Reclaim Recess Toolkit
The upcoming congressional recess is a big opportunity for local groups around the country to show their Members of Congress (MoCs) how serious they are about stopping the Trump agenda. Use these resources to make the most of Congressional recess.
The focus of this short video is on how YOU can have such a big impact at these town hall events over the congressional recess. If you need a short, sweet explanation about why recess and town halls are such a big deal, this is it. Share widely!
Former congressional staff explain how to make your Members of Congress more accessible
The week of February 17-26 is the first district work period (“recess”) of the new Congress. Members of Congress (MoCs) will be back home holding public events and meeting with constituents. These meetings are a great opportunity for your group to remind your MoCs that they need to stand up for you—and that means standing up against the Trump agenda.
The upcoming congressional recess is a big opportunity for local groups around the country to show their Members of Congress (MoCs) how serious they are about stopping the Trump agenda. To accomplish this, it’s helpful for to have a consistent message for their MoCs during town halls, district office meetings, and phone calls.
For seven years, Republicans have been calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without offering a real replacement plan. Now that we’ve seen a few details of what they’re thinking, it’s clear that their plan is not “repeal and replace.” If anything, it’s a plan for “repeal and regress.”
For nearly seven years, Congressional Republicans have done everything they can to sabotage, discredit, defund, and dismantle the ACA. Congress has already begun holding hearings to give the public the false impression that they’re listening to public “concerns.” This is a lie meant to distract from the terrifying truth: Republicans have no replacement plan and are still moving ahead with ACA repeal which would cause more than 30 million people to lose their health care coverage. It means going back to a time when insurance companies could deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions, or when an illness could bankrupt your family.
The estimated number of people whose healthcare coverage would be at risk if the ACA is indeed repealed, by state and by county.
Talking points in hand, Republicans think they’re ready for your tough ACA questions. They’re going to try to tell you that the ACA is a failure (it isn’t!), and that their plan is better (lol, what plan?). Here are their talking points, and a few suggested responses from the Indivisible Team.
As members of congress prepare to head back to their home districts for recess week, Speaker Ryan decided to send them all some talking points on the ACA to help them out during their town halls and public events. But Speaker Ryan and his staff forgot to fact check those documents, so we fixed it for them.
As the president leads the country in a racist, misogynist, and xenophobic direction, what role will our federal courts play? To date, the courts have already become the last bastion of hope in the time of Trump and the last defender of our constitutional system of checks and balances—a safeguard where the worst and most corrupt leanings of this Administration will be checked by an independent court system. But with this president in charge of nominating new Justices to serve lifetime appointments on the highest court of the land, the stakes could not be higher.
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order (EO) titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” As promised during his campaign, Trump issued the EO to discriminate against Muslims and refugees. Congress has the power to stop the ban from being implemented. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, MoCs need to pass legislation to nullify and defund the ban.