Call Sens. Nelson and Rubio: Stop a war before it begins

America has an incredible opportunity to finalize an agreement

that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and demonstrate that diplomacy is a realistic alternative to war.

Will you call Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio right now to tell them that you strongly support this diplomatic agreement?

Please call now—and say something like, “This agreement with Iran will make the world

safer. The alternative is putting us on a path to another Mideast war. I’m calling on my senators to strongly support the


Here’s where to call:

Senator Bill Nelson

Phone: (202) 224-5274

Senator Marco Rubio

Phone: (202) 224-3041

Then, so we know how it went and have up-to-date information on what members of Congress are telling their constituents,

please report your call by clicking here:


support this deal by a large margin.1 But war hawks are planning to spend as much as $40

million on fearmongering ads, lobbying, and other campaign tactics to

bully Congress into sabotaging diplomacy.2

We can’t outspend

the war hawks, but we can out-mobilize them if we all speak up. The Senate is going on summer vacation next week, and it’s


they hear from us in Washington before they head home.

Can you call Sens. Nelson and Rubio right now to voice your support for this diplomatic deal?

Senator Bill Nelson

Phone: (202) 224-5274

Senator Marco Rubio

Phone: (202) 224-3041

Then click here to report how the call went:

This deal would be a historic achievement, making us all safer and

disavowing the militarism and warmongering that led us into Iraq.


can tell a lot about this diplomatic achievement by who stands against

it and the language they are using. Ted Cruz compared the Obama

Administration to Islamic terrorists for pursuing peace.3 Mike

Huckabee compared this deal to the Holocaust.4

The other side will say anything, do anything, and spend anything to make sure diplomacy fails.

All month, we’ll be asking members like you to call your senators—today’s your day. Can you make the call right now?

Senator Bill Nelson

Phone: (202) 224-5274

Senator Marco Rubio

Phone: (202) 224-3041

Then click here to report how the call went:


the next month, we’ll share opportunities to visit members of Congress

when they are home for recess. Earlier this week, we joined other grassroots

groups and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to deliver

pro-diplomacy petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of Americans to

Capitol Hill. And just yesterday, thousands of MoveOn members joined a call with President Obama to talk about this historic


Your call today will contribute to this loud, powerful,

collective call for peace.

Thanks for all you do.

–Jo, Erica,

Brian, Justin K., and the rest of the team


1. “Majority Favors Iran Nuclear Deal Despite Doubts That It’ll Work (POLL)” ABC News, July 20, 2015

2. “Big money and ads clash over Iran nuclear deal,” USA Today, July

22, 2015

3. “Ted Cruz: Millions And Millions Of People May Die Because Of Iran Nuke Deal,” Crooks and Liars, July

23, 2015

4. “Huckabee: Obama marching Israel to ‘door of the oven,'” CNN, July 26, 2015

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Open Letter to EYEONCITRUS.COM from Senator Bill Nelson

Dear Friends,
I believe we should treat others as we wish to be treated, especially those who are less fortunate through no fault of their own. And I believe, as the Good Book says, you should leave the gleanings of your harvest for the poor.
One way we could improve, even save, the lives of some of our fellow Floridians is by expanding access to medical care. Roughly 1.2 million low-income residents could benefit if we expanded the program for the poor known as Medicaid.
I’ve offered our state leaders one idea about how it could still be done – an idea I think elected officials of both major political parties should at least consider. I’m sharing an opinion column that was just published by, the online site for Scripps Newspapers serving the Treasure Coast.
Please take a minute to read it, and if you agree, then consider asking the governor to urge lawmakers to act. Word is the governor is considering a special session not on Medicaid expansion but on casino gambling. You will find information for contacting the governor’s office at:
As always, thank you for your interest in public service.

Florida lawmakers dilly dally while constituents die
By Michael Goforth
Published: April 26, 2014
After refusing to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act to Florida’s working poor last year, state lawmakers have refused during the current session of the Legislature to even discuss the issue.
That is, until now, with only a few days left to do anything.
If lawmakers had been serious about helping an estimated 800,000 to 1.1 million residents get health insurance coverage, there would have been serious talk much earlier. Instead, what we seem to be getting is political posturing.
Last year, the Florida Senate approved a proposal from Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, to expand health coverage for residents by accepting federal money and allowing the uninsured to purchase insurance on the open market.
But, House Republicans, who don’t like Obamacare or Medicaid, shot the idea down.
As a result, the state rejected about $51 billion in federal funding over the next decade. There would have been no cost to the state for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act for the first few years and then the state would have had to pick up the tab for no more than 10 percent of the cost.
Also as a consequence of state’s refusal to expand Medicaid coverage — for those who make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid but too little to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act — researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York estimated 1,158 to 2,221 Floridians would die annually. Those lives, researchers found, could be saved with health coverage.
That’s a chilling reality that ideologically driven Republican leaders, particularly in the state House, apparently don’t find compelling enough to take action.
On April 15, Florida’s U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson opened fresh debate in a letter to Florida’s governor and legislative leaders saying he had gotten word that the federal government is “ready and willing” to work with the state in designing its own plan for expanding Medicaid coverage for the state’s needy.
And Nelson even suggested an alternative to state funding for the Medicaid expansion. His plan called for counties and hospital taxing districts, which subsidize indigent care at hospitals, to shift some of that money to pay the state’s share for Medicaid expansion.
Nelson reckoned that if Tallahassee lawmakers are worried about the cost to the state for the program, his proposal would remedy that concern.
But, the issue really wasn’t as much about money as about politics. Nelson’s idea has apparently fallen flat with legislative leaders.
In response to Nelson’s letter, however, state Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, sent a letter April 17 to Sylvia Burwell, secretary-designate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, suggesting potential talk about Medicaid expansion if there would be more flexibility by the federal government.
Those include allowing the state to partially or gradually expand Medicaid, require recipients to pay a share of their costs, and reduce “bureaucratic barriers that block innovations,” whatever that means.
Remember, this is from the same Senate that last year actually approved a form of Medicaid expansion only to see it rejected by the House.
In closing his lengthy letter, Gaetz wrote, “It would be wrong to conclude that the lack of an expansion decision to date means that Florida does not recognize unmet health care needs in this state or lacks a commitment to improvement. The debate over how to improve access to affordable care is serious, vigorous, and ongoing, but we need your help. We ask you to contribute to our ability to find an affordable and sustainable method to provide access to quality health care for all Floridians by authorizing greater flexibility and creating true partnerships between states and the federal government.”
What a bunch of horse hockey.
The federal government wants to give Florida some of our tax money to provide health insurance to our state’s working poor. But, our lawmakers would rather play games while the uninsured die.
Residents of other states are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid — including under Republican leadership in states such as Arizona and New Jersey. Our lawmakers, though, would rather see residents suffer by scoring political points against a program and a president they don’t like.
They should be embarrassed. But, that would require that they have a conscience.

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Another big win for corporations


Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate

Yesterday, in what’s likely the last chance this year to overturn the Citizens United decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Montana’s attempt to limit corporate spending in their state’s elections.
In other words, the floodgates on unlimited political donations by corporations are wide open and locked firmly in place.
Let there be no doubt: The false attacks against my record — bankrolled by corporations, anonymous donors with deep pockets and a whole host of special interests — will only intensify.
But, there is something you can do right now to help me fight back.
Please contribute $5 now — and help us stand up against unlimited corporate spending here in Florida by reaching our $100,000 grassroots goal before the June 30 deadline!
I think you and I know which side is going to benefit most from yesterday’s decision.
The Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson just dropped $2 million into this race because these folks want to buy a Senate seat for their extreme right-wing pals. America can’t afford to let that happen.
We’ve raised $31,000 toward our end-of-quarter goal, which is great progress. But we must hit our $100,000 target by midnight Saturday, not necessarily to compete with our opponents dollar-for-dollar, but to at least stay within striking distance — before we close the books on this quarter.
Contribute $5 now, before the deadline, and help us reach our $100,000 grassroots goal to counter the right-wing mega-donors who want to buy this election. We can’t reach our goal without friends like you!
Thanks for all your help. I couldn’t do it without you.Deadline: June 30. Contribute


Letter to Editor-Congressional Panel to investigate Florida!

Late yesterday, I received word that a congressional panel has agreed to my request to investigate new voting restrictions passed earlier this year by Florida’s Legislature. Florida’s law cut early voting days and limited voter registration drives, among other changes. Some believe its passage was part of a broader voter-suppression effort in more than a dozen states that passed voting limits this year.
Sen. Dick Durbin, the Illinois lawmaker in charge of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee, said in a letter to me yesterday he’ll hold an investigative field hearing in Florida, in part, because Florida’s new law “will almost certainly disenfranchise a wide swath of the state’s young, minority, senior, disabled, rural, and low income voters.”
“In a democracy as vibrant as ours,” Sen. Durbin wrote, “there is perhaps no right that is so sacred or fundamental than the right to vote. I am deeply troubled by the disenfranchising impact of these recently passed state voting laws.”
You can
click here to read his letter and my letter requesting the investigation.
I’ll be sure to let you know when and where the hearing will be. Thanks for your interest in this issue.

Senator-Letter to Editor-Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate

How would you feel about turning over to your guaranteed Social Security savings to Wall Street?

You probably wouldn’t feel too good about it. Not too many Americans do.

That’s why Republicans have tried to keep their latest plan to privatize Social Security quiet — and that’s why our public petition to oppose the Republican plan has been gaining so much steam.

We’re joining together to bring some unwanted attention to the Social Security privatization plan Republicans have quietly introduced in the House, but we need support from Americans like you to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere.

Sign our public petition opposing House Republicans’ Social Security privatization plan now.

We should work within the current structures of vital programs like Social Security and Medicare to ensure both remain intact for those who pay into them during their working years, not turning them over to profit-above-all-else interests. Let’s join together to make sure this happens.

Thanks for staying engaged,
Bill Nelson