Jan. 10th, 2017

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Accountability Post Trump Year 0 Jan 10th

Called both Senators about refusing to confirm any nominees until their ethics reviews and FBI background checks are finished.

Called my Representative to ask how he voted on reinstating the Holman Rule, which allows the House to cut the salary of any individual Federal employee to $1 per year (effectively firing them) as an amendment to any bill. Staffer hedged. Said I want him to check every single bill for the Holman Rule and vote against any that have it.
Also asked how he voted on forbidding the Congressional Budget Office to track and report on the costs of repealing Obamacare/The Affordable Care Act (apparently there are people out there who don't realize these are two names for the same thing). Staffer implied vote hadn't taken place. Told him to vote against; we have a right to know how much extra taking our health care away is going to cost the taxpayer.

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Now I am seeing that Republicans are moving to delay confirming those Trump nominees whose ethics reviews and background checks haven't been finished. It's a small victory, but it's a victory, and it happened because of those phone calls we made. Treasure these times; they are an indication that we made a difference.
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