TUESDAY 10/10/2017

FEDERAL:

Stand Up for the DREAMers:

This weekend, Trump issued a statement outlining massive changes to immigration policy that would accompany efforts to address the status of DACA recipients. These changes would include funding for a border wall (guess who’s paying for it?), increased border security, and a change in how immigration status is evaluated from one that prioritizes keeping families together to one based on “merit.” It would also put an end to sanctuary cities and would limit visa overstays in part by hiring 10,000 ICE officers and 300 federal prosecutors. These demands not only harm families but also harm the economy. We need to stand up for a “clean” DREAM Act, one that isn’t tied to funding a border wall and other draconian measures.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ and I would like to urge Sen./Rep. __________________ to support a clean version of the DREAM Act that would allow DACA recipients to stay in the country and to be granted a path to permanent residency. Please oppose any bill that would direct funding toward a border wall and any bill that would privilege merit over family when it comes to evaluating immigration status. Thank you for taking my call.

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Tax “Reform” and Budget Hawks:

Tax “reform” continue to loom on the horizon, and there is still plenty of evidence that the current proposed reforms would most benefit those in the top 1%, with middle class families seeing little change or in some cases a modest tax increase. The tax cuts for the wealthy--paid for in part by draconian cuts to healthcare--would also create massive budget deficits. At least two Senators have signalled that they are concerned with ballooning deficits once the billions in cuts have been doled out to the rich. Running a deficit is not always a bad thing, but we would rather see it spent on infrastructure investment, college tuition or tuition debt relief, or some other measures that would put money and jobs within reach of everyday Americans. We must continue to resist phony tax “reform” that is really nothing more than a giveaway for the rich.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Rep./Sen. __________ to oppose the Trump administration’s tax plan. Independent analysts conclude that this plan benefits the wealthy more than any other group. In fact, many working poor people would see a tax increase while also losing out on vital services. This plan would also create massive and unsustainable budget deficits. We need a truly progressive tax plan that would target cuts toward working families. Thanks for taking my call.

Tillis:
DC: (202) 224-6342
Charlotte: 704-509-9087
Greenville: (252) 329-0371
Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr
DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916
Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522
Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125
Asheville: (828) 350-2437

House:
https://www.house.gov/representatives/

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STATE:

HB 576: Aerosolization of Leachate

The NCGA simply will not go home. They feel compelled to pass every bad bill they can and override every veto they can find. This bill, which Governor Cooper vetoed, is one of the worst. It would allow private landfill owners to essentially spray toxic liquids into the air. The process has not been studied and is not known to be safe. The only reason to pass this bill is to save companies money. The override vote will be taking place in the House tomorrow.

SCRIPT:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ________ to urge Rep. ______________ to vote against overriding Governor Cooper’s veto of HB 576. This bill would allow an untested and potentially unsafe process that could endanger the health of our citizens. More study is needed on this process. Thank you.

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SB 656: An Act to Change the Definition of a Political Party:

This bill actually does incredible harm to North Carolina politics. As Governor Cooper put it in his veto letter, the bill would abolish a scheduled election--the 2018 judicial primaries--and could eventually take away people’s rights to vote for the judges of their choice. Instead, the NCGA would be allowed to select judges. According to Mellissa Kromm, “ending judicial primaries will lead to chaotic ballots with a laundry list of judicial candidates that will be difficult for voters to navigate.” It would weaken the voice of North Carolina voters even further. The good news is that the override vote is very close. The bill was passed by a margin only one vote larger than the margin needed to overturn a veto. No matter what, we need to send the message that the NCGA should not be taking our voice away.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ to urge Rep./Sen. Not to overturn Governor Cooper’s veto on SB 656. This bill would cancel the 2018 judicial primaries and could pave the way for taking away the rights of people to vote for the judges of their choice. Thank you for taking my call.

NC House contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/…/members/reports/room-phone.pl…

NC Senate Contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/…/members/reports/room-phone.pl…