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Senate Takes First Step to Take Back their Power

With the second round of Democratic primary debates in full swing, we are hearing candidates make sweeping promises about how they will use executive power. Over the past two years, we have seen President Trump abuse his executive power and now it’s critical that Congress act to ensure it maintains its Article One authority. Last week the Senate took a major step in reclaiming this independence and power.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to bring the Article One Act out to the Senate Floor. This bill limits any national emergency declared by a president to 30 days, unless Congress votes to extend it.

Since President Trump declared a national emergency in order to fund his pet project against the will of Congress, a wall on our southern border, the issue of Congress ceding it’s Article One powers, that detail its power of the purse, over to the Executive has been in the forefront of the national debate about the constitutional powers of Congress versus those of the President.

This bill is a first critical step on the road to Congress taking back it’s constitutional authority. Right now, there are 31 national emergencies in effect and are going unchecked and un-debated by Congress, with one going all the way back to 1979 having been instituted by President Jimmy Carter. The Article One Act’s 30-day requirement is a common-sense solution that would allow Congress to check the president’s declaration of a national emergency and choose to end it or allow it to continue.

Trump’s national emergency declaration has faced significant pushback from members of his own party. However, they have only themselves to blame. Congress has continually given their powers over to the executive for years and now they must take it back and start evaluating these, some decades old, national emergency declarations.

With strong bipartisan support, the Article One Act now moves to the Senate Floor. We are urging Senators from both parties to support this legislation and begin to take back their constitutional authority.

Defend our Elections

Our democracy, and democracies around the world, are facing unprecedented challenges. Outdated elections systems. The rise of anti-freedom movements. Corrupt politicians. And foreign interference in the form of hacking and sweeping disinformation campaigns.   Last week, just hours after Robert Mueller testified that Moscow and other foreign powers are still meddling in our elections, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked critical legislation to secure our elections. McConnell’s move came even as the Senate Intelligence Committee issued their bipartisan report highlighting our election system’s significant vulnerabilities.    With the 2020 elections just over a year away, we need to fight to ensure that we–and no one else–still determine our leaders. We need you to come to our nation’s capital, meet with your representatives, and urge them to pass legislation that protects our elections.  

Join Us for Hill Days!

  Stand Up Republic is hosting a two-day event which will bring concerned Americans just like you from across the nation together for training and direct advocacy with elected representatives. On Monday, September 23rd you’ll meet SUR staff, hear from experts in the reform movement, network with like-minded people from across the country, and receive advocacy and organizing training. Then, on Tuesday the 24th, we take to the Hill! You’ll meet with your members of Congress and their staff about legislation focused on securing our elections and improving our democracy.  


When:
September 23-24, 2019 Where: Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. Why: To secure our elections! 

  Our elections are the heart of our system of self-government and the mechanism through which we select our leaders and hold them accountable. If we allow foreign adversaries and corrupt politicians to deprive us of this essential power, we are ceding our liberty to them. Without free and fair elections, we cannot remain free.   It is critical that members of Congress and their staff hear from you, their constituents. We need your help to show Congress that there is a strong network of Americans who care about protecting our democracy and securing our elections.    Stand up and join us in September for Hill Days! 

Trump’s Racist Attacks Won’t Stop Until We Stop Him

The overt racism that has been on display in the past few days is not an aberration, it’s nothing new: this is who Donald Trump is.

Trump’s first serious foray into American politics was as a vocal promoter of the conspiracy theory that President Obama was not a US citizen. He later launched his 2016 presidential campaign using nativist, xenophobic rhetoric.

In the aftermath of his Twitter tirade, the President continues to be unconcerned with the impact that his words have, and that white nationalist groups are lauding him for this language, arguing that “many people agree with me.”

In typical Trump fashion, he’s happy to harbor support wherever he can get it, even from white supremacists, as long as it consolidates his power. This has changed the shape and direction of the Republican Party in dangerous ways.

During today’s House Republican leadership press conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was directly asked if the President’s comments were racist, to which he simply replied, “No.” Senator Lindsey Graham doubled down on Trump’s rhetoric, saying the “squad” of Congresswomen Trump attacked were “communists” and “anti-American”.

In his ranting, Graham argued that Trump should “aim higher” by just focusing on policy differences, but he and many others overlook the fact that the president is incapable of aiming higher; he is a racist and we should call a spade a spade.

We know that this will not be the last time Donald Trump spews racist attacks on his political opponents. So this is a time to choose; this is not about right or left, it’s about right and wrong. Once the Republican party chooses to go down this dark and dangerous road it will be nearly impossible to get back to our founding principle, that all men and women are created equal.

Trump is following the authoritarian handbook to the letter. He’s consciously working to divide the electorate along cultural and racial lines, and he thinks he’s succeeding. We cannot allow it. Immigrants are essential to prosperity, opportunity and security for all Americans. Our multicultural society is what makes our nation strong and Stand Up Republic will not stay silent when the President or anyone else espouses racist remarks.

Save the Dates: Hill Days September 23-24

SAVE THE DATE!

Hill Days 2019 – Secure Our Elections

2nd Annual Hill Days September 23-24, 2019

  The people have always been the heart of our democracy, and our elected officials work for us. We need you to come to our nation’s capital, meet with your representatives, and raise your voice to defend our democracy.   Join us this September in Washington, DC for our 2nd annual Hill Days.   This two-day event will bring democracy activists together from across the nation for training and direct advocacy with your elected representatives. On Monday, September 23rd you’ll meet SUR staff, hear from experts in the reform movement, network with like-minded advocates from across the country, and receive advocacy and organizing training. Then, on Tuesday the 24th, we take to the Hill! You’ll meet with your members of Congress and their staff about legislation focused on securing our elections and improving our democracy.  

When: September 23-24, 2019 Where: Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. Why: To secure our elections!

  It is critical that members of Congress and their staff hear from you, their constituents. We need your help to show Congress that there is a strong network of activists who care about protecting our democracy and securing our elections. Stand up and join us in September for Hill Days!  

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