We need all hands on deck to fight Trump's federal budget

Today, Donald Trump unveiled his first comprehensive budget. Budgets are about priorities, and Trump’s first full budget proposal makes clear that he puts the interests of the wealthy like those in his cabinet over working American families.  

We need you to contact Republican Senators Lisa MurkowskiDan Sullivan, and Don Young to fight back against this budget, which has been described as a Caricature of Conservative Cruelty.

Trump's proposed budget...

  • Makes massive cuts to programs that disproportionally affect the lower- and middle-class: Medicaid, college loans, public schools, middle and working class tax credits and other programs that help working parents and families will see billions of dollars in decreases – all to fund his massive tax giveaway to the wealthy and $1.6 billion in funding for his ridiculous and unfeasible Border Wall fantasy.
  • Imperils the health of working families: cuts include hundreds of millions from children’s health insurance, medical research, disease prevention, and other programs critical to the health of Americans.
  • Attacks Planned Parenthood: for the first time in history, the president’s budget prohibits Planned Parenthood from participating in any program funded through Congress’s annual Labor-HHS bill. This includes Medicaid, the Title X program, HIV prevention grants, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants, cancer screening programs and other critical health services offered by Planned Parenthood.
  • Assaults students, teachers and public education: cuts funding to public schools and student loan support while shifting $1.4 billion to a “School choice” program that effectively puts the United States on a path to the privatization of public schools. 
  • Slashes safety net programs:  attacks an array of programs that support working families – especially children – including SNAP food stamps, benefits for the disabled, children’s health insurance, and even the child tax credit and earned income tax credit.

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PLEASE CONTACT Alaska's Federal Delegation to let them know that this budget draft is unacceptable:

Senator Lisa Murkowski:  
Anchorage 907-271-3735
Fairbanks 907-456-0233
Juneau 907-586-7277
Mat-Su Valley 907-376-7665
DC 202-224-6665

Senator Dan Sullivan:
Anchorage 907-271-5915
Fairbanks 907-456-0261
Juneau 907-586-7277
Mat-Su Valley 907-357-9956
DC 202-224-3004

Representative Don Young:
Anchorage 907-271-5978
Fairbanks 907-456-2010
DC 202-225-5765

Rally at Murkowski and Sullivan Offices: Urge the Republican Party Not to Go Nuclear.

Tomorrow at noon there is a rally to protest the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, at the offices of Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan.

Where: 510 L Street, downtown Anchorage

When: tomorrow (4/4) at noon

Why this is important: Neil Grouch is the most extreme, politically motivated SCOTUS nominee since Robert Bork. Back then, Congressional Republicans opted not to push forward with the "nuclear option" for Bork, but instead withdrew their pick and nominated Anthony Kennedy, who was confirmed by a bipartisan vote.

Today, our political landscape is much different. On both a national and local level, the Republican Party has drastically changed and shifted to the right to a dangerous degree. That is why it is so important to stay vigilant and fight for rational governance.

We urge Senators Murkowski and Sullivan to suggest that their Party change the nominee instead of the rules. Don’t throw away 230 years of Senate tradition to confirm an extremist to a lifetime appointment on the bench.

The 60 vote threshold and an independent judiciary act as checks against Trump’s worst impulses. Nuking the filibuster to confirm Gorsuch weakens both of those safeguards. There is still time to salvage some amount of bipartisanship in Congress; going "nuclear" will just bring us in the opposite direction.

AK Republican Federal Delegation Sold Your Browser History to the Highest Bidder

AK Republican Federal Delegation Sold Your Browser History To The Highest Bidder
Over the past two weeks, Republicans in the US House and Senate--including Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Representative Don Young--voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's 2016 broadband privacy rules giving consumers the power to choose how their ISPs use and share their personal data.  In fact, Senator Sullivan was a cosponsor of the bill.

This means that broadband internet providers like GCI and AT&T will be able to sell our sensitive, private information without our permission.  President Trump is expected to sign this resolution into law in the next few days.

Reversing those protections is a dream for cable and telephone companies who want to capitalize on the value of personal information such as app downloads, precise geo-locations, and even financial and medical data.  And it's no surprise that Republicans back network executives that want to produce the highest return for shareholders by selling consumers’ information. The problem is they are selling something that doesn’t belong to them.

Alaskans value our privacy so much that these protections were included in Section 22 our state constitution. This legislation is just another example of Republican officials being completely out of touch with their constituents.  Let them know how you feel about this infringement on our privacy rights by contacting their offices:

Senator Murkowski:
DC  (202)-224-6665
Anchorage  (907) 271-3735
Fairbanks  (907) 456-0233
Juneau  (907) 586-7277
Mat-Su Valley  (907) 376-7665
Kenai  (907) 283-5808
Ketchikan (907) 225-6880

Senator Sullivan:
DC  (202)-224-3004
Anchorage  (907) 271-5915
Fairbanks  (907) 456-0261
Juneau  (907) 586-7277
Mat-Su Valley  (907) 357-9956
Kenai  (907) 283-4000
Ketchikan  (907) 225-6880
Representative Young:
DC  (202) 225-5765
Anchorage  (907) 271-5978
Fairbanks  (907) 456-0210

Alaskans aren't for sale, and neither is our private data.  Shame on these Republicans for pulling the plug on our internet protections.