Thursday, May 3 - Net Neutrality / Consumer Financial Protection Bureau / Peter Roskam Protest

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on MoCs to protect Net Neutrality

    • Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

    • Find your Representative. (It's easiest to find your rep's info and appropriate script in Amplify. Download and start using it)

  • Action 2: Submit a public comment to stop Mulvaney and Trump from destroying the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  • Action 3: Attend the Un-Happy Mother's Day From Peter Roskam event on Thursday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 200 S Hough St, Barrington

 

Action 1: Call on MoCs to Protect Net Neutrality

Our free and open internet is under attack by a Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Trump’s pick for Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has been a long-time opponent of net neutrality. On December 15, 2017 he led the FCC, in a 3-2 vote, to essentially wipe out net neutrality by repealing the FCC’s 2015 rules.

What could happen without net neutrality? We really don’t know, but we’re totally at the mercy of Verizon, Comcast, and other ISPs to find out.

However, Senator Ed Markey in the Senate and Representative Mike Doyle in the House, joined by other Democrats in each chamber, plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to stop the FCC from destroying the internet as we know it. The CRA would repeal the latest FCC action and revert regulation of the internet back to the FCC’s 2015 rules.

Up until the Trump Administration, the CRA had been used exactly one time in its twenty years on the books. But since Trump took over, the CRA has been used to repeal over a dozen Obama Administration regulations.

But the minority party in the Senate can use the CRA too.
In fact, one provision actually allows the minority party in the Senate to get floor consideration of a resolution of disapproval. This is an unusual floor tactic for Democrats to have available to them—we need them to use it.

Now that the FCC rule has been formally submitted to both chambers of Congress and published in the Federal Register, Senator Markey can introduce the resolution of disapproval in the Senate. The Senate Democrats plan to introduce the resolution on May 9, with the vote coming the next week (likely on May 14, 15, or 16).

The battle to save the internet is upon us—and it starts in the Senate. Call your Senators and Representative today and tell them to co-sponsor the resolution of disapproval to protect net neutrality.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your Representative

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible.  I’m calling to ask [MoC] ___ to co-sponsor Senator Markey’s/Congressman Doyle’s resolution of disapproval, that would uphold net neutrality and preserve the internet as we know it. Can I count on [MoC] to support this resolution?

Action and script via Indivisible.

 

Action 2: Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, admitted to a room full of bank lobbyists that as a congressman he only held meetings with lobbyists who donated money to his campaigns.

He went on to tell the nearly 1,000 bankers gathered in Washington that "their input on the extensive powers of the CFPB could help rein in the agency long loathed by the financial sector."

Mulvaney's remarks were no coincidence: he recently asked for comments on the role and structure of the CFPB. But he did it quietly, hoping that only bank lobbyists would respond and give him legitimacy to tear the agency apart.

We can't let that happen. We need to flood the CFPB with comments to make it clear to Mick Mulvaney and Trump that we won't sit idly by while they destroy the one watchdog completely devoted to protecting Americans from Wall Street.

Submit a public comment: Don't let Mulvaney and Trump destroy the CFPB.

Please customize your comment and submit to the CFPB (but keep it clean).

Sample Comment: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau protects Americans from abuse and predatory scams by the financial industry. Any changes to its mission, processes and structure, like ending the public complaint database, are nothing more than a bank bailout in disguise.

Action via Credo.

 

Action 3: Attend the Un-Happy Mother's Day From Peter Roskam Event

As Mother's Day approaches, The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, Indivisible DuPage, and Citizen Action Illinois are gathering in Barrington to shine a light on the actions of Peter Roskam that will undermine the lives of the moms and grandmothers of the 6th District.

To pay for the massive deficits that Roskam's tax bill has created, he now wants to cut trillions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Let's join together to let Roskam know that moms, grandmothers, their kids and their grandkids shouldn't be the ones that have to bear the burden for his huge giveaway to his donors.

Children and grandchildren of all ages are encouraged to attend this kid friendly civic action! 

When: Thursday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 200 S Hough St, Barrington
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