The Rogan’s List Team is on vacation from July 30 through August 13, but because of the extension of the Senate calendar we have decided to run a smaller list during this time. We look forward to being back to the full list on August 14.
Contact Federal Government Officials
1. As we begin to move forward after Congress voted down the Skinny Repeal of the ACA, let's remember to hold our senators accountable for their votes. With gratitude or admonishment, we can let them know that we're paying attention and will hold them responsible for their actions. The Indivisible Guide has call scripts we can use, whether our senators voted "yes" or "no": https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/hold-senators-accountable-trumpcare-vote/
2. Trump and his cabinet are continuing their assault on our environment, this time by starting the process of rolling back Obama’s efforts to limit offshore drilling. (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/340505-interior-begins-public-review-of-offshore-drilling-plan) But the Interior Department is required to take public comments before they can move forward with this plan to put our coastlines at risk. Let’s make sure they know we want these areas to remain off limits to drilling. We can find instructions on how to submit comments here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/03/2017-13998/request-for-information-and-comments-on-the-preparation-of-the-2019-2024-national-outer-continental.
3. Yet another EPA official has resigned, citing budget cuts and the repeal of environmental regulations in her exit letter http://bit.ly/2u1Eymg Elizabeth Southerland, Director of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, closed her letter stating "I am confident that Congress and the courts will eventually restore all the environmental protections repealed by this administration because the majority of the American people recognize that this protection of public health and safety is right and it is just." http://bit.ly/2uhqCQl Let's make sure our members of Congress know that we agree with Southerland that we must maintain environmental regulations to ensure public safety, and that we must also provide federal funding for scientific research and development.
4. Senator Tom Udall has introduced a bill which would ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide which has been shown to cause brain damage http://reut.rs/2vq98X3 This comes at a time when the current leadership of the EPA has decided against banning the dangerous pesticide http://n.pr/2nkcBPb Let's make sure our senators are cosponsoring and supporting the Protect Children, Farmers, and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017 (S. 1624). We can also call chairman Pat Roberts and ranking member Debbie Stabenow, of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and tell them we support this bill. Pat Roberts: (202) 224-4774 Debbie Stabenow: (202) 224-4822
5. Republicans in Congress with radical agendas are trying to slip through a bill that would clear-cut our cherished national forests and silence our voice. H.R. 2936 is a massive giveaway to corporate interests at our expense. (https://psmag.com/environment/flush-with-timber-money-congressman-works-to-loosen-forest-protections) It leaves millions of acres of protected areas vulnerable, shifts funding from environmental restoration to the timber industry and makes it tougher for us to hold the government accountable in court. Let’s join EarthJustice and contact our members of Congress to tell them to stand with us and not big business: https://secure.earthjustice.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app314b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1980&utm_source=crm&utm_content=ResponsiveSideBarLink&autologin=true&NONCE_TOKEN=0D1DA437F6B5C7195C333D81F1A1D334#start.
6. GOP Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (who never endorsed Trump but did follow McConnell to the gates of hell on health care) has come out with a damning book about his party. This editorial in Politico by him asserts that his party is “in denial” about the issues associated with Trump. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/31/my-party-is-in-denial-about-donald-trump-215442 Let’s let Flake know that we appreciate him speaking up but that his constituents need his actions to match his words: 413 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
7. Following Trump's tweet, announcing that he would be banning transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, Coast Guard officials have contacted openly-serving transgender service members to offer their support http://bit.ly/2u1ifgc As Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft stated, "We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard and I will not break faith." Let's thank Adm. Zukunft for these heartfelt words: https://www.facebook.com/ADMZukunft/ https://twitter.com/ADMZukunft Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, US Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington DC 20593-7000.
8. Let’s also take some time to say thanks to another government leader who is speaking up about Trump’s words and actions: Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, who spoke out about Trump’s condoning police violence: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/344776-dea-chief-trump-condoned-police-misconduct. 700 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
1. KY (Louisville): Yesterday, the Louisville Metro Council held a meeting for public comments on Louisville's proposed tree ordinance. http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2017/07/24/greater-louisville-inc-wont-take-position-proposed-tree-protection-ordinance/504725001/ If we live in Louisville, let's send our comments of support for the tree ordinance to: Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14th District), Louisville Metro Council, Public Works, Parks, Sustainability and Transportation Committee, 601 W Jefferson St, Louisville KY 40402. We can also call her at: 502-574-1114. Let's keep Louisville green!
1. The House is on recess until Sept. 5. The Senate is set to go on recess Aug. 7 to Sept. 5. These are not so much vacations as district work times, so it is not really business as usual. Let’s look at some important ways we can keep up with effective #resisting during this time: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/august-recess-activism Now, let’s do it!
2. Nebraska is the last state where TransCanada doesn’t have a permit to build Keystone XL. The Nebraska Public Service Commission can stop this pipeline after they hold hearings starting August 7th. (http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/nebraska-public-service-commission-sets-keystone-xl-hearing-date/article_af9d23a2-1a30-11e7-a047-af8b2456f3ee.html) We can join activists from 350.org in submitting a comment to the Commission urging them to reject the permit for the pipeline here. We can also financially support their innovative #SolarXL campaign, which aims to raise $50,000 to build solar panels in the route of the pipeline as a symbol of resistance to fossil fuels and the job-creating energy future we need, by clicking here.