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Here's a twitter thread with a good summary of the current situation, as well as some great ideas and resources for taking action. These include a link to a list of Health Legislative Assistants for various senators, and the suggestion to reach out via social media to friends in states with key senators who need to be influenced:

https://twitter.com/benwikler/status/872911051628707841

It also points out that, worryingly, staffers report calls to senators' offices have fallen back to near to "normal", pre-Trump levels.

This Trumpcare Toolkit also provides a list of the key senators who need to be influenced and gives some easy ways to reach them. There's also a link to a letter asking the Senate to take expert and public testimony on the bill:

https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org

Edit: Another list of staffers dealing with healthcare for Republican senators:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jonfavs/status/873223442518073346

From the responses to that thread: if your senators are Democrats, you can call and ask them to hold off on all non-essential business until a public hearing is scheduled for the new bill.
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I just called my State Senator's local office (Cochran, R-MS) and the very nice lady there told me that they're trying a new system where they take your name, address, optional on phone and email and they take very close care to write down your exact opinion, not just a yes/no. (Mine was that I have eight of the pre-existing conditions that will be removed if the AHCA gets passed by the Senate, please vote against this, Mr Cochran.)

Be aware if that's a thing your reps are doing.

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Nomination of Alex Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor

When: Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 1.30pm

Committee Members and what the committee should be concerned about )

Suggested action: While it's a low bar to clear, Acosta seems a decent pick by the standards of the current administration, with relevant experience in public service, a sensible view of Muslims, and cautious support from labor organisations and Democrats. While the negatives about him, such as his justification of "vote caging", are unpleasant, they don't seem particularly extreme for a Republican nominee and are unlikely to be things that will convince the Republican members of the Committee to vote against him. So I don't think it's worth taking the time to call about this one (especially given the urgency on issues such as the new travel ban and assault on the ACA/Medicaid) -- but please let us know in comments if there are strong reasons the committee should reject the nomination.

Housekeeping note: This is the only Cabinet-level nomination hearing this week, although various Senate Committees have been holding hearings over the last month into (generally less contentious) lower-level positions that require Senate approval before being filled.
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UPDATE: News sites are reporting that Puzder has withdrawn himself from consideration.

Alert for people in MAINE, ALASKA, SOUTH CAROLINA and GEORGIA: Four Republican senators in your states -- Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Johnny Isakson of Georgia -- are holding off on expressing support for Puzder. All four sit on the Senate Health, Education, Labour and Pensions committee which is holding the hearing into Puzder's nomination. Please call them if you can to voice your objections!

Nomination of Andrew Puzder to serve as Secretary of Labor

When: Thursday 16 February 2017 from 10.00am

Committee Members, what the committee should be concerned about and calling script )

Please use the comments to suggest more reasons why the committee should reject the nomination and to suggest amendments to the calling script.

Housekeeping note: There is a third hearing scheduled for Thursday 16 Feb at 10am, in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, into the nomination of David Friedman to be Ambassador to Israel. I don't feel qualified to comment on the issues around that appointment, so I won't be making a post. If anyone else wants to make a post, please feel free to do so.
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Pending Nomination of David J. Shulkin, M.D., Nominee to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs

When: Wednesday 01 February 2017 from 2.30pm

Committee Members and what the committee should be concerned about )

Suggested action: Amazingly enough, this is apparently a GOOD pick! Whether Shulkin will be able to stand up to Trump and reject his agenda -- and whether he'll be able to keep his job if he does, given the events of the past week -- is another matter. However, it looks like this is one nomination where there's no need to call your representatives.

Housekeeping note: This is the only confirmation hearing so far scheduled for this week, but there are several votes taking place in committee today and tomorrow, which will then move to votes in the full Senate.
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The U.S. Senate has now confirmed several nominations - and there have been some frankly disappointing votes from Democrats. (Tim Kaine voting for Mike Pompeo as Director of the CIA? Shame on you, Senator Kaine!)

If you have the resources to make yet more phone calls (yes, I know - so many to make!) about nominations, you can check how your senators voted at the Recent Senate Roll Call Votes page, and call them to thank them or express your disapproval. The "Vote (Tally)" links take you to the pages detailing how the senators voted (sorted in various ways) and the "Issue" links take you to the detail of each resolution.

You can quickly see what the Senate has been up to and which nominations have been confirmed by going to the "Highlights" section of the Daily Digest for the Congressional Record. (The link goes to the most recent issue. You can see links for all the issues on the browse by date page.)
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Nomination of Linda E. McMahon to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration

When: Tuesday 24 January from 10.00am

Committee Members and what the committee should be concerned about )

Suggested action:McMahon is a fairly weak candidate, lacking experience in making and implementing policy and probably with a fairly narrow perspective of how to achieve business success, as she only seems to have founded and grown one business (which was based on her husband's existing family business). She also appears to be the sort of woman who likes to view herself as promoting other women but is very quick to throw them under the bus when her personal friendships or own interests are threatened.

However, Senator Blumenthal, who probably knows her quite well from Connecticut political and business circles, seems to think she is more realistic and moderate in her economic outlook than most of Trump's picks (although I would expect her to be on board with Trump's efforts to reduce regulation). I didn't see any evidence that there's any strong reason to oppose her, so it's probably not worth calling about this one. But please let us know in comments if there are strong reasons the committee should reject the nomination.

Housekeeping note: This is the last of the confirmation hearings currently scheduled for the coming week, but I'm sure more will be added for later in the week. Especially as Trump has apparently only nominated 28 out of 690 posts that require senate confirmation. Enjoy this article about why that's so damn scary….
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Hearing to Consider the Anticipated Nomination of The Honorable Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

When: Tuesday 24 January from 10.00am

There is a second hearing into the nomination of Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. This one is in front of the Finance committee, which is responsible for funding healthcare programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare and Medicaid.

This is particularly important, as one of Trump's first acts on inauguration day was to sign a (very unclear) Executive Order giving the Department of Health and Social Services a lot of latitude for unwinding ACA and other healthcare programs without legislation. Read this link (provided by [personal profile] snickfic in the 22 Jan roundup) for a full explanation.

We've already laid out the reasons the committee should be concerned about Tom Price in this post for the hearing last week in front of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. Please check the comments, where [personal profile] j00j provided some additional information on Price's insider trading, together with an excellent revised script.

Committee Members )
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Budget: Hearing to Consider Nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to lead OMB

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Nomination of Hon. J. Michael Mulvaney to be Director, Office of Management and Budget

When: Tuesday 24 January from 10.30am (Budget) AND Tuesday 24 January from 2.30pm (Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs)

Committee Members, what the committees should be concerned about and calling script )

Please use the comments to suggest more reasons why the committee should reject the nomination and to suggest amendments to the calling script.
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UPDATED on 2 February 2017

Business meetings to vote on the nominations from the earlier confirmation hearings are now being scheduled.
Once committee hearings are closed, most committees have a set amount of time before a vote is taken on whether the nominee is reported to the Senate favorably, unfavorably or without recommendation. They also have the option not to take action on the nominee. If action is taken, the committee notifies the executive clerk. The nomination is then given a number and added to the Executive Calendar of the Senate. (source: Ballotpedia)
This is another opportunity to call your senators or the committee members to object to the nominations and ask them to report "unfavourable" to the Senate.

Current list of Business Meetings

Thursday 2 February

  • 10:25am Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs - nomination of Mick Mulvaney, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • 10:45 AM Environment and Public Works - nomination of Scott Pruitt, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • 11:00am Budget - nomination of Mick Mulvaney, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget

    Tuesday 7 February

  • TBA Veterans Affairs - nomination of David Shulkin, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

    I'll update this post as more business meetings are added to the U.S. Senate schedule
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    Nomination hearing of the Honorable Rick Perry to be Secretary for Energy

    When: Thursday 19 January from 10:00am

    Committee Members, what the committee should be concerned about and calling script )

    Please use the comments to suggest more reasons why the committee should reject the nomination and to suggest amendments to the calling script.
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    Nomination of Tom Price to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services

    When: Wednesday 18 January from 10:00am

    Committee Members, what the committee should be concerned about and calling script )

    Please use the comments to suggest more reasons why the committee should reject the nomination and to suggest amendments to the calling script.

    Housekeeping note: This is the last of the confirmation hearings currently scheduled for Wednesday 18 January. I'll be back tomorrow with a post on the only hearing scheduled for Thursday 19 January.
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    Nomination Hearing - Nominee The Honorable Nikki R. Haley

    When: Wednesday 18 January from 10:00am

    Committee Members and what the committee should be concerned about )

    Suggested action:While Governor Haley is a weak candidate compared with previous nominations to this post, she does appear to be far more moderate and international in outlook than most current Republicans. I didn't see any evidence that there's any strong reason to oppose her, apart from her lack of relevant experience, so it's probably not worth calling about this one. But please let us know in comments if there are strong reasons the committee should reject the nomination.
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    Nomination hearing of the Honorable Ryan Zinke to be the Secretary of the Interior

    When: Tuesday 17 January from 10.00am

    Committee Members, what the committee should be concerned about and calling script )

    Please use the comments to suggest more reasons why the committee should reject the nomination and to suggest amendments to the calling script.

    Note: The hearing for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, postponed from last week (which we already posted about), is also taking place on Tuesday 17 January, from 5.00pm.
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    To conduct a confirmation hearing on the expected nomination of James N. Mattis To Be Secretary Of Defense

    When: Thursday 12 January from 10:00am

    NOTE: "Upon completion of the confirmation hearing: The Committee will proceed to consider legislation to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces."

    Committee Members and what the committee should be concerned about: )

    Suggested action: As with Elaine Chao, given the Democrats don't seem inclined to oppose this nomination -- apart from his violation of the recent-service rule, Mattis seems like a fairly decent pick who would be willing to stand up to Trump and "speak Truth to Power" -- it's probably not worth calling about this one, and instead focusing on other more dangerous candidates. (There may be reason to call later if the waiver legislation is too weak.) But please let us know in comments if there are strong reasons the committee should reject the nomination.

    Housekeeping note: This is the last of the confirmation hearings currently scheduled for this week. I'll be back in a couple of days with posts on the hearings scheduled for next week.

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