INDIVISIBLE CEDAR MILL OREGON
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OUR MISSION: Rebuild and maintain a progressive majority in every level of government – federal, state and local.
January 20, 2018
Day 365 of 1461 days
Dear Co-defendants –
In For A Dime, In For A Dollar
The federal government shut down last night and will stay shut pending the adoption of either a new budget or a new Continuing Resolution (CR). The Democrats are insisting that both DACA and CHIP issues be resolved before they will agree to any spending bill. There are sufficient House and Senate votes to simply accomplish this, but Trump is – well, it’s hard to say what or where he is on this issue. He blows hot and cold. There are not enough Senate votes to pass any bill without Democratic support. McConnell needs 50 votes and he has 49 Republicans (Cochran (MS) and McCain (AZ) in absentia). He needs 11 votes from the Dems and he got five – Donnely, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin and McCaskill. You may be sure that these five — all blue senators up for re-election In very red states – voted ‘yes’ with approval of the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer.
So, the Dems have crossed the Rubicon and now they need to hang tough until they get what they want – a solution for DACA and CHIP. See Calls for Action down below to give our senators and representative your support and your insistence that we come away with a DACA and CHIP win…nothing less will do.
Senator Wyden has cancelled his Town Hall for today. He’s needed in DC!
Support the Ozark Indivisibles
Senator Tom Cotton has sent cease-and-desist letters to several members of Ozark Indivisibles for contacting him too rudely and too often. Apparently, listening to his constituents is not his main concern. So, write him a postcard or give him a call telling him that it is his job to pay attention to his callers, whether he agrees with them or not. A letter to his DC office will take three weeks to get delivered, but they are delivered directly to his field offices. This website will give you complete addresses and phone numbers for the sensitive senator.
We are coming down to the wire on this measure, with a January 23rd voting deadline. A final canvass will be held today, Saturday, meeting at 1200 hours at the Democratic Hqs in Hillsboro at 140 SE 3rd Ave.
Indivisible Cedar Mill is committed to sending members to the ultimate phone bank on Monday at the same location. Meet at 1750 NW 131st at 5:15PM to carpool in to Hillsboro for a 6:00 to 8:30 phone bank.
The Blue Tide Continues To Roll
A special election in Wisconsin for the State Senate went the right way last Tuesday, with Democrat Patty Schachtner beating her opponent by 9 points. This district went to Trump by 17 points last year, and in the previous race for this seat, the Republican candidate won by 26 points. Schachtner’s win continues a strong showing by Democratic candidates throughout the nation in special elections; the Republicans have noticed, and Speaker Ryan considers it a ‘wake up call.’ We progressives can gloat a bit, but we must keep our eyes in the ultimate goal, a Democratic House and Senate in 2018, and give Speaker Ryan an especially loud wake up call then.
CALLS TO ACTION
Call Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Suzanne Bonamici to urge them hang in there and to fund CHIP and to support DACA without giving Trump funds for a border wall. In fact, tell them that a border wall is a non-starter.
Senator Ron Wyden – 202-224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley – 202-224-3753
Representative Suzanne Bonamici – 202-225-0855
The meeting is set for Monday, February 12, at 1750 NW 131st, 97229. Doors open at 6:30PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM. Refreshments, both adult and juvenile will be provided along with a few tasty snacks.
L’audace, encore l’audace, et toujours l’audace!