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Daily Call To Action: June 15, 2017

June 14, 2017 The Call – #RussiaSanctions On Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation by a 97-2 vote that would further sanction Russia for their interference in our election and constrain Trump from unilaterally lifting any Russia sanctions. The House is expected to take up similar legislation. The administration opposes the legislation and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged Congress to allow Trump flexibility to lift the sanctions. The Trump administration has been eager to lift Russia sanctions. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is being investigated for lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador about sanctions on the day President Obama imposed them. Shortly after the inauguration, the Trump administration made secret efforts to ease the Russia sanctions which were thwarted when a long-time State Department official reported them to Congress. Most recently, it was reported that the Trump administration was planning to return Russian compounds that had been shuttered by the Obama administration in retaliation for election hacking. The heads of the US intelligence agencies and many experts have testified that Russia’s attempts to meddle in our democracy are continuing. The Trump administration has shown little interest in addressing Russia’s attack on our democracy and Trump himself suggested as recently as last month that it may have been China rather than Russia that hacked the DNC emails. Given Trump’s troubling history regarding Russian interference, it is quite likely he will veto the Russia sanctions legislation. While the Senate has the votes to override the veto, it will be critical that the House pass the legislation with the 2/3 majority necessary to override a presidential veto. Your Action Call your Representative and urge them to support legislation which would increase sanctions on Russia and tie Trump’s hands on unilaterally lifting the sanctions. Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].

  • I want [Rep____] to support legislation to increase sanctions on Russia for meddling in our election.

  • It is especially important to make sure the president cannot lift any Russia sanctions without Congress’s consent.

  • I don’t trust this administration to do the right thing on Russia sanctions.

  • Where does the Rep currently stand on this issue?

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