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Federal Actions Needed
- The North Korea summit generated a lot of hot air, but we need actual, committed diplomacy. Trump emerged from the summit proclaiming that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat,” but the truth is that years of difficult negotiations and setbacks are ahead if we are going to achieve peace and denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula. And Trump’s war cabinet hasn’t demonstrated they’re up to the task. You can read our resource here to learn more about the need for long-term, sustained negotiations.
- The Trump administration helped commit atrocities in Yemen. After essentially receiving a green light from the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began a devastating assault on Yemen’s main port city this week, in defiance of the United Nations. The coalition (with assistance from the United States) also bombed a Doctors Without Borders facility, and lied that they didn’t know it was there. Our participation in these monstrous acts inflicts massive suffering on innocent civilians, and damages our standing on the world stage.
- The Trump administration is expected to pull the United States out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. In a move aimed at pandering to his nationalist base, Trump and his war cabinet have signaled they will withdraw from this key body. Nearly every day, Trump finds a way to further isolate the United States from the global stage and weaken international institutions.
This Week on Capitol Hill
- The Senate may mark up a new blank check for Trump to wage war this week. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering the “Corker-Kaine AUMF” that would make Trump’s wide-ranging war authorities even wider. After delaying mark up this week, we expect they will take it up this coming week. But we’re hoping, it will be delayed indefinitely. Trump doesn’t need a blank check for war — this bill must not become law.
- House Republicans could kick off a new health care fight. House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack said that his committee could mark up a budget resolution next week that would start the reconciliation process (the special procedure that allows legislation to pass the Senate with only 51 votes). Womack didn’t say what Republicans might want to use reconciliation for, but it could be another attempt at repealing the ACA or Tax Scam round two. We’ll find out when we see text on Tuesday, and (as always!) we’ll have resources ready for you.
- There will likely be two immigration votes in the House. Paul Ryan cut a deal this past week: to avoid an open immigration debate on the House floor, he agreed to allow votes on two immigration bills. Both bills hold Dreamers hostage in return for radical changes to our legal immigration system and billions of dollars in funding for the border wall. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the best way to protect Dreamers isn’t taking a bad deal; it’s electing MoCs who will fight tooth and nail for a permanent protections for Dreamers. Check out our updated resource and call script here.
Our mission: (1) pressure the current government to fight the Trump agenda; (2) elect a new progressive government.