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Submitted by Megan Iorio on 16 April 2015 - 2:48pm
House Democrats will play a key role in whether the Obama Administration can secure a deal with Iran. Under the Corker-Cardin compromise on the Corker’s Congressional review legislation, we only need a third of the Senate or a third of the House at a minimum to be willing to sustain a Presidential veto of Congressional legislation against the deal.
Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky is circulating a letter in support of the talks. But some House Democrats, like Florida Representative Alan Grayson, are attacking the talks by trying to introduce issues that are outside the scope of the talks and by setting an impossible standard for a “good deal.” That’s why it’s important that your Democratic Representative support the negotiations by signing the Schakowsky letter.
Call your Representative now at 1-202-224-3121 and say
I support the Iran talks. I urge you to sign the Schakowsky letter in support of the talks.
When you’ve made your call, you can report it here:
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 16 April 2015 - 12:06pm
Thanks in part to over 13,000 JFP supporters who signed our petition, Public Citizen was able to deliver over half a million signatures to the White House in support of this initiative.
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Join the national day of action by calling the White House at 855-980-5638 and saying
Hi I’m [your name] from [your city and state]. I urge the President to use his authority to combat dark money in politics and sign an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending.
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Submitted by Robert Naiman on 16 April 2015 - 11:35am
[In what follows, I have redacted email addresses, phone numbers, and the names of people who were copied in the exchange but did not participate in it. These are replaced by “X.” When the identity of a participant in the exchange was identified by their email address, the name follows the redacted email address in brackets. -RN]
The key problematic statement in Grayson’s email claiming that critics of his position on the Iran talks are “concocting a conflict that doesn’t exist” is this [my emphasis]:
"As I said, I think that the final agreement should include a complete end to Iran’s nuclear program and its ICBM program, and an end to Iran supplying missiles to terrorist groups."
The reasons this statement from Grayson is so problematic are: 1) no reasonable informed person thinks that "a complete end to Iran’s nuclear program" is a remotely realistic goal for diplomacy, so Grayson's statement is setting up an impossible "unicorns and ponies" standard for a "good deal" (which Grayson, as an informed person, surely knows); 2) the other issues are outside the scope of the talks, and attempts by opponents of the framework deal to add these issues to the talks or argue that these issues are standards by which the comprehensive deal should be judged are a key point of dispute between supporters and opponents of the framework deal. Indeed, language in the original Corker Congressional review bill which the Administration and Senator Cardin successfully removed using the Administration’s veto threat concerns exactly this issue. As the New York Times reported [my emphasis]:
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 2 April 2015 - 1:59pm
Exciting news from Switzerland: the US, our international partners, and Iran have agreed on a framework for an Iran nuclear deal!
This latest development proves that diplomacy is working. But even with this landmark success, Republicans in Congress will continue to try to derail a final deal. In particular, two pieces of legislation Republicans are trying to push through the Senate—the Kirk-Menendez sanctions bill (S. 269) and the Corker-Menendez bill (S. 615)—will likely be considered shortly after Congress returns to DC on April 14. (Check to see whether your Senators are co-sponsors by following the appropriate links.)
But Republicans can’t kill an Iran deal without help from Democrats. In order to secure a veto-proof majority, Republicans in the Senate need to recruit at least 13 Democrats to support their anti-diplomacy bills.
Republicans are trying to recruit your Dem Senator to help them kill the deal—which means they need to hear from you.
Call your Senator NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say:
The US, our international partners, and Iran have agreed on a framework for an Iran nuclear deal. Diplomacy is working. I urge Sen. _____ to OPPOSE the Kirk-Menendez bill (S. 269), the Corker-Menendez bill (S. 615), and consideration of any other legislation that could compromise a deal until after the June 30 deadline. I also urge Sen. _____ to speak out in support of the framework agreed upon in Switzerland.
When you’re done, report your call using the form below.
Submitted by Robert Naiman on 20 March 2015 - 11:20am
Submitted by Robert Naiman on 17 March 2015 - 11:26am
Congressional Republicans who are trying to blow up U.S.-European diplomacy with Iran would desperately like Americans to believe that they have some alternative besides war to the administration's multilateral efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 12 March 2015 - 9:40pm
The country is abuzz over the open letter 47 Republican Senators sent to Iranian leadership on Monday warning them that they will try to reverse any deal after Obama leaves office. President Obama accused the signers of making "common cause with the hard-liners in Iran", while Sen. Dick Durbin said Republicans should "think twice about whether their political stunt is worth the threat of another war in the Middle East." Major media outlets that just a few years ago rattled their rhetorical saber at Iran are now calling out Republicans for trying to derail the talks and push us toward war.
Democrats can no longer claim ignorance of Republican intentions. Any Democrat who supports legislation such as the Corker-Graham (S. 615) and Kirk-Menendez (S. 269) bills needs to know that such support is equivalent to supporting Republicans in undermining President Obama and killing the Iran deal. As Sen. Tom Cotton, the originator of the incendiary letter, told a Heritage Action event in January, "the end of these negotiations isn't an unintended consequence of congressional action. It is very much an intended consequence."
But Republicans can't kill the Iran deal without the help of Democrats. In order to secure a veto-proof majority on any of the bills before the Senate, Republicans need to recruit at least 13 Democratic supporters.
Call your Senators NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say
"I urge Sen. _________ to OPPOSE S. 269 and S. 615, which would have dangerous consequences for the ongoing negotiations with Iran. The letter 47 Republican Senators sent to Iranian leaders on Monday makes clear that Republicans do not intend for these bills to support diplomacy, but to kill it. Please don't help Republicans sabotage these talks and push us closer to war."
When you're done, report your call using the form below.
Submitted by Robert Naiman on 7 March 2015 - 2:09pm
Senadores: Menéndez debe dimitir del liderazgo mientras enfrenta cargos
Los senadores –especialmente el líder de la minoría, Harry Reid– deberían instar al senador de Nueva Jersey, Robert Menéndez, a retirarse del liderazgo demócrata hasta que se resuelvan las acusaciones de corrupción en su contra.
El Departamento de Justicia está preparando presentar cargos de corrupción contra el senador de Nueva Jersey, Robert Menéndez, tras una investigación de 2 años basada en acusaciones por supuestamente haber aceptado regalos y vacaciones lujosas a cambio de favores políticos.  Este es un proceso por el que se ha esperado durante mucho tiempo. En 2013, Menéndez y el senador Mitch McConnell fueron considerados los dos senadores más corruptos por la organización Ciudadanos por la Responsabilidad y la Ética en Washington (CREW). 
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 2 March 2015 - 12:04pm
Latest Update: March 3 12:30 AM
If your rep is undeclared or on the fence, give them a call at 1-202-224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:
I urge Rep./Sen. ___________ to join 60 other Democrats in skipping Netanyahu's March 3 speech. Please stand with Democrats who support President Obama's Iran diplomacy, not with Republicans who want to tear President Obama down.
Find out where your reps stand below.
Skipping (61—Includes 1 Republican)
Bass, Karen (CA-37) — “My support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship has been consistent during my entire time in elected office, and that support will only continue in the years to come. Support for Israel has traditionally been a non-partisan issue, and I want it to remain so,” she said. "Unfortunately, Speaker Boehner mishandled inviting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech is now marred with controversy. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been provided with other options to talk with members of Congress, but he has turned them down to do the public speech. It is truly sad that Speaker Boehner and Prime Minister Netanyahu have chosen to play partisan and divisive politics.”
Blumenauer, Earl (OR-03): Wrote a Jan. 29 column in The Huffington Post explaining his decision, saying the Constitution “vests the responsibility for foreign affairs in the president.”
Brown, Corrine (FL-05)
Butterfield, G.K. (NC-01): The head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) focused on Boehner undermining Obama in a statement and emphasized he's not urging a boycott.
Capps, Lois (CA-24)
Carson, Andre (IN-07)
Castro, Joaquin (TX-20)
Clark, Katherine (MA-05): http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/02/massachusetts_democra...
Clay, William Lacy (MO-01)
Submitted by Robert Naiman on 20 February 2015 - 11:19am
A recent CNN poll found that four out of five Democratic voters oppose the Israeli Prime Minister's planned March 3 tirade to Congress against diplomacy. Thursday morning, twenty-three House Democrats did something about it.