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10
Feb

Believe in DC Self-Governance? Much Work to Do!

Fri Feb 10, 2017 at 02:49:07 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Congressman Jason Chaffetz wants to hurt us! What we can do in the next 36 hours!

The DC Environmental Network (DCEN) believes we all need to pull together and work to protect the fragile precedent of self-governance we have worked so hard to create and sustain in the District of Columbia. We oppose Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s efforts to prevent the District’s Death with Dignity Act from becoming a law. DCist tells part of the story here. If we don’t make it hard for Chaffetz now we may have to revisit this challenge every time meaningful policy changes, including those most important to the environmental movement, go through Congress.

We are cutting it close but wanted to pass on to you two things you can do to fight Congressman Chaffetz’s efforts over the next 2-3 days:

1. On Monday, February 13th, Participate in Councilmember Allen’s Hands Off DC Rally and Organizing Meeting!

Join the rally on Monday, February 13 to tell Rep. Chaffetz and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to keep their #HandsOffDC as they vote to override the will of D.C. residents! Let them know you’re coming here.

They will gather at 5 p.m. at Lower D Park [Spirit of Justice Park on Google Maps] near South Capitol Street and C Street, SW, and then continue on to the #HandsOffDC organizing meeting at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H Street NE at 6:30 p.m.

2. Read Councilmember Cheh’s Letter and Target for Communication, Republicans from States with Death with Dignity Laws!

A Letter from Councilmember Cheh:

Call to Action: Congress is Attempting to Nullify the District’s Death with Dignity Act

Members of Congress are quickly moving to pass a measure to prevent the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act from becoming law. This effort is led by Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Overturning this bill and superseding a local decision without so much as holding a public hearing, contacting the District’s elected leaders, or speaking to our residents raises the concern that the door will be open to future challenges to our right to local, self-governance.

We must defend our autonomy and find creative ways to express dissent against Congressional overreach. Already we understand Chaffetz’s office recently changed his office’s phone line after a barrage of calls by residents expressing displeasure with his meddling in local affairs. In addition to our local efforts, District residents can engage their own network of family and friends across the country to speak up on our behalf and demand that Congress leave the District alone.

Below is a link for the contact information of Republican Congressmen from states with death with dignity laws. Of anyone in the House, perhaps they will be most sympathetic to our situation. Please share this list with your network, forward this email, and ask others to contact Congress. Perhaps Congressional Representatives will not listen to District residents; but, it will be difficult to ignore the phone calls, Tweets (#HandsOffDC), mail, and office visits of their own constituents on our behalf.

Mary Cheh

Contact Information:

Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Twitter: @jasoninthehouse
Email link: https://chaffetz.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-7751 extension option 3 or 4
Washington, D.C. Office:
2236 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Republican Members of the House from Death with Dignity States

Oregon:
Greg Walden
Twitter: @repgregwalden
Email link: https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-6730
Washington, D.C. Office:
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Washington:
Jamie Herrera Butler
Twitter: @HerreraBeutler
Email link: http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-3536
Washington, D.C. Office:
1107 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dan Newhouse
Twitter: @RepNewhouse
Email link: https://newhouse.house.gov/contact
Phone: (202) 225-5816
Washington, D.C. Office:
1318 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Twitter: @cathymcmorris
Email link: https://mcmorris.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-2006
Washington, D.C. Office:
1314 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dave Reichert
Twitter: @davereichert
Email link: https://reichert.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-7761
Washington, D.C. Office:
1127 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Montana:
Ryan Zinke
Twitter: @RepRyanZinke
Email link: https://zinke.house.gov/contact
Phone: (202) 225-3211
Washington, D.C. Office:
1419 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

California:
Doug LaMalfa
Twitter: @RepLaMalfa
Email link: https://lamalfa.house.gov/contact/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-3076
Washington, D.C. Office:
322 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Tom McClintock
Twitter: @RepMcClintock
Email link: https://mcclintock.house.gov/contact/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-2511
Washington, D.C. Office:
2312 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Col. Paul Cook
Twitter: @RepPaulCook
Email link: http://cookforms.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-5861
Washington, D.C. Office:
1222 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Jeff Denham
Twitter: @RepJeffDenham
Email link: https://denham.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-4540
Washington, D.C. Office:
1730 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

David G. Valadao
Twitter: @RepDavidValadao
Email link: http://valadao.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-4695
Washington, D.C. Office:
1728 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Devin Nunes
Twitter: @Rep_DevinNunes
Email link: https://nunes.house.gov/contactform/
Phone: (202) 225-2523
Washington, D.C. Office:
1013 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Kevin McCarthy
Twitter: @GOPLeader
Email link: https://kevinmccarthy.house.gov/contact/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-2915
Washington, D.C. Office:
2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Steve Knight
Twitter: @RepresentativeSteveKnight
Email link: http://knight.house.gov/contact/email/
Phone: (202) 225-1956
Washington, D.C. Office:
1023 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Ed Royce
Twitter: @RepEdRoyce
Email link: http://royce.house.gov/contact/zipcheck.htm
Phone: (202) 225-4111
Washington, D.C. Office:
2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Ken Calvert
Twitter: @KenCalvert
Email link: http://calvert.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-1986
Washington, D.C. Office:
2205 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Mimi Walters
Twitter: @RepMimiWalters
Email link: https://walters.house.gov/contact/email
Phone: (202) 225-5611
Washington, D.C. Office:
215 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dana Rohrabacher
Twitter: @DanaRohrabacher
Email link: https://rohrabacher.house.gov/contact/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-2415
Washington, D.C. Office:
2300 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Duncan Hunter
Twitter: @Rep_Hunter
Email link: https://hunter.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-5672
Washington, D.C. Office:
2429 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Colorado:
Scott Tipton
Twitter: @RepTipton
Email link: https://tipton.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-4761
Washington, D.C. Office:
218 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Ken Buck
Twitter: @RepKenBuck
Email link: https://buck.house.gov/contact/email
Phone: (202) 225-4676
Washington, D.C. Office:
1130 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Doug Lamborn (co-sponsor on the House disapproval resolution)
Twitter: @RepDLamborn
Email link: http://lamborn.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-4422
Washington, D.C. Office:
2402 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Mike Coffman
Twitter: @RepMikeCoffman
Email link: https://coffmanforms.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-7882
Washington, D.C. Office:
2443 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Thank you so much!

DCEN

8
Feb

Climate, Energy, Utilities & Councilmember McDuffie

Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 02:01:16 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, Global Green USA

Join DCEN for a special meeting with Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie to prepare for the upcoming DC Council Performance Oversight hearings. This meeting will focus on the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) and the DC Office of People’s Counsel (OPC).


The DC Environmental Network (DCEN) invites you to join DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Chair of the DC Council Committee on
Business and Economic Development, in a special DCEN meeting in preparation for the upcoming performance oversight and budget hearings.

This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th at NOON. It will be held at the offices of Friends of the Earth and Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. You must sign-up here to attend this special DCEN meeting.

Although Councilmember McDuffie’s committee has several agencies under its purview, our meeting will be primarily focused on the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) and the DC Office of People’s Counsel (OPC). These agencies play an important role in the work many of us engage in that is connected to energy and climate issues.

Meeting participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and opinions about the PSC and OPC in preparation for the DC Council Committee on Business & Economic Development Performance Oversight hearing scheduled for February 22nd, at 10:00 AM, at the Council of the District of Columbia, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 500. Click here for more information!

You must RSVP here to attend the DCEN meeting.

All are welcome.

PSC & OPC Background:

Mission Statement of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission (PSC):

The mission of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy electric, natural gas and telecommunications companies provide safe, reliable and quality utility services at reasonable rates for District of Columbia residential, business and government customers.

We do this by:

– Motivating customer– and results–oriented employees;
– Protecting consumers to ensure public safety, reliability, and quality services;
– Regulating monopoly services to ensure their rates are just and reasonable;
– Fostering fair and open competition among service providers;
– Conserving natural resources and preserving environmental quality;
– Resolving disputes among consumers and service providers; and
– Educating consumers and informing the public.”

Mission Statement of the District of Columbia Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC):

“The Office of the People’s Counsel is an independent agency of the District of Columbia government. By law, the Office advocates for consumers of natural gas, electric, and telephone services. The Office also represents the interests of District utility ratepayers before the DC Public Service Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, other utility regulatory bodies, and the courts. The office is mandated to conduct consumer education and outreach, and may represent individual consumers with complaints related to their utility service and bills.

Through this mission, the Office of the People’s Counsel is preparing for a brighter utility tomorrow for the benefit of consumers in all eight wards, as well as the betterment of the economy of the District of Columbia, the conservation of natural resources, and the preservation of environmental quality.”

Hope to see you on the 16th!