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It’s always okay when you’re a Republican

Ah yes, the “principled” man Trump wants to put in charge of Medicare and Medicaid. He’s an out and out crook, and you should call your reps @ (202) 224-3121 to ask them to reject him:

Washington (CNN)Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.

Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.
Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully implemented.
Zimmer Biomet, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of knee and hip implants, was one of two companies that would been hit the hardest by the new CMS regulation that directly impacts the payments for such procedures, according to press reports and congressional sources.
After Price offered his bill to provide Zimmer Biomet and other companies relief from the CMS regulation, the company’s political action committee donated to the congressman’s reelection campaign, records show.
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Jeff Sessions’ pals include ‘constitutional’ sheriffs and their insane cohort

Sessions Says He’d Be Fair as AG, Defy Trump if Necessary

[Cross-posted at Orcinus.] Will Jeff Sessions become the nation’s first “constitutionalist” attorney general? One of the main takeaways so far from the Senate confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s next attorney general, is that the Alabama senator has a long history of cozying up to some of the most extreme… Continue Reading →

‘Switch to C-SPAN’

And other things you should do to hold Washington accountable this year.

Here are three steps to claiming your power:

STEP 1: #SwitchToCSPAN
The absolute most important thing you can do in the next few weeks is change the channel — not just your television or monitor, but every TV you see: in the doctor’s waiting room, in the hotel lobby, in the office, in the cafeteria.
Remember when it seemed like everyone watched the presidential debates? If the nomination hearings garner even a fraction of that attention, we will have better, more accountable government in the years ahead.

STEP 2: Shout it from the rooftops
Tweet about it. Post about it. Talk about it: whatever you are seeing, whatever you have questions about. The important thing is that you join a chorus of making it known that the American people are paying attention to Congress.

We at POPVOX will be doing our part to spread the word: sharing hearing schedules, live-tweeting hearings, posting clips, and providing a weekly wrap-up in our newsletter, Gavel Down.

STEP 3: Tell your lawmakers what you think
As you spend time listening to the nominees and the questions, some may inspire confidence, some may concern you. Your two senators have a vote on every nomination and they will take your input into account, especially if it’s clear that you have been paying attention to the actual process, not just reacting to the sound byte of the day. Use POPVOX to weigh in on the nominations and tell your friends to do the same.

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