Thursday, February 2nd - More of the Same

Hey, it's Groundhog Day! What's more fitting than to do more of the same.

Senators Still Need to speak out against Bannon

Sorry Senators, this is still a really big deal.

Since we've all been finding it difficult to get through to Senators Durbin and Duckworth and ask them to release a statements regarding the adding of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council, I thought it might make sense to offer some suggestions on getting through to him. Since we can't get through to Washington with any sort of reliability, it makes sense to call his other offices.  No matter what office you call, your vote is tallied.  

Senator Durbin

Washington: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Springfield: (217) 492-4062

Carbondale: (618) 351-1122

Rock Island: (309) 786-5173

Senator Duckworth

Unfortunately, Tammy Duckworth only has two offices at this point (at least that are listed)

Washington: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Give them a call and let them know you'd like them to release a statement condemning Steve Bannon's appointment.  Never called before and not comfortable on the phone? Check out this document. Now sure what to say? They are super busy, so keep it short.

"Hi, my name is [your name].  I'm a constituent of Senator [name].  I'm calling to ask the Senator to join Senator Sanders and release a statement condemning the appointment of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council."

And that's it.  They know what's going on and they're getting lots of calls, so no need to elaborate unless you want to.

Legislation Opposing Appointment of Steve Bannon

Representative Stephanie Murphy out of Florida has submitted a bill to ensure that anyone "who's primary responsibility is political in nature" cannot be assigned to the council.  Call your Representative and ask them to support this bill publicly. We need to keep this sort of pressure on them.  This is relatively new, so an intern may not have heard about it, so just say:

"Hi, name name is [your name] and I'm a constituent of Rep [your rep].  Is the Congressman aware that Congresswoman Murphy has introduced legislation to make it illegal for Steve Bannon to be added to the National Security Council."

if yes, just ask that your representative support this bill.  If they say they're not aware of it personally, you can just simply say.

"Basically, the bill says that nobody with a role that's primarily political in nature can sit on this council.  We'd like the Congressman to publicly support this legislation."

There are so many issues to call about, but we have to keep hammering this Steve Bannon issue.  This administration keeps defying the norms of office, so it's up to Congress to call him on it and, when necessary, introduce legislation to codify those norms.

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Jason Rieger