Week of August 15, 2021

This has been a tough week given the fall of Afghanistan and the increase in COVID numbers. One way to calm your soul is to take action. Here are a few options.

1) Volunteering: The next Western New Jersey Democrats Community Service Team opportunity is on Tuesday, 8/24, from 9 am to noon at Grow a Row (Pittstown or Alexandria locations). Please RSVP to Susan Ayr DeNegre (sdenegre@comcast.net). This is a family-friendly, outdoor event that will help provide food for hungry people in the area. All are welcome, whether you identify as a Democrat or not! You can read more about Grow a Row here: https://www.americasgrowarow.org.

2) Infrastructure Bill: The bipartisan infrastructure bill has passed the Senate and now awaits action by the House. Congressman Malinowski hosted Transportation Secretary Buttigieg last week to highlight infrastructure needs in NJ7. Contact Congressman Malinowski to thank him and to let him know that passing the infrastructure bill is a priority. You can read more about the timing of the House vote and how the two parties are approaching it here: https://news.yahoo.com/why-mccarthy-staying-silent-bipartisan-222202820.html.

3) Biden Budget: The Senate also passed Biden’s budget framework, which also awaits voting by the House. You can read about what’s in the budget here: https://www.vox.com/22577374/reconciliation-bill-biden-medicare-climate and about the Senate passage here: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/11/1026635503/senate-passes-3-5t-budget. More coverage is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/11/us/politics/senate-budget-plan.html. Contact Congressman Malinowski to let him know how the expansion of the social safety net would impact you.

4) Afghanistan: Afghanistan has been retaken by the Taliban. There are two calls to action related to this disaster: contact our Members of Congress to ask that they 1) support resettling in the US as many of our Afghan allies as possible, and 2) always work to ensure that these types of endless wars do not begin. You can read more here: https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-return-of-the-taliban

Quote of the week: How much money did we spend in Afghanistan over the last 20 years that we were told we could never afford to spend at home? – Dan Rather, https://twitter.com/DanRather/status/1427010125856866310