• Don Lichterman

People For the American Way, For the People Act, Congressional Review Act (CRA), JCPOA, SAN!

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

If you live in Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, or New York, one or more of your U.S. senators is critical to avoiding war.

Senators Kelly, Sinema, Coons, Carden, Menendez, and Schumer urgently need to be told to support the United States rejoining the Iran nuclear agreement.

After withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump waged a failed and reckless “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. This dangerous policy brought the two countries disturbingly close to the brink of war, shortened Iran’s “breakout time” to build nuclear weapons, and caused Iranian civilians to suffer needlessly. With a new administration in Washington, it’s time for a policy reset and a swift return to diplomacy.

The longer the delay, the more hawks on both sides move away from peace. Iranian elections this year could have disastrous results if the United States has not taken steps away from war.

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The Biden administration, its European allies, and Iranian leaders all appear to be eager to turn the page and restore the JCPOA.

But leaders in Washington and Tehran will both face staunch opposition from hardliners, and the window of opportunity to save the deal could be limited. That’s why it’s critical that members of Congress publicly support diplomacy and oppose any legislation that seeks to undermine a return to the deal.

The JCPOA was always meant to be a starting point. While there are a myriad of issues that should be resolved diplomatically between the United States, Iran, and other governments in the region, the nuclear issue is the most pressing. A full return to the nuclear deal should serve as a foundation for future talks to address these issues.

To improve the chances of successful diplomacy between the United States and Iran, members of Congress should:

  • Publicly support a full return to the JCPOA by the United States.

  • Oppose any legislation that seeks to hinder the Biden administration from restoring the deal.

  • Refrain from calls to use maximum pressure sanctions as leverage in attempts to secure additional concessions from Iran on issues outside of the JCPOA.

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People For the American Way

Throughout Trump’s presidency, his administration issued a significant number of harmful rules and regulations that will disastrously impact immigration, the environment, LGBTQ protections, endangered species' habitats, workers’ rights, and more.

The good news is that some of them have yet to take effect, and some rules can be blocked from being permanently enacted.

Congress can fast-track reversal of rulemakings from the Trump administration under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

But there is a catch: as of today, the CRA only applies to Trump rules created since August 2020 and the new Congress has just 60 days to act!

That’s why we must urge them to act immediately!

Sign the petition: Demand Congress act NOW to undo the damage Trump has caused!

Under the CRA, agencies are required to submit to Congress notice of a finalized rule. Once notified, Congress has the option of passing a joint resolution of disapproval to overturn the rule. If that passes both chambers of Congress and is signed into law by President Biden, the rule is IMMEDIATELY overturned and has no effect.

Most importantly, a joint resolution of disapproval need only pass by a simple majority in both chambers! With both houses of Congress under Democratic leadership and with a Democratic president, we can make that happen – as long as House and Senate members hear from their constituents how important it is that they vote to block the rules.

Help undo the damage Trump caused in the last few months of his presidency and tell Congress to act!

With the Congressional Review Act, Congress and President Biden have yet one more powerful tool at their disposal to undo the damage that Trump has caused to our country – let’s make sure they act quickly so we don’t lose this opportunity.

— the For the People Act —

We have a once-in-a-generation chance to pass sweeping legislation to protect voting rights and strengthen our democracy.

But it’s going to take an immense effort because, while we have pro-democracy congressional majorities now, those majorities are as narrow as can be and we’re not guaranteed to keep them after the 2022 midterm elections.

Far-right policymakers from coast to coast are moving to enact voter suppression laws making it harder for voters to register, cast a ballot, and have their ballots counted – well over 100 such bills have already been introduced according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, and the number is still growing.[1]

We can STOP most of these attacks on voting by passing the For the People Act – a historic piece of legislation that would help get Big Money out of politics, stop racist and partisan gerrymandering, protect against corruption, and, most importantly, PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

Our campaign to pass the For the People Act – H.R. 1/S. 1 – is a massive undertaking, and the next several weeks will make or break whether we’re able to seize this opportunity to restore, rebuild, and reinvigorate our democracy at a time when it’s under constant attack by extremists.

We need to stay on track to pass this legislation and save democracy.

Stop voter suppression and PASS the For the People Act!

The Far Right knows this legislation the greatest threat to their ability to rig the playing field and hold onto power, despite not being able to win over a majority of voters.

So, while they’re busy trying to erect barriers to the ballot box in the states, the Right is making it their top federal priority to kill the legislation!

We can’t let them. That’s why we’re organizing events every week, mobilizing the grassroots and community leaders in target states and districts, aggressively helping to place op-eds in those same places, running ads, and joining with our partners to generate thousands of phone calls, emails, hand-written letters, and more!

The For the People Act would easily be the most important legislation for strengthening democracy in at least half a century. We fought hard coming into this new Congress for both the House and Senate leadership to make this bill their TOP priority – and they did! The For the People Act was introduced under the bill numbers H.R. 1 in the House and S. 1 in the Senate and we have firm commitments that this sweeping pro-democracy legislation will be central to their policy agenda.

But we still need to get the votes. And that means waging a sustained grassroots and media campaign in target states and districts that needs your immediate support.

Protect the right to vote and strengthen American democracy with the For the People Act.

Tell Congress to support passage of HR1 — the For the People Act —to clean up our political system, expand and protect voting rights, get big money out of politics, hold elected officials accountable for corruption, and create a democracy that values the voices of all Americans.

Sign our letter. - The For the People Act 1 (HR 1) is a bill that was first passed in the US House of Representatives in 2019 to expand voting rights and create new ethics rules for federal officeholders. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made sure that the bill did not “go anywhere in the Senate” on his watch.

Finally, now that Senate Democrats have a slim majority (thank you Georgia and Kamala Harris), the House reintroduced the For the People Act (HR 1) on January 4th. Their first order of business is all about election security provisions and campaign finance reform.

HR1 includes:
  • Voter verified paper ballot provision mandating the use of paper ballots,

  • State officials required to preserve paper ballots for recounts or audits,

  • Voting machines used in federal elections must be manufactured in the U.S.,

  • Public financing matching small donations at a 6:1 ratio,

  • Super PACs and other “dark money” organizations must disclose their donors,

  • Presidential and vice presidential candidates required to publicly disclose their previous ten years of income tax returns, and

  • To thwart gerrymandering, states required to use independent commissions to draw congressional district lines.

The Federal Election Commission would have five commissioners instead of six to reduce the likelihood of tie votes, and a Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel of non-public office holders.

HR 1 supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, in which the Supreme Court held that limits on independent political expenditures by corporations, labor unions, and other associations are unconstitutional.

More than 97,000 letters have been sent, with your signature let’s make it 100,000.

Demand the U.S. House and Senate rebuild our democracy - Sign our letter.

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✔ Grassroots organizing ✔ Lobbying and advocacy ✔ Research and education ✔ Voter mobilization ✔ And more…

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