On Monday, March 20, Judge Neil Gorsuch will have his first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee as nominee to the United State Supreme Court. Gorsuch’s extreme record on everything from women’s rights, civil rights to corporate power is unacceptable, and it’s vital that your Senators hear from you on filibustering his nomination.
Every meeting needs a facilitator! The facilitator is responsible for helping a group of people achieve their objectives for a meeting or call, and for making the meeting inclusive and rewarding for everyone.
Our government spends a lot of money (trillions of dollars) every year. Naturally, Congress, which is given the power of the purse by the Constitution, spends a lot of time deciding how much to spend and what to spend it on. This document reviews one of Congress’ most fundamental responsibilities, called appropriations.
Normally, the Senate requires a 60-vote majority to pass any legislation—a high bar that makes it hard for the Senate to quickly pass major pieces of legislation. Budget Reconciliation, often referred to as just reconciliation, is a legislative maneuver that allows the majority to get around this 60-vote safeguard. This document reviews how some Republicans are using reconciliation to attempt to “repeal and replace” significant elements of the Affordable Care Act.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be devastating to millions. Use these resources to more effectively tell your Members of Congress to save the ACA.
The legislative process can be really confusing, so we put this document together to pass on our knowledge and help you understand the process better.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is Congress’s referee. Until we, as citizens, see the CBO estimate of a bill, we only have politicians’ talking points to go by to judge a bill’s impact. When politicians make big, false claims about their policies, we must turn to independent analysts, like the CBO, to demonstrate the truth.
While following the normal legislative process might seem pretty straightforward, and like something we should all get behind, the truth is some Republicans are interpreting regular order in an undemocratic way in order to fast track harmful legislative priorities, and as cover for abandoning the basic principle of transparency.
Una prioridad para la administración de Trump es montar un ataque coordinado contra inmigrantes y refugiados. Ya hemos visto como esto se manifiesta en prohibiciones contra musulmanes y refugiados, un aumento en el número de aplicaciones de leyes de inmigración dentro de los Estados Unidos, uso de perfiles raciales, acoso y violaciones de privacidad en la frontera. Esto no representa la idea de comunidad que queremos y no es una política por la cual la mayoría de Estadounidenses votaron.
We strongly believe that all of Trump’s anti-immigrant policies can be stopped by Congress. Indivisible will continue to pressure MoCs to do their job, to protect families from being torn apart, and to protect democracy from this aspiring tyrant. But protecting our communities will require an even greater commitment. To this end, we will support local efforts intended to shield immigrants and other vulnerable communities from the terror brought upon them by this administration.
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.
Democrats may be in the minority, but that doesn’t mean that your Democratic senator is powerless to resist Trump’s agenda. The Senate is a peculiar legislative body, with lots of arcane rules designed to protect the minority from being trampled by an irresponsible majority.
We want to make sure you’re well armed to combat the Trump agenda where the fight is happening—at the grassroots level. Even though Capitol Hill might seem like a strange, esoteric, and ego-driven little bubble (and it is!), there are easy ways to stay on top of what’s happening in Washington, DC. Here are some resources Capitol Hill staff use all the time to help them keep abreast of what’s going on.
To explain how you can resist, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Indivisible, International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and National Immigration Law Center (NILC-IJF) hosted a planning call that explains WHAT the Executive Orders are, WHY they’re unconstitutional and illegal, HOW you can push your Senators to restore justice, and answer your questions.
Here’s the quick-and-dirty summary of Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. While this page summarizes top-level takeaways, the full document describes how to actually carry out these activities.