TUESDAY 5/30/2017

FEDERAL:

PARIS CLIMATE ACCORDS:

On the world’s biggest stage, Trump remained ambivalent toward these historic accords that are a critical step in mitigating what is nothing less than an existential threat to the planet. Instead of responsibly and ethically opposing this delay, 22 Senators instead elected to publicly push for the U.S. to make a “clean break” with the accords altogether! Their rationale is that the climate deal makes it harder for the administration to gut Obama-era regulation of greenhouse gases. Of course they do! Human-created emissions are causing this problem; why would we want to want to make it easier to pollute? Predictably, our own Thom Tillis was a signatory to the letter addressed to President Trump. Today we urge you to contact these Senators and let them know how you feel about climate change and about the importance of working with other nations. We have provided physical mail and email addresses as well as phone numbers.  

Article: https://www.yahoo.com/news/gop-senators-urge-trump-make-clean-exit-paris-agreement-163000473.html

SCRIPT FOR TILLIS:
Hi, my name is _________, I'm calling from zip code ______.  I want to let Senator Tillis know that I strongly disagree with his decision to sign a letter urging President Trump to make a "clean break" from the Paris Agreement on climate change and would like him to reconsider. Global climate change is real, is created by humans, and needs to be addressed immediately.  I would like Senator Tillis to answer the following questions:
What were his reasons in signing this letter?
Who will benefit from this decision?
Please take down my contact information so that the Senator can answer my questions. Thank you. 

SAVE HEALTHCARE IN NC: GUARANTEE ACA SUBSIDIES 

For the vast majority of North Carolinians, Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only insurer that offers health insurance plans under the ACA, and because Congress and the Trump administration will not guarantee critical subsidies to states, costs are rising nearly 23% next year. This devastating blow to low- and middle-class people already struggling to make ends meet is completely avoidable. Instead, dishonest politicians such as Senator Thom Tillis, who used this news as an example of the inevitable “death spiral” of the ACA, are trying to stomp on whatever is left of the Obama legacy, to be replaced with something that will undoubtedly cost more and cover fewer. The “death spiral” is entirely the creation of Congress and Trump, as Blue Cross executives themselves freely acknowledge. No issue is more galvanizing than health care. No issue strikes more fear into the hearts of conservatives seeking reelection. We must keep up the calls to fully subsidize the ACA until such time as the law is actually replaced.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Rep. / Sen. ___________ to fully fund critical subsidies to the states that will keep the ACA alive and well, and prevent companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield from enacting devastating rate hikes that will hurt North Carolinians. The so-called “death spiral” is completely avoidable. Thanks 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

____________________
STATE:

NC House Budget: Oppose Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

In many respects, the budget partially unveiled by the House is better than that of the Senate. Many of the worst cuts, such as the unnecessary elimination of food subsidies for 133,000 people, are absent in the House version. However, this budget actually spends slightly less on education, and is well short of Governor Cooper’s proposal. The tragedy and travesty of both budgets is the GOP’s insistence on squandering the budget surplus on tax cuts for the wealthy. Given our state’s abysmal rankings in teacher pay and student performance, isn’t it long past time we made an investment in this critical area?
The budget, like most proposed by the GOP, was dropped with no notice on voters and Democratic lawmakers, who will be forced to vote on it in short order. Rather than provide a canned script, we suggest that today you email the heads of the appropriations and finance committees to see if we can’t at least slow down the process. The opposition party and above all the public have a right to know what is in this bill and how it will affect everyday North Carolinians. A quick and effective way to make your voice heard is a subject line only email, something like, “Spend more on ed, less on tax cuts.”

SCRIPT (suggestion):
I am a constituent calling/writing to urge you to please consider spending more on education programs and less on tax cuts. Please allow more time for debate so that the public has ample time to understand and comment on the budget. Thank you.

House Appropriations:
Rep. Dollar 919-715-0795
Email Nelson.Dollar@ncleg.net

Rep. Arp 919-715-3007
Email Dean.Arp@ncleg.net

Rep. Burr 919-733-5908
Email Justin.Burr@ncleg.net

Rep. Faircloth 919-733-5877
Email John.Faircloth@ncleg.net

Rep. Johnson 919-733-5861
Email Linda.Johnson2@ncleg.net

Rep. Lambeth 919-733-5747
Donny.Lambeth@ncleg.net

Rep. McGrady 919-733-5956
Email Chuck.McGrady@ncleg.net

House Finance:
Rep. Saine 919-733-5782
Email Jason.Saine@ncleg.net

Rep. Hastings 919-715-2002
Kelly.Hastings@ncleg.net

Rep. S. Martin 919-715-3023
Email Susan.Martin@ncleg.net

Rep. Setzer 919-733-4948
Mitchell.Setzer@ncleg.net

Rep. Szoka 919-733-9892
John.Szoka@ncleg.net

Rep. Brawley 919-733-5800
Email Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net