Cabinet Nominees (Now Worth $14 Billion!)
Tomorrow (Tuesday): MoveOn, Working Families Party, and Indivisible are visiting Senate district offices all over the country to discuss the #SwampCabinet.
Some Hill staffers wrote an awesome guide on getting your member of Congress to listen, even if you've never done it before. (*Thanks Erika Lindsey for the tip!)
How to help stop Opposite Land
Three nominees who have hearings or votes this week embody Bill Maher's Opposite Land joke (like, they want to do the opposite of the job they've been nominated to do).
Whether or not you can visit Senate offices in person tomorrow, you can call your Senators right now about these three nominees. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 and they'll connect you. Or you can find more detailed contact info for your Senators here.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, nominee for Attorney General
Sen. Cory Booker testified against him. The NAACP held a sit-in at his office. Still, the guy deemed too racist to be a judge in the 1980s will likely be our next Attorney General, as his confirmation requires only a simple majority vote.
But it's critical to remind every Senator why this isn't okay. Rachel Maddow has some background. Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986: “The irony of Mr. Sessions’ nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods. I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made toward fulfilling my husband’s dream.”
While you're on the phone with your senator, you can also weigh in on ...
Rex Tillerson, nominee for Secretary of State
Friend of Putin and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson wants to be Secretary of State. Yes, he really did say that our ability to predict the effect of greenhouse gas emissions is "very limited".
Rep. Tom Price, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services
Rep. Tom Price doesn't really like the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, birth control, transgender rights, a woman's right to choose, or marriage equality. You might also want to urge your Senators to inquire about his stock trades.
*BTW: For what it's worth, we didn't start How to Help to be exclusively about Trump. Our editorial focus: news that's messed up. It's just that he's dominating that kind of news at the moment.