THURSDAY 4/6/2017

FEDERAL ACTIONS (2):
LAST CHANCE TO STOP THE "NUCLEAR OPTION"!

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Neil Gorsuch were more of the same for the Trump administration: an extreme nominee attempting to defend his record of standing with corporate power instead of the American people. To ensure Gorsuch doesn’t roll back civil rights, women’s rights, labor rights, and many other rights for years to come, we need the Senate to show some serious spine.
The important vote for Gorsuch is the “cloture” vote. Voting for “cloture” means voting to cut off debate and end a filibuster. This vote requires 60 votes to succeed, which means Senate Republicans CAN’T win this on their own—they don’t have enough votes. Ask your Senator to vote “NO on cloture” for Gorsuch.
If Republicans cannot find 60 votes for cloture, tell your Senators that you do NOT support the use of the "nuclear option", which would change the Senate rules to allow for a simple majority to move the process forward. Tell your Senators that if the GOP can't get to 60, they should change the nominee, not the rules!

SCRIPT:
Hi, my name is _______, I'm calling from (City, State, Zip) to strongly urge Senator ________ to vote NO on cloture for Judge Gorsuch. 
I expect Senator _________ to uphold the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. 
If the "nuclear option" is used to end the filibuster it would be a shocking departure from centuries-old norms, and I'm worried that it could permanently damage the fairness and legitimacy of the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Justices enjoy lifetime terms, and they should not be selected on the temporary whims on on political party or the other. 
If Judge Gorsuch can't get to 60 votes, the nominee should be changed, not the rules! I will be watching closely what the Senator does on this issue and will cast my vote accordingly. Thank you for recording my call.

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

THE ENVIRONMENT
Earth Day was created in 1970, as choking smog and dying rivers signaled a serious degradation of our nation’s quality of life. Soon, it became apparent that the Earth was warming due to human activity, and unless swift action was taken, life on the planet itself could be imperiled.
Enter Donald Trump, a man who famously proclaimed that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Now that he is President, he has undertaken a virtual assault on the environment, from threatening to pull out of the Paris climate accords, to appointing deniers to key Cabinet posts, to gutting the EPA budget, to his recent executive order that tears up Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.
Many of our Congressional representatives from North Carolina have a sad history of denying or questioning the scientific validity of climate change. If we are going to stop Trump and save our planet, that needs to stop today. Those who would favor big polluters always paint the issue as a choice between jobs and the environment. In fact, the green energy sector is already becoming a leading sector worldwide, one that our competitor China has already seized.
Join me in calling members of Congress to demand they clarify their stances on the environment, and that they use their influence and votes to pressure the administration to stop its war on the planet. Included in each script is a reference to a public statement made by that representative. If staffers give you contradictory information about where their rep stands on the environment or if they attempt to deny using pseudo-science, please record that in the comments. Ask for the staffer’s name.

SCRIPTS:
Richard Burr (phone numbers above)
I am a North Carolina constituent calling, from zip code _____, to register my concern about the Trump administration’s gutting of environmental protections. Senator Burr said in 2011 that he does not think science can prove how much humans contribute to climate change. That is an irresponsible position, because 97% of scientists do agree that it is human created. I urge the Senator to listen to the scientists and push for full funding for the EPA, full commitment to the Paris Accords, and strong investment in the renewable energy sector. Thank you for recording my call.

Thom Tillis (phone numbers above)
I am a North Carolina constituent calling, from zip code _____, to register my concern about the Trump administration’s gutting of environmental protections. When asked during a debate in 2014 whether climate change was a fact, Senator Tillis answered, “no.” That is an irresponsible position, because 97% of scientists do agree that it is human created. I urge the Senator to listen to the scientists and push for full funding for the EPA, full commitment to the Paris Accords, and strong investment in the renewable energy sector. Thank you for recording my call.

NC-5 Virginia Foxx: 
Washington: 202-225 2071, Clemmons: 336-778-0211
I am a North Carolina constituent calling, from zip code _____, to register my concern about the Trump administration’s gutting of environmental protections. Representative Foxx has gone on record questioning whether humans have more of an impact on the Earth than God. That is an irresponsible position, because 97% of scientists agree that climate change is human created. I urge Representative Foxx to listen to the scientists and push for full funding for the EPA, full commitment to the Paris Accords, and strong investment in the renewable energy sector. Thank you for recording my call.

NC-6 Mark Walker
Washington: 202-225-3065, Greensboro: 336-333-5005
I am a North Carolina constituent calling, from zip code _____, to register my concern about the Trump administration’s gutting of environmental protections. Representative Walker has gone on record questioning the scientific consensus on climate change. That is an irresponsible position, because 97% of scientists do agree that it is human created. I urge Representative Walker to listen to the scientists and push for full funding for the EPA, full commitment to the Paris Accords, and strong investment in the renewable energy sector. Thank you for recording my call.

NC-13 Ted Budd
Washington: 202-225-4531, Advance: 336-998-1313
I am a North Carolina constituent calling, from zip code _____, to register my concern about the Trump administration’s gutting of environmental protections. Representative Budd calls for increasing the production of fossil fuels, curbing EPA protections, and constructing oil and gas pipelines. I urge Representative Budd to listen to the scientists that fossil fuels threaten our future. He should push for full funding for the EPA, full commitment to the Paris Accords, and strong investment in the renewable energy sector. Thank you for recording my call.

______________________
STATE:
TRUMP Act:
Sen. Jay Chaudhuri has posted a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the North Carolina ballot. The bill, “Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public Act,” or TRUMP Act, obviously targets our current POTUS, but it does advocate for greater transparency about conflicts of interest from the people who would seek elected office.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from ________________ and I am calling to urge Rep. _________________ to support the TRUMP Act sponsored by Sen. Jay Chaudhuri. This bill would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on North Carolina’s ballot. This bill would result in greater transparency and would allow voters to be more aware of potential conflicts of interest for presidential candidates. Please tell Sen. ___________to support the TRUMP Act. Thank you for your time.

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