Monday, August 28 - Call on Reps to Override Trump’s Transgender Military Ban / LAST DAY: Support EPA Clean Water Rules

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Members of Congress to Override Trump’s Transgender Service Ban

  • Action 2: LAST DAY - Submit a Public Comment to the EPA to Support Clean Water Rules

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Call on Members of Congress to Override Trump’s Transgender Service Ban

On August 25, Trump signed an order directing the Pentagon to implement a ban on transgender service members and preventing the military from providing medical care relating to gender reassignment surgery, supposedly due to costs. But the cost of such medical treatment is estimated to be just over $8.4 million, which is a tiny fraction of the overall military budget. Trump's travel to his properties over the first seven months of his presidency have already cost more than double that amount. Studies by the RAND Corporation found that integrating transgender troops into the military would have minimal financial costs and little impact on readiness.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle denounced Trump's Twitter announcement of the ban, so it should be a high priority for Congress to reverse this decision. Tell Congress to take action and stand by their words of condemnation.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is ___. My zip code is _____ and I'm a member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling to ask [Senator/Rep’s name] to support efforts to override Trump's ban on transgender military service members and his order to prevent the military from providing medical care relating to gender reassignment surgery. Thank you.

Action 2: DEADLINE TODAY - Submit a Public Comment to the EPA to Support Clean Water Rules

Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration are proposing to rapidly change the definition of “waters of the United States” -- the 2015 rule that clarified that headwaters, smaller streams and wetlands should be protected, along with other major bodies of water. The original rule was based on hundreds of stakeholder meetings and 1200 peer-reviewed academic articles. Any repeal must be based on a similarly stringent, science-based approach -- and the science tells us we must protect upstream water sources in order to protect our waterways, particularly for low-income communities.

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2017–0203 online here. Today is the final day for comments!

Suggested comments (please edit to make these your own): The 2015 rule sought to reduce litigation burdens and was based on extensive stakeholder meetings and scientific assessment that has not changed. Logically, upstream water sources need to be clean to assure that our downstream drinking-water sources are clean too. Water quality is a prime ingredient in our health, and everyone in America deserves access to clean water, regardless of location or income.

 

 

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