The "Final" Congressional Session
Happy Tuesday, Activists! We hope your week is off to a good start. We're still savoring last Tuesday's results and we hope you are too -- at least for the ones we have so far. And of course we're waiting to see the results for seats in the House and the PA legislature. So in the meantime, there are a few things we can do to push for more progressive legislation while we have the D.C. trifecta. Don't forget that Congress still has all the power to pass what it can until the new Congress is inaugurated in January. So with that said, here are some things you can do to tell our reps what we expect them to accomplish during this period.
CALL TO ACTION At this point we know there's a good chance Republicans will win enough congressional races to achieve a House majority. If they do, we're running out of time to achieve our progressive priorities and policies necessary for basic governance (think: raising the debt ceiling). So what's the answer? It's to take advantage of the “final session” (the period of time between the election and the inauguration of the next Congress, previously referred to as “lame duck”) to achieve these goals. If Democrats lose their trifecta, we know that MAGA Republicans will not only refuse to cooperate to pass substantive legislation, but also actively obstruct basic legislation, such as by trying to slash Social Security and Medicare. To prevent this, we need Democrats to keep Congress in session for the remainder of this calendar year to minimize the potential harm by Republicans. But Congress won't do this on their own. We need to convince them to take this vital step. Rep. Evans – D.C. office 202-225-4001; Phila. office 215-276-0340; email link Rep. Boyle – D.C. office 202-225-6111; Phila office 215-335-3355; email link Sen. Casey – Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. 202-224-6324; email link Sen. Toomey – Phila office 215-241-1090; D.C. 202-224-4254; email link For outside PA: Find your Senators’ phone numbers and emails at this link. Call your House Rep. and our Senators (yes, Toomey too!) and ask them to stay in session to pass wildly popular bills such as: 1) Raising the debt ceiling so Republicans can't weaponize it against Social Security and Medicare next year. This is a time-consuming bill so they need to get busy on it now. Here's an explainer on the debt ceiling. 2) The Marriage Equality Act 3) The Electoral Count Act These reforms are ready to pass on the floor, but we know Republicans would never bring them up for a vote. So let's do this!
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