TODAY’S ACTIONS: Refugee bill and AHCA

TODAY’S ND ACTION: Amend HB1427

You may recall that HB1427, the refugee bill, was changed to a study bill in the ND legislature. That’s great, but so far it is only going to study the costs of refugee resettlement to ND. We’re asking for the bill to be amended to include a study of the benefits refugees bring, too.

Contact the Senate Political Subdivision Committee and ask them to support the current HB1427 WITH AMENDMENT!

“My name is ________________, I live in [city, and district if you know it].  I am calling to ask you to support House Bill 1427 with the following amendment: that the study includes the benefits that refugees bring to the community.  A study looking only at costs does not represent a fair or accurate total picture.  I believe the amendment is necessary, because….”

This is your chance to TELL YOUR STORY.

As a New American:

Why did you come to the United States?  How long have you lived in North Dakota?  What are your dreams for the future?  How would this bill affect you and your family?

As an ally to our refugee and New American neighbors:

What relationships do you have with our refugee and New American neighbors? How do you feel these relationships enrich your person, professional, and community life?

“Thank you for your time, please a recommend a Do Pass with a benefit amendment on HB1427.”

The committee is meeting tomorrow morning, so we want to contact them today. It’s okay to email, and to contact representatives who aren’t from your district.

Sen. Randall Burckhard (5 – Minot) 701-838-1509 raburckhard@nd.gov

Sen. Howard Anderson (8 – Turtle Lake) 701-861-9749 hcanderson@nd.gov

Sen. Jim Dotzenrod (26 – Wyndmere) 701-640-3926 jdotzenrod@nd.gov

Sen. Jordan Kannianen (4 – Stanley) 701-421-8813 jkannianen@nd.gov

Sen. Diane Larson (30 – Bismarck) 701-400-7218 dklarson@nd.gov

Sen. Judy Lee (13 – West Fargo) 701-282-6512 jlee@nd.gov

 

TODAY’S MN ACTION: Ask Peterson about the AHCA

We are calling Collin Peterson’s office to ask what his position is on the AHCA, the ACA replacement bill. If he is voting for it, why? If he isn’t sure yet, what information does he need before he makes a decision? And if he is voting against it, say thanks!

Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056

Washington: 202-225-2165

TODAY’S ACTIONS: ACA stories

Today’s Action #1: Tell us your ACA story

We are collecting stories from residents of North Dakota and Minnesota Congressional District 7 (Collin Peterson’s district) about how your life is better with the Affordable Care Act. We will compile them in a few weeks and deliver them to your congressional district offices.

If you haven’t yet, please share your story with us here: https://goo.gl/forms/GgjOBi4CmOVeZ3Pd2

You don’t have to be a member of our group to submit your story, so share this form with a friend if you wish.

Today’s Action #2: Tell the White House your ACA story

The White House is also collecting ACA stories, although it seems their goal is to hear about what a “total disaster” it is.

If you have had a positive experience with the ACA, please let the White House know about it here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/obamacare-share-your-story

 

TODAY’S ACTION: NO to the AHCA

You probably heard that the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the ACA replacement bill yesterday. The nonpartisan CBO found that 24 million Americans are likely to lose access to health care over the next decade, with 14 million of those losses coming by the end of 2018.

This is a shocking breach of Trump’s multiple promises regarding health care.

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“We have to repeal Obamacare, and it can be replaced with something much better for everybody. Let it be for everybody. But much better and much less expensive for people and for the government. And we can do it.” Presidential announcement speech, 6/16/15

“I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.” 60 Minutes interview, 9/27/15

“Now, the new plan is good. It’s going to be inexpensive. It’s going to be much better for the people at the bottom, people that don’t have any money. We’re going to take care of them through maybe concepts of Medicare.” GOP town hall, 2/18/16

“We’re gonna come up with a new plan that’s going to be better health care for more people at a lesser cost.” ABC News interview, 1/25/17

Politico got access to a White House analysis of the AHCA, and it estimates that even more people will lose their health care under this bill–26 million over the next ten years.

Today we are calling our House Representatives to ask them to vote NO on the ACHA in light of the CBO score and the White House analysis. At our town hall meeting, Rep. Cramer specifically said that the replacement bill would cover MORE people at a lower cost.

“Hi, my name is [ ] and I’m a constituent from [ ]. The Congressional Budget Office says that 24 million people would lose their health care under the new health care law, and the White House says it will be 26 million. Will Rep. [ ] commit to voting against taking away people’s health care?”

North Dakota

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2611

Minnesota

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

TODAY’S ACTION: A giant tax cut for insurance companies?

The Affordable Care Act contains a provision that caps the amount of executive compensation that health insurance companies can claim as tax deductible at $500,000. Why? The goal was to encourage health insurance companies to put their profits into patient care and not into lining the pockets of their CEOs.

You will not be surprised to learn that the ACA replacement bill does away with this provision, at projected cost of $400,000,000 over the next eight years. How does this help us in North Dakota and Minnesota? Let’s call and ask. Note: we are calling the House first because that is where the bill is now. We will contact our senators later.

“Hi, my name is [ ] and I’m a constituent from [ ]. I have read that the new health care bill contains huge tax cuts for insurance companies that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and mean services will have to be cut. How does that help us here in [ND/MN]?”

North Dakota

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2611

Minnesota

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

TODAY’S ACTION: Save Planned Parenthood!

Who is surprised to learn that the new Republican health care bill defunds Planned Parenthood? I don’t see any hands up out there. But do you know what that means?

Most of the money that Planned Parenthood gets from the federal government is in the form of Medicaid reimbursements. This new bill would block people who use Medicaid and other federal programs from being able to get their care paid for at Planned Parenthood. Not only would this immediately remove 34% or more of Planned Parenthood funding, but those patients would have to find services elsewhere, or more likely, go without them.

Planned Parenthood sees nearly 5 million patients a year. 96% of its services are for STI treatment and prevention, contraception, cancer screening, and other women’s health services.

Today, we’re asking you to show your support for Planned Parenthood in two ways.

  1. Get your reproductive services there if you can, especially if you are not using Medicaid or other federal government insurance programs. This helps keep money coming in so Planned Parenthood won’t have to shut down completely.
  2. Call your House Representatives today and tell them you want them to vote NO on any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. We are calling the House first because that is where the bill is now. We will contact our senators later. Click here for a call script.

North Dakota

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2611

Minnesota

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

 

TODAY’S ACTION: Let’s see those tax returns

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This is crazy, right? The key to unraveling it all may lie in Trump’s tax returns. Senate Democrats believe that the contents of those returns may reveal a serious national security threat. They want the Senate Finance Committee to ask for the returns. Let’s help them get access.

If you live in ND, call John Hoeven’s office today and tell them that you want him to support any efforts of Senate committees to see the president’s tax returns. If it turns out that he has no financial dealings with Russia, great! Then we can all move on from this. And if the opposite is true, doesn’t Sen. Hoeven want to know as soon as possible?

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551 

Image source: https://swalwell.house.gov/issues/russia-trump-his-administration-s-ties

TODAY’S ACTION: Save Medicaid!

House Republicans have finally unveiled their ACA replacement bill. It’s called the American Health Care Act. Are you surprised to learn that it will hurt people who couldn’t afford insurance before the ACA? Me either!

The Affordable Care Act makes people eligible for Medicaid if they earn up to 138% of the federal poverty line. The replacement bill would freeze enrollment into that program starting three years from now.

That doesn’t sound like they are kicking people off of their insurance immediately, but consider this: in order to be eligible for the Medicaid expansion under the new plan, you have to be continuously enrolled in the program. That means that people who have fluctuating incomes sometimes lose their eligibility during the year, because their eligibility is determined based on their monthly income. So a construction worker might be on the Medicaid expansion in January but not July. Once you’ve lost your eligibility for the program, under the replacement bill you’ve lost it forever.

In addition, the replacement bill would change Medicaid funding to what’s called a “per-capita cap,” meaning that the states would each get a fixed amount to cover each of their Medicaid enrollees, regardless of what their needs are. And that’s for all of Medicaid, not just the expansion. The result of this change would almost certainly mean cuts in services for people with low incomes and disabilities.

Everyone deserves access to health care! We are the richest country in the world. We can afford to help our friends and neighbors get the care they need. Millions of Americans will lose their health care if this bill is passed. Call your representatives today and tell them that you oppose the changes to the Medicaid program under the AHCA.

If you made your “no score, no vote” call yesterday, thank you! Please call about this today, too. The only way we have a chance at stopping any of this is if we keep up the public outcry.

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2611

Minnesota

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Vote, ACA, and learn about the Trump Org

Today’s Action #1: Vote for Kids!

It’s special election day in Fargo! A yes vote would maintain the mill levy at 127 mills. A no vote would force Fargo Public Schools to make a number of cuts.

According to Fargo Public Schools, Fargoans will vote at their usual polling locations, with two exceptions:

  • Citizens who usually vote at Atonement Lutheran Church will vote at The Bowler.
  • Citizens who usually vote at Calvary Methodist Church will vote at Living Waters Lutheran Church.

Election Day voting will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following polling sites:

South Fargo:

  • Baymont Inn, 3333 13th Avenue South
  • Bethel Evangelical Free Church, 2702 30th Avenue South
  • The Bowler, 2630 South University Drive (alternate site for Atonement Church voters)
  • First Assembly of God Church, 3401 25th Street South
  • Living Waters Lutheran Church, 4451 40th Avenue South (alternate site for Calvary Church voters)
  • Olivet Lutheran Church, 1330 South University Drive
  • Riverview Place, 5300 12th Street South

North Fargo:

  • El Zagel Shrine, 1429 3rd Street North
  • Fargodome, 1800 North University Drive
  • Grace (formerly Knollbrook) Covenant Church, 3030 North Broadway

Downtown Fargo:

  • Fargo Public Library Main Branch, 102 3rd Street North
  • Robert D Johnson Recreation Center, 1104 2nd Avenue South

Today’s Action #2: No score, no vote

Republicans in Congress released their ACA replacement bill yesterday. You can learn more about the provisions of this bill here. One key feature that is missing is a Congressional Budget Office score. That means that the House is trying to pass a bill without having any idea what it will cost taxpayers.

Today we’re calling our House Representatives to ask them to commit to opposing any replacement bill without a CBO score. You can read the call script here. Let’s also remind Rep. Cramer that he told us at his town hall that any replacement bill he voted for would cost less and cover more people. How can he know this bill will do that without a CBO score?

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2611

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

Today’s Action #3: Learn about how the Trump Org does business

Was the president involved in a building project that may have funneled money to terrorists? This New Yorker article says he was. It sheds a lot of light on the Trump Organization’s willingness to do business with some seriously shady characters. As it turns out, that can get you sent to prison in this country.

As we’re talking to our friends and family about Trump, we need to know our facts. This article will teach you a lot about Trump that you probably didn’t know before. Take 15 minutes to read it today.

TODAY’S ACTIONS: EPA, Russia, and a Day Without Women

Today’s Action #1: Save the EPA!

Last month, HR 810 was introduced in the House. It would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency as of December 31, 2018. It has been referred to several House committees for discussion and review before it moves to a full House vote. One of those committees is Energy and Commerce, and one of that committee’s members is Rep. Kevin Cramer.

The bill’s author wants states to take over the functions of the EPA. But pollution doesn’t stop at the state line. The EPA also collects environmental data that researchers across the country can use. Where would that data and access to it go if the EPA were eliminated?

Please call Rep. Cramer today to tell him that you care about the EPA.

“Hi, I’m a constituent, I live in []. I heard there was a bill introduced into Congress that would eliminate the EPA. I want Rep. Cramer to know that clean air and clean water matter to me. I don’t want North Dakota to get South Dakota or Minnesota’s pollution, and that’s what would happen without the EPA.”

Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2611

Today’s Action #2: Ask for special prosecutor in the Russia investigation

HYPOTHETICAL: What if a hostile foreign power interfered with our election to help a candidate for president that was sympathetic to its interests, and then that candidate won?

THAT JUST HAPPENED! Right now, we don’t know how much Trump himself knew about what was going on, but we do know that people from his campaign had repeated contacts with Russia, including:

  • Paul Manafort
  • Carter Page
  • Michael Flynn
  • Jeff Sessions

And that’s just what we know so far. If Russia was successful in influencing the outcome of this election, that would be huge. If Trump or his campaign were in on the plan, that would be one of the biggest things that ever happened in American history.

We MUST call our representatives and ask them to support the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia. The only way this is going to happen is if we keep calling and calling and calling to demand it. We have to know what happened!

“Hi, my name is [ ] and I’m a constituent. I live in [ ]. I am calling to ask [ ] to support a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia.”

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2611

Minnesota

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

Today’s Action #3: Learn about “A Day Without Women”

National organizers of the Women’s March have coordinated with women in 30 countries for a women’s strike on International Women’s Day, this Wednesday. Women are all over the country are striking for an end to racist and sexual assaults and all forms of bigotry, for reproductive freedom, health care for all, a $15 minimum wage for all workers, protection and expansion of Social Security, childcare, and more. You can learn more at their website: http://www.womenstrike.org.

TODAY’S ACTION: Sessions must resign

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This is a NATIONAL ACTION. Please call if you can.

Indivisible groups all over the country are calling their representatives today to ask them to make a public statement calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after recent revelations that he lied to Congress about his contacts with Russia during the campaign.

When we speak together, we amplify all of our voices. Call today if you can. See this call script for what to say.

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2611

Minnesota

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721

Sen. Franken has already called for Sessions to resign, so call him to say thanks.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165