TUESDAY 11/28 - FRIDAY 12/01/17

We’re going to try something different for the next few days. Rather than posting new scripts every day, here is a list of 4-5 scripts on issues, such as taxes, DACA, Net Neutrality, and CHIP, that we know will continue to remain urgent. We need to keep pushing on ALL of these issues for the foreseeable future, so you can come back to these scripts for the next few days. If something changes dramatically, we’ll send out new scripts. We will also check in daily asking people to report on their calls to all of our favorite staffers.

Checking in daily is a great way to encourage others to call.

Light up those phones, everyone!

FEDERAL:

Net Neutrality:

The FCC has outlined their plans for revoking net neutrality rules, and these plans are as bad as we all predicted. Removing net neutrality rules would allow Internet providers to give preferential treatment to some content providers by slowing down (or throttling) internet speeds. They could create a “fast lane” for people who are willing to pay more or force competitors like Netflix to pay exorbitant rates to deliver content. It is a threat to a free and open Internet. The link to comment is below.

Contacting the FCC on their public page is vital because it creates a public record of your comments, an important consideration given that thousands of fake comments supporting net neutrality were posted, possibly by Russian agents. Here is a sample comment:

Sample comment:

I urge the FCC maintain NET NEUTRALITY for ALL! The internet should be treated as a Public Utility. The Public's access to the Information Highway must not be restricted and put in the hands of corporations. Allowing these corporations to give preferential treatment to some content will not serve the public interest. I am disappointed that the FCC is acting against its original purpose, which was to protect the needs and interests of the public.

Contact:

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

In "Proceeding(s)" type: 17-108

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FEDERAL (CONGRESS)

Senate Tax Bill:

Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has apparently come forward to demand a “full” scoring of the Senate tax bill before he is willing to vote for it. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Steve Daines (R-MT) have said they are voting no or leaning that way. This means the Senate bill, as it stands, is on the ropes and may be difficult to pass before the Winter Holidays. Keep calling Tillis and Burr, but you may also want to contact Senators who remain on the fence (Flake, McCain, Corker, and maybe Collins, among others--feel free to add them here) and let them know how harmful this tax bill will be on ordinary Americans like the ones who sent them to Washington. The more we drag this out, the better chances we have of blocking it altogether.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ to urge Sen. ____________________ to oppose the tax bill under consideration in the Senate. The bill will add $1.4 trillion to our deficit, and according to the CBO most people earning less than $100,000 a year will be worse off under this tax plan. Mre crucially, this bill takes healthcare away from millions of Americans and will also increase medical expenses even for those who have insurance. There is also no evidence that cutting taxes for corporations will create jobs. There is no good reason to support this bill. Please vote against it. Thank you for taking my call.

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Fully Fund CHIP:

The Children’s Health Insurance Program is about to expire, which would leave millions of children without health insurance. Already parents are telling their medical providers that they may not be able to pay for future appointments, so this is starting to cause serious uncertainty. This used to be an easy bipartisan bill, but now it is being held as a political hostage by the GOP to try to defund other programs including the ACA's Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Script:

Hi, I’m a constituent from __________. I'm calling to urge Senator/Rep. ___________ to advocate for a bipartisan approach to the immediate renewal of CHIP funding and to reject HR 3922, the bill passed by the House. Millions of children rely on this funding for insurance, and its reauthorization should not be used to score partisan victories. Cutting funding for the ACA's Prevention and Public Health Fund to pay for this bill will put Americans at greater risk from vaccine-preventable disease, food-borne infections, and deadly infections contracted in hospitals. Thank you so much for your time

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Protect DACA:

Back in September, Donald Trump indicated that he will end DACA after a six-month “delay.” While it is ambiguous what this means in terms of the legal status of DREAMers (and even less clear whether Trump’s advisers have even thought through what it means), it IS clear that Trump’s executive order places millions of undocumented residents at risk. But Trump’s executive order leaves open the possibility of a legislative fix, and several GOP Congresscritters (including Paul Ryan) have said that DACA should not be repealed. In fact, Senator Tillis is poised to propose the RAC Act, a bill that would provide most Dreamers with legal status and even a path to citizenship but with incredibly strenuous eligibility requirements. It’s a decent bill, but we need something more inclusive. More crucially, we need to pass a DACA bill without any other conditions, like increased funding for border security, funding for Trump’s ridiculous border wall, slashing legal immigration, and crackdowns on sanctuary cities. DACA has almost completely fallen off the political radar, but Trump’s six-month window will soon expire, so we need to try to start pushing for it.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ___________________. I want to encourage Sen./Rep. _______________ to support the bipartisan 2017 DREAM Act. Repealing DACA would put millions of innocent young people at risk. The Dreamers came to the US as children. They have obeyed the law and they trusted the government with their personal information. It is beyond cruel to withdraw this promise to so many people. In addition, the 2017 Dream Act should be passed without conditions such as increased funding for border security, funding for Trump’s ridiculous border wall, slashing legal immigration, and crackdowns on sanctuary cities. Thank you for taking my call.

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The ME TOO Act:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Jackie Speier are sponsoring legislation that would mandate anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training for members of Congress and would increase transparency in the harassment reporting process and implement more ethical parameters for assessing and responding to incidents of sexual misconduct. Obviously, this is only a start when it comes to eliminating sexual harassment, but it is an important first step. While we are in a holding pattern for the House when it comes to the tax bill, this might be an opportunity to offer some support for this bill.

Script for House:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________________ to encourage Rep. ______________ to support the ME TOO Act sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier. This bill would mandate sexual harassment training and bring greater transparency to the harassment process. Given all of the incidents of sexual misconduct, we need to work towards eliminating it. Thank you for taking my call.

Full Senate contacts:

https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

 

Thom 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

 

Richard 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:

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211

Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

 

Rep. Ted Budd

Advance, NC (336) 998-1313

Washington, DC (202)-225-4531

 

Rep. Mark Walker

Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

 

Rep. Robert Pittenger

Mooresville (704) 696-8188

Washington (202) 225-1976