Hosted by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
"Federal student loans are a $1.4 trillion problem that hinder far too many Kansas Citians."
Citizens attended the Town Hall to share student loan stories with Congressman Cleaver and engage in a back-and-forth discussion on the federal student loan crisis. Congressman Cleaver wanted to hear "the good, the bad, and the ugly to look for ways in which we can strengthen the federal student loan system to ease the burden of loans on students."
We welcomed the following speakers: Paul Washington from Missouri Jobs with Justice talked about how unions & workers' rights impact the political landscape in Missouri and why the "Right to Work" repeal ballot initiative matters; Dr. Vernon Howard with KC for $15 discussed the upcoming election on August 8th and the fight to pass a fifteen dollar per hour living wage in Kansas City; And finally, Sean Soendker Nicholson with Clean Missouri explained their ballot initiative and how they propose to get big money out of politics.
On Tuesday, July 18th, before Noon, the Senate planned to take the important Motion to Proceed (MTP) vote to allow the bill to go to the floor for debate. Kansas residents joined us to ask Senator Moran to vote NO on this motion. Senator Moran said that he wouldn't support a bill that didn't meet these four criteria and we planned to hold him to his word.
2. Must protect rural health care
3. Medicaid should sufficiently cover services
4. Shouldn't stifle job growth
that Senator Blunt protect our health care and “keep us covered!”
Senator Moran held this event as part of his listening tour in follow up to recent activity in the Senate regarding the BCRA. From our statement on the decision to delay the vote: "We applaud Senator Moran for recognizing that the Senate plan is bad for Kansas. Thousands of Kansans have weighed in with Senator Moran to let him know that this plan will raise their premiums, reduce the quality of coverage and result in devastating cuts to the Kansas Medicaid program. We cannot afford the Senate health plan, which will harm our state budget, financially vulnerable providers and rural communities, and the health of Kansans."
On June 28th we held a rally and invited residents to join us outside Senator Moran’s office. We had various health organizations and experts speak to how the BCRA will affect Kansas. We will also had some of Senator Moran’s constituents share personal stories of how the ACA has, in fact, helped them and their families and what will likely happen if the Senate bill becomes law.
Before the Senate bill was released, Jerry Moran told a town hall that he would not have voted for the House bill. "I want to see what the health care bill is," he told the crowd on June 12. More recently, the Senator said, “If this bill isn’t good for Kansas, it isn’t good for me.” The BCRA is quite similar to the House bill, AHCA, which he criticized. We asked Senator Moran to vote NO.
constituents to share feedback regarding the health care bill currently in the Senate … and share we didl!
Representative Kevin Yoder betrayed his constituents by voting "yes" on defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare. Blunt and Roberts have supported repealing Obamacare from the get go. Constituents were asked to bring ACA support tombstones to send strong messages to our Members of Congress.
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