Ask Congressman Schneider About His Impeachment Position

Please read the following draft letter. If you agree with the content and wish to be a co-signer, send an email to Joan Reed (joni.reed@comcast.net) by noon 6/18/19:


Dear Representative Schneider,

We are concerned citizens in your district who want to have a more complete understanding of your decision to support congressional investigation rather than press for investigation under the auspices of impeachment proceedings.

We are proceeding on the assumption that you agree with the over 1,000 prosecutors who have signed onto a letter stating the Mueller’s report sets out a sufficient basis to proceed with impeachment.

We also understand further investigation may likely uncover other crimes, in addition to those set forth by Michael Cohen. As history has shown us, additional evidence and witness testimony that becomes unearthed may very well change the Senate’s current intransigent stance.

In terms of the distinction between committee investigations and impeachment proceedings, we would like your take on why you prefer the former. What advantages do non-impeachment hearings provide? From legal experts, we have been made aware that impeachment, as a judicial proceeding, will likely result in faster, more comprehensive investigations. Impeachment proceedings may also give the judiciary committee a stronger case for obtaining certain materials protected from disclosure by statute, like the grand jury materials from Mueller’s investigation. Under impeachment, the House would be in a stronger position to demand contempt penalties. With impeachment also comes the power to gather information in foreign countries, These are just four reasons why we understand impeachment to be preferable.

In terms of political repercussions, we would like to understand the risks of a 2020 Republican backlash to impeachment proceedings. Why is the risk of a Republican wave more likely than the risk of constituents voting out a Democratic representative who does not take a stand to impeach in favor of another Democratic contender? How does that outweigh a Representative’s constitutional duty to uphold the rule of law during their tenure?

Are there any other considerations, whether they be political, legal or otherwise, that you’re taking into account as you make your decision to stay the course rather than go through an impeachment proceeding?

Please contact either of the first two signatories to this letter. We would greatly appreciate an in person discussion when you are next in Illinois. We feel time is of the essence. Thank you for your consideration.

IF YOU AGREE WITH THIS LETTER AND WISH TO SIGN ON, YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL TO JOAN REED (joni.reed@comcast.net) BY 6/18/19.

Hate Has No Home Here – Share Your Agreement

Tenth Dems has signs available for purchase. So many are disgusted with what they’ve seen and heard lately. One way people have rejected this negativity is by displaying a “Hate Has No Home Here” sign. They are $5 per sign or 5 signs for $20 if you arrange to pick them up. In some cases, delivery may be available for an extra charge. Contact us if you need that. Click here to order your signs!

Let us know if you’re interested in a sign—click here, call 847-266-VOTE (8683), or email info@tenthdems.org.

Write to Support Medicaid in Illnois

From Jen Hofmann’s action items for this week

Action: Stand with Americans who are poor, disabled, and/or unable to work.

 

Find: Your state Medicaid director’s address (look up, scroll down for address).

Write: Dear [Name], I am deeply concerned about the CMS letter on 1/12/18 allowing states to deny medical care to vulnerable citizens. With a majority of Medicaid enrollees already working, in school, or medically unable to work, compliance enforcement is an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money. We must take care of our neighbors in need. This new policy penalizes people living in poverty and with disabilities, cutting them off from a powerful poverty-reducing program. I entreat you to continue providing Medicaid to all [Staters] who need it. Thank you for your consideration. Name, town.

 

Legislator Calls: November 6, 2017

Calls Week of November 6

Before you make those calls: Read our Blog post on being an efficient caller.

Representative Schneider and Senators Duckworth and Durbin this week:

  • Tell Representative Schneider*:

    • Advocate for the economic rights of our poorest neighbors
      • Advocate for poor Americans who make less than $18,600 per year and for middle class families who stand to lose tax benefits
      • Thank Representative Schneider for speaking out on this issue in his statement.
  • Tell your Representative and Senators*:

  • Tell your Senators*:

    • Support a clean DREAM act
      • Thank Senator Durbin for Co-sponsoring the bill.
      • Urge Senator Duckworth to become a co-sponsor.
    • Oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court
      • Hundreds of civil rights groups oppose him because of his demonstrated opposition to voting rights, workers’ rights, and civil rights. This appointment is dangerous for democracy.
      • Urge Senators Duckworth and Durbin to vote “No” on this nomination
*Q: Why do I tell my Representative and Senators different lists of issues? Why don’t I read them all the same script?
A: Because certain responsibilities originate in the House of Representative (tax bills start there) and other responsibilities originate in the Senate (confirmations of appointees).
Continue reading “Legislator Calls: November 6, 2017”

ACA Open Enrollment Toolkit

ACA Open Enrollment Toolkit

This Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment toolkit provides proven strategies and templates for use in outreach to media and your community in order to raise awareness about Open Enrollment and drive traffic to HealthCare.gov, assisters, navigators, and brokers, and community enrollment events.

Here is everything you need. Just add your energy.

Help Save the ACA

Take action this weekend and submit your story for the Graham-Cassidy Hearing on Monday, September 25th.

Jen Hoffman’s action item for this weekend

Action: Submit public testimony for Monday’s Graham-Cassidy hearing.

Email: GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by 1pm EST/10am PST Monday 9/25.

Script: I/my family rely/relies on quality, affordable healthcare. Because of this, I oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. My story with [Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, disabilities, affordability, etc.] is… I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA, not repeal it.

Sincerely, [name]

[town, state]

What’s your story? Affordability of Prescription drugs

Have You Had Difficulty Paying For or Accessing Prescription Drugs?

ProPublica Wants to Hear From You.

Action: Share your story about the affordability of prescription medications.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Read more about their work here.

ProPublica and The New York Times are interested in hearing from patients about any difficulties they have had accessing or paying for prescription drugs, in particular if those challenges have occurred in the past year.

This link will take you to a questionnaire about your experience with prescription drug costs, with spaces in the form for you to describe your situation.

Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality!

JULY 12TH  IS AN INTERNET-WIDE DAY OF ACTION TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY

What you need to know:

With the proposed changes to internet regulation, cable and phone companies like Comcast would be able to:

  • Slow video streaming sites, causing your videos start and stop unexpectedly.
  • Add new fees to your Internet bill. Imagine paying extra for YouTube!
  • Censor videos or content they don’t agree with, like political blogs.
  • Throttle any new sites or apps they don’t own or invest in.
  • Make your connection painfully slow, and charge you more to make it work again.
  • Force streaming sites like Spotify into a slow lane, causing them to buffer constantly.
  • Slow online gaming. Call of Duty would lag and glitch without paying more to your ISP.
  • Charge big sites special “prioritization fees” and slow down everyone else.
  • Take you out of the driver’s seat, and control what you see and hear online.
  • Make the Internet look a lot more like cable TV.
  • And, worst of all, become the first gatekeepers of the Internet in US history.

Net neutrality says we get the *entire* web without interference – no gatekeepers, no tollbooths, no slowlanes. Continue reading “Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality!”

Stop Trumpcare

Back to the Phones

We all had a little breather over the 4th of July break, but the Senate will be back in session tomorrow.  Indications are they will pull out all the stops to pass BCRA.  Mitch McConnell submitted revisions to the CBO last week, and has been offering money to flip “no” votes.  He will have two weeks to pass the bill after the CBO scores it.  Save My Care has TV ads in Nevada, Alaska and West Virginia.  It’s time for us to go back to the phones and call everyone on the list.

Dick Durbin (D)IL202-224-2152
Tammy Duckworth (D)IL202-224-2854
Shelley Capito (R)WV202-224-6472
Lisa Murkowski (R)AK202-224-6665
Dean Heller (R)NV202-224-6244
Dan Sullivan (R)AK202-224-3004
Jeff Flake (R)AZ202-224-4521
Susan Collins (R)ME202-224-2523
Bill Cassidy (R)LA202-224-5824
Bob Corker(R)TN202-224-3344
Cory Gardner (R)CO202-224-5941
Richard Shelby (R)AL202-224-5744
Luther Strange (R)AL202-224-4124
Pat Toomey (R)PA202-224-4254
Lamar Alexander (R)TN202-224-4944
Ron Johnson (R)WI202-224-5323
Rob Portman (R)OH202-224-3353

 

Tell Friends: Make Calls to your GOP Senators. Save ACA!

The Senate is on recess for the July 4th holiday, but you can bet your sweet bippy that Mitch McConnell is wheeling and dealing with all the Republican Senators still on the fence about the ACA repeal bill.

When calling friends and family to wish them a happy 4th of July this year, make sure those in states with GOP Senators know they can still Save the ACA!

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If they need a script, one can be found here.

Extra Credit for these states:

Save the ACA!