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What's Congress Voting On? Week of March 6, 2017

by Countable | 3.20.17

Congress will be in session this week, with the Senate starting its week on Monday and the House convening on Tuesday.

The Senate will start its week by considering legislation to overturn more Obama era regulations, including a so-called “blacklisting rule” that required federal contractors to disclose actual and alleged violations of labor law to agencies in the bidding process. It will then turn its attention to a bill the House passed in early February that blocks the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) “Planning 2.0” rule.

Lawmakers in the House will consider a number of relatively uncontroversial bills under suspension of the rules when they convene Tuesday, before moving on to what are sure to be more contentious bills later in the week. Wednesday, the House will vote on the $578 billion defense appropriations package for fiscal year 2017. while Thursday and Friday litigation reform bills — including a bill aimed at ensuring parties to class action lawsuits were equally damaged and legislation to deter frivolous lawsuits.

Check here throughout the week to see vote results and updates to the schedule.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

House

Tuesday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)

  • S. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1174: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1362: To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin VA Clinic Passed 411-2.
  • H.R. 375: To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse Vote Postponed.
  • H.R. 654: Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2017 Vote Postponed.
  • H.R. 1214: Disaster SAVE Act Vote Postponed.
  • H.R. 1117: To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster Vote Postponed.

Wednesday after 12pm

  • H.R. 1301: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 Passed 371-48.
  • H.R. 267: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017 Vote Postponed.
  • H.R. 648: To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to amend the Definite Plan Report for the Seedskadee Project to enable the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir Vote Postponed.
  • H.R. 132: Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2017 Passed 314-98.

Thursday after 12pm

  • H.R. 985: Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 Passed 220-201, 1 present.
  • H.R. 725: Innocent Party Protection Act Passed 224-194.

Friday between 9am and 3pm

  • H.R. 720: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 Passed 230-188.

Senate

Monday at 6pm

  • H.J.Res. 37: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Passed 49-48.
  • H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Motion to proceed agreed by voice vote.

Tuesday after 10am

  • H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Passed 51-48. H.J.Res. 58: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues. Motion to proceed agreed by voice vote.

Wednesday after 9:30am

  • H.J.Res. 58: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues. Passed 59-40.
  • H.J.Res. 57: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Motion to proceed agreed by voice vote.

Thursday
* * H.J.Res. 57: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Passed 50-49.

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  • Aaron
    03/08/2017
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    As your constituent I request that you vote No on all of these bills! Thank you for your time. 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. 11. HJR 37 Repealing the regulations requiring disclosure from federal contractors 12. HR 1301 Defense Budget 13. HR 720 Frivolous spending.

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  • Eileen
    03/10/2017
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    ...and if the list below isn't terrifying enough, they want to repeal Tom Wheeler’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Privacy Act giving corporations the right to SELL our private information without our permission. The following bills have been introduced: 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions) 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote "NO"...but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country. If your senators and reps aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get a text back with everyone's contact info. It gives you Federal and State. Please feel free to PASS IT ON by cutting & pasting. Don't just share. This is participant democracy at work.

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  • Celeste
    03/07/2017
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    Please vote NO on House Bill 610 which makes some large and detrimental changes. We have children that are currently in or will be a part of the public school system. This proposed bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. In addition, the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. It would repeal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act): ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs. The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act), which provides nutritional standards in school breakfasts and lunches. The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, and no mention of IDEA and FAPE. Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities: -Ensures access to the general education curriculum -Ensures access to accommodations and assessments -Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning -Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups -Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices, and the use of aversive behavioral interventions such as restraints and seclusion.

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  • Philip
    03/08/2017
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    As I am a citizen of the U.S. I find your underhanded tactics to be disgusting. You are pushing these proposals through as fast as you can, with little time for discussion. Your acting like a little kid who stole the next door neighbor's toy fire truck and you want to play with it before someone to FS out your a thief. Marco Rubio will not get my vote again. I've made that mistake now I have to live with it, but this mindless party lines voting is something I'm done with. I have been becoming more and more distressed with the Republican party, now I have decided that you are just a group of whores. Money is your God now, influence your religon. Shame on you. I guess I should have expected this from people who are being lead by the 45. I do hope that at some point you atone for your transgressions, however I doubt you will. You have insulated yourself to well. I hope your money keeps you warm.

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  • Max
    03/11/2017
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    ... VOTE NO! Remember who you work for! DO NOT repeal Tom Wheeler’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Privacy Act giving corporations the right to SELL our private information without our permission. Vote NO on the following bills have been introduced: 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions) 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran Stand up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country. We will remember your vote.

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  • Ann
    03/10/2017
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    Looks like our new president and majority Congress has their big chance to overturn all President Obama's bills that have tried to safeguard us. So, let's get rid of the EPA, finish off those birds and animals, rape the land, pollute the air and water, end unions so that those few wealthy magnates can richer off the backs of the common person, and forget about educating our children so that they'll be so ignorant that they won't know they are being oppressed. I'm sorry. When I write a comment, I try to be reasonable, rational and use respectful language. But as I look at the roster of bills up for vote, and knowing what has already been passed, I just went berserk. I just looked out my window, and due to the recent windstorms, my flag is shredded, hanging on by one grommet and flying upside down. Seems like it's in sympathy with my beloved country right now.

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  • Sara
    03/08/2017
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    Re:HR 370. No. Just no. Do not repeal ACA. The proposed replacement will quite literally allow be to die. As a physician, I recognize a need for change in healthcare spending, but repealing ACA is not the way to go about it. I am watching your voting record and will remember at the polls.

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  • Amber
    03/10/2017
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    Please please please vote no on all of these!! 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. 11. HJR 37 Repealing the regulations requiring disclosure from federal contractors 12. HR 1301 Defense Budget 13. HR 720 Frivolous spending. I am watching how you vote. It will dictate how I vote in the next elections.

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  • Abbe
    03/08/2017
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    As your constituent I request that you vote No on all of these bills for various reasons. I believe we are way off course with the current administration and these bills are examples of that. 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. 11. HJR 37 Repealing the regulations requiring disclosure from federal contractors 12. HR 1301 Defense Budget 13. HR 720 Frivolous spending.

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  • Mary
    03/07/2017
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    You are not an individual entity. You work for All taxpayers. You need to listen to your constituents, no matter the political party. We ALL OAY YOUR SALARY. VOTE NO IN THESE BILLS. 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Departmentf of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act (too late - you've already messed up on this one.) 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. 11. HJR 37 12. HR 1301 Defense Budget (too much $$) 13. HR 720 Frivolous spending.

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  • Eileen
    03/10/2017
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    ... VOTE NO! Remember who you work for! DO NOT repeal Tom Wheeler’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Privacy Act giving corporations the right to SELL our private information without our permission. Vote NO on the following bills have been introduced: 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions) 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran Stand up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country. We will remember your vote! For constituents: If your senators and reps aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get a text back with everyone's contact info. It gives you Federal and State. This is participant democracy at work.

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  • Kara
    03/08/2017
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    As your constituent I request that you vote No on all of these bills! Thank you for your time. 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. 11. HJR 37 Repealing the regulations requiring disclosure from federal contractors 12. HR 1301 Defense Budget 13. HR 720 Frivolous spending.

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  • Jerri
    03/08/2017
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    In regards to the following proposed legislation: HR354 Defunding Planned Parenthood. Currently no federal money can be used for abortion. Planned Parenthood offers life saving cancer screenings, STD testing/treatment and access to birth control. Birth Control IS a medical treatment for medical conditions such as Endometriosis. By defunding Planned Parenthood millions of men and women will lose necessary healthcare. HR147 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act: This leaves open the possibility for people to be falsely accused of a crime when seeking an abortion in cases or rape or incest. And finally, HR370, Repealing ACA: The ACA has problems that need to be fixed but throwing out the good doesn't work. ACA disallows denial of coverage based on illness or pre-existing condition which is a huge step forward for our healthcare system. I work in medical billing and have seen the benefits of having this in place. Repealing ACA will impact Medicaid expansion hurting millions of low income families. It's time to stop voting party lines, stop allowing your votes to be bought by lobbyists and actual vote to better your constituency. The Trump Republican administration has lost sight of the fact they work for the voters NOT lobbyists or personal gain. Do your job!

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  • Shel
    03/07/2017
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    As a constituent, of your district, I ask you to please represent the interests of your constituents. Help prevent congress from eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency, or we are just condemning our future and the future of our children. Vote NO on the following bills: 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Departmentf of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. 11. HJR 37 Repealing the regulations requiring disclosure from federal contractors 12. HR 1301 Defense Budget (too much $$) 13. HR 720 Frivolous spending.

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  • Jen
    03/07/2017
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    Please vote NO on all these bills. Please vote NO on all these bills! 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Departmentf of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. 11. HJR 37 Repealing the regulations requiring disclosure from federal contractors 12. HR 1301 Defense Budget (too much $$) 13. HR 720 Frivolous spending.

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  • N
    03/06/2017
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    Dear Representative Senate and Congress Person: Please do not get too sidetracked by the wiretap drama, the following bills have been introduced and I oppose all because when created these agencies have done many good things for a country as large and diversified as ours. 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions) 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. Thank you! Your Constitute, Nicole Johnson, Aurora CO

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  • Janice
    03/06/2017
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    Dear Senators and Congressman: Please do not get too sidetracked by the wiretap drama, the following bills have been introduced and I oppose all because when created these agencies have done many good things for a country as large and diversified as ours. 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions) 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. Thank you! Your Constituent, Janice Gunn, Milwaukee, WI

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  • Peter
    03/06/2017
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    Dear Senators and Congresspersons: Please consider the interest of our country and your constituents and vote NO. 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions) 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. Thank you for your service. You must protect our country! Peter Eichten

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  • Mel
    03/06/2017
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    Please vote NO on all these bills. Please vote NO on all these bills! 1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency 2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education 3. HR 899 Terminate the Departmentf of Education 4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife 5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act 6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood 7. HR 785 National Right to Work 8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill 9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) 10. HR 808 Sanction Against Iran. 11. HJR 37 Repealing the regulations requiring disclosure from federal contractors 12. HR 1301 Defense Budget (too much $$) 13. HR 720 Frivolous spending.

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  • Karen
    03/06/2017
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    Please stop rolling back all the regulations that keep us safe and take care of our citizens. How can your hearts be so cold that you forget we are humans out here? Our planet is and will suffer. You are frightening us.

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