FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Here are our Calls to Action, Guides, and Explainers on federal legislation and policy. This includes the federal budget, international affairs, national security, the Mueller investigation, and a range of other topics. Interested in helping us track federal legislation and policy? Take action with us.

NO WAR WITH IRAN: Tell Congress to Block an Illegal War

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran remain high following the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the second-most powerful leader in Iran. The House passed a war powers resolution with bipartisan support, and the Senate will soon take up its own measure.
QUICK ACTION: Tell Susan Collins to support the Senate war powers resolution, and get caught up on the developments. 

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NO TAXPAYER-FUNDED DISCRIMINATION: Oppose proposed HHS rule

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would allow faith-based organizations that receive certain types of federal funding to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals, women, people of color, and non-Christians without losing taxpayer dollars.
QUICK ACTION: Submit a public comment opposing the rule by midnight THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19.

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SAVE SNAP: Oppose Trump’s cuts to food assistance program

The Trump administration has issued a proposed rule change that would cut food assistance to 3.1 million people—including 44,000 Mainers—and eliminate school meals for 500,000 children. QUICK ACTION: Submit a public comment opposing the rule change by September 23 and tell your MoCs to protect vulnerable Mainers.

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RECESS ACTIONS: Attend an August recess event

While Maine’s Congressional delegation is home for the August recess, groups around the state are holding events to draw their attention to critical issues. QUICK ACTION: Find an event near you and tell your members of Congress to take action!

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THE MUELLER REPORT: Reset the Narrative

Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees July 24. The most significant takeaway? Every American should read the report. Find links to versions for all platforms and print here, and plan your own book club gathering to discuss it with your friends.

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MAINERS RESPOND: Collins’ approval ratings plummet

Morning Consult released its latest polling data on sitting U.S. senators today, and it isn’t good news for Maine’s Sen. Susan Collins (R). Her approval ratings have dropped 16 points since earlier this year, leaving with her a 48% approval rating in Maine and 45% disapproval. QUICK ACTION: Read our takeaway on the new poll.

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NO FAMILY DETENTION: Maine vigils against Trump’s internment camps

More than a dozen groups around Maine took part in the Lights for Liberty vigil on July 12, a national protest of Trump’s inhumane immigration policies and his internment camps for immigrant families. Hundreds turned out in 12 towns around the state, joining thousands of others in more than 700 cities around the U.S. ACTION: See the image galleries below from the Maine vigils, volunteer at one of Maine’s immigrant advocacy organizations, and tell your members of Congress to take action.

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#SaveTheCensus: No citizenship question on the 2020 Census

The fight against adding an untested, unnecessary, and likely unconstitutional citizenship question to the 2020 Census has been hard to follow. Bottom line: There will be no citizenship question, but Trump is still hoping to help Republican-controlled state governments move forward with plans to gerrymander districts in favor of Republicans. Read more.

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PROTECT OUR WATERS: Oppose Trump’s “Dirty Water Rule”

The Trump administration has proposed widespread rollbacks to clean water protections, jeopardizing wetlands and drinking water for nearly half a million Mainers and millions of Americans. There’s just one week left to submit a public comment! QUICK ACTION: Submit a public comment opposing the rollbacks by April 15.

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Speed Dial Congress

Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I):
(202) 224-5344
Sen. Susan Collins (R):
(202) 224-2523
Chellie Pingree (D):
(202) 225-6116
Rep. Jared Golden (D):
(202) 225-6306

For full contact info, including numbers for district offices in Maine, visit our Civic Dashboard.

Speed Dial Maine Legislature

Maine House:
1-800-423-2900 
Maine Senate:
1-800-423-6900
TTY: Use Maine Relay 711

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