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There are several bills moving through Congress that we need Rep. John Ratcliffe’s commitments on, and everything you need is below:
→ Pass H.R. 1 to Strengthen our Democracy
→ Revoke the Emergency Declaration
→ Co-sponsor the Green New Deal
→ Co-sponsor the FAMILY Act
→ Co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act
→ Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
→ Fight Family Separations
→ Repeal the “AUMF” (aka Trump’s blank check for war)

The Senate State Affairs Committee approved SB 15, which blocks local government rules that improve workplace benefits, and paves the way for cancellation of non-discrimination ordinances. Next step is consideration by the full Senate. Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement:
“SB 15 as filed would block local efforts – past, current and future – to give working families a fair shot to achieve their dreams. It would outlaw basic benefits like earned paid sick leave, water breaks for construction workers, fair-chance hiring and other measures that local officials have taken and might take to respond to the pressing needs of their communities.”

“To add insult to injury, the committee’s revisions to the bill go even further and prohibit local efforts to protect against discrimination. SB 15 has now become ‘Bathroom Bill II.’ Once again, Texas is walking a backward legislative path when it comes to civil rights, human rights and meeting the basic needs of its residents.”

Jeremy Hendricks of the Laborers Union posted this on Facebook:
I had the honor of testifying before the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs today for the first time ever to ask them to oppose Senate Bill 15, which is an overreaching state super preemption bill that would throw away all the progress we have achieved across Texas for workers and stop any political subdivision (city, county, school board) from passing new laws to help workers with wages, benefits, or working conditions! Republicans love to talk local control, but it’s all lip service! Texas workers need your help, so please contact your State Senator [Pat Fallon 512-463-0130] to say vote NO on SB15! Call 1-833-417-4260 to reach the appropriate office [if you don’t live in Tx SD30].

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Bills we’re watching in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

From Lindy Olsen:
State Legislative Update with bills in committee!
Please call Reggie Smith’s office and tell him to SUPPORT these:
(512) 463-0297
HB 241: expand postpartum Medicaid
HB 361: automatic, electronic voter registration
HB 375: polling locations at universities will more than 10,000 students.

Please call Pat Fallon’s office and tell him to SUPPORT these
good bills in the Texas State Senate (512) 463-0130:

SB 147: expand postpartum Medicaid
SB 734: automatic, electronic voter registration
SB 841: polling locations at universities will more than 10,000 students.

Postpartum Medicaid expansion is finally on the table in the state legislature! ♥️
If you don’t know, Texans who have given birth can only stay on Medicaid for 60 days after delivery. Such a short postpartum care period has contributed to our atrocious maternal mortality rate. These bills would expand postpartum Medicaid to a year after delivery.

House Bills: HB 241, HB 411, HB 610, HB 644.
Call Reggie Smith at (512) 463-0297.

Senate Bills: SB 147 (already referred to committee), SB 308.
Call Tx Sen. Pat Fallon 512-463-0130.

Texas SB 165 would allow people to register to vote at polling locations during early voting. Once registered, these voters would cast a provisional ballot and their registration and ballot would be reviewed by the early voting board. This bill is in the State Affairs committee, and State Senator Pat Fallon is on it. Please call his office at 512-463-0130 and tell him to support it.


Bills we’re watching in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

Please call Pat Fallon’s office and tell him to SUPPORT these
good bills in the Texas State Senate (512) 463-0130:

SB 147: expand postpartum Medicaid
SB 734: automatic, electronic voter registration
SB 841: polling locations at universities will more than 10,000 students.

Postpartum Medicaid expansion is finally on the table in the state legislature! ♥️
If you don’t know, Texans who have given birth can only stay on Medicaid for 60 days after delivery. Such a short postpartum care period has contributed to our atrocious maternal mortality rate. These bills would expand postpartum Medicaid to a year after delivery.

House Bills: HB 241, HB 411, HB 610, HB 644.
Call Reggie Smith at (512) 463-0297.

Senate Bills: SB 147 (already referred to committee), SB 308.
Call Tx Sen. Pat Fallon 512-463-0130.

Texas SB 165 would allow people to register to vote at polling locations during early voting. Once registered, these voters would cast a provisional ballot and their registration and ballot would be reviewed by the early voting board. This bill is in the State Affairs committee, and State Senator Pat Fallon is on it. Please call his office at 512-463-0130 and tell him to support it.

State Legislative Update with bills in committee!
Please call Reggie Smith’s office and tell him to SUPPORT these:
(512) 463-0297
HB 241: expand postpartum Medicaid
HB 361: automatic, electronic voter registration
HB 375: polling locations at universities will more than 10,000 students.

House Bills: call Tx Rep. Reggie Smith, 512-463-0297.
Senate Bills: call Tx Sen. Pat Fallon, 512-463-0130.


Texas SB 165 would allow people to register to vote at polling locations during early voting. Once registered, these voters would cast a provisional ballot and their registration and ballot would be reviewed by the early voting board. This bill is in the State Affairs committee, and State Senator Pat Fallon is on it. Please call his office at 512-463-0130 and tell him to support it.

The president swore to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. And when he doesn’t do that, the people rise up to protest. Let’s make our voices heard!
Contact Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: 202-224-3121
Call Rep John Ratcliffe: 202-225-6673
Demand that Congress immediately take action to overrule Trump’s emergency declaration and rein in Trump’s deportation force and humanitarian abuses by ICE and CBP.

Call Rep John Ratcliffe, 202-225-6673, and tell him to support H R 1
“To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.”
This Act may be cited as the “For the People Act of 2019” For more information


Send for an application to register to vote!

Check your voter registration status here.

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Check Indivisible Sherman events

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Watch Dreamer protest at Sherman courthouse

Call Rep John Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673
Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: 202-224-3121

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Regarding the Republican tax bill
Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner: Donors would be furious without this bill.

New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins: “My donors are basically saying: ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.’”
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham: The financial contributions will stop if Republicans vote against this tax cut for them.

The tax bill was talked about in the press as a $1.5 trillion tax cut. It’s not. It is, broadly speaking, a $6 trillion tax cut for some people paid for by a $4.5 trillion tax hike on other people.

That makes it the biggest tax hike in American history. (Republicans spent years calling Obamacare the biggest tax increase in U.S. history because it raised about $800 billion in taxes. This blows that out of the water.) -Ryan Grim
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Your representative in the House, Representative John Ratcliffe, voted to raise taxes on students with loans, teachers who buy school supplies with their own money, and families with medical expenses (just to name a few) — in order to give millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations another tax cut they don’t need. 
The bill overwhelmingly benefits the rich and lays the groundwork for cuts to crucial programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and public education.  

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“If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet … try talking with one of them in real life.” That’s former President Barack Obama at his farewell address, making the case for one of the simplest, most effective things we can do as engaged citizens: Have good conversations.

Despite what some may think, communicating in a meaningful way isn’t a “natural gift” that only certain people have.

The ability to have an effective conversation is a learned skill — and OFA and Swing Left are teaming up to teach it to supporters across the country.

Together, we’re offering a free, five-part series to help people have more effective conversations — how to be a better listener, communicate why something is important to you, and make the case for your argument.

We’ll focus on talking to others about the health of our democracy and our future, and how we can use these effective conversations to get people involved in the issues that matter to them.

(At the very least, we’ll make sure you’re prepared for those upcoming holiday conversations with your extended family members).
Learn more here.
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Having failed in its attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is attempting to sabotage it. They’ve cut the open enrollment time in half and gutted the ACA advertising budget—a strategy that the former Chief Marketing Officer of HealCare.gov estimates could result in 1.1 million fewer sign ups. Fight back by volunteering with Get America Covered to spread the word about open enrollment. Sign up to join one of their “street teams” and they’ll give you the tools you need to get the word out in your community.
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Calls to action on national issues for this week:
Background on issues is available at 5calls.org.
U.S. Rep John Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673
U.S. Sen Ted Cruz: (202) 224-5922
U.S. Sen John Cornyn: (202) 224-2934
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