Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of March 26, 2017

This is only a partial list of actions which might be taken this week to defend ethical government. For more ideas, you might visit For more ideas, you might visit 5calls.org, actionalliance.co/, or roganslist.blogspot.com/.

  • Ask for open hearings on Russia in the House Intelligence Committee: Our representatives are charged with protecting against foreign intervention in our democracy, not covering the possibility up. Call your House member and ask them to request that the House Intelligence Committee hold open hearings on Russia (script below). If you have more time, call any member of the House Intelligence Committee; even if they aren’t your rep, their position makes it important that they hear from us. (Numbers *listed below.) Finally, if you feel even stronger measures need to be taken, ask that Nunes recuse himself from the investigation. More information and script here, and article and additional resources here.

POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in zip code [ZIP]. Intel Committee Chairman Nunes canceled Tuesday’s open hearing on Russia when we should be rebuilding trust in government. I’d like to see it rescheduled ASAP and I’d like [Rep____] to call on the Committee to do so. Thanks so much for taking my message.

  • Support science: Ask your senators to support S. 338, the Scientific Integrity Act that would protect federal scientists from attempts to interfere with scientific discourse and dissemination of research results. According to Science, one of our nation’s top scientific magazines, “The legislation is aimed at blocking attempts by political appointees to manipulate or suppress the results of research that could undermine the administration’s position on an issue. It would enshrine in law the idea of transparency, open communication, and protection for whistleblowers in a scientific context.”
  • Ask Congress to require the release of Trump’s tax returns: On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a markup on H.Res. 186, a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Secretary of the Treasury to provide the House of Representatives with Trump’s tax returns. Ask your MoC to cosponsor this resolution.

POSSIBLE SCRIPT (even more detailed script available here):

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling today to express my support for Bill Pascrell’s Resolution of Inquiry calling for the release of Trump’s tax returns. The American public wants and deserves to know what financial ties the President has to businesses or foreign entities. I expect the committee to put aside partisan politics and pass this resolution.] Thank you for your time and attention.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

  • Support an independent investigation of Trumps ties to Russia. Again call your two senators and ask for truth and transparency.

POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [zip code] and more concerned than ever about Trump’s ties to Russia. Our democracy depends on truth and transparency, and the current committee is not trustworthy. Is _NAME_ willing to join Republicans like John McCain and Darrell Issa and Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden in publicly supporting an independent investigation?  Will _NAME_ support S. 27, which would establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the role foreign powers played in the 2016 presidential election?

  • Oppose the wall at the Mexican border. The wall is on track to be one of the largest, most expensive, and least accountable public construction projects ever undertaken in the United States. Yet it may not be the most effective way to keep our borders safe.  With tens of billions of taxpayer dollars at stake, we need to know more: where our money is going, how much the wall will really cost, and whether special deals are being handed out to the president’s friends and supporters. (More info here.) In addition, the wall infringes on the sovereignty of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Call your members of Congress.

POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in zip code [ZIP].  would like to know if _NAME_ has publicly opposed building a wall on the Mexico border. I’m concerned about having to pay for it, about it harming relations with Mexico, and the impact on the Native American tribe whose land it would cross. Thanks.

 

*Members of the House Intelligence Committee (see first bullet point, above):

Devin Nunes (R-CA) Chair 202-225-2523

Terri Sewell (D-AL) 202-225-2665

Eric Crawford ( R-AK) 202-225-4076

Adam Schiff (D-CA) 202- 225-4176

Jackie Speier (D-CA) 202-225-3531

Eric Swalwell (D-CA) 202-225-5065

Jim Himes (D-CT) 202-225-5541

Thomas Rooney (R-FL) 202-225-5792

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) 202-225-3931

Mike Quigley (D-IL) 202-225-4061

André Carson (D-IN) 202-225-4011

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) 202-225-6572

Peter King (R-NY) 202-225-7896

Elise Stefanik (R-NY) 202-225-4611

Michael Turner (R-OH) 202-225-6465

Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) 202-225-3164

Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 202-225-6030

Joaquin Castro (D-TX) 202-225-3236

Mike Conaway (R-TX) 202-225-3605

Will Hurd (R-TX) 202-225-4511

Chris Stewart (R-UT) 202-225-9730

Denny Heck (D-WA) 202-225-9740