Statements

Urgent Call to Action - Congressional Review Act on State Savings Initiatives

Call your Senator and tell them to oppose HJRES 66/67 that seek to stop states from making retirement savings accounts available to small business employees. HJRES 66/67 would jeopardize state savings initiatives. Tell your Senator to vote no.Longer (Talking Points)Support DOL Rule on Work and SaveInnovative solutions to America's saving crisis are at risk.• A 2016 Department of Labor rule provides guidance on how states can enter into public-private partnerships to increase personal savings rates for small business employees. The rule is clear: Small business owners have no operational burden for these plans. Their only interaction with a Work and Save plan is to facilitate payroll deductions for these individual savings plans.• We urge Congress to vote no on a Congressional Review Act resolution – H.J. Res. 66/67 – to overturn the Department of Labor's rule giving states flexibility to help small business workers save for retirementMillions of Americans Don't Have Enough Saved for...
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Call Your Representatives to Protect the Privacy Rule for Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on whether to strip you of privacy protection from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).Call to Action: The House may vote as soon as tomorrow upon the measure. We urge you to contact your member of Congress and ask them to vote No to weakening consumer privacy (S.J. 34). Find your Rep. Find your Senator.Last Thursday, March 23, the Senate voted along party lines to eliminate Obama-era privacy rules meant to protect you from invasive surveillance by ISPs like Comcast and Time-Warner. 50 Republicans (with two abstaining) voted against all 48 Democrats to kill the rules established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The vote was conducted using the Congressional Review Act, which has the power to nullify federal regulations and, furthermore, to prevent similar rules from ever being introduced again.The privacy rules had required that ISPs give consumers meaningful notice about privacy surveillance and the ability to opt int...
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Demand Full and Thorough Investigation by House Intelligence Committee

Rise Stronger calls upon the House Intelligence Committee to carry out a full and thorough investigation of: Russian interference in the election, and All ties between the Trump campaign and administration officials and the Russian government, security apparatus, and associated Russian organizations. House Intelligence Committee members must not accept anything less than complete and honest answers from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers about what they know about Russia's influence. The American people deserve the truth about the election and the true loyalties of the President and his staff members. Too many questions remain unanswered, and too many concerns have gone unaddressed. To the American people, let your representatives on the House Intelligence Committee know that you insist upon a full, fair and transparent investigation, and that the integrity of the American democracy and electoral system is at stake. Contact information for members of the House In...
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Meet the Republican Representatives Deciding the Fate of our Health Care

Meet the Nine Republican Representatives that will decide the fate of our Health Care. Our team has identified these US Representatives as possible swing votes. If you live in their district, please pick up the phone and make a call. The script is as simple as: "Hi, My name is ______. My address is _______. I urge Representative ________ to vote NO on the American Health Care Act. Thank you." Please also write Letters to the Editors of your local papers, post online, and find other ways to get the names of your Members out there. We want their names associated with this decision so they feel the spotlight. PA15 Rep. Charlie Dent | 202-225-6411 PA08 Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick | 202-225-4276 NY24 Rep. John Katko | 202-225-3701 NY22 Rep. Claudia Tenney | 202-225-3665 NY02 Rep. Pete King | 202-225-7896 NY11 Rep. Dan Donovan | 202-225-3371 NV02 Rep. Mark Amodei | 202-225-6155 NJ03 Rep. Tom MacArthur | 202-225-4765 CA21 Rep. David Valadao | 202-225-4695...
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​Call to Action: Demand Your Senator Oppose Harmful "Regulatory Reform" Bills

Call to Action: Please call your U.S. Senators, especially Democratic Senators up for reelection in 2018. Find your Senator at WhoIsMyRepresentative.com Suggested Script: My name is _____________ and I am a constituent. I strongly oppose so-called "regulatory reform" bills that would effectively paralyze the EPA and other federal agencies from passing regulations to protect my health, safety and welfare. Koch Industries and other corporate interests support these bills because they would further delay a rulemaking process that already takes years to complete, and make it easier for special interest groups to block regulations in court before they take effect. Does Senator _____ intend to stand with other Democratic Senators in filibustering against these harmful bills? Background: Since the New Deal, Congress has entrusted federal agencies to write regulations to promote the public interest on subject matter considered too fluid or complex for ordinary legislation. For exa...
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Call to Action: Department of Labor Conflict of Interest Rule

The Department of Labor recently proposed to delay the fiduciary ("conflict of interest") rule requiring retirement advisers to provide advice in their clients' best interest, and asked for comment on whether it should rescind the rule in its entirety. Industry has already submitted thousands of comments, and we need savers writing in support of the rule. Here is an article from Forbes that goes into more detail.What we need from you: Please email the following note, with a personalized sentence or two about why this matters to you, to [email protected] by March 17. Subject of the email: RIN 1210-AB79To the Department of Labor:I support the implementation of the Department of Labor conflict of interest rule and oppose any delay of the rule.Millions of Americans, like me, are counting on their 401(k)s and IRAs, and many depend on investment professionals for advice about managing these complex retirement plans. Retirement savers should be able to trust their finan...
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RISE Stronger Statement: The Measure of a President

There is a difference between acting presidential and being the President. Last night, Donald Trump read from the teleprompter, followed his speech, and performed a role for 50 minutes. But we, the American people, have learned not to trust the words that Trump says, not after we've seen him compulsively lie over and over again. We judge Trump not on the words he reads from a teleprompter, but by the reckless decisions he has made since taking office, decisions that say much more about the type of President he wants to be than any speech he will ever give. We judge Trump not by comparing him to the low bar he sets for himself, but rather by seeing how small he is in comparison to the great Americans who previously held that office and showed us that it is the actions and decisions of a President, not just their words, that define their successes and failures. The Trump of today is the same as the Trump of yesterday, and we know exactly what to expect from the Trump of tomorrow. That...
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RISE Stronger Partners with Our Next 4 Years on Launch of Affordable Care Act Animated PSA

RISE Stronger is thrilled to announce and share with you the first in a series of animated PSAs aimed at educating and engaging the American people on current issues. We have partnered with Our Next 4 Years, a group of award winning animators, to use our policy expertise and their incredible creative talent to make complicated issues easy to understand, and provide you with ways to take action. The first PSA, released today, focuses on the Affordable Care Act in just under a minute and a half. At the end, we direct you to three actions you can take now to help save our healthcare. This is just the first PSA in what we expect to be a great partnership. Please watch the video: https://www.ournext4years.org/videos/psa001 and like us on Facebook: RISE Stronger, Our Next 4 Years.Over 200 Oscar and Emmy Winning Animators Change the Discussion With Animated Public Service Announcements Los Angeles, CA, February 16, 2017 - Our Next 4 Years, a new volunteer-run organization comprised of ove...
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We Demand an Immediate & Thorough Independent Investigation into Russian Interference

RISE Stronger demands that Congress conduct a thorough and immediate independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and beyond.Less than a month after being appointed national security advisor for President Donald Trump, Michael Flynn resigned due to accusations about his dealings with Russia. Flynn's resignation is just one more piece of evidence pointing towards wrongdoing between the Trump administration and Russia. Earlier this week, US investigators announced their corroboration of some content contained within the lengthy dossier compiled by a British intelligence officer on Russia's attempts to compromise Donald Trump during the election. An investigation can no longer take a back seat to the daily chaos created by the Trump administration. It is evident that there is much the American people and Congress do not know about the current administration's relationship with Russia, and Russia's meddling in the American democracy. The American people deser...
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February 10, News in Review

Senator Elizabeth Warren was cut off by Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell before the Senate vote to confirm Sessions as US Attorney General. Why? She was reading a letter that Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 opposing Senator Jeff Sessions nomination for a federal judgeship. Now, Senator Warren is trending with #LetLizSpeak and #ShePersisted.On that note, here is where things stand with Trump's cabinet:Confirmed this Week.Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, confirmed this week in a 50-50 vote. Two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME), both broke ranks with the Republican party and voted against DeVos. The Vice President cast the tie-breaking vote, the first time in history a Vice President's vote was needed to confirm a nominee.Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General of the United States in a 52-47 vote.Tom Price confirmed late last night as Secretary of Health and Human Services in a 52-47 vote. Who is left? Steve Mnuchin, Department of TreasuryBen Cars...
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