April 4, 2019, Jennifer Sullivan (FLA): Greens today met with these legislators: Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez (NY) Jim McGovern, Joseph Kennedy Jr, Richard Neal (MA) Russ Spano, Greg Stuebe and Brian Mast. Tomorrow we are planning some in state follow-ups with a couple of potentials.
Kai McCoy (MO): I visited with staffer at Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver – district 5, Missouri – which is Kansas City and rural areas east of the KC Metro area. She was very receptive to our proposal [see links to public funding pledge and bill here], as Rep Cleaver is very much in favor of HR1 and their office is distressed that it’s likely to be stomped out by the Senate. Cleaver agrees that there’s too much money in politics and supports Move to Amend, which has been introduced. So, we might have an ally in Cleaver. He’s the chair of the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy – which oversees Title 18 § 201 (alongside House Ethics committee). [His subcommittee also oversees the Federal Reserve also, which is handy to know.]
Darlene Elias (MA): I met with staff from Darren Soto’s office by the name of Nicole who is a Black Woman. She told us voting is a privilege. We told her it is a right. If we have people representing us in Congress that have antiquated views of voting we will continue to have the perpetuation of the the two party oligarchy.
Jen Sullivan (FLA): Today we met with Darren Soto, Donna Shalala and Daniel Webster(FL) Ayanna Pressley and Senator Ed Markey (MA)
April 2, 2019, Jennifer Sullivan [FLA] and Kathryn Lewandowsky [WA]: Today we met in Al Lawson’s office, Neal Dunn, Stephanie Murphy, Ted Deutch, Val Demmings, Senator Marco Rubio (all from Florida) Mark Pocan (Wisconsin – Judiciary Commitee), Doug Collins (GA), Senator Patti Murray (WA), and Representatives Kim Schrier and Derek Kilmer (WA).
April 1, 2019, Jennifer Sullivan [Fla]: Today in the Longworth Building we spoke with Alison Thomas for FL Rep. Matt Gaetz (Destin area) – Joshua Woodward legislative assistant for FL Ted Yoho and Virginia Poe campaign finance assistant to FL Rep Charlie Crist.
We stopped into the offices of Ilhan Omar- Minnesota, Lucy McBath – Georgia, Tulsi Gabard – Hawai’i, Lauren Underwood – Illinois (where I own property in her district).
We are sharing our bill for public funding only of all elections and decrying the parts of HR1 that hurt democracy by upping the costs to qualify for any current public funding. Also we could resist stopping and and saluting Pramila Jaypal of Washington for presenting the Move to Amend to Congress as sponsor – even though we told her that we do have a Washington Green in town and to expect her in the next couple of days.
It is a shame that some states could not get someone here, but we are trying our best to do your speaking for you on this crucial issue to those who may be potential allies. We also asked Ilhan Omar to please consider joining the Green Party.
The Army’s request will be a part of the roughly $718 billion budget request the Pentagon will submit to Congress next week.The Defense Department plans to ask for $545 billion in the base budget, roughly $100 billion in OCO-for-base funding, about $64 billion in OCO dollars and approximately $9 billion in “emergency” funding that could be used to cover funding gaps in military construction that result from President Donald Trump’s move to use an emergency declaration to fund a wall at the United States’ southern border.