Derek Nelson’s Re:Act Newsletter had some really great action items last week, so I am just going to share them here:
“President Donald Trump appeared to equate US actions with the authoritarian regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview released Saturday, saying, “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” Former Gen. Barry McCaffrey on Monday said President Trump’s recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the most anti-American statement ever made by a commander-in-chief.
What you can do: (8 minutes)
✓ Ask your senator to support the Russia Review Act, which will be introduced today (Wednesday). “The Russia Review Act would require the White House to submit a report detailing why it was seeking to lift sanctions, setting into motion a 120-day review period where Congress could vote to disapprove of easing the penalties on the country, according to a summary of the measure provided to CNN.” Call the Capitol Hill switchboard (202) 224–3121. Share any actions with #reactions2017.
✓ Keep pressing for taxes. “Thanks to a little-known and rarely used provision in the law, either the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation may request anyone’s tax returns to examine — including the president’s — from the secretary of the Treasury. They wouldn’t need to tell anyone that they did so. They could share the returns with their committee members in closed session.”
If you are represented by any of the three members of congress below, consider calling and pushing them to request Donald Trump’s tax returns from the secretary of treasury, which is within their power.
- Kevin Brady (R, Texas’ 8th district): (936) 441–5700 (Conroe)
- Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa):(515) 288–1145 (Des Moines)
- Orrin Hatch (R, Utah):(801) 524–4380 (Salt Lake City)
✓ Use CallMyCongress.com to ask your House rep to support Rep Waters’ legislation to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia and Cyberattacks.
Sample script: “I’m [FIRST & LAST NAME], a constituent calling to ask [REP. — — — ] to strongly support an investigation into Russian interference in our elections. Please ask [REP. — — — ] to support Congresswoman Waters’ new legislation to investigate the President’s ties to Russia.”
✓ Call for a new, bipartisan select committee to investigate.
Call both your senators and your representative. The Capitol Hill switchboard is at (202) 224–3121. Notes as always: Only call your reps. Be polite. One call per issue. Have a specific goal.
“Hello, my name is [X] from [CITY]. After what we’ve learned about the Trump administration and Russia this week, I am asking [REPRESENTATIVE X] to support a new, bipartisan select committee with public hearings. I think these hearings should include testimony from former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Will [REPRESENTATIVE X] publicly support this?”
Senator McCaskill called for it here. The wording is important. Some context: There are currently up to 5 investigations on Russia’s election meddling concurrently happening in Congress, which are all at risk of being slow, redundant, and opaque. We’re not asking our reps to support any investigation: We need one, proper investigation.
Share any actions with #reactions2017.
For more background info on the Russia issue and why it’s pertinent again, check out this excellent reporting by The Washington Post: