Today, I sent an email to all 3 of my MOC (that’s Members of Congress, for those who are not yet semi-professional gadflies) reiterating the request for an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.
I called Rep. Thompson’s office and again spoke to a human. I’m starting to think not enough people are calling from the PA 5th District. Anyway, this time I had my notes ready and asked the nice lady to urge to the Congressman to not support the budget resolution vote and to oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act. The first part did not have the desired effect, because in the afternoon vote, Thompson voted for the budget. Disappointing, but not unexpected.
I also faxed over the same letter (with an updated date) to both Senators urging them not to repeal the ACA.
I submitted a Letter to the Editor! I’ve seen lots of people suggesting this, but I’m a little skeptical myself. Do people even read letters to the editor? I guess I will find out.
On the response side, I got an email back from Sen. Casey saying he has “concerns about whether, based upon his record, Mr. Tillerson would advance our Nation’s security and diplomatic interests abroad,” so yay. I also got two back from Sen. Toomey, one that sidestepped my specific request to not defund Planned Parenthood by saying listing some things about reproductive freedom that he thought we all should be able to agree on (for the record, we do not). The other one on the ACA stated:
For these reasons, I have voted for and continue to support the full repeal of the president’s health care law.
So this one will be an uphill climb.
For safe keeping: the ACLU has put out a guide to protesting the inauguration.