Saturday, April 04, 2020

Protect your local rapist -- says Hollywood

Bernie Sanders should drop out of the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination?

That's what a lot of idiotic, unAmerican, anti-democratic fools insist.  Call them Alyssa Milano, call them Larry David, just don't call them patriotic or democracy lovers.

The nomination, they maintain, belongs to alleged rapist Joe Biden.

The numbers do not make that case.

To win the nomination outright, a candidate needs 1991 delegates.

Bernie has 914 and Joe has 1217 -- per NPR.

No one has reached 1991.

There are 27 primaries still to be held.  There are 1619 delegates still to be awarded.

Shame on any piece of trash who calls for a candidate to drop out before the primaries are held and before the people have a chance to vote.

Alyssa and Larry are saying a big f**k you to Wisconsin -- a state Dems need to win but lost in 2016 and Donald Trump ended up in the White House.

Let's do that again, right?  That's the point of pissing off the people of Wisconsin by telling them no one in the Democratic Party gives a s**t who they want for president?

Oh, wait, they don't want to hear from Wisconsin, do they?

One reason the Democratic Party might have lost Wisconsin to Trump in 2016?  The people there overwhelmingly voted for Bernie over Hillary Clinton in the primary.

Yeah, say the Alyssas and Larrys, let's shut this thing down before the American people realize just how unpopular alleged rapist Joe Biden is.

Protect your local rapist -- that's the plan Alyssa and Larry are implementing.

According to Matthew at PATHEOS offers:

Joe Biden has recently been accused of sexual assault by Tara Reade. Reade was a former Senate aid of Biden in the early 1990s and has claimed this assault happened in 1993. Reade did report a sexual harassment claim at the time, but was met with much resistance and eventually gave up.
Several other women have complained about inappropriate touching from Biden as well. Lucy Flores, a former candidate for lieutenant governor of Nevada, claimed Joe Biden kissed her without permission at a campaign event in 2014.
When Flores shared her story in 2019, it motivated Reade to come forward with the full details of her story. Reade tried to seek out help from Time’s Up, an organization that claims to help sexual assault survivors come forward with their stories. However, Time’s Up turned down Reade because they said they couldn’t investigate anyone who is currently running for office because it could be viewed as political and jeopardize their nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. This stance would prevent survivors from coming forward with their stories against many powerful people in Washington as they often run re-election campaigns. Additionally, Ellen Aprill, a professor of tax law, claims Time’s Up is being too conservative with such a hard stance.  

Regardless of the position held by Time’s Up, Reade’s story is now out in some media outlets such as The Economist, Huffington Post, and The Hill. But mainstream Democrats have been largely silent so far. Liberals such as Alyssa Milano, who was very vocal about the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, have yet to say anything against Joe Biden. 

Thomas Schwartz (THE SETONIAN) notes:

I do not want to delve into the clear hypocrisy of the media’s handling of Reade’s allegations. Nevertheless, these allegations only further cement Biden as a problematic candidate. His unfavorable voting record such as supporting the invasion of Iraq and voting for devastating trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are liabilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data, from 1993-2002 the United States lost over 1.5 million jobs due to NAFTA.
Biden’s adverse voting record, renewed allegations of sexual misconduct and his evident cognitive decline on daytime television will only lead to Trump’s reelection in November. The Intercept reported that even establishment supporters fear for his cognitive fitness.
Recently, Bernie Sanders raised more than $2 million over the course of 48 hours for charities combating the COVID-19 outbreak, as reported by The Hill, while Biden has remained virtually silent only appearing for occasional television interviews.

Democrats have lost any moral ground they may have once scraped together. The imposition of Biden as electable is unfounded. Certainly, Biden has more centrist policy proposals than Sanders which may appeal to a larger electorate, but he lacks the mental fitness and the political acumen to confront Trump on a debate stage.

From RING OF FIRE's discussion of the issue:

Farron Cousins: We’ve gotten a lot of emails from people saying, you know, you can’t, you can’t discuss this. I had somebody tell me the other day, it was my job to support Joe Biden. That they were emailing me to tell me what my job was allegedly supposed to be. But, but the truth is here. This is a story. This is a real thing that Joe Biden has not had to address because the media is not asking him about it. He has done countless interviews since this story emerged and not once has anybody asked him, hey, you have been accused of this. You want to give us your side of the story maybe?
Mike Papantonio: Let me be specific about that. CNN has a town hall meeting. Okay. They can ask him anything they want. They ask him about everything except this after the story had broken. Chuck Todd, MSNBC. Chuck Todd has him on this very personal kind of interview. He’s talking about everything, everything about his life. But he never asks him one time about this woman who has accused, made, made this accusation that is legitimate. There’s no, I mean, if it’s not like there were no witnesses. Okay. There were no direct witnesses, but that day she went and talked to people. She told them what happened and when they, when she tried to push back, she met a total stonewall.
Remember Joe Biden is the guy who crucified Anita Hill. Okay. Don’t forget that, that is being part of the story. Anyway. CNN, MSNBC, the Intercept, thank goodness, again, comes to help. Intercept, you know, I think to me right now in journalism, it is the standard. Intercept comes in, ignores CNN, ignores MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CNN. Jimmy Kimmel has Joe Biden on the air. Oh, they’re talking about feel good stuff. They’re chumming chumming it up. Kimmel that day, the story breaks, everybody knows about it. Kimmel doesn’t ask one question about it.
Farron Cousins: Right and you also have to give a lot of credit to Katie Halper from the Katie Halper show. She’s the first one to really talk to Tara Reade and air that interview. Krystal Ball over at the Hill rising on the Hill has done it as well and that’s what needs to happen. But these independent media outlets, the non-corporate owned who do not, you know, engage in this kind of tribalism. They’re out there talking about this story. They’re telling people, listen, this is a thing that, and nobody saying yes, 100% he definitely did it.
Mike Papantonio: Oh, but it’s real.
Farron Cousins: But it is. This is an allegation. Joe Biden himself has said, we got to believe women. All of his defenders right now have said, we got to believe women and here it is when it’s not politically convenient. Let’s not believe women.

Mike Papantonio: Here’s the list of people’s stone, organizations stonewall. ABC, stonewall. NBC, stonewall. CNN, stonewall. Jimmy Kimmel specific, stonewall. Anderson Cooper, stonewall. Chuck Todd, stonewall. I could go on forever. These are people that call themselves journalists. They’re, they’re jokes and, and, and until somebody gives this woman a chance to tell her story, the public can hear it, the, the joke continues.

The primaries are not over -- there 27 more to go.  Claiming Bernie needs to drop out is nothing but whoring for Joe Biden -- who may or may not be a rapist but is clearly not fit to be president.

Don't believe the liars and the whores and isn't it telling that Larry David shows up to attack when Bernie's again calling for every adult to receive $2,000 a month during the pandemic?  That seems to offend Larry -- the way his hideous ex-wife always offended me with her faux concern for the environment.  Yeah, Larry's a hypocrite just like his ex-wife.  Let's not pretend he's our professor in a poli sci class.

The following sites updated:

ACLU Demands that ICE Suspend Civil Enforcement, Release Detainees During COVID-19 Pandemic

The ACLU issued the following:

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April 3, 2020
WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter today to the Department of Homeland Security demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) temporarily suspend civil immigration enforcement and release those in civil detention for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. ACLU state affiliates — including in Southern and Northern California, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington state, and Texas — are urging ICE field offices, private prison operators, and local elected officials around the country to act to limit spread of the virus and save lives.

“Immigration detention should not be a death sentence,” said Andrea Flores, ACLU deputy director of policy, Equality Division. “Detention in ICE facilities is inherently dangerous as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic, and ICE has demonstrated it is unable to provide safe and sanitary conditions — even in the best of circumstances. This extraordinary public health crisis compels an extraordinary response. Temporarily suspending enforcement and releasing those in detention is necessary both for the safety of detainees and staff and to flatten the curve for all.”

“Immigrants must not be afraid to seek medical testing and care. ICE has alternatives to detention to ensure that immigrants appear at any proceedings, many of which are likely to be delayed or suspended due to the pandemic. Immigration detainees are charged with civil violations only — if any actually pose a danger to the public, then the criminal justice system is the proper way address that.”

The ACLU letter identifies immigration enforcement operations that have continued in places like California and New York, centers of COVID-19 outbreaks. This enforcement means that immigrants will be afraid to seek testing and medical care or carry out critical tasks like buying food and medicine. Continued enforcement and detention also puts ICE officers and their families at risk by forcing unnecessary contact, and may require the use of finite medical equipment that should be diverted to local hospitals.

Immigration jails are not designed or equipped to handle this extraordinary public health crisis. The ACLU has already sued ICE in eight states for the release of people especially vulnerable to serious illness or death. But in order to meaningfully reduce the systemic spread of the virus, all detainees must be temporarily released.

There are already at least six confirmed cases of people in ICE detention with COVID-19, as well as confirmed cases among staff at detention centers across the country. ICE currently detains more than 35,000 people in civil detention around the country — in March, the agency increased the number of people in detention by more than 700.

The Center for Constitutional Rights Stands with the People Against the Corporate-Dominated Coronavirus Relief Package: The CARES Act Reaffirms a Deadly and Unjust Status Quo

Last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following:


March 27, 2020, New York – Following the passage of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:
While the federal stimulus package provides partial relief to some, the devastating human cost of the coronavirus pandemic cannot be adequately addressed by legislation that puts many of the most vulnerable at more risk and equates saving corporations with saving people’s lives. The inclusion of corporate bailouts coupled with the unwillingness of decision-makers to respond to the needs of immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, the uninsured, and those who do not earn enough to file taxes, only exacerbates the inhumanity of a system of governance designed to protect corporate interests. 
Rather than a sign of government benevolence, the enormity of the relief package – nearly half of the federal budget – reveals the immorality of an economic and political status quo that disperses public wealth to finance mass criminalization, endless wars, and corporate greed, while actively denying basic human rights to health care, housing, education, and social welfare. The inequality and state-created harms that existed before the coronavirus pandemic will exist beyond this stimulus package unless we fundamentally shift our priorities and commit to structural social change. 
Still, this moment has also made clear that such transformation is possible. The Center for Constitutional Rights is committed to working with the people and refusing to allow government shortsightedness and cruelty to obstruct the remade society we all deserve. 
The Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, the Center for Constitutional Rights has taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach. Learn more at

Senator Murray Announces Federal Housing Funding From Coronavirus Relief Bill for Washington State Tribes


Senator Patty Murray's office issued the following:

Apr 03 2020

Washington state awarded more than $12 million in first round of federal funding to support tribal housing efforts
A senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray helped secure more than $10 billion for tribes in the recently passed coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act 
Funding comes through the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program, which Senator Murray has fought to protect
Senator Murray: “There’s much more work we need to do to make sure Indian Country has the necessary resources to address the coronavirus”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced millions in federal housing funding for Washington state tribes from the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The awards, which total $12,322,245 for tribes across Washington state, will be distributed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program. The IHBG program provides funding to tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) to develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing, with a focus on providing housing and other resources for tribal families with low incomes.

“Crises like the coronavirus pandemic often disproportionately impact tribes and other overlooked communities, which is why I fought hard to make sure the CARES Act had strong investments to help tribes keep their members off the street while we work to slow the spread of the virus,” Senator Murray said. “I’m going to stay focused on this, because there’s much more work we need to do to make sure Indian Country has the necessary resources to address the coronavirus—including ensuring tribal members have access to a safe, secure home to help keep our communities safe and healthy during this public health emergency.”

According to a 2017 report by HUD, more than 50% of tribal households in the Pacific Northwest qualify as low-income (less than 80% of median income). The report also details the extent to which households in tribal areas deal with physical housing deficiencies, such as heating or plumbing deficiencies, at a much higher rate than other U.S. households. These housing issues are only exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, as key tribal businesses are forced to close and unemployment continues to rise.

Senator Murray fought to include more than $10 billion in funding for tribes in the CARES Act, and has made clear that she will continue fighting for more funding to address the specific needs of tribal communities in Washington state, and to ensure that federal funds for tribes are promptly and properly distributed. In her role as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray has successfully fought for increased funding for the IHBG Program, which helps to combat housing issues specifically plaguing tribal communities—in particular, tribal families who are low-income. However, in his 2021 budget plan, President Trump again proposed cutting funding for this crucial program.

See a full breakdown of the $12,322,245 in federal awards going to Washington state tribes below.                                                     
Chehalis Confederated Tribes
Colville Confederated Tribes
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Hoh Indian Tribe
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
Kalispel Indian Community
Lower Elwha Tribal Community
Port Angeles
Lummi Tribe
Makah Indian Tribe
Neah Bay
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Nooksack Indian Tribe
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Puyallup Tribe
Quileute Tribe
La Push
Quinault Indian Nation
Samish Indian Nation
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
Skokomish Indian Tribe
Skokomish Nation
Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
Spokane Tribe
Squaxin Island Tribe
Stillaguamish Tribe
Suquamish Indian Tribe
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
La Conner
Tulalip Tribes
Upper Skagit Tribe
Sedro Woolley
Yakama Indian Nation

Hawaii to Receive $107 Million for State Transit Coronavirus Response

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Senator Mazie Hirono's office issued the following:

April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that Hawaii will receive more than $107 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. These funds are distributed out of the third coronavirus relief package Congress passed last week.

The grants support urban and rural transit service. The grants will help transportation providers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing funds for operational expenses during this time of reduced ridership, boosting public health and safety efforts on public transit, and allowing the purchase of personal protective equipment, among other funding uses. The FTA grants will be distributed to the City and County of Honolulu, the County of Maui, and the Hawaii Department of Transportation. The City and County of Honolulu will receive $90.8 million, the County of Maui will receive $7.86 million, and the State of Hawaii will receive $8.9 million to spend on transit across the state.

“While we have a stay at home order, there are Hawaii residents who still need to use the bus system to access essential jobs, medical treatment, and food. This funding will keep county bus systems running, and help them operate in a safe manner that protects passengers and transit employees,” Senator Hirono said.

The transit funding will be paid entirely by the federal government, and will not require a local match. Urban, rural, and Tribal recipients can receive these grants. The grants could support backdated expenses starting January 20, 2020, including operating expenses like transit maintenance and paying for administrative leave for personnel due to reduced transit services during the pandemic. Capital and other expenses can also be funded through these grants.


Following Dismissal Of Navy Captain From USS Theodore Roosevelt, Gillibrand Calls For Investigation Into His Removal And The Navy’s Response To COVID-19 Outbreak

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office issued the following:

April 3, 2020

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Committee, joined a group of 17 senators calling on the acting Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn Fine to conduct a formal investigation into troubling reports about the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and the subsequent decision to relieve Capt. Brett Crozier of his command. Crozier was removed days after he sent a letter up the chain of command expressing concern with the Navy’s response. Given the extraordinary circumstances of Capt. Crozier’s removal, the senators are demanding a closer examination.

“This situation is deeply concerning,” said Senator Gillibrand. “No one should be punished for speaking up to protect our service members, especially when we know how critical swift and deliberate action is to combatting this pandemic. We must get answers from the inspector general about the Navy’s preparedness and response to this growing emergency. The health and safety of our sailors depends on it.”

Reports have emerged that Capt. Crozier expressed deep concern with the Navy’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak and warned of a growing public health crisis aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, only to be removed from his command days later. In a letter, Senator Gillibrand expressed concern over the Navy’s “stark reversal” regarding Capt. Crozier’s leadership and the decision’s impact on sailors’ morale and readiness.

The full text of the letter can be found here and below.


Dear Acting Inspector General Fine:
We write to request that your office immediately conduct a formal investigation into the Navy’s response to reports of the outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the decision to relieve CAPT Brett Crozier of his command. It is essential that your office conduct a comprehensive investigation to avoid any potential conflicts of interest within the Navy chain of command, and we encourage you to evaluate all relevant matters associated with the dismissal and the outbreak on the ship.
CAPT Crozier’s memo to Navy leadership indicated that the crew was unable to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols or NAVADMIN guidance. Additionally, CAPT Crozier emphasized an inappropriate focus on testing as well as inappropriate quarantine and isolation capability. Given the concerns for the health and safety of the sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, in addition to the potential for future COVID-19 outbreaks on other ships and submarines, we urge you to investigate the Navy’s response to this outbreak to evaluate whether the Navy is implementing all appropriate precautionary measures and best-practices to protect the safety of our fleet.
We are particularly alarmed by the stark reversal from the Navy regarding CAPT Crozier’s leadership during this crisis. One day before CAPT Crozier was relieved of command, the Acting Secretary of the Navy stated in reference to the Captain’s 30 March request for assistance that “the fact that he wrote the letter to his chain of command to express his concerns would absolutely not result in any kind of retaliation.” It is also difficult to understand how CAPT Crozier’s decision to copy “20 or 30 people” on an email to his chain of command necessarily constitutes a breach warranting relief of command. This reversal sends a mixed message to sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and given the remarkable show of support for CAPT Crozier by members of his crew, we are additionally worried about the impact of this decision on morale and readiness.
While we understand and respect the importance of maintaining operational security, given the extraordinary circumstances under which these events took place, we believe a closer examination by a neutral third party is warranted. We are especially concerned about Navy readiness to support current and future deployments without all necessary precautionary measures and resources, such as for the USS Ronald Reagan and upcoming deployment of the USS Nimitz. Your conclusions and recommendations could be crucial in ensuring that the Navy and other services to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 threat and protect our servicemembers.


Senator Murray Demands Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Americans Throughout COVID-19 Crisis


Senator Patty Murray's office issued the following:

Apr 02 2020

Senator Murray and her colleagues urged internet providers to expand services for federal Lifeline program participants during coronavirus pandemic 
Expansion could help 9 million low-income Americans better work, learn, and access telehealth resources from home
Last year, Senator Murray introduced the Digital Equity Act to help bridge the digital divide in Washington State and across the country – MORE HERE

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined 21 of her Senate Democratic colleagues in calling for better mobile internet service for people with low incomes impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Improved internet access is crucial to helping families in Washington state and across the country better work and learn from home and access vital telehealth resources.

In a series of letters to Lifeline internet service providers, Senator Murray and her colleagues wrote, “During this public health crisis, it is imperative that internet providers, like your company, act to ensure that the millions of American families who depend on the Lifeline program are not left behind by an ever-growing digital divide.”

The federal Lifeline service program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provides free and discounted voice, text and cellular internet service to 9 million low-income Americans. Basic wireless Lifeline service currently only provides 3GB of data per month, enough data to read emails and access the web, but not enough to telework or access telehealth resources. Many Lifeline providers also do not enable Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities for their devices, preventing children and families from using devices with larger screens, like tablets, laptops and desktop computers to work or learn effectively from home.

Last April, Senator Murray introduced the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to create new federal investments to help close the digital divide impacting communities in Washington state and across the nation by expanding digital literacy programs and access to broadband. Currently, 15 percent of U.S. households with school-age children do not have access to high-speed internet, and this divide disproportionately affects tribal communities, with only 53 percent of Native Americans on reservations subscribing to a high-speed Internet service. With millions of Americans under stay-at-home orders, including all of Washington State, equitable access is more critical than ever.

The senators requested Lifeline service providers take a number of steps to expand their service:
  • Enable hotspot access for all Lifeline subscribers, so they can connect laptops or tablets to smartphones that support this feature;
  • Ensure all Lifeline subscribers have access to 4G service, where available, with at least the same speed and priority of service that other resellers of mobile services of that network offer to their customers;
  • Provide no-cost upgrades to existing subscribers using older smartphones provided by the Lifeline provider that lack hotspot functionality;
  • Allow consumers to roll over some or all of their voice minutes and data allowances from one month to the next;
  • Work with their network operator — such as AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile, who have all pledged to help American families during this crisis — to substantially increase the monthly data allowance beyond 3 GB, at no cost to Lifeline subscribers; and 
  • Provide subscribers with clear instructions on how to access their smartphone hotspot capability, including via text message.
“As a Lifeline provider, you have a unique opportunity to improve the education, health and economic outcomes of your subscribers during this pandemic,” the senators stated.

Senator Murray and her colleagues requested responses from the internet service providers by April 8, 2020. The senators sent individual letters to the following Lifeline providers: Airvoice Wireless LLC, American Broadband and Telecommunications Company, Amerimex Communications Corp., Assist Wireless LLC, Boomerang Wireless LLC, Cellular One, Cintex Wireless LLC, Global Connection Inc of America, I-Wireless, Q-Link Wireless LLC, Sage Telecom Communications LLC, TAG Mobile LLC, Telrite Corporation, Tempo Telecom LLC, TerraCom Inc., TracFone, TruConnect Communications Inc., True Wireless Inc., U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile USA and Yourtel America Inc.

A digital copy of the letter text is available here.

Baldwin, Colleagues Call on Administration to Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Get Stimulus Checks Automatically


Senator Tammy Baldwin's office issued the following yesterday:


Letter Follows Senators’ Successful Efforts to Urge Administration to Reverse Course, Ensure Social Security Beneficiaries Receive Stimulus Checks Automatically 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her colleagues led by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), in calling on the Trump Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and groups that the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the stimulus checks automatically.

The Senators’ letter follows successful efforts this week to push the U.S. Treasury Department to automatically send Social Security recipients direct cash assistance included in the CARES Act without having to file tax returns.

“Today, we write requesting that you again use your authority to provide stimulus payments automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program, without requiring them to file a tax return. This is the fastest, most-effective way to provide desperately needed help to more than 3 million low-income veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities,” the Senators wrote.

Along with Baldwin, Brown, Hassan, Bennet and Booker, the letter was signed by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT), Cantwell (D-WA), Cardin (D-MD), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Coons (D-DE), Cortez Masto (D-NV), Duckworth (D-IL), Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Gillibrand (D-NY), Harris (D-CA), Heinrich (D-NM), Hirono (D-HI), Jones (D-AL), Kaine (D-VA), King (D-ME), Klobuchar (D-MN), Leahy (D-VT), Manchin (D-WV), Markey (D-MA), Menendez (D-NJ), Murphy (D-CT), Murray (D-WA), Peters (D-MI), Reed (D-RI), Rosen (D-NV), Sanders (I-VT), Schatz (D-HI), Schumer (D-NY), Shaheen (D-NH), Sinema (D-AZ), Smith (D-MN), Stabenow (D-MI), Udall (D-NM), Van Hollen (D-MD), Warner (D-VA), Warren (D-MA), Whitehouse (D-RI) and Wyden (D-OR).

A copy of the Senators’ letter can be read here and below.

Dear Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Wilkie, and Commissioner Saul:
We appreciate the swift attention you gave to our April 1st letter urging the Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) to automatically send rebates to Social Security retirement and disability beneficiaries that have not filed a tax return. Your decision will make receiving the rebate easier and faster for millions of seniors and people with disabilities across the country. Thank you.
Today, we write requesting that you again use your authority to provide stimulus payments automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program, without requiring them to file a tax return. This is the fastest, most-effective way to provide desperately needed help to more than 3 million low-income veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Treasury wisely decided to use its authority to take this step with regard to recipients of Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits. Treasury can also make automatic payments to low-income veterans receiving VA benefits and very low-income seniors and people with disabilities receiving SSI. These are two groups with significant numbers of non-filers for whom the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the payments automatically — and they deserve the same treatment as Social Security recipients. 
The process for getting SSI and VA beneficiaries payments would mirror the process that it is using for seniors and people with disabilities receiving Social Security: Treasury can match its data against the Social Security Administration’s and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ data to determine those SSI and veterans beneficiaries who aren’t part of a tax filing unit and then issue them automatic payments for the amounts which Congress intended them to receive. Treasury should not require people with disabilities and low-income veterans and seniors to file a form to receive stimulus payments when the federal government already has the information it needs. 
The law also requires Treasury to conduct a public awareness campaign in coordination with other federal agencies to ensure those who don’t typically file a tax return receive these stimulus rebates. Please share information with us about your plans to design and implement this awareness campaign in a timely manner.
Thank you.


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