1/9-1/16

SENATE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS AND SO IT BEGINS …

This week marks the start of Senate confirmations for Trump’s cabinet picks, and WE HAVE TO MOVE IT.

Eight nominees will have their hearings this week. Those w/ asterisks below are the most pressing and controversial threats and thus our CTA priority for the week:

Call your senators and let them know you want them to #BlockSessions because you don’t trust him to uphold civil and human rights for ALL Americans. Let them know you want them to #BlockTillerson because his relationships with Exxon and Russia are conflicts of interest that will undermine the integrity of the State Department. Tell them that they need to take a stand for public education and #BlockDeVos.

Since Senators Wyden and Merkley are already doing their bests to oppose Sessions et co., you can call to thank them:

Senator Ron Wyden: (541) 431-0229

Senator Jeff Merkley: (541) 465-6750

But, as senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell is also one of our senate representatives. So give him a call at:  (202) 224-2541

1. ***Attorney General: Jeff Sessions – Jan. 10-11 9:30 a.m.***

I’m —- —-, a constituent. I want Senator Merkley/Wyden/McConnell to vote AGAINST Sessions’ confirmation. The Attorney General must make sure that our laws apply equally to ALL Americans, and Sessions’ record shows he’s not up to the task. In addition to the accusations of racism that resulted in his rejection for federal judgeship, he has a long history of civil and human rights opposition. He has staunchly opposed immigration reform, the Voting Rights Act, and efforts to address pay equity for women. In addition, he supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, voted against expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation, and criticized a federal law that protects disabled children in the classroom. Jeff Sessions’ values are in direct opposition to an America that upholds liberty and justice for all. I expect Senator ____ to reject Sessions’ confirmation and I’ll be paying close attention to the vote.

2. CIA Director: Mike Pompeo – Jan. 11, 10 a.m. Now postponed to next week.

3. DHS: John Kelly – Jan. 11, 2 p.m.

4. ***Education: Betsy DeVos – Jan. 11, 10 a.m.*** Now postponed to next week (Thank you, Senate Democrats!)

I’m — —, a constituent. I’m and I would like to ask Senator McConnell to vote AGAINST Betsy DeVos’s confirmation. DeVos doesn’t have an education degree or even teaching experience. Rather, she’s a powerful donor who advocates for school choice, which is useless without regard for school quality. Instead of specializing in pedagogy or curriculum, DeVos’ skill set is commandeering public funding for private education. She was a key player in shaping the Michigan charter school system, which is severely lacking in oversight, demanding little accountability for how tax dollars are spent or how well students are educated. I don’t want to see the same thing happen nationally, and I expect Senator ___ to take a stand for quality education. I want <him/her> to reject DeVos’s confirmation, and I’ll be paying close attention to the vote.

5. ***Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson – Jan. 11-12 ***

I’m — —-, a constituent. I want Senator McConnell to vote against Tillerson’s confirmation. Tillerson has no true diplomatic experience. His experience negotiating with foreign powers for energy deals has not prepared him for serving as Secretary of State. In fact, Tillerson’s ties with Russia and ExxonMobil are instead conflicts of interest that will make it impossible for him to oversee foreign policy ethically and effectively. I expect Senator ____ to protect the integrity of the State Department by rejecting Tillerson’s confirmation, and I’ll be paying close attention to the vote.

6. Transportation Elaine Chao – Jan. 11, 10:15 a.m.

7. U.N. Ambassador: Nikki Haley – Jan. 18 (tentative)

8. Housing: Ben Carson, Jan. 12, 10 a.m

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