***DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY 7AM EDITION***
We’ve asked you to make a lot of phone calls in the last few weeks. A lot, a lot of phone calls. As Katie mentioned last night, yesterday provided us with the clear proof that calling does make a difference. Thanks to you the House has backed down on a rule change that would have removed important legislative oversight. But this was only the first of many battles with the 115th Congress. So I hope those phone numbers are still programmed into your phones, because you’re definitely going to need them this morning and in other coming days.
1. Hey! Remember that whole education funding thing going on in Washington state? We've committed to #GoLong. In December, we called Governor Inslee to ask him to include new and stable revenue to fully fund basic education in his proposed budget. And, you know what? He did! Since then, we've called our legislators to tell them to support the governor's budget, to oppose Senator Baumgartner's ridiculous proposal to amend the state constitution and to resolve the levy cliff. Well, the legislative session has started, and it's time to get back to it. It's crunch time, and we want to get in on the ground level.
The Education Funding Task Force is meeting at 1pm today to discuss the governor's budget proposal and deliberate on their recommendations. Check now and see if one of your reps is on the task force. http://bit.ly/2hOIV98 (Spoiler: If you live in LD 3, 10, 17, 18, 20, 23, 40 or 47, the answer is yes.) Want to know what they're talking about? You can watch the meeting live (tvw.org). No time for that? No worries. We'll post a summary and analysis from Washington's Paramount Duty on Friday. The task force will meet again next Monday to decide on the recommendations to put forward to the full legislature. So get your phones ready. We'll be calling them this week to let them know what we think.
#GoLong #EducationFunding #PantsuitUniversity
2. The League of Women Voters and allied organizations (that’s us) are joining together today for a Hill Call-In Day urging Congress to address President-elect Trump's unprecedented and unconstitutional conflicts of interest. Your calls will support a bill forthcoming from Senator Elizabeth Warren that will require the President-elect to divest from all of his business and disclose all of his business dealings in order to avoid an unconstitutional conflict of interest. For more background, read what the NYT had to say about these conflicts of interest. http://bit.ly/2iO1mML
So take a minute to call your senators and rep.
House call: Ask your Representative to call for a congressional investigation to review the President Elect’s business dealings in order to identify and protect against conflicts of interest.
Senate calls: Ask your Senators to call for an investigation to review the President-elect’s financial arrangements. Urge Senators to support Senator Warren’s new bill that will require the President-elect to divest ownership and disclose all business dealings in order to avoid serious and unconstitutional conflicts of interest.
3. Did you hear that NAACP leaders were arrested yesterday for undertaking a sit-in at the Mobile, Alabama, office of Senator Jeff Sessions to demand that he remove his name from consideration for Attorney General? Why? Because he has a documented history of racist statements and has failed to acknowledge voter suppression. Read more here: http://nyti.ms/2iBkluv
When asked what we can do to help, NAACP said, "Call your senators and ask them to oppose Jeff Sessions as Attorney General before his hearing on Jan 10th." Well, certainly, friends. We'd be glad to. It's the very least we can do. Call Senators Murray and Cantwell right now. (Script in comments.)
BONUS: Did you sign up to be part of the #PantsuitRevolution? It's not too late to join a team and get involved: http://bit.ly/2hPOngR
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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