πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’₯Senator Daines Called Us!!πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’₯

Yep. It’s true. I had two personal (not robo-call) voicemail messages from him yesterday. I missed both calls, but he did leave me a direct number to reach him. He wants to talk specifically about the issues and concerns we have.

I’ll get about 15 min max with him because one of his voicemail messages said, “I’m between hearings right now and have about 15 minutes to talk to you.” So a couple thoughts:

1. WE PERSISTED and we got a response. Ok, it is not an in-person Town Hall, but we finally got a personal response. And yes, I take his calls to me to be in response to our collective work. So keep persisting. Our presence is known and again, legitimized.

2. With the 15 minutes I’ll get, please comment below what topics you want me to raise. Right now, what are the top 3 messages we need him to hear? And for those of you that don’t know me personally, I’m a lawyer by trade, and not the least bit uncomfortable with having direct conversations and holding people accountable, in a respectful way. So just know that I will do that on our behalf.

3. While this is only one phone call, I want to say that it is symbolic of the fact that he knows we are holding him accountable, but we are using civic engagement and democracy as it was intended to be used. Thank you for being engaged, intentional, respectful, and strong-willed for Montana.
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5 thoughts on “πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’₯Senator Daines Called Us!!πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’₯

  1. Good job on this!

    I would like to know why he won’t do what the majority of people in Montana have asked him to do. He had more feedback on Betsy DeVos than any other topic of his political career. Montanans called, emailed, tweeted, sent postcards, protested in front of all his offices. We very plainly told him to vote no.

    In his Tele town hall Tuesday night, he was asked that question. Why did he confirm her when Montanans said no? His response was that he met Betsy in his office, they had a lovely chat and that she’s going to do a great job. Well, that’s not what was asked. I don’t care if he met her in his office, I really don’t care that she contributed to his campaign. The bottom line is that we told him no. Not one person, not half his constituents, but the vast majority of Montana told him no. He did it anyway.

    The same can be said for Jeff sessions. I could care less about his reasons for confirming him. Montana told him no.

    He works for us, right? In the real world employees are fired for not complying with their employer.

    So why did he do it, will he continue to turn his back on Montana and vote with his party, and why does he think he shouldn’t be voted out of office in 2020?

    Also, his reply as to why he silenced Elizabeth Warren actually made him look worse, if that’s possible.

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  2. My personal top 3 are:
    1. Having a town hall so he can have a real back and forth with constituents. His teletownhalls allow him to speak with no rebuttal. He fills those with the cherry picked facts.
    2. Improving healthcare. The republican plan will drop millions from coverage (which is not at all as Trump promised) and Daines is right that healthcare needs to be fixed and is unsustainable, but it was worse before the ACA and healthcare costs were rising substantially then too. In order to fix they need to ensure Americans are covered and costs go down. Americans are encouraged not to have health care under the Republican plan by penalizing them when they try to get it if they had a lapse rather than the penalty for not having it. Their bill on exasperates the problem. I believe for costs to go down we need encourage lower salaries (why the ACA had a cap on deductions for insurance executives, tort reform (good luck on that front), and bringing down the costs of items such as durable medical equipment (these are inflated due to middle men and doctors can’t get supplys from a company they usually are sold by a salesman, just like pharmaceuticals).
    3. Bring back facts, honesty and ethics to Washington. This White House is constantly lying and having ethical dilemmas. Brags about crowd size, making fun of celebrities, lying about using American steel on pipelines, lying about wiretapping, Sessions perjuring himself on his own question, and of course the Russia scandal which could bring down the White House. I expect our representatives to come out and shoot the lies down. It is time for Daines to put Montana and the county before party.

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  3. Personally, I don’t think you should talk to him alone/one on one. He needs to meet with his constituents, at least a representative group. By you talking to him by yourself, he is not held accountable to all the people who have tried to speak to him in person at a town hall. Please don’t give away the group’s power by letting him sucker you into an individual call.

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  4. I agree he should have a real meeting with back and forth but for now let’s deal with your call. I also don’t think there’s any point rehashing the past. He’s going to side with majority, which in this case are the mean-spirited and “deconstruction” types. Yet he was elected.
    That being said, he can be sidelined in next election.
    We are not happy with his previous votes.
    He needs to respect and honor the needs and desires of Montanans.
    My 3 topics would be;
    1- NO block granting Medicaid, no phasing out Medicaid expansion, and “no” to the AHCA [health care] bill proposed this week. Folks need real health insurance, not phony plans that do not benefit them. Quality medical care is not a privilege for some, but a right for all. Shame on us for doing far less than many other first-world countries.

    2- We want a full and independent inquiry into the Russian issues regarding our elections. It is not okay for a foreign government to attempt to corrupt our democracy. Can we stand with our heads high in the world when we allow this to happen, do nothing to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

    3- Americans are losing respect for our elected officials. Do they care about Americans? Why are many of the measures being taken harmful to citizens? Who will pick the food we want to purchase? Who will repair our automobiles? Who will work in the country’s libraries? Who will encourage folks to volunteer, give to good causes and help their neighbors? Will there be any point to our children attending college? Educating our children, providing job training for teens and adults, making sure Americans have what they need to support themselves and pursue their lives and happiness; these are most important goals. How can this happen amidst “deconstruction” of agencies that exist to serve citizens? This is not what we want. Is this what you want?

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