WEDNESDAY 5/31/2017

FEDERAL:

SAVE HEALTHCARE! WE MUST KEEP HITTING THIS.

This Memorial Day recess is a test. Republican Senators are watching to see how their constituents respond to the House passage of TrumpCare. They’re wondering if the public is distracted enough by Russia that they’ll be able to ram their ACA-repeal bill through. If they see an opportunity, they will try to take away health care from millions of Americans.

Once again, we must stand-up and fight back. We must show the GOP the exact breadth and depth of our resolve. If we don’t do this, if we don’t fight back, then the GOP will think that TrumpCare is no longer a priority for their constituents. And they will push ACA repeal through the Senate as soon as they return to D.C.

The Senate has not held public hearings or listening sessions on TrumpCare. They have not asked for feedback from any of the key stakeholders—not from the public, from children’s or disability rights groups, from providers, nor from small business owners. In short, the GOP is not interested in the opinions of the families or health care providers who will live out the consequences of the GOP’s decisions everyday.
We must send our MoCs a clear message. We must show them that the reason the American people consider health care a do-or-die issue is because, for so many of us, it is just that. And accordingly, the American people expect Senators to take the health reform process just as seriously.

SCRIPT FOR SENATORS:
Hi. My name is ________, calling from zip code _______. I am very concerned about healthcare. House Republicans sided with Trump over the wellbeing of their constituents when they voted to pass Trumpcare. As a constituent of Senator _____, I would like him to answer the following questions for me:
Can Senator _______ guarantee that any replacement plan will cover AT LEAST as many people that are covered under the ACA?
Can he guarantee that no one will lost their coverage as a result of his vote?
Can he assure me that I'll be able to get the same consumer protections as the ACA, including for a pre-existing condition?
Please take down my contact info so Senator ______ can get back to me with his answers. This is extremely important to me and my family. Thank you.

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

SCRIPT FOR HOUSE: HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE!
Hi, my name is ________ , I'm calling from zip code _________ and I would like Representative ___________ to explain his/her vote on the health care bill, H.R. 1628. It is estimated that 1,301,500 North Carolinians will lose their health care by 2026, while ending federal protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and  doing away with the essential benefits required under the ACA. 
What in the bill does Representative _______ think is best for his/her constituents? Who benefits from the bill he/she voted for?
Please take down my contact information so Representative _______ can get back to me with these answers. Thank you.

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:

Remember HB2, the special session in December, and the 3 a.m. Senate budget? Brace yourselves: here we go again. Crazy bills are flying into committee for immediate votes with scant public notice. Here are two bad ones that will see action tomorrow. These votes will happen in the morning, so email may be the best way to make our voices heard.

HB 576: Aerosolization of Leachate

This bill would allow private landfill owners to essentially spray toxic liquids into the air. The process has not been studied and is not known to be safe. The only reason to pass this bill is to save companies money. We think the health of North Carolinians is more important. Contact House Agriculture Committee.

SCRIPT FOR EMAIL:
Subject: Vote NO on HB 547, Aerosolization of Leachate

Body: I am a constituent writing from ________ to urge you to vote against HB 547. This bill would allow an untested and potentially unsafe process that could endanger the health of our citizens. More study is needed on this process. Thank you.

House Agriculture Committee members: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Committees/committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=House+Standing_5