FRIDAY 4/7/2017

FEDERAL:

Syria:
Trump bombed an airfield in Syria last night in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons. While Assad’s use of chemical weapons is clearly a criminal act, Trump’s actions were taken unilaterally without consulting Congress. Now, there is talk that Trump may call for further action up to pushing for regime change. It’s urgent that we make clear that any additional military involvement has to be carefully considered.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ____ to urge Rep/Senator____ to condemn American bombing of a Syrian air base. Questions of war and peace should be debated in Congress and in the court of public opinion. Regardless of the eventual response of our government, it should never be taken rashly without careful consideration. Given the complete and utter lack of a coherent foreign policy, let alone a working staff, the Trump administration is wholly unqualified to make such a unilateral decision. 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

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:

HB 13: a waiver for new class size requirements.

UPDATE FOR APRIL 7: school systems across the state are preparing to slash arts and PE programs now. Save curriculum, save jobs!

We have called on this bill several times, and it has bipartisan support. From what we understand, it is being used as a negotiating chip in talks between the GOP leadership and Governor Cooper. Therefore, it is critical that we call Phil Berger and Tim Moore to urge them to make sure this provision is part of the budget. We are including their Facebook pages as well. Comments here might be noticed as well, but please be respectful. Some of our members have been banned from these pages, merely for expressing dissenting views. If you are interested in holding leaders accountable, you may want to screen shot your comments. What follows is an explanation of why this bill is important.

Smaller class sizes sound great, until you realize that these new requirements, which kick in next school year, are completely unfunded. Schools would be forced to cancel arts and P.E. programs which have already suffered much under McCrory-era heavy budget cuts. Thousands of teachers could be out of work. This bill gives some relief and flexibility in meeting the new laws, and schools are unanimously for it.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ___________ and I urge Senator Berger / Representative Moore to support HB 13 by helping to get it to an immediate vote. We need to preserve arts and P.E. programs in our public schools. We understand that this bill is a part of ongoing budget negotiations, but important decisions about school staffing must be made now. Thank you for recording my call.

 

Senate leader Phil Berger: (919) 733-5708 Phil.Berger@ncleg.net

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBerger/

House leader Tim Moore: 919-733-3451 Tim.Moore@ncleg.net

https://www.facebook.com/speakermoore/