1.22.17: Stop Trump's cabinet
Racist, sexist, anti-gay: Trump's cabinet, go away.
Yesterday, millions of people on all seven continents took to the streets to fight for the planet and the rights of women, people of color, immigrants, workers, and people with disabilities. Trump's cabinet nominees are threats to all of the things we're fighting for, and we have to stop them.
Last week, we asked you to call Congress -- a lot. In fact, so many of you called that it tied up lines and led to busy signals and filled voicemail inboxes. Still, Daily Kos and our friends at action now are reporting that Senators are surprised how few calls they're getting from the public, so we have to keep going. Today's call to action: catch up on last week's cabinet confirmation hearings and get ready to fight.
Learn: what's going on with key cabinet nominees
As we've shared in previous posts, there are eight cabinet nominations that Democrats particularly want to stop; that's also where we're asking readers to focus their efforts. Friday, two cabinet nominees -- James Mattis for Secretary of Defense and John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security -- were confirmed, and Mike Pompeo's confirmation as Director of Central Intelligence is expected on Monday.
Act: catch up on highlights from confirmation hearings, and get ready to call and write Congress again
Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education
- Why she's a disastrous choice: From start to finish, the DeVos education confirmation hearing was rather remarkable (Washington Post)
- How to stop her: The HELP Committee votes on January 31st. Before then, use our script to call your senators, whether they're on the HELP committee or not, and reference statements from her committee hearings that show why she's incompetent. You can also use these Women's March postcards and send a message the old-fashioned way.
Jeff Sessions, US Attorney General
- Why he's a disastrous choice: [Video] A session on Sessions (Samantha Bee)
- How to stop him: The Judiciary Committee will vote on Sessions' nomination on January 24th; use our call script and call your Senators, especially if one or both is on the Judiciary Committee. You can also use these Women's March postcards and send a message the old-fashioned way.
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
- Why he's a disastrous choice: In rocky hearing, Tillerson tries to separate from Trump (New York Times)
- How to stop him: Use our party-specific call scripts to tell your Senators to keep the heat on Rex Tillerson. If you're represented by a skeptical Republican like Marco Rubio or Lindsey Graham, we recommend making an especially pointed message. You can also use these Women's March postcards and send a message the old-fashioned way.
Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
- Why he's a disastrous choice: Earth to Pruitt: at confirmation hearing, denialism stands while temperatures rise (New Yorker)
- How to stop him: It's still possible that some Republicans and conservative-leaning Senators could break with the pack. Use our party-specific call scripts to demand that Republicans get answers from Pruitt about key issues, and tell Democrats to shut down the nomination. You can also use these Women's March postcards and send a message the old-fashioned way.
Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury
- Why he's a disastrous choice: Steven Mnuchin pulled a foreclosure routine at his Senate hearing (Esquire)
- How to stop him: In the past two days, it's come out that Mnuchin failed to disclose $100 million in assets in his background review. Use our party-specific call scripts and make sure to mention his failure to disclose as evidence for why he's unfit. You can also use these Women's March postcards and send a message the old-fashioned way.
Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Why he's a disastrous choice: Choice for Health Secretary is vague on replacing Affordable Care Act (New York Time)
- How to stop him: This one will not be easy; Price is supported almost universally by Senate Republicans. Call today and every day and use our party-specific call scripts to tell your Senators to stop Price. You can also use these Women's March postcards and send a message the old-fashioned way.
Share: We have a lot of momentum. Let's keep it going.
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