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The latest advance for gun violence prevention: Todd Jones’s confirmation as ATF Director

Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted 53-42 to confirm Todd Jones as the permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Following a bipartisan cloture vote, Jones was confirmed.

It’s been seven years since the ATF had the permanent leadership it needs to effectively help protect our communities from gun violence. This is a victory for gun violence prevention advocates and supporters of common-sense gun reform.

Here’s what President Obama had to say about the confirmation:

“Todd’s confirmation will help ATF apply the tools it needs to protect our communities from dangerous criminals and reduce gun violence… I will continue to stand with the majority of Americans who support common-sense reforms to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals. And I will continue to do everything in my power to keep our children and our communities safe.”

This fight isn’t over. OFA volunteers are working across the country to keep up the momentum and let lawmakers know that when it comes to protecting our communities, there will be no backing down.

If you’re ready to take action to keep moving common-sense gun violence prevention measures forward, sign up for OFA’s Action August Gun Violence Prevention Day of Action.

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A send-off to remember for Congress

Before members of Congress made their way back to Washington after the August recess, OFA supporters made sure they had a send-off to remember. Volunteers brought Action August to a close by reminding their representatives to stand with the American Dream and their constituents in support of immigration reform.

In Kingston, New York, OFA members brought Congressman Chris Gibson 11 reasons to support the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in uncertainty.

Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform rallied at Congressman Scott Rigell’s office in Virginia.

OFA Texas volunteers got their friends and neighbors fired up and honking for immigration reform.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy heard from OFA California supporters who asked him to stand with the American Dream.

Action August is over, but OFA supporters are still organizing for comprehensive immigration reform in their communities. Join them today and add your voice to the growing movement for reform.

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Speaking truth to power about Obamacare

During the August congressional recess, lawmakers are in their home districts to speak to constituents face-to-face. Many are holding town halls, where people can make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. And there’s one law in particular representatives are hearing a lot about, especially if they’ve voted to repeal it on 40 separate occasions: Obamacare.

At several town halls all over the country, constituents who have seen for themselves that the law is working have been fact-checking their elected representatives’ claims and calling them out over their votes to take Obamacare away.

North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry and Florida Congressman Daniel Webster both got called out in front of dozens of people at town halls in their districts. Representatives McHenry and Webster both voted to repeal Obamacare, and they have vocal constituents who don’t agree with their stance on the law.

In Nevada, a small businessman took a stand against Congressman Joe Heck’s efforts to repeal Obamacare. Ron Nelsen asked his representative why he is trying to take away the positive contributions Obamacare will make to his family’s and his employees’ health care.

Finally, in Pennsylvania, Representative Dent was confronted by constituents who challenged his misleading claims about rising health care costs.

This is a big deal. One by one, lawmakers are seeing that their votes for repeal aren’t just about political posturing—they’re about taking benefits away from the people in their communities who are benefitting from the law.

Now is the time to make your voice heard, and show your representatives where you stand. Momentum is building as more and more Americans stand up for Obamacare, and call out representatives who are trying to take affordable health care away from millions. Add your voice today.

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