President Obama reminded us during the campaign that “we are the people we’ve been waiting for,” we are the agents of change. If we want the President to accomplish what he promised throughout the campaign, we need to stay active and let our elected officials, both at the state and the federal level know that we support the President’s policies. Throughout the President’s term, we’ll be posting ways that you can help. Please take the time to make phone calls, send emails, or write letters whenever you can. Come to rallies and meetings when your schedule permits. And get involved. Our voice is stronger when we speak as one, and we worked too hard to get the President re-elected to squander this opportunity through inaction. Devote 15 minutes a week to contacting your elected officials and see what kind of difference we can make together
Here is a list of actions that you can take NOW to help support the President’s agenda:
At the state level, please contact Governor Haslam (615-741-2001), Rep. Ryan Williams (526-4163) or Rep. Cameron Sexton (615-741-2343), and Sen. Charlotte Burks (839-3392) to urge them to support the state-run insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). A state-run exchange will likely be more responsive to local needs and more familiar with the local health insurance market and may make the automatic enrollment process for Medicaid easier and more user friendly. The additional costs of both programs will be likely be offset to a large degree by a reduction in uncompensated care, increased revenues in the health care industry, and more money in the pockets of people who are currently uninsured. (***We just found out there will be a Republican Party sponsored forum Dec 4th at 7 pm on the third floor of the County Courthouse. Please stop by if you have questions or if you want to talk to Rep. Williams in person about your support!)
At the national level, please call Sen. Harry Reid (202-224-3542), Sen. Lamar Alexander (202-224-4944), and Sen. Bob Corker (202-224-3344) about the need for filibuster reform so that the Senate can once again serve the public and address the nation’s problems. Secret holds and a record number of filibusters have brought the Senate to a standstill and previous efforts to reach a solution have been unsuccessful. We need to eliminate the secret hold and make Senators engage in a true filibuster where they speak on record about why they oppose legislation, nominees, judicial appointments, etc. if we want a Senate that works for us.
And finally, please call Rep. Diane Black (202-225-4231) to express your support for the President’s efforts to fulfill his campaign promises and enact the vision of America for which the majority of Americans voted on November 6 — including tax increases for those making more the $250,000, no cuts to Social Security, no cuts to Medicare benefits, and no gambling with the economy of the United States.
Thanks for all you do!