Where We Go From Here

Since the election of President Trump, hundreds have written, called and emailed asking how I plan to oppose some of his most extreme policies. The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published an op-ed I wrote on my guideposts for service under the new administration, and where I will draw the line. You can find it by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2ku7bQF. I hope you will read it and share it with your friends. You’ve also asked what you can do to help. First, thank you for your support. I am as gravely concerned as you are about what we are facing as a Congress and as a nation and I understand why you’re scared, angry and anxious about what to do and what comes next. The short, harsh answer is there is no quick or easy fix; we have to focus on the long game and it will take work and constant vigilance by you, me and every American who disagrees with President Trump’s callous approach and extreme policies.

Here are some ideas:

1. Use social media to stay apprised of what’s happening. Follow me and other Members of Congress on Facebook or Twitter for breaking news and updates. President Trump famously makes ‘surprise’ announcements from his personal twitter account, and the news media is quick to report it. Follow accounts such as CNN Politics, or The Hill, or Washington Post. They are among the first to break news related to President Trump’s policies.

2. Create Google alerts on the topics that matter to you. Then you’ll get a message in your inbox as soon as there is breaking news on them.

3. Sign up to receive alerts and frequent updates from news outlets that cover Capitol Hill and the White House like Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. They are among the first to break news related to bills coming up in Congress and policies from President Trump.

4. If you have questions on upcoming proposals, want to share your opinion on a particular bill, or are concerned with something happening in the Trump administration, contact me by emailing, calling my offices, or posting on social media. I and other members of Congress work for you, the taxpayers, and it’s our job to listen and make decisions that reflect the will of the people we represent.

5. There are ways to follow the Congressional calendar. Subscribe to news outlets that cover Capitol Hill to get previews for upcoming votes. Or follow Rep. Steny Hoyer’s Whip updates for the exact schedule of votes in the House, as my staff and I do.

6. Offer to tell your story. Members of Congress and other elected officials need real life stories to tell to make their case against a policy that hurts the American people. Do you have one? Offer it and be patient. They may not be able to use it right away, but when the time is right, they’ll have it.

Finally, don’t lose hope and don’t give up. My staff and I were as shocked and saddened about the outcome of the Presidential election as anyone. But we still come to work every day wanting to make a difference, and knowing that nothing will change unless we keep up the fight. I love America enough to hang in there and keep fighting. And I know you do, too.

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