Federal Actions Needed
As all of our hearts are with the students, teachers, and families of Santa Fe High School, here are four things you can do right now to say #NeverAgain (you can also check out our one-stop resource with all of these asks in one place):
- Tell your senators to block the NRA’s Top Priority: The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
- Tell your senators to stop the NRA’s favorite lawyer–Howard Nielson– from becoming a lifelong federal judge.
- Tell Congress you expect real gun safety reform from your elected officials and you expect them to co-sponsor and support these pieces of legislation.
- Advocate for common-sense gun reform in your state.
Also, creeping up on the sidelines are a few Republicans who continue to work on their zombie efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (yeah, SERIOUSLY). This is an ongoing threat, but it’s not yet imminent. There’s a lot that would need to happen before they could even begin to get this moving, but as always, make sure to stay informed and ready with our latest resource here.
This Week on Capitol Hill
- The #BankLobbyistAct will get a final vote in the House. This bill — S. 2155 — de-regulates 25 of the 38 biggest banks in America. It would also allow racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked. Republicans want to pretend that it’s supposed to help “community banks,” but Wall Street will be its biggest beneficiary. There’s still time for you to call your MoC and tell them to vote no — use our call script to take action!
- The House is in a holding pattern on immigration. The Freedom Caucus is trying to force a vote on a proposal by Bob Goodlatte that would end family immigration and fund Trump’s wall. Another faction of Republicans is trying to use a discharge petition to force a vote on their own immigration proposal, the details of which are not clear. Things could come to a head this week; you can read our resource here to get the latest, and we’ll let you know if anything changes.
- The biggest defense bill of the year will be up for a vote in the House. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a multi-billion dollar military spending and policy bill, will get a vote in the House later in the week. The NDAA typically gets considerable bipartisan support, and this year will likely be no different.
Our mission: (1) pressure the current government to fight the Trump agenda; (2) elect a new progressive government.