MONDAY 10/16/2017

FEDERAL:

Iran Nuclear Deal:

Trump has decertified the Iran nuclear agreement, which means that Congress now has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions, which would essentially put an end to the deal, opening the door for Iran to revive their nuclear weapons program. Trump has no evidence that Iran has been in violation of the nuclear agreement--which Nikki Haley openly admitted--but that they weren’t happy about other behaviors by Iran. If the US withdraws from this agreement, when Iran has been upholding their end of it, we will become less trusted. Let’s call on Congress to oppose reinstating sanctions and push for maintaining the current agreement.

Script:
Hello, I am constituent calling from ___________________. I want to urge Sen/Rep. __________________ to oppose reinstating sanctions against Iran. They have upheld their end of the agreement. In fact, Secretary Tillerson has said we should remain in the agreement. And withdrawing from the deal will make our country less safe. Thank you for taking my call.

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Clean Power Plan:

It flew beneath the radar, but Trump officially cancelled President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. While Obama’s plan wasn’t perfect, it was a positive step toward curtailing our dangerous reliance on fossil fuels. Now Scott Pruitt’s EPA has gutted that and shows little interest in enforcing any EPA regulations on carbon emissions. There is plenty of evidence that Trump’s decision will have devastating consequences on the future of the planet, and we need to push for stronger environmental regulations.

Script:
Hello, I am constituent calling from ___________________. I want to urge Sen/Rep. __________________ to call for stronger emissions standards for power plants. This is an urgent issue after EPA Secretary Pruitt complied with Trump’s order to cancel President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. In fact, industrialized countries should be working toward a goal of cutting down carbon emissions by ten percent per year in order to reduce the effects of climate change. Congress should be working toward a comprehensive climate plan that would significantly reduce emissions. Thank you 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:

Support High Speed Rail:

Southeast High Speed Rail supports developing a high speed rail corridor between Washington D.C., Richmond, Raleigh, and Charlotte. This sounds like a great idea that would help alleviate the constant traffic jam--aka, the giant extended parking lot--on Interstate 95 south of Washington D.C. Use their form to send input to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation supporting their study to develop their segment of the Southeast High Speed Rail corridor. They have a pre-written comment ready to go, but you can also write your own.

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