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. Trump and his administration are making it clear that they do not consider the health care bill to be dead in the water and are making some contradictory remarks about their role in (de-)/ stabilization of the markets: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/30/tom-price-obamacare-health-care-241139 and http://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1AE0QQ This is the time for us to stay in touch with our Senators to say that we expect them to return to the regular order of the Senate with committee work and hearings. We can also remind them that the President is threatening actions that harm our own citizens and is gearing up to continue to attack the legislative branch in the same way that he has attacked the judicial branch and the media.
2. In addition to it being a social and political disaster, the environmental and ecological impact of a U.S.-Mexico border wall could be devastating http://bit.ly/2w0MK2m Even so, the House passed a spending bill which allocates $1.6 billion for the border wall http://read.bi/2uQOXOG Let's be sure to give our senators a call, letting them know that we are not interested in funding the wall.
3. In order to address the fact that Jared Kushner still has security clearance, even after failing to disclose his meetings with Russian nationals, House Democrats have introduced the Security Clearance Review Act http://bit.ly/2hcNqzw This bill would give the Director of the FBI the authority to revoke or prevent renewal of an individual's security clearance if that person's security clearance poses a threat to national security http://bit.ly/2tWhfdA Let's give our representatives a call, and ask that they cosponsor and support the Security Clearance Review Act.
4. After years of work by the Obama administration to craft new protections for our children against methane pollution, the Trump-Pruitt EPA has lost no time trying to cater to corporate polluters instead. They’re proposing a two-year delay to a rule that would keep us safe from toxic methane pollution, jeopardizing the health and safety of our families for corporate profits. (https://morningconsult.com/2017/07/10/advocates-methane-rule-dominate-epa-hearing/) The EPA is accepting public comment on this change until August 9th. Let’s join NextGen and make it clear we want them to put ordinary people first, not their billionaire buddies: https://nextgenamerica.org/act/methane-pollution-kids/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=action&utm_campaign=170713_NAT_DFP_Methane_Public_Comment.
5. Trump has nominated beleaguered Kansas governor Sam Brownback for International Religious Freedom Ambassador. Brownback is one of the country's least popular governors and Kansas is in bad shape because of his policies. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/26/brownback-religious-freedom-trump-241007 This position was previously held by Rabbi David Saperstein, former direct of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center. Let's tell our Senators to oppose Brownback for Religious Freedom Ambassador.
6. In June, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and James Langford (R-OK) introduced a bipartisan bill that would end federal subsidies for sports stadiums. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/senators-to-introduce-bill-seeking-to-stop-tax-funds-from-financing-new-stadiums/ Let's tell our own Senators that we support S1342, the Eliminating Federal Tax Subsidies for Stadiums Act.
1. UT: Governor Gary Herbert joins Senator Orrin Hatch in denouncing Trump's ban on transgender people in the military. http://www.sltrib.com/home/5559403-155/utah-gov-herbert-joins-sen-hatch Let's thank both of them to let them know we applaud their support for diversity: 1) Governor Gary Herbert, PO Box 142220, Salt Lake City UT 84114-2220. 2) Senator Orrin Hatch 51 S University Ave Ste 320, Provo UT 84601-4491.
1. Intense op-ed in Washington Post by Eugene Robinson about Trump:https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/the-worst-is-yet-to-come/2017/07/27/9c2bef6a-72ff-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html “Do not become numb to the mad king’s outrages. The worst is yet to come.” Let’s do what we can to attend to our own self-care as our fatigue is a design feature in the rise of authoritarianism.