THURSDAY 12/07/17

FEDERAL:
 

DEMAND CONGRESS PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT

While the deadline to find a legislative replacement for DACA isn't until March, DACA will likely be a key bargaining chip in the upcoming 2018 budget discussions. A funding agreement must be passed by December 8th to avoid a government shutdown.

Despite the momentum building on both sides of the aisle to swiftly pass the DREAM Act, Trump introduced a list of expensive and punitive demands that must be coupled to approval of the DREAM Act or any similar DACA protection. This includes full funding for his campaign-promised border wall, hiring of 10,000 more immigration agents, expedited deportations of asylum seekers, and withholding of federal funding from sanctuary cities. Though Democrat leadership has held firm against these egregious political demands, any new negotiations on what should and should not be included in a DREAM Act approval could delay or even derail its passage, putting the future well-being of thousands of young people at risk.

While border security is important, it is unacceptable to use the lives of our undocumented family and community members as a bargaining chip to for political gains. Congress must pass a clean DREAM Act with no concessions to Trump’s unnecessary demands.

 

Script:

Hi, my name is ________ and I’m a constituent from zip code ______.

I’m calling today to ask Senator/Representative ___________ to support a clean DREAM Act and reject Trump’s demands to include massive, unnecessary spending on border security to the bill. It is unfair and immoral to use the lives of hundreds of thousands of young DACA recipients as bargaining chips to score political gains.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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

 

STOP FINAL PASSAGE OF THE GOP TAX SCAM BILL

The House and Senate have now each passed differing versions of H.R. 1, and will now go to a Conference Committee where an identical compromise bill will be agreed upon and sent back to each chamber for another full member floor vote. A Conference Committee creates a window for the bill to be derailed. The chambers may struggle to reconcile differences — ACA individual mandate repeal, child tax credit, estate tax, etc. — or other previously agreed upon caveats may fail in the interim. For example, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), voted for the Senate bill under the condition that two ACA-protecting bills pass first, but the House has offered no guarantees that they will pass either of them.

Regardless of the tax bill's path forward, the passage of this bill in both chambers has illustrated that Republicans have prioritized lining the pocketbooks of the wealthy and corporations over providing much-needed relief for struggling middle-class families and workers.

Script:

Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent from zip code ________.

I'm calling to express my strong disapproval of H.R. 1, the disastrous Republican tax bill, and to ask that Senator/Representative _________ vote against it when it comes out of the conference committee.

[ADD as many of the following reasons or your own]:

— Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations will create a massive deficit increase, which will then be paid for with devastating cuts to Medicare, Social Security, education, and other vital programs.

— This bill was written behind closed doors by lobbyists and the American people have been consistently lied to about what it will do to their pocketbooks and livelihoods.

— The repeal of the ACA individual mandate will completely upend the health insurance market, uninsuring millions, spiking premiums, and risking coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

— This bill will hand over pristine Alaskan land to oil companies, destroying protected land and endangering wildlife.

— The elimination of the SALT deduction will cause millions of middle-income Americans to pay higher taxes.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[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