March 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 March 2017 actions with updated info where available:

I asked that you call the Department of Homeland Security comment line at 202-282-8495 to OPPOSE the proposal to separate mothers and children if they illegally cross into the United States.
➔ I don't know the status of this proposal or how to find out.  Do you?

I asked that you submit a comment to the Dept. of Health & Human Services regarding the proposed changes to the individual health insurance market for 2018.
➔ This and many other efforts prevented the AHCA from going to vote!

I asked that you contact the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC or 202-418-1000 to support net neutrality, because the new FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants to let big companies charge more for faster delivery of their internet content.
➔ Net neutrality is still threatened.  You can use battleforthenet.com to easily make a comment to the FCC and your Representatives.

I asked that you call our House Representative LaMalfa at 202-225-3076 to vote NO on HR 277, an ACA repeal.
➔ HR 277 has been referred to many subcommittees.  There has been no action on it since February 10th.

In response to people posting in fear of HR 861, to terminate the EPA, I said that HR 861 probably won't go to a vote, and I asked that you instead call LaMalfa to vote NO on HR 637, which would weaken the EPA by removing its power to regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant.
➔ LaMalfa has unfortunately co-sponsored HR 637, as have 119 others.  There has been no progress on HR 637 since it was referred to a subcommittee on January 25th.  There has been no progress on HR 861 since it was referred to a subcommittee on February 10th.

In honor of International Women's Day, I asked that you e-mail LaMalfa with a personal message about an issue related to women's rights, such as women's reproductive health or equal pay.

I asked that you contact LaMalfa to vote NO on HR 985 (the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act) and NO on HR 725 (the Innocent Party Protection Act) because both weaken the rights of citizens to participate in class action lawsuits.
➔ LaMalfa voted yes on HR 985 and HR 725, and both passed the House.  These bills must now be opposed in the Senate.

I asked that you contact LaMalfa to vote NO on HR 720 because we don't need to force the judiciary to punish extraneous lawsuits; they already have the right to do so at their discretion.
➔ LaMalfa voted yes HR 720 and it passed the House.  This bill must now be opposed in the Senate.

I asked that you contact LaMalfa to tell him you OPPOSE HR 38, which would force concealed carry of guns in all states, and that you are disappointed that LaMalfa is a cosponsor of HR 38.  This bill is a complete violation of his principle of supporting States' rights.
➔ There has been no action on this bill since it was referred to a subcommittee on January 12th.

I asked that you share your personal story about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the White House.
The form is still available for submitting stories.

There was a nationwide call to mail a postcard to the White House for the Ides event.
➔ I believe more than a million postcards were sent nationwide.

I asked that you call our Assemblymember Brian Dahle at 916-319-2001 to vote YES on AB 785, which would prohibit people convicted of a hate crime from purchasing or possessing a firearm for ten years.
➔ AB 785 passed the Assembly with Dahle voting YES.  In May we thanked him for his vote.

I asked that you call our State Senator Ted Gaines at 916-651-4001 to tell him to represent you by voting YES on SB 6 (the Due Process For All Act), which would ensure immigrants facing deportation have representation by a qualified immigration attorney.
➔ California's SB 6 made it out of committee on March 13th and was read again on March 29th.

I asked that you call, fax or e-mail LaMalfa to co-sponsor and SUPPORT HR 1452: the No TRUMP Act (the No Taxpayer Revenue Used to Monetize the Presidency Act).  The bill would prohibit using taxpayer dollars to pay for events, overnight stays, food or other expenses at hotels owned or operated by a president or his/her relatives.
➔ HR 1452 was referred to committee on March 9th.

We asked you to attend LaMalfa's town hall at the Fairgrounds.
➔ Over 1,500 people showed up and we stood in solidarity with our AGREE/DISAGREE signs.  It was a huge success!

I asked that you send a message to your representatives showing your support for the Clean Air Act because Nevada County has the lowest air quality rating for smog, in the bottom 10% for the country.
➔ The current administration continues to try to gut the EPA.

I asked that you contact LaMalfa to thank him for holding a local town hall and to represent you by voting NO on HR 34, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.  Tell him you support gun safety and you expect him to as well.
➔ There has been no progress on HR 34 since it was referred to a subcommittee on January 12th.

I asked that you contact LaMalfa to represent you by voting NO on HR 424, which would remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list and bar the courts from hearing any legal challenges.  Tell him his constituents support the federal protection of animals and the environment.
➔ There has been no progress on HR 424 since it was referred to a subcommittee on January 10th.

I invited you to participate in National HIV Call in Day, a community-wide effort to urge Congress to oppose the Republican’s healthcare repeal plan (AHCA).
➔ This and many other efforts prevented the AHCA from going to vote!

I asked that you contact our Senators Feinstein and Harris to insist they vote NO on Gorsuch.
➔ Please contact Feinstein to SUPPORT filibustering Gorsuch.

Everyone asked you to contact LaMalfa to oppose the terrible AHCA (American Health Care Act).
➔ This and many other efforts prevented the AHCA from going to vote!

I asked that you contact our Senators to work on building support for the bipartisan proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which helps keep millions of Americans out of poverty.
➔ Fighting domestic poverty will be an ongoing effort under this administration.

I asked you to celebrate World Water Day by attending the NID Board meeting, or watching YubaNet's livestream.
➔ There is an effort to get 100 people to attend the next NID Board meeting to show them citizens care about their decisions.  Please attend if you can.

In honor of Desmond Phillips, the young African-American man who was recently killed by Chico police during a mental health crisis, I asked you to contact the Chico Police Department to express your feelings, and to contact our Representative and Senators in support of a topic of legislation that would help marginalized African Americans, such as expanding voter rights, promoting internet access for all and net neutrality, campaign finance reform, improved access to education, supporting poverty relief programs, or trans rights.
➔ A local candlelight vigil was held on March 28th.

I asked you to consider participating in the local CHOICES art project.
Submissions are open until April 20th.

I asked you to consider donating on behalf of the victims of the Peru mudslides.

I asked that you contact LaMalfa to vote NO on S.J.Res. 34, which reverses an Obama-era protection called "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services".  S.J.Res. 34 will allow your private internet history to be sold to advertisers.
➔ This bill had already passed the Senate.  LaMalfa voted yes on S.J.Res. 34 even though none of his constituents wanted it.  I personally find this to be the greatest betrayal of his voting record.  This bill will become law if/when the president signs it.  You can contact the White House to say you oppose it.

I asked you to keep the Healthcare momentum going by contacting Senator Ted Gaines to tell him to represent you by voting YES on SB 562, The Healthy California Act, which would provide universal, single-payer healthcare in California.
➔ California's SB 562 was re-read, amended, and re-referred to a committee on March 29th.

I asked that you submit a public comment to the Nebraska Public Service Commission OPPOSING the Keystone XL pipeline.
➔ I don't know the deadline for submitting comments but the pipeline comment form is still open.

I asked you to call on our legislators for an independent investigation of the Trump/Russia connection.  I asked you to fax or e-mail Harris and Feinstein and tell them why you want an investigation in your own words.  I asked you to contact LaMalfa to cosponsor and vote YES on HR 356, which would set up a 12-member commission that would be tasked with investigating foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.
➔ There has been no progress on HR 356 since it was referred to a subcommittee on January 6th.  We need to contact the subcommittee members to move it forward.

I asked that you contact Assemblymember Brian Dahle and let him know 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.
➔ There has been no progress on AB 569 since it was referred to a committee on February 27th.

I asked that you contact Dahle and let him know you SUPPORT AB 1687, which would further restrict where anticoagulant rodenticides (rat poisons) can be used in California because they are regularly poisoning wildlife.  Ask him to represent you by moving AB 1687 out of committee and voting YES on it.  Dahle is vice chair of the committee to which this bill was referred.
➔ The March 28th update says "In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author."  I'm not sure what that means for its status.

I asked you to celebrate LGBT Health Week because racism, transphobia, and homophobia increase health disparities.

I asked that you contact the White House and tell 45 not to sign SJRes 34.
➔ SJRes 34 already passed the Senate and House.  Harris and Feinstein voted no.  LaMalfa voted yes.

I asked that you contact Dahle and let him know you OPPOSE AB 165, Exclusion of schools from electronic communications privacy protections.  AB 165 will kill the privacy protections of CalECPA (California’s Electronic Communications Privacy Act) for over 6 million Californians by exempting schools from its protections.
➔ There has been no progress on AB 165 since it was referred to a committees on January 30th.

I asked you to contact LaMalfa to represent you by voting YES on HR 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act.
➔ There has been no progress on HR 676 since it was referred to a subcommittee on February 10th.


A huge thank you to everyone who called, wrote and faxed about the AHCA, especially those who mobilized friends and neighbors to do so.  Thank you, also, to those 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.

- Rachel R.