MONDAY 12/18/17

STOP THE TAX SCAM

After Doug Jones’ historic win, Republicans are rushing to a final vote on the Trump, before Senator-elect Doug Jones is seated. The people of Alabama have spoken, and they rejected the Trump agenda. Their voices deserve to be heard, and that means no vote on the Trump Tax Scam before Doug Jones is in the Senate.

The House will likely vote tomorrow, with the Senate quickly behind. We’ll be honest: it seems like Republicans have all the votes they need lined up. But, as we saw in July with the healthcare fight, this isn’t over until all the votes are cast and the bill is on Trump’s desk.

Script for Senators:

Hello! My name is _______ and I’m calling from zip code _____. I want Senator ________ to refuse to take a final vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act until the new duly-elected Senator from Alabama is seated. The people have decided and their will should be respected. After Scott Brown was elected in a special election in Massachusetts, there were no further votes on the Affordable Care Act until he was seated. That’s the approach Senator _______ should follow here.

(If you speak to a staffer) - Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do. He can do the right thing with his vote alone. I will be watching to see what Senator ______ does. Thank you.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied] 

Script for House:

Hello! My name is _________ and I’m calling from zip code __________. I’m calling to let Representative _________ know that I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by leaving tens of thousands of people in North Carolina uninsured, raising premiums, and raising taxes on middle-class families. Every single provision intended to help the middle-class expires, but the corporate tax cuts are forever. Even worse, the CBO estimates that health insurance premiums will increase 10% more per year than they would without this bill and we know 13 million more people will be uninsured! 

(If you speak to a staffer) - Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what my Representative decides to do. He/She can do the right thing with his/her vote alone. I will be watching to see what Representative ______ does. Thank you.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied] 

 

NO DREAM, NO CONTINUING RESOLUTION

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provides relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force.

There is bipartisan support for the Dream Act in both the Senate and House. And the bill enjoys massive support from the American public. Now that Donald Trump has yanked protection away from immigrant youth, it is now up to Congress to take action. Every day that goes by is a day in which the lives of immigrant youth remain at risk.

Ask your members of Congress to become Dream Heroes now!

Who are Dream Heroes? They are members of Congress who pledge to fight alongside Dreamers. On December 8, Congress voted to kick the can down the road two weeks by passing a short-term funding bill. If they haven’t passed the Dream Act by December 22, when this short-term funding bill expires, then a Dream Hero will insist on including the Dream Act as part of the final December spending bill. The pledge is that they will only commit to vote on a “continuing resolution” that has the Dream Act attached. Call your MoC and tell them: A vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act, is a vote to deport Dreamers - no Dream, no CR.

Sample Call Script:

Caller: Hello! My name is _______ and I’m calling from zip code _______. Could you please tell me whether Senator/Representative __________ supports protecting Dreamers as part of the Continuing Resolution?

IF MOC SUPPORTS DREAM IN THE CR

Staffer: Yes! The Senator/Representative is totally opposed to the decision to end DACA and won’t vote for a Continuing Resolution unless it includes the DREAM Act.

Caller: I’m glad to hear that. Will Senator/Representative __________ pledge to be a “Dream Hero” and protect Dreamers from deportation? The Dreamer Pledge is a public commitment to do everything he/she can to pass the DREAM Act as soon as possible, including withholding [her/his] support for the Continuing Resolution unless it includes the DREAM Act.

Staffer: I’m not sure.

Caller: Please ask  Senator/Representative __________ to make a public commitment so Dreamers know he/she is in this fight with them. Dozens of members of the House and 8 Senators have already taken the Dreamer Pledge, and an additional 34 Republican Members of Congress signed a letter saying that “we must pass legislation that protects DACA recipients from deportation” by the end of this year.

IF MOC DOESN’T SUPPORT DREAM IN THE CR

Staffer: The Senator/Representative doesn’t think that a legislative fix for DACA is an emergency; the president gave us until March to address this program, and we have more urgent concerns right now.

Caller: There are at least six senators and dozens of representatives— including Republicans—who disagree with you. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. For those young people and their families, this is an emergency and we must take this opportunity to protect them by including the DREAM Act in the Continuing Resolution.

Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the Senator/Representative.

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator/Representative decides to do. I will be watching closely.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied] 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342 

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

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