Entire letter here.
Action – Demand a Clean Government Funding Bill before anything else happens!
What may have started as a mnemonic device to help “candidate Trump” remember immigration, has morphed into President Trump’s obsessive and racist demands for a real but useless wall, while our country struggles through the third week of a government shutdown. Meanwhile, statistics prove that our greatest threat is not at our southern border, but from dangerous people entering the US through Canada and through our own airports, now staffed with fewer TSA agents, thanks to Trump. The shutdown is hurting our national security in other ways, endangering flight safety, cyber security, and critical weather information. This may be a very, very, very bad time to fly.
We must urge our Members of Congress to stand firm and not accept any deals that include wasting our money on this senseless border wall. The House has already passed the same clean funding bill that had passed unanimously in the previous Senate–but now McConnell is not letting it come to a vote, due to Trump’s veto threat against any bill without funding for his memory gimmick. (Read more about the government shutdown impasse in IndivisibleSF’s Deep Dive)
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep./Sen.[___] for standing firm against the Trump/Republican border wall. They are using 800,000 federal workers as economic hostages to force funding of a border wall that a clear majority of Americans oppose. Don’t give in to their economic terrorism. Stand strong — No Wall!
[addition for Senate only] I urge the Senator to use every parliamentary tool to slow down and block all Senate business until Republicans reopen the government.
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
(from the Indivisible Team)
The government partially shut down on December 22 and we’re now rapidly approaching one of the longest shutdowns in history. This shutdown has led to:
- 450,000 federal employees working without pay.
- 380,000 federal workers furloughed.
- Possible delays during the upcoming tax season.
- Imminent evictions in at least 1,150 HUD-assisted apartment buildings.
- Delays to federal mortgage loans.
- National parks and museums filled with trash.
When the new Democratically-controlled House was sworn in last week, they immediately worked to reopen the government. They passed two bills: a “minibus” bill that funds most of the government through the end of the fiscal year (September 30) and a clean short-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, which would allow Congress time to work toward a solution to the shutdown. In fact, they passed the exact same bills that the Senate passed unanimously just a few weeks earlier.
But Mitch McConnell has refused to allow a vote on either.
This week, the House will work again to pass bills that would fund parts of the government. And again they’ll send those bills over to the Senate, where it’s very unlikely McConnell will bring them to the floor.
And don’t forget — this is all happening because Trump is throwing a temper tantrum over the wall/metal slats/fence not getting his racist agenda through. The wall is wildly unpopular with everyone except his base, so he’s trying to force it into this bill to deliver a racist campaign promise.
3 things you can do right now
Mitch McConnell would rather pretend that the shutdown chaos, purely of his and Trump’s making, doesn’t exist or was created by Democrats (spoiler alert: it wasn’t). He’s stood on the sidelines throughout this process refusing to be a part of negotiations between Democratic leadership and Trump.
And, later today, McConnell even plans to bring unrelated legislation up for votes in the Senate. But the Senate shouldn’t vote on a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g until they’ve fulfilled its obligation to fund the government and passed legislation to end the shutdown.
This is not business as usual. Your senators need to hear from you — Republicans and Democrats — that they must vote NO on any motions to proceed on legislation that doesn’t fund the government.
- Read our updated resource to get caught up on the latest in the #TrumpShutdown. As things change, we’ll keep updating it.
- If you’ve got a Democratic Senator, thank them for standing strong against Trump’s continued tantrum over the wall funding. We’ve got a call script here ready for you to call! When you’re done calling, let us know how it went by filling out the ‘report the call’ section on the form and hitting submit.
- And if you’ve got a Republican Senator, tell them to tell McConnell enough is enough — that he should put the House-passed legislation to a vote in the Senate. Here’s a script to help you make your call.
Pick up your phone and make the call today to tell your members of Congress to end the #TrumpShutdown!
The Indivisible Team
The federal government’s funding runs from October 1st through September 30th of the following year. This is called the fiscal year. If September 30th comes and Congress hasn’t passed all of its appropriations bills, some portions of the federal government (or all of it) shuts down until they get their act together.
If Congress is taking too long and the September 30th deadline is looming, MoC’s can give themselves an extension called a continuing resolution (or “CR”), maintaining current funding levels until they can actually pass spending bills. That is what they did this year, extending funding until December 21.
CRs, like any spending bills, are magnets for poisonous policy riders—often-nasty amendments that members try to attach to spending bills, both to enact bad policy and to obstruct the appropriations process.
Learn more about Continuing Resolutions and poisonous policy riders.