#DCintervention Toolkit: Talking Points
Messaging Points & Links about Tuesday’s Action:
DC, You Have a Problem; #DCintervention
- DC, you have a problem. A spending problem. A corruption problem. A cronyism problem. A process problem. A transparency problem. And now you’re going to have an election problem, because Americans won’t support politicians who put politics above principle anymore.
- The American people are staging an intervention in DC. We are demanding that Congress and the President to stop feeding their addiction with our freedoms. They are elected to represent us, not to rule us.
- Congress has failed the American people once again. They ignored the Constitution when they passed Obamacare without reading it, and they’re doing it again today.
- With only a few exceptions, most politicians in DC are addicted to power. They’re like junkies and they’ll stop at nothing to get the next fix, including trampling over our rights.
- The Senate voted to move forward on gun control legislation before the bill was released or read by anyone! That’s not representation and it’s not what we voted for.
- The illegal immigration bill still hasn’t been shown to anyone outside of the group that is writing it, it’s already at 1500 pages, and they’re not going to allow any amendments. That’s not representation and it’s not what we voted for.
- Americans want an open lawmaking process that they can be a part of. We want a voice, and we want a say about the laws we will have to live under. How can we actually still be a representative democracy when the people are locked out of the process?
- Members of Congress took an oath of office pledging to support and defend the Constitution. Part of that pledge includes writing bills in the open, allowing the public to take part in the discussion, and reading the bills before passing them. The other part includes voting no on legislation that violates our rights and our Constitution!
- Reminder to all elected officials: You serve at our pleasure, with and only with our consent. You do not have our consent to pass unconstitutional bills through unconstitutional means. Period.
- It’s been revealed that legislative negotiations are taking place over fancy dinners at the White House and during “booze cruises” on a Senator’s yacht, instead of at the Capitol, on C-SPAN, publicly, where we the people can watch and take part.
- 12 Republican Senators who Support Rand Paul on Gun-Control Filibuster
- John Boehner says he doesn’t need the GOP to pass legislation in the House.
- Peter King, Republican from NY will introduce Sen. Toomey’s unconstitutional bill on universal background checks on Monday in the House, saying it will have “significant” support from House Republicans.
- From WaPo OF NOTE: “Displaying all the illogic that Congress is infamous for, the Senate voted Thursday to proceed with a gun-regulation bill, the contents of which were unknown to virtually all senators and the text of which didn’t arrive until hours later. Such is the state of lawmaking today.” and “Before that analysis was available, however, the Senate voted 68 to 31 to move to debate on the bill.”
- Text of S. 649 Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act 2013
- Toomey’s full text of Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act Online
- John McCain slams Rand Paul (again)
- Mike Lee slams blasts closed door backroom deals OF NOTE: “We should not be legislating by negotiating closed-door backroom deals away from the eyes of the American people,” Lee stated. “We should not be voting before we read and understand exactly how these proposals will affect the rights law abiding citizens.”
- List of 16 Senators who voted to proceed with Toomey Amendment and Block Rand Paul’s filibuster attempt.
- McClatchyDC 1500 page immigration bill OF NOTE (emphasis added): “We’re still writing the language,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. “It’s dotting the ‘i’s’ and crossing the ‘t’s;’ it’s a big bill. I don’t think really it’s any issue, although some of the same ones you’ve heard about . . . those are tough.”
- McCain wants multiple hearings on immigration bill but does not tell how many he wants. Lindsey Graham says: After the single hearing, he told Hannity, “we’re going to have a committee markup in Judiciary where we’re going to have the bill for days, if not weeks, so people who dislike can vote against it.”
- Sen. Leahy says he will hold single hearing: So far, Leahy has indicated that he will hold a single hearing to review the bill, which is expected to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws, allow companies to bring in 1 million blue-collar and white-collar workers per year and provide conditional legalization to 11 million illegal immigrants. “Some are saying, wow, we’re not having enough hearings … [but] first of all, we know the issue,” McCain said during an April 7 interview on “Face The Nation.” BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THE ISSUE OR THE CONSEQUENCES!
- Immigration hearing set for April 17
- Immigration bill may set funding, regulatory gaps in border security OF NOTE: The 1,500-page bill will provide conditional legalization to at least 11 million illegal immigrants. Initially, applicants would get work permits, but they would be allowed to get valuable green cards after five years, and then citizenship, if government officials declare the border is fully monitored and the illegal inflow through some portions has been cut by 90 percent. BUT THEY’RE ONLY HOLDING ONE HEARING ON THIS.
- http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/11/sen-mark-kirk-booze-and-boat-parties-smoothed-bipa/ OF NOTE: Sen. Mark Kirk says the real driving force behind the gun deal that was hatched by bipartisan work was booze and boat retreats. The Illinois Republican said to reporters that visits to the Black Tie, a yacht owned by Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, played a large role in the Democratic-Republican come-together over background checks and other legislation related to gun control, Roll Call reported.