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—Sept 18-21: Hurricane Maria

—Sept 9-10: Hurricane Irma

—Sept 5: Trump Ends DACA
DACA, the program that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to remain in the country is ending. Congress has a six-month window to possibly save the policy.
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—Aug 24-28: Hurricane Harvey

—Aug 18: Bannon Dismissed
Trump dismissed his chief strategist Stephen Bannon, 6 days after a violent gathering of hate groups in Charlottesville, at which a counter-protester died and many other counter-protesters injured.
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—Aug 11-12: Charlottesville

—Aug 1: Wray confirmed for FBI
Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Christopher A. Wray as the next FBI director, filling post that has remained vacant since firing of James B. Comey in May.

—July 31: Scaramucci fired
Ten days into has job as White House Communications Director and 5 days after expletive-laden phone call to a New Yorker reporter Anthony Scaramucci is fired, at Kelly's recommendation.

—July 28: Priebus ousted; Kelly named
Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff was "pushed out" on Friday after a stormy six-month tenure, and replaced him with DHS Secretary John F. Kelly.
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—July 26: Senate votes against repeal of ACA
The Senate rejected a proposal to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement. Republican Senators Collins, Murkowski, and McCain all voted NO.
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—June 26: SCOTUS to take up ban
The Supreme Court agreed to review Trump's travel ban in Oct, allowing a watered-down version to go into effect in the meantime.
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—June 8: James Comey testifies
headshot-comey-james James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read more→
Comey statement
CSPAN video of hearing

—June 7: Christopher Wray nominated to head FBI
headshot-wray-christopher The FBI post has been empty since Trump fired James Comey on May 9. Read more→

—June 1: Paris Climate Accord withdrawl
Trump announces the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Elon Musk (Tesla) and Bob Iger (Disney) resign from the President's advisory councils in protest. Read more→

—May 17: Special Counsel appointed
headshot-mueller-robert Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed Robert S. Mueller III, former FBI Director 2001-2013, special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump's associates and Russian officials. Read more→

—May 15: Trump said to share intel w Russians
A government official says that, during an Oval Office meeting with top Russian officials, President Trump described highly classified material about a new ISIS plot, providing details that could expose the source of the information. Read more→

—May 9: Comey Fired
headshot-comey-james FBI Director James Comey is fired by the president, citing Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Comey was leading a criminal investigation into whether Trump's advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Read more→

— April 10: Gorsuch sworn in
Neil Gorsuch is sworn in as Supreme Court Justice, after Senate Republicans changed Senate rules — blocking Democrats from filibustering.

—April 7: US missile strikes
The US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea into Syria, aimed at the Shayrat Airbase controlled by the Syrian government. The strike was ordered by Donald Trump, with no congressional approval, as a response to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack that occurred on 4 April.

—Mar 30: Hearing on Russian Influence
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence begins Open Hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities.

—Mar24: GOP pulls bill
House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation's health-care law for lack of votes.

—Mar 20: FBI investigating Russian links
FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee, that FBI has been investigating Russian interference, including "the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts."

—March 15: New Ban blocked
US District Court Judge Derrick Watson's decision prevents the executive order from going into effect, for now.

—March 6: New Ban issued
New ban excludes Iraq; takes effect in 10 days.

—March 2: Carson confirmed, HUD
headshot-carson-benRetired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, with no experience in either housing or development or government in general, becomes head of HUD. MORE▶

—March 2: Sessions recuses himself
AG Jeff Sessions recused himself from inquiries involving allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 American election.

—March 1: DOJ confirms Sessions meeting
Justice Department confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions twice met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 election campaign in which he acted as an advisor to candidate Donald Trump.

—Feb 27: Ross confirmed, Commerce
headshot-ross-wilbur Wilbur Ross, billionaire investor, accused Mr. Ross of having questionable business ties to Russia, was confirmed as Secretary of Commerce. MORE▶

—Feb 20: McMaster named new advisor
H.R. McMaster, an Army strategist, named as new national security advisor, replacing Flynn. (First choice replacment, retired vice admiral Robert Harward, declined to take the job.)

—Feb 17: Pruitt confirmed, EPA
headshot-pruitt-scott Scott Pruitt, who spent years suing EPA over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed as its head. MORE▶

—Feb 15: Puzder withdraws
headshot-puzder-andrew Fast-food executive Andrew F. Puzder withdrew his nomination to be labor secretary as Republican senators turned against him. Issues included spousal abuse accusations and employment of undocumented immigrant housekeeper.

—Feb 13: Flynn resigns
headshot-flynn-michael Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Advisor, following alleged discussions with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, regarding the U.S. sanctions on Russia.

—Feb 8: Jeff Sessions confirmed
The Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General by a vote of 52–47.

—Feb 7: Betsy DeVos confirmed
Betsy DeVos as United States Secretary of Education by a vote of 51–50.

—Feb 3: Immigration order blocked
James Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington temporarily blocks President Trump's order to temporarily block immigration from seven middle-eastern nations.

—Feb 1: Tillerson confirmed
The Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as the Secretary of State.

—Jan 31: Nominates Gorsuch for SCOTUS
Nominates Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.

—Jan 30: Fires Sally Yates
Relieves acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties and instates Dana Boente as acting Attorney General.

—Jan 30: Orders reduction in Fed Regs
Executive order signed, seeking to reduce the number of federal regulations by requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced.

—Jan 27: Immigration Ban
Executive order suspends Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days and denies entry to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

—Jan 26: Mexican President cancels visit
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancels a proposed meeting with Trump.

—Jan 25: Wall ordered
An executive order issued directing the DHS to begin construction of a wall on the Mexico–United States border.

—Jan 24: Executive orders issued
Reversed halt of Dakota Access pipeline.
Reversed halt of Keystone XL pipeline.

—Jan 21: Women's March
Estimated 4 M people all over the world protest, including at least 3 M in the US.

—Jan 20: Inauguration

—Jan 11: Report of Russia dossier
The media reported existence of a private intelligence dossier containing unverified allegations of misconduct and ties between then President-elect Donald Trump and the Russian government, written by former British MI6 intelligence agent Christopher Steele .

—Jan 10: Sessions lies re Russians
Under oath, Jeff Sessions says, "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians."

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Action Kit to protect healthcare

Adapted from Families USA, September 2017 [Click item for more info]

1 Call your senators. 1-866-426-2631

2 Tag your senators in a tweet.

3 Meet directly with your Reps.

4 Email your senators. [Link to online form]

5 Write a letter to the Editor. [Link will walk you through]


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Tips & Strategies for making calls to your reps

1. Call a state or district office first.

2. Leave a voicemail. If voicemail is full, press "0." This will typically connect you to a receptionist who may be able to take your message or transfer you to a voicemail that isn't full.

3. Call the national office, if you can't get through. Or to see if you can get a real person.

4. Be prepared to give your name and your location. You can refer to yourself as a constituent, as per the script, and they might not ask.

5. Note that the operator is likely using some kind of form to mark your call, the goal is to generate a high volume of calls that require the operator to check off individual boxes. That means it's critical to name your issues specifically and not just say something like "oppose Trump."

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Fall 2017


Talk with Senator Mark Warner's staff about your concerns.


--A speaker will talk about current issues.
--A Senate Staffer will read a statement from Senator Warner.
--We will break down into groups to voice concerns.

You will have a chance to speak in your group.

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