Thank You Actions

Thank-you Thursday: Jerrold Nadler, Jason Chaffetz, Elijah Cummings, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins

 

Here’s a running tally of people, companies, and others to thank for pushing back against Trump. The most recent thank-you actions are at the top.

Thank Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico for calling out the president for his exceptionally public mishandling of sensitive information, and for demanding that their Republican counterparts do something about it.

The senators’ joint statement, released on February 13, read in part:

“During the campaign, we listened to month upon month of Donald Trump complaining about the handling of important national security information.  We’ve had years of inconclusive investigations by House Republicans over emails and classified documents.  Now we have unknown and unvetted Mar-a-Lago members looking over the President’s shoulder as he conducts our foreign policy.

“This is America’s foreign policy, not this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.  We urge our Republican colleagues to start taking this Administration’s rash and unprofessional conduct seriously before there are consequences we all regret.”

 

Contact information for Sheldon Whitehouse:

170 Westminster St., Ste. 200

Providence, R.I. 02903

401.453.5294 (Constituents only, please)

 

Contact information for Tom Udall:

400 Gold Ave., SW, Suite 300

Albuquerque, NM 87102

505.346.6791 (Constituents only, please)

 

See the joint statement from Whitehouse and Udall here:

https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-and-udall-call-on-republicans-to-end-trumps-rash-behavior-at-mar-a-lago

 

 

Thank New York House Representative Jerrold Nadler for filing a resolution of inquiry against Donald Trump. Nadler sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is the body that handles such requests. A resolution of inquiry is an early step on the road to impeachment.

Nadler’s resolution includes this statement (care of Countable.us):

“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. His foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration.”

 

Nadler’s contact information:

6605 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11219

718.373.3198 (Constituents only, please)

 

See the countable.us item on Nadler’s action:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

 

Thank Utah House Representative Jason Chaffetz and Maryland House Representative Elijah Cummings for asking the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to discipline Kellyanne Conway for asking citizens to purchase Ivanka Trump products.

Chaffetz is the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee; Cummings is his Democratic counterpart. It is extra-important to thank Chaffetz for making this move because he has shown reluctance to go after Trump’s conflicts, despite having vigorously pursued investigations into Hillary Clinton. But you should send thank-yous to both.

 

Contact information:

 

Jason Chaffetz

51 S University Ave.

Suite 318

Provo UT 84601

801.851.2500 (Constituents only, please)

 

Elijah Cummings

754 Frederick Road

Catonsville MD 21228

410.685.9199 (Constituents only, please)

 

 

Read this Vox story about Conway’s ethical error:

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14569590/kellyanne-conway-ivanka-trump-chaffetz

 

See the bipartisan letter to the OGE:

https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Letter-to-OGE-re-Conway-Endorsement-FINAL.pdf

 

Thank Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins for voting against Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education.

Democrats fought hard against DeVos’s confirmation; all 48 voted against her. Remarkably, two Republicans joined them. Collins and Murkowski voted no because their constituents called and emailed and asked them to do so.

Unquestionably, they came under a lot of pressure from Mitch McConnell and their party colleagues to vote yes. But they listened to the people who voted for them, and they put them first.

Please thank both of them for their bravery.

 

Lisa Murkowski

Federal Building

101 12th Avenue, Suite 329

Fairbanks, AK 99701

907.456.0233 (Constituents only, please)

 

Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

207.622.8414 (Constituents only, please)