Trump Administration & Federal Government

We track federal legislation, budgets, policies, events and other issues with the aid of our Trump Administration & Federal Government Working Group. Each week, this team of volunteers shares news stories, research and other information on the federal government, discusses which items are ripe for action, and writes calls to action (C2As) that inform others and offer suggested actions. Members volunteer about an hour a week–a little more if they are writing that week’s call to action–and conduct their business via a closed Facebook page. Our C2As are distributed to 15,000-20,000 Mainers each week via our email list, our member forum and our partnerships with other regional and state groups. You can read some of our most recent C2As below.

If these topics are important to you and you have an hour or two to spare over an entire week, please email us at suitupmaine@gmail.com about joining our Trump Administration & Federal Government Working Group!

Ten Reasons to Remove Acting AG Matthew Whitaker

Acting AG Matt Whitaker has a background overrun with fraud, scams, dark money payments, conflicts of interest, and other potentially illegal activity. The appointment of Trump’s “White House spy” poses a direct threat to the Mueller investigation.
QUICK ACTION: Tell your MoC to demand the immediate replacement of Matt Whitaker with the proper successor, Rod Rosenstein, and to pass legislation to protect Mueller’s investigation.

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN YEMEN: End U.S. Support for Saudi-Backed War

U.S. military and financial participation in Yemen’s civil war is contributing to what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in 100 years. The Senate passed a resolution to end U.S. support for the war. The new Democratic-controlled House will take up the measure in January. QUICK ACTION: Thank Collins and King for their support of S.J. Res. 54 and ask Pingree and Rep-Elect Golden to support the measure in January.

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BLOCK EXTREMIST & UNQUALIFIED JUDGES: No Zealots in Lifetime Positions

We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Floor votes are now imminent for  anti-abortion nominee Wendy Vitter, and anti-LGBTQ nominees Matthew Kacsmaryk and Howard Neilson. 
QUICK ACTION: Call Collins and King and tell them to voice their opposition to Wendy Vitter and other extremist nominees facing imminent confirmation votes.

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#FamiliesBelongTogether: Oppose Inhumane Immigration Policy

While more than 100 children have yet to be reunited with their parents, Trump is radically changing asylum rules, moving thousands of unaccompanied children into internment camps, and deporting the family members who come to claim them.
QUICK ACTION: Keep the pressure on your MoC to demand investigations and oversight, block Trump’s nominee to lead ICE, and give to the organizations providing direct legal support.

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TRUMP VS. MUELLER: Protest Thursday at 5PM!

Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and replaced Rod Rosenstein with Acting AG Matt Whitaker, who has openly called for defunding the investigation. The national protest is taking place at 5pm on Thursday Nov. 8!
QUICK ACTION: Find the location nearest you, text ALERT to 668366 for updates, and demand that our MoCs protect Mueller’s investigation.

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PROTECT THE MIDTERMS: Demand Congress Act to Prevent Russian Attacks

As Trump continues to deny the Russian cyberattack on the U.S., intelligence agencies say the midterm elections are vulnerable to more attacks.
QUICK ACTION: Tell Congress to support bills to protect U.S. election systems, enforce Russian sanctions, and demand a hearing on the closed-door Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki.

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7 Reasons to Vote NO on Kavanaugh

He lied to Congress, is credibly accused of sexual assault, lacks judicial temperament, and is hostile to Roe v. Wade. Need more reasons why Brett Kavanaugh should not serve on the Supreme Court?
We’ve got the top seven reasons right here. Share them with your Senators and tell them you want them to vote NO on Kavanaugh.

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Let the FBI Do Its Job: Key Witnesses for Kavanaugh Investigation

The FBI reopened its background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh, but now the White House and Senate Republicans are attempting to drastically limit the people who can be interviewed.
QUICK ACTION: We’ve compiled a list of key witnesses and individuals the FBI must be free to interview. Tell your Senators: let the FBI do its job!

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Open Letter to Sen. Susan Collins from Suit Up Maine

Sen. Collins, Having watched the testimony and read statements and affidavits related to charges of sexual assault and misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh, we are more certain than ever that reopening Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation is of critical importance. The...

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Read more of our past calls to action on our public Facebook page.