Norma Schatz November Democratic Letter

To Plymouth Harbor Democrats…and others who care                    November, 2019

    No action yet in the Senate on gun safety legislation. A new bill was introduced in the Senate in June: S.1831 The 3D Printed Gun Safety Act of 2019 “…to prohibit the distribution of 3D printer plans for the printing of firearms…”  There has been a proliferation of online instructions on how to make these guns.  These weapons are nearly impossible to track, are undetectable, untraceable and unlicensed.  The bill has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary where, because it is sponsored by Democrats and has something to do with gun safety, will probably be ignored.
    The Senate has not taken up the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
    Election security bills are getting no support among Republican Senators.
    Bills requiring the names of the buyers of all political ads (including internet) need support.    
    Social Security and Medicare have long been in the crosshairs of the GOP - privatizing, cutting, eliminating - whatever can be done.  Conservatives have opposed Social Security since it was introduced in 1935, labeling it “Socialism”.   Republicans who supported Trump’s tax cuts have pushed Congress to cut future deficits by reducing benefits for federal health care and retirement programs    The Social Security Administration announced a l.6% increase in benefits next year. “We won’t know for sure until next month, but it will almost certainly be eaten up with increased Medicare premiums.” (Social Security Works 10/11/19).   According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the SSA faces increased workload with fewer staff and lower operating budget: calls are on long holds, field offices have been closed, office hours shortened and there is a backlog of disability appeals, etc.  …[T]he Senate majority plans to cut $2.7 billion  from the appropriations bill in SSA operations.   And, by the way, the main qualification of Trump’s nominee for Commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, was his service on the board of the Manhattan Institute which has been consistently hostile to Social Security.
    Americans pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Medicare Part D drug prices, the fastest growing part of health care spending, are projected to increase by 4.7 percent each year until 2026.  Numerous proposals in Congress would help reduce the exorbitant cost of medications, (Alliance for Americans  (7/23/19). Conservative groups are calling on Congress to ‘reject what the groups say are “government price controls”; their radio ad says: “Key liberals in Congress are pushing a socialist agenda for America.” For negotiating drug prices??  The ads are meant to head off an attempt by Democrats in the House to pass legislation aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. (The Hill 9/26/19) . Trump called for Medicare to negotiate drug prices during his 2016 campaign before backing off the idea. The big Pharma lobby is very powerful and well financed.
    You have a vote.  You also have a voice.  When you get angry, do you let Buchanan, Rubio, Scott, McConnell and/or Pelosi hear from you? Do you need another copy of the Contact List with phone numbers and email addresses?
    Tell your NoParty (“Independent”) friends that they can help choose the Democrat candidate for President in the March 17 Florida Primary if they register as Democrat with the Supervisor of Elections. (They can change back to NP at any time.)
    Nov. 5-LBK Dem Club lunch, 11:30 @ Sarasota Yacht Club. Info: Lois Barson, 941/383-9893.
        **Nov. 7- In Pilgrim Hall @ 7:30; Dale Anderson: How Fascism Works Part 2 - Responding to it.
    Nov. 10- Dem Club of Sarasota Annual Fundraiser. For info:
    Nov.20 - Democratic Presidential Debate.

Let me know if you want to be removed from this letter list.
Norma H. Schatz
Apt. 1501…ext. 360…

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