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Save This Tool for Tracking All the Laws and Executive Orders Trump Signs in 2017

It feels like Trump and his administration have been more active than a birthday party full of eight-year-olds hopped up on sugar and caffeinated soda and itching for a swing at the piñata.

Pinning down and understanding every law and executive order Trump has signed so far is almost a full-time job, but the team at Vice are up to the task.

Bookmark this web article that is tracking all the laws and executive orders Trump signs in 2017.

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/all-the-laws-and-executive-orders-trump-has-signed-so-far

The Vice staff have done a capital job of identifying each bill and executive order Trump signs and putting them in a larger context, stating plainly what each will do, and who they will effect. It also includes relevant links to related Vice stories.

 

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Save This Tool for Keeping Tabs on Bills That Concern You: GovTrack

Bookmark Govtrack.us, a nifty tool for learning about and tracking bills that concern you.

Govtrack debuted in 2004 as a hobby project and blossomed into what you see today. It helps you find federal legislation on issues that you care about, and lets you track them as they work their way through Congress.

It can also show you the bills most tracked by the site’s users, trending bills, and other useful information, such as the total amount of legislation passed by Congress in the current session. And it offers good longer reads in the form of GovTrackInsider, which offers detailed examinations of hot bills and contested issues.

 

Start using GovTrack:

https://www.govtrack.us

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/govtrack/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@govtrack

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Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives

FWIW: This is the first-ever post to OTYCD, uploaded on January 7, 2017.

Before you can start pushing back against Trump, you need to know who represents you in Congress.

Find out who your Congressional representatives are by plugging your zip code and your state into this web site:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

This web site is better for learning who stands for you in the House of Representatives (plug in your zip code and it will narrow the choices to two. The name that seems more familiar to you is probably your House rep):

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Once you have pinned down your two Senators and your House Rep, pull up their web pages. Scroll to the bottom. If their offices aren’t listed there, go to the Contact page and find them.

Pick the state office that is closest to you (*NOT the Washington D.C. one).

Find the phone number for that office.

Put it in your phone.

Repeat for your other two representatives.

Done!

* You can put the Washington, D.C. numbers in your phone, but call them last. You are far more likely to reach a real person if you call the district offices.

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Ask Your House Rep to Support H.R. 3029, Which Would Bar Spending Your Money on Trump’s Efforts to Suppress the Vote

Ask your House Rep to support H.R. 3029, which would make sure that no taxpayer dollars are used to fund the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity–aka Trump’s voting rights suppression campaign.

Marc Veasey, a Democrat who represents the newly-drawn 33rd District in Texas, introduced H.R. 3029 on June 22–not long before Kris Kobach requested sensitive data on voters from all 50 states on behalf of Trump’s commission. The bill’s title is pretty straightforward and a tad dull: To prevent Federal funds from being used to carry out Executive Order 13799.

Yeah, OK, it has no chance of becoming law. Trump would have to sign it, and that’s not gonna happen. But still, it’s worth backing Veasey’s bill as one more way to protest the blatant move to suppress voting rights that the commission represents.

If your House Rep is Veasey, call and thank him for putting this bill forward.

Sample script: “Dear House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to support H.R. 3029, which would prevent the use of taxpayer funds for the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. The commission, which Trump created through Executive Order 13799, is already creating havoc through the recent request for all 50 states to surrender sensitive information on voters to the government. While I realize there’s not much chance the bill will become law, I feel it’s important to support it as an act of protest against Trump’s specious efforts to suppress the vote.”

 

See House Rep Veasey’s press release about the H.R. 3029:

https://veasey.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/veasey-introduces-bill-to-deny-funding-for-trump-s-sham-commission-on

 

See and bookmark the GovTrack page on the bill:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3029

 

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Protect America from Election Interference by Asking Your MoCs to Revive or Vote for These Bills

Ask your members of Congress (MoCs) to support or revive bills identified by Lawfareblog as measures that could protect America’s next big election from outside interference.

In his June 20, 2017 Lawfareblog piece How Congress Should Fight Election Interference, Dr. Ben Freeman identifies three bills–one live, two which died in previous sessions of Congress–that could help safeguard the country against meddling of the sort perpetrated by Russia during the 2016 election.

The first is S. 625, the Foreign Agents Modernization and Enforcement Act, which would force propaganda outlets such as Russia Television (better known as RT) to register as a foreign agent. The bill would also permit us to better scrutinize these entities by asking them where they get their money and who their friends are.

Here’s a sample script for calling your senators about S. 625:

If you’re represented by New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen or Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young, thank them for co-sponsoring the bill and tell them you wish it well.

If not, say something like this: “Dear Senator (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname of town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to support S.625, the Foreign Agents Modernization and Enforcement Act. It’s a bipartisan bill, introduced by your colleagues Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Todd Young of Indiana, and it would close a loophole that allows propaganda outlets such as Russia Television to register as nonprofits instead of the foreign agents that they are. The bill would also allow us to ask RT where it gets its money and what foreign connections it has. Thank you for considering my request.”

The other two bills Freeman cites are dead bills that should be revived. The Close the Foreign Lobbying Loophole Act would have addressed and clarified many issues that ensnared Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. It would also have outlawed the act of lobbying for a foreign power overseas without publicly disclosing that fact back here. Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri introduced the bill, S.3123, in 2008 during the 110th Congress. If either of them represent you, please ask them to revive and resubmit it.

The other is the Ethics in Foreign Lobbying Act of 2016, aka H.R. 6057, which would have levied a fine of $2,000 for each violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). It was introduced by Ohio House Rep Marcy Kaptur in the 114th Congress. If she is your house rep, please call or email her and ask her to revive the bill.

 

Read Freeman’s Lawfareblog post:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-congress-should-fight-election-interference

 

Read Republican Senator Todd Young’s press release about S. 625, the Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and Enforcement Act:

https://www.young.senate.gov/content/americans-deserve-media-transparency-not-propaganda

 

See the GovTrack page on S. 625:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s625

 

See the GovTrack page on S. 3123, the Close the Foreign Lobbying Loophole Act:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s3123

 

See a 2008 press release on S. 3123:

https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/media-center/news-releases/schumer-mccaskill-introduce-legislation-to-close-foreign-lobbying-loopholes

 

See the GovTrack page on H.R. 6057, the Ethics in Foreign Lobbying Act of 2016:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr6057

 

Support Lawfareblog and the Lawfare Institute, which publishes it:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/support-lawfare

 

Support GovTrack:

https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?c=350193

 

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Never Stop Demanding That Congress Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia and His Violations of the Constitution

Trump and his minions have done, or tried to do, any number of horrible things. Most of them demanded an immediate answer. Others demanded ongoing attention.

Several people are speaking up to say the daily shenanigans are distracting us from focusing on the two issues that have the power to force Trump from office: His financial conflicts of interest, and the Russian hacking scandal, which should shed light on Trump’s curious connections to Putin.

To be fair, these issues have not been forgotten, just overshadowed. A team of lawyers from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing Trump over his violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments clause. Jerry Nadler, a house rep from New York who sits on the house judiciary committee, recently filed a resolution of inquiry into Trump, an early step on the road to impeachment. Members of Congress are pursuing bipartisan investigations into the Russian hacking scandal, despite Republican attempts to keep such queries under its party’s control (which would let them soft-pedal the findings).

But the blogger behind The Liberal Yell rightly points out that it’s on us, the citizens, to keep pressing Congress to stay on the two issues that could end Trump’s presidency, and we should support their efforts to do so.

See the blog below.

http://theliberalyell.com/focus-people-there-are-only-two-things-to-demand-of-congress-in-regards-to-trump/

To summarize: TLY asks us to stay firmly on these two issues, regardless of what other evils Trump looses. No matter what happens, do not lose sight of the need to look into Trump’s Emoluments clause violations and the importance of getting to the bottom of the Russian hacking.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post for a great tool–a custom postcard demanding investigations into both issues, which you can download and print and mail and hand out to others.

Read about bipartisan efforts to investigate the Russian hacking scandal, and Republican resistance to it:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/02/senate-panel-investigate-russian-election-interference/97411482/

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/10/14220484/house-dems-bipartisan-probe-russian-hacking

http://www.snopes.com/mitch-mcconnell-blocked-investigating-russian-hacks/

Learn about New York House Representative Jerry Nadler’s filing of a resolution of inquiry into Trump, and its implications:

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

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Tell Trey Gowdy and the House Oversight Committee to Stay on the Trump-Russia Probe

Tell Trey Gowdy and his colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to keep pursuing the Trump-Russia probe.

Gowdy, who represents South Carolina, became the Republican chair of the committee after Utah’s Jason Chaffetz announced he would resign from his house seat. Gowdy, who hassled Hillary Clinton with Benghazi investigation after Benghazi investigation, recently announced that, in general, the House committee would not pursue matters that relate to Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether and how Trump’s campaign might be involved.

His excuse seems to be that special counsel Robert Mueller is on the case and he wants to steer clear and let him handle things. Gowdy also said that the House committee might investigate in specific, narrowly defined instances. While that might sound reasonable on its face, Gowdy’s Democratic counterpart, Elijah Cummings, sharply countered that sentiment with salient points. The Washington Post quoted Cummings as saying:

“It is a known fact that interference in our election will happen again if we do not take serious steps to prevent it,” he said. “The voters did not send us here to sit on the sidelines while our government is getting attacked. Chairman Gowdy is a very talented lawyer, and I believe he and I can work together to investigate this and make reforms to prevent it from happening again.”

Please call your house reps and urge them to continue to investigate #TrumpRussia matters, even though Robert Mueller is on the case. They should sit and figure out how best not to step on Mueller’s toes rather than giving up and stepping aside completely. Tell them you expect them to stay on this.

Important. Is your House Rep a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee? Then it’s extra-important that you call. See the link below, which lists all the current members:

https://oversight.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

 

If your House rep is a Democrat: “Hello House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code,) and I am calling to ask you to continue to support investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and investigations into whether Trump and his campaign team colluded with them. I am concerned that the new Republican committee chair, Trey Gowdy, will assume that giving Robert Mueller room to do his work means that the House is off the hook. It is not. Please urge the committee to do the extra, upfront work it needs to do to respect Mueller’s efforts while staying on top of its own responsibilities in this regard. Thank you.

 

If your House rep is a Republican: “Hello House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code,) and I am calling to ask you to vigorously support House-led investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and investigations into whether Trump and his campaign team colluded with them. I am concerned that the new Republican committee chair, Trey Gowdy, will assume that giving Robert Mueller room to do his work means that his Congressional committee is off the hook. It is not. Please urge Gowdy and his colleagues to do the extra, upfront work they need to do to respect Mueller’s efforts while staying on top of its own responsibilities in this regard. And if they use that upfront work to hamper and frustrate the work of the House investigators, please call them out early and often. Thank you.

 

Read stories about how Gowdy was chosen to succeed Chaffetz, and stories that quote Gowdy saying that while he is chair, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will not chase Trump-Russia investigations:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/on-trump-and-russia-oversight-chair-trey-gowdy-says-he-will-stay-in-his-lane/2017/06/23/4d1dfca6-583d-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html?utm_term=.8e754a82703a

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/23/house-oversight-no-russia-investigation-trey-gowdy-239904

http://theweek.com/speedreads/708011/house-oversight-committee-not-pursue-investigation-trump-russia

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/trey-gowdy-picked-by-gop-steering-committee-to-chair-house-oversight-panel-239308

 

Read about the partisan shens Gowdy got up to as chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-endless-trial-of-trey-gowdys-benghazi-committee-20160114

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/how-the-press-can-deal-with-the-benghazi-committee/410251/