No (INCREASED) Taxation Without Representation

13x19Poster_April15_STATEHOODDC residents dutifully pay federal taxes despite the fact that we lack representation in Congress. This is an affront to one of the basic tenets upon which our nation was founded (No Taxation Without Representation), yet we still pay taxes to help fund our government. Congress is presently debating H.R. 1 which would result in the average family of four who owns a home and earns between $50,000 – $200,000 in the District would see an average tax increase of 28 percent or $1,442 – the highest possible increase in the nation if the H.R.1 bill is approved accordingly to Americans Against Double Taxation.  Isn’t our lack of congressional representation just grand?

This is a prime opportunity to remind U.S. Senators that we deserve equality in the union via statehood and we need their support to make it happen. Please email/call the below offices and say “District residents pay federal taxes and we deserve an equal vote in Congress to determine how are tax dollars are spent. The current tax bill could cause taxes to be raised on over 100,000 District residents and cause another 32,000 of my neighbors to lose health insurance. As you consider this bill I urge you to support the right of the 681,000 District residents who pay over $25 billion a year in taxes (more than 20 states) to have our voices heard and the votes of Senators of our own counted on this issue and others. I urge the Senator to cosponsor 1278, the Washington, DC Admission Act, so that my voice and vote can have power and meaning in our democracy.”

Contact List for Targeted Senators:

Blumenthal, Richard

CT

Dem

202.224.2823

Sandeep Prasanna

sandeep_Prasanna@judiciary-dem.senate.gov

Duckworth, Tammy

IL

Dem

202.224.2854

Eric Goode

eric_goode@duckworth.senate.gov

Harris, Kamala

CA

Dem

202.224.3553

Sergio Gonzales

sergio_gonzales@harris.senate.gov

Heinrich, Martin

NM

Dem

202.224.5521

Dominic Saavedra

dominic_saavedra@heinrich.senate.gov

Hirono, Mazie

HI

Dem

202.224.6361

Jeremy Horan

jeremy_horan@hirono.senate.gov 

King, Angus

ME

Ind

202.224.5344

Sanjay Kane

sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov

Murphy, Chris

CT

Dem

202.224.4041

Michael Bednarczyk

michael_bednarczyk@murphy.senate.gov

Shaheen, Jean

NH

Dem

202.224.2841

Kelly Misselwitz

kelly_misselwitz@shaheen.senate.gov

Udall, Tom

NM

Dem

202.224.6621

Leticia Delgado

leticia_delgado@tomudall.senate.gov

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Veterans Day 2017

9image1 (1)On Veterans Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of our fellow Americans who are and have been a part of our Armed Services. Veterans who live in the District of Columbia were/are sent to war zones by elected officials who they had no role in electing and return home to a District where they still have not representation despite serving and sacrificing for their country. DC vets have no vote on issues of war and peace nor on the care they deserve when they return home.

To honor DC Veterans let’s send a round of emails to these 9 U.S. Senators asking that they stand up for all District residents but especially those who have sacrificed for and served our country and call the District home.

Emails/calls can be short and sweet: Please stand up for the thousands of District residents who have served and sacrificed for our nation on this Veterans Day by cosponsoring S. 1278, the Washington, DC Admission Act. DC residents have served honorably in the Armed Forces throughout our history and DC’s veterans, like all of its citizens, deserve equal representation to make decisions on issues of war and peace as well as related to the care our veterans deserve.

 

Contact List for Targeted Senators:

Blumenthal, Richard

CT

Dem.

202.224.2823

Sandeep Prasanna

sandeep_Prasanna@judiciary-dem.senate.gov

Duckworth, Tammy

IL

Dem.

202.224.2854

Eric Goode

eric_goode@duckworth.senate.gov

Harris, Kamala

CA

Dem.

202.224.3553

Sergio Gonzales

sergio_gonzales@harris.senate.gov

Heinrich, Martin

NM

Dem.

202.224.5521

Dominic Saavedra

dominic_saavedra@heinrich.senate.gov

Hirono, Mazie

HI

Dem.

202.224.6361

Jeremy Horan

jeremy_horan@hirono.senate.gov 

King, Angus

ME

Ind.

202.224.5344

Sanjay Kane

sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov

Murphy, Chris

CT

Dem.

202.224.4041

Michael Bednarczyk

michael_bednarczyk@murphy.senate.gov

Shaheen, Jean

NH

Dem.

202.224.2841

Kelly Misselwitz

kelly_misselwitz@shaheen.senate.gov

Udall, Tom

NM

Dem.

202.224.6621

Leticia Delgado

leticia_delgado@tomudall.senate.gov

Thank you and thanks to Councilmember Anita Bonds, her staff, and the

 

DC service members in this great picture,
Josh

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Operation Massachusetts!

massflagDelaware is the only state in the union whose entire congressional delegation cosponsors the statehood bill in the House and the Senate. The great Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pretty close to be the second state with this great distinction. Presently both of their Senators and six of their nine Representatives in the House cosponsor the statehood bill. Let’s put forth a full throated effort to inundate the remaining three holdouts in the House with calls or emails to convince them to add their names to the DC statehood bill, HR 1291. Please contact Massachusetts Representatives Kennedy, Neal, and Keating today!

 

Here’s what we need to do:

  1. Send an email or call each office asking that their boss cosponsor the statehood bill.
  2. Ask a family member or friend living in Massachusetts to do the same (we really need them to do this for us).

Here’s who to contact & here’s sample text for your email:

Representative by Representative, Senator by Senator, state by state we will build a coalition of support that will make D.C. statehood a reality.

Let’s get the Bay State to support the Next State!

Thank you,

Josh

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Mad As Hell!

NKBsignI’m mad as hell.

I’m mad as hell because the U.S. Senate voted to move forward on legislation that could cause 41,000 District citizens to lose their health insurance and we had no Senators to exercise their voice or their vote on the matter.

I’m mad as hell because this vote like every other Senate vote in our country’s history has left out the voice and vote of the people of the District of Columbia.

And I’m mad as hell because many Democratic Senators have spent the last few weeks imploring the American people to “Call Your Senators” yet they are mute on whether or not the people of D.C. should have Senators of our own.

We need to renew our push to get Senate cosponsors on the statehood bill (as the House Bill just reached a record number of cosponsors!!!) so let’s target a few Senators who spent a lot of time imploring people to call their Senators.

So if you’re mad as hell, or moderately upset, or just a wee bit peeved about not having Senators we need you to ask the following Senators to finally support our right to be able to “call our Senators!” Here’s who to email:

Here’s sample text: Over the last few weeks the Senator has implored Americans to call their Senators but because I live in the District of Columbia I have none to call. We in the District could have 41,000 of our neighbors lose their health insurance in the coming years through no fault of their own. We deserve to have our own Senators weigh in on health care or any other issue before the Senate. The Senator should continue to implore Americans to call their Senators while also supporting my right and that of my 681,000 neighbors to have our own Senators to call by cosponsoring the D.C. statehood bill, S. 1278.

Thank you,

Josh

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Operation Connecticut

CTInspired by Mike Panetta’s letter to the editor, let’s put forth a full throated effort to inundate Connecticut Senators Murphy and Blumenthal with emails seeking their co-sponsorship of the respective D.C. statehood bills (S 1278). The entire Connecticut House Delegation (Reps. DeLauro, Larson, Esty, Himes, and Courtney) already are cosponsors of the House statehood bill but their Nutmeg/Constitution State Senate colleagues are not…yet!

Here’s what we need to do:

  1. Send an email to each office asking that their boss cosponsor the statehood bill.

  2. Ask a family member or friend living in Connecticut to do the same (we really need them to do this for us).

Here’s who to contact & here’s sample text for your email:

Representative by Representative, Senator by Senator, state by state we will build a coalition of support that will make D.C. statehood a reality.

Let’s get started with Connecticut!

Thank you,

Josh

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