Wednesday 3/21 – Russia Watch – Omnibus spending bill and the Mueller Investigation.

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Action #1 – #ProtectOurVote #PaperBallots

(from Loyal Opposition) Yesterday, we posted a call to action AGAINST many of the toxic riders the GOP has attached to  the Omnibus Spending Bill.

Today, we’re asking you to ask your legislators to attach something good. Like protecting our own elections against Russian interference.

House Democrats issued a comprehensive review of state voter system vulnerabilities and want $400 million in the Omnibus Appropriations bill which could be voted on as early as next week to help states convert to paper ballots and harden their systems against cyber-attacks.

The evidence behind their request is irrefutable. Russia hacked into state voter systems in the 2016 election, successfully penetrating several of the systems in the 21 states they attempted to hack.

The heads of U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia is determined to interfere with our mid-term elections and could cause havoc by tampering with state voter systems.

Our state election systems desperately need to be upgraded: one in four U.S. voters vote on a system with no paper trail, and many others vote on systems that give the voter a receipt, but leave no paper trail that would allow the state to audit the accuracy of the vote count.

Most states have been attempting to harden their systems against cyber-attacks, but many lack the funds and expertise to get it done before the 2018 elections.

Action: Call your House Representative and urge him or her to provide money in the Omnibus Appropriations bill to help states convert to paper ballots that provide an audit trail and harden cyber security defenses.Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like Rep. [___] to include funds in the Omnibus Appropriations bill to help states convert to paper ballot voting systems that can be audited, and harden cyber security defenses.

Additional script if you want it: The integrity of our election systems is core to our democracy; Congress must act now to protect the midterms.

Action #2 – Speak out now! Avoid the Constitutional Crises!

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff has called on all his colleagues to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller before we are in a constitutional crisis.

After a weekend of angry tweets this weekend from our president, and the call from his lawyer to end the Mueller investigation, a number of Republicans have gone on record to claim that they want the Mueller investigation protected, too.

Action: Talk is cheap. Legislate this already. Call your own legislators and reach out to friends and relatives in GOP-dominated states to call theirs. They’re all nervous now. This is the time.

Minimal Script for Reps.: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to pass the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act ( H.R. 3654)and The Special Counsel Integrity Act (H.R. 3771) NOW! (Click on the links to see if your legislator is a co-sponsor already. Carbajal and Brownley are already supporters of H.R. 3654) 

Minimal Script for Senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to pass the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (S. 1735) and The Special Counsel Integrity Act (S. 1741) NOW! (Click on the links to see if your legislator is a co-sponsor already.)

Contact your Legislators

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Which one is yours?

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Rep./Senator Contacts:

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