WEDNESDAY 12/20/17

FEDERAL:

NO DREAM ACT, 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.

The short-term funding bill to keep the government running will expire on December 22. At this time they will have to pass a "Continuing Resolution" (CR) to fund the government. Now is the time to insist that our representatives include the DREAM Act as part of the final December spending bill. No DREAM, no CR!

SCRIPT:

Hello! My name is _______ and I’m calling from zip code ________. I am strongly urging Senator/Representative __________ to support the DREAM Act as part of the upcoming Continuing Resolution. 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.  To not do so is simply cruel and unacceptable. I would like Senator/Representative _______ to make a public statement on his/her stance on this important issue.

(If you speak to a staffer) - Please take down my contact information so you can let me know where my Senator/Representative stands on protecting DREAMERS. Thank you.

[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

 

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STATE:

ASK GOVERNOR COOPER: PRESSURE CONGRESS TO FUND CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

On September 30th, funding expired for both the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Community Health Centers Fund. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an insurance program that covers 9 million children and pregnant women whose household incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid. While Republicans in Congress claim to support CHIP, they have failed to pass a clean funding reauthorization bill for this critical program. Some states’ funding is so low that they’re starting to send letters to CHIP beneficiaries advising them to find other sources of coverage.

The Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF) provides essential federal funding for community health centers, which are medical facilities that serve everyone regardless of their ability to pay. These centers provide essential care to medically underserved populations like migrant farmworkers and homeless people and collectively care for over 25 million Americans. Without CHCF funding, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates over 9 million people would lose access to care, 50,000 people in low-income areas would lose their jobs, and hundreds of centers would close altogether.

If Congress does not reauthorize funding for these two programs by December 22nd, they will begin the year without the funds they need to make healthcare affordable for children and low-income people. A bipartisan group of governors from 12 states have already signed onto a letter urging Congress to prioritize renewal of CHIP funding. So far, Governor Cooper has apparently NOT signed this letter. Let’s reach out to his office and encourage him to join this bipartisan effort to pressure Congress to renew CHIP.

Script:

I'm calling to encourage Governor Cooper to join the bipartisan group of governors pressuring Congress to pass a clean CHIP funding reauthorization bill. I also urge the governor to advocate for renewal of the Community Health Centers Fund. Both programs provide critical healthcare access to some of the most vulnerable residents of North Carolina. Thank you for your time.

Governor Cooper’s Office:

919-814-2000