Bottom line: Call Senators Collins and King and tell them to pass the clean government-opening resolution they both already voted for once (and Collins is now wavering on), and not the really ugly one.
———————————————————————– From Indivisible MDI:
Trump’s horrible bill is coming to a vote TODAY, basically a dangerous bribe to open the government in exchange for funding to build his stupid wall. And oh by the way, there is some really bad stuff that has been quietly put into the bill that marginalizes immigrants even more.
Trump shut down the government on Dec. 22 when he refused to sign a bill passed by the House and approved 100-0 by the Senate, after initially pledging to support it. It is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The House has already passed several bills to re-open the government, but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow the Senate to vote on them. TODAY, McConnell will finally allow votes on two competing bills.
The first would give Trump $5.7 billion for his wall and create new roadblocks designed to block some migrant children from seeking asylum in the U.S. Trump would cap the number of children asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, force them to remain in the countries they are trying to flee in dangerous conditions while their asylum claims are heard, and make them pay an unspecified asylum fee. If their asylum application is granted, the bill would allow the government to deport them at any time. Contrary to Republican claims, the bill provides no meaningful relief for DACA recipients or Temporary Protected Status holders. McConnell is calling the bill a “bipartisan” effort, but no Democrats were involved in writing it.
The second bill, a clean continuing resolution (CR), is based on one already approved by the Senate 100-0 in December. After initially pledging to sign it, Trump rejected it and shutdown the government. It does not include any funding for a border wall but would fully re-open the government through Feb. 8 so that workers could return to work and get paid while Congress negotiates a permanent funding package. The House has already passed similar bills, and Sen. Collins initially supported those House measures. But recent reports indicate her support for re-opening the government with a clean CR is wavering. Sen. King has spoken out against wall funding, arguing that giving in to Trump’s demands would only encourage him to use similar strong-arm tactics in the future.
Neither bill currently has the 60 votes needed to pass, meaning that 800,000 government employees and even more federal contractors may miss another paycheck on Friday. The shutdown has hit many Mainers hard, including Coast Guard service personnel.
THURSDAY CALL TO ACTION: •Call Senators Collins and King and tell them to pass the clean CR they both already voted for once. Collins: Augusta: (207) 622-8414, Bangor: (207) 945-0417, Biddeford: (207) 283-1101, Caribou: (207) 493-7873, Lewiston: (207) 784-6969, Portland: (207) 780-3575, or DC: (202) 224-2523 King: Augusta: (207) 622-8292, Bangor: (207) 945-8000, Presque Isle: (207) 764-5124, Scarborough: (207) 883-1588, DC: (202) 224-5344
•Attend a rally and/or visit to one of Sen. Collins’ offices:
TODAY in Bangor, organized by Indivisible Bangor, Federal Building from 1-2pm
TOMORROW in Lewiston, organized by MoveOn at 3:30 p.m. Dufresne Plaza and Portland from 12-1pm at Senator Susan Collins’ office, 1 Canal Plz Ste 802, organized by March Forth.
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