FRIDAY 6/16/2017

DEMAND ANSWERS ABOUT HEALTHCARE FROM SENATORS

Senators who will either pass or sink the AHCA bill will be greatly influenced by what they’re hearing from constituents.

Because of an arcane process called budget reconciliation, TrumpCare is not subject to filibuster and requires a simple majority to pass the Senate. If Democrats hold firm in their opposition, that means Republican leadership will need 50 out of the 52 Republican Senators to vote for the bill.

While some Republican Senators are more likely to change their votes than others, EVERY action has an impact on the outcome—because it helps show that there’s an overwhelming, nationwide wave of opposition to this bill.

Currently, Republicans are negotiating behind closed doors about exactly what the bill will look like. If every single Republican Senator has a story about the intensity of opposition in their own state, it will change the conversation and change what they think is possible.

Let's make our Senators take a stand.

What is the budget reconciliation process: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/legislative-process-budget-reconciliation/

SCRIPT FOR SENATORS:

Hi. My name is _____, from zip code _____. I'm calling to get the answers to three questions about healthcare from Senator ______. They are:

• Will Senator ______ commit to voting against any bill that will result in anyone losing coverage?

• Will he commit to voting against any bill that does not guarantee people with pre-existing conditions won't see higher premiums?

• Finally, will Senator _____ commit to voting against any bill that cuts funding for Medicaid?

Please take down my contact info so Senator _____ can get back to me. I consider this extremely important and want to hear where he stands on these issues. Thank you.

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

Email: https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email

NC Health Staffer:

Angela Wiles: 202-224-3154 angela.wiles@burr.senate.gov

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342

High Point: (336) 885-0685

Email: https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me

NC Health Staffer:

Joe Nolan: 202-224-6342 joe.nolan@tillis.senate.gov

 

Make Trump’s Tweets a Permanent Record (COVFEFE Act)

 

Donald Trump and his tweets. What can we say? The President’s insatiable need for attention has cost him dearly, as witnessed by courts’ rejection of his Muslim bans, but his Twitter habit raises serious ethical dilemmas. Government correspondence is by law supposed to be part of the public record. But how do we handle a medium in which users can edit the past, and even block people? To address this problem, a Democratic law maker has introduced the COVFEFE Act (Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement). This bill would require all social media posts by the President–typos and all–to be preserved by the government for posterity.

Background:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/12/532651827/the-covfefe-act-has-a-silly-name-but-it-addresses-a-real-quandary

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ______ to urge Rep./Sen. ______ to support the COVFEFE Act, a bill that would ensure that all social media posts from the President are preserved as part of the public record. Sean Spicer and others have affirmed that tweets should be considered official statements. Therefore, they must be preserved the same way emails and other communications are documented. Thanks.

 

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

 

Senate numbers above.

 

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STATE:

NC Budget

Each house of the state legislature has passed its version of a budget, but numbers differ, and a special conference committee has been formed to reconcile the differences. This is our last chance to let our voices be heard on this crucial piece of legislation that will have far-reaching impacts on the state. This week, we present a special homework assignment. Our friends and partners at Stronger NC have prepared a comprehensive budget toolkit. In it you will find careful analysis of the budget plans as well as a comparison to the budget proposed by Governor Cooper. There are many suggestions for action, including live links to all of the members of the conference committee. We know from experience that a personal call or email on a specific issue resonates much more with state legislators than a canned script. So do your part: read the toolkit, then email or call armed with the facts and your personal opinion.

 

Toolkit: http://strongernc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-06-11-NC-Budget-Update-Toolkit.pdf