Ain't no tax-cut-for-the-rich Republicans can come up with that they also can't make worse, and so now they've added a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's mandate for citizens to buy health insurance. I was never that fond of the mandate, but that was only because I was never that fond of the Affordable Care Act, and now that we have the Affordable Care Act doing more for Americans than any of the crap sandwiches Republicans proposed to replace it, I surely don't want it injured, particularly since it helps hold down premiums. Sen. McConnell also finds 13 million Americans losing their health insurance over the next decade "helpful" to Senate efforts to pass this bill. But why should we be so emotionally invested in whether the Senate "gets something done"? We would much rather the Senate do good works on the people's behalf than achieve their agenda. So, yeah, another round of phone calls to your Senators demanding they oppose the Republican tax "reform" effort -- and the House may be voting today on their version, so call them, too.
Meanwhile, over 200 folks, including legal observers and journalists, now face up to 70 years in prison for the heinous crime of either taking part in or being in the vicinity of protests of Mr. Trump's inauguration. That's because they're facing rioting charges -- as if every protestor is a rioter, as if every journalist who talks to a protestor is a rioter! This is the kind of thing a government does when it fears everyone and everything, and to think this government was only in power for one day! They sure do like to make a first impression! Anyway, Demand Progress helps you tell our Department of Justice to drop the charges against the 200-plus folks behind held on bogus "rioting" charges. The Trump Administration may act like a dictatorship, but we were able to shame them into giving up their quest for the Facebook friend lists of DisruptJ20 organizers, as well as their quest for over a million IP addresses related to the disruptj20.org website. So they still function within a democracy, for as long as we keep it.
Finally, H.R. 2942/S. 1386, the Schedules That Work Act, would help poorer working families (particularly those in the retail or restaurant industries) navigate their work schedules. Too often employers only give their workers a few hours' notice before their workday begins, and then they have to scramble to find child care or juggle doctor's appointments -- or go to school, or go to the other job they need to have to make ends meet. But under the Schedules That Work Act, employers would have to give workers their schedule two weeks in advance, and they'd also have to pay their employees more when they change their shift at the last minute, or send them home because there's not enough work to do. Employees could request a schedule change without employer retaliation, and employers would have to honor those requests if they can't come up with a business-related reason to deny it. Hence the National Women's Law Center helps you tell your Congressfolk to support more stable work scheduling for working families by supporting the Schedules that Work Act.