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 firstname.lastname@example.org about joining our Trump Administration & Federal Government Working Group!
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.
It’s been months since the Trump administration was ordered to reunify immigrant families it forcibly separated, and yet more than 100 children have yet to see their parents. As the administration moves thousands of unaccompanied children into internment camps, a new report by the DHS Inspector General shows widespread dysfunction.
QUICK ACTION: Submit a public comment, keep the pressure on your MoC to demand investigations and oversight, and give to the organizations providing direct legal support.
We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Republican leaders are counting votes now for anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion, and anti-ACA nominee David Porter, and a vote is imminent once they have the numbers.
QUICK ACTION: Call Collins and King and tell them to voice their opposition to Porter and learn about other extremist nominees in the pipeline.
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.
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.
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!
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is on shaky ground with credible accusations of sexual assault now public. Serious questions also remain about whether he lied under oath and whether senators should have access to more information relating to his time serving in the White House.
QUICK ACTION: Tell Susan Collins to demand the FBI investigate assault claims, allow the National Archives to complete its work, and resolve questions of lying before any confirmation vote takes place.
A number of legal challenges are headed for the Supreme Court, the outcomes of which will affect the health, civil rights, environment, and economic stability of Mainers. Leaders of SUM and several advocacy groups met with Maine’s senators’ judicial advisers during Senate recess on Kavanaugh’s record on the issues.
Read our report on these cases and Kavanaugh’s relevant history.
The Trump administration wants to add an untested and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, which could discourage immigrant participation and potentially change how congressional seats are distributed among states. QUICK ACTION: Learn more and ask your MoCs to support the 2020 Census IDEA Act!read more
UPDATE: Brian Benczkowski has been confirmed.
Trump’s pick to lead the DOJ’s criminal division served on Trump’s transition team and also represented the Russian bank implicated in the Steele dossier, and many fear he could provide a back channel to Trump on Mueller’s investigation.