Recess Week continues! Lots of options for how to get involved. The actions are now split out across different spreadsheets if you want to target your efforts.
Today’s Bonus Actions: SUPPORT HR 804 and S 291
Recommended by Missoula Rises, Democratic Process and Legislative Watch, Subgroup
– HR 804 Protect the National Security Council From Political Interference Act of 2017.
-S 291 Strengthening Oversight of the National Security Act of 2017.
This legislation was introduced on February 1, 2017. The intent is to ensure that political operators like Steve Bannon are excluded from the National Security Council and that national security experts are the ones making life-and-death decisions about our national
– GOAL: Encourage Senators and Representatives to cosponsor this legislation.
– ACTION: Contact Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and tell them to cosponsor this legislation to keep Steve Bannon out of the Situation Room, and to ensure that national security decisions are not influenced by political considerations.
– CONTACT: Senator Steve Daines (more phone #s on website):
Phone – (202) 224–2651, (406) 549-8198, (406) 443-3189
Address – 320 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510 (or use the Montana addresses listed the senators website).
Email – https://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve
– CONTACT: Senator Jon Tester (more phone #s on website):
Phone – (202) 224-2644, (406) 728-3003, (406) 449-5401
Address – 311 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Email – https://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=email_senator
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: We want to support the movement of the legislation to the floor for debate and vote. In January, Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum giving the white nationalist and political operator Steve Bannon a full seat on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council.
At the same time, Trump removed the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) as regular attendees. This unprecedented move to permanently put a right-wing political agitator with minimal national security experience in the Situation Room, while excluding high-ranking intelligence and military officials, raises serious questions about the integrity of the National Security Council’s decision-making, and places all of us at risk.