure there was no healthcare vote on the 27th.
April 28: I asked you to contact Secretary of the Interior Ron Zinke to voice your opposition to the current president's attempts to diminish our federal monuments.
Mail: Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240
April 28: I reminded you about the Deconstructing Privilege Workshop, local Climate Change march, and asked you to engage with #EbonyOwes on Twitter to highlight that Ebony magazine has failed to pay many of their freelance writers.
April 29: I congratulated you on 100 days of resistance!
April 29: I asked you to contact our Representative LaMalfa (term ends January 2019) to support fair voting and end racially-discriminatory #gerrymandering. Tell him to co-sponsor and vote YES on H.R. 711 (the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act), which would require states to use independent commissions for Congressional redistricting.
➔ H.R. 711 hasn't made progress since February.
I shared these additional #VoterRights bills that you can contact him about today or in the future (I don't think most of these will go to a vote but I believe it still helps to let him know what his constituents want; source):
- vote NO on H.R. 133, which would end taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns, making candidates more dependent on special interest donations.
- vote YES on H.R. 151, the Redistricting and Voter Protection Act of 2017, which would require approval under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for Congressional redistricting plans between federal censuses.
- vote YES on H.R. 607, the Voter Access Protection Act of 2017, which would prohibit federal election officials from requiring a photo ID to vote or register to vote.
- vote YES on H.R. 946, the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act of 2017, which would allow all eligible voters to vote by mail in federal elections.
- vote NO on H.R. 634, the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act, which would eliminate the federal agency that works to help administer elections, and is the only federal agency that makes sure that voting machines can't be hacked. I asked you to contact LaMalfa about this bill earlier this month.
April 30: I asked you to contact our Assemblymember Brian Dahle to vote YES on AB 8, which would help protect mountain lions by giving the California Department of Fish and Wildlife greater flexibility when responding to mountain lion depredation including alternatives to lethal control.
➔ AB 8's committee hearing was canceled at the request of the author in April.
See also: Update on all March 2017 actions
Sincerely, Rachel R.