THURSDAY 6/22/2017

FEDERAL:

NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO PROTECT MEDICAID

hosted by @National Alliance to End Homelessness

The Senate is considering cuts to Medicaid and healthcare protections right now that could put millions of people’s coverage at risk. These resources are essential in the fight against homelessness. Take action on June 22 and contact your Senators before they vote! http://ow.ly/jXsF30cEmEp

 

SCRIPT FOR SENATORS:

Hi. My name is _______, from zip code ________. I’m calling to urge Senator _______ to protect Medicaid. Specifically, I want the Senator to promise to vote against any bill that converts Medicaid into a per capita cap, including the potential ACA repeal bill. Per capita caps mean huge cuts to Medicaid that would cause many of his constituents to lose health care, and eliminate vital services that people with disabilities, seniors and children rely on. I'm counting on Senator _______ to do the right thing. I expect him to stand up for people with disabilities and save Medicaid!

 

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

 

U.S. HOUSE:

Oppose Cuts to Housing and Homelessness Aid

Under Trump’s cruel “skinny” budget, HUD would be slashed by some $7 billion, much of it for public housing and accompanying vouchers. Secretary Ben Carson has vowed that “no one is going to be thrown out on the street,” but this budget also cuts programs that combat homelessness. The bitter irony is that one program that is spared sends housing subsidies straight to private landlords. And guess who earned $5 million in just a four month period in 2016? You guessed it: Donald Trump himself. So this call is a two-fer. Express your outrage over the budget cuts as well as your disgust with yet another example of crony capitalism writ large.

 

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/trump-seeks-sharp-cuts-to-housing-aid-except-for-program-that-brings-him-millions/2017/06/20/bf1fb2b8-5531-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html?utm_term=.6123139e8ef3

 

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ________ to urge Representative _______ to oppose massive cuts to HUD that will endanger our most vulnerable citizens’ ability to seek basic housing. I also urge Rep. _______ to speak out against the fact that Donald Trump personally makes millions from the one type of subsidy spared in his budget: payments to private landlords. This is an egregious conflict of interest and should not be tolerated. Thank you.

 

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:

Oppose Steep Cuts to State DOJ in NC Budget:

Not included in either the original House or Senate budget plan is a surprise 35% to the Department of Justice in the final reconciled bill that yesterday passed the NC legislature. According to Attorney General Josh Stein, “These cuts would gut our Department and have damaging, long-term impacts on our state. Public safety would not be maintained at its current level. The taxpayer would be exposed to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential liability from lawsuits that we would not be able to defend appropriately.” The budget has passed both chambers, and we eagerly await the Governor’s veto. When that happens, we need to make some serious noise about this issue.

 

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ______ to ask Rep./Sen. _______ to oppose deep cuts to the Department of Justice in the NC budget. These cuts will leave us less safe, and expose us to expensive liability suits. Thanks.

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

Find Your Rep:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

 

Tell Cooper to Veto the Budget:

This one is simple, folks. Democratic leaders rightly decry this budget that piles on the pork for some key GOP leaders districts, gives huge tax breaks to the wealthy, and essentially continues to underfund education, health care… you get the idea. While we fully expect it, we must nonetheless call Governor Cooper and make sure he swiftly vetoes it. When that happens, we will turn our attention back the the legislature. Three-fifths is a high bar to cross, and if we can pick off just a few reps, they will be forced to re-do this terrible budget.

Background:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article157456609.html

 

SCRIPT for Cooper:

I am a constituent calling from ______ to urge Governor Cooper to veto the mean-spirited and pork-laden NC budget. Rather than fund pet projects in lawmakers’ districts and slash taxes for the wealthy, we need to invest in our schools, health care, and natural resources. Thanks for taking my message.

 

SCRIPT after the veto:

I am a constituent calling from ______ to urge Rep./Sen. _______ to please reconsider supporting the NC budget. Rather than fund pet projects in lawmakers’ districts and slash taxes for the wealthy, we need to invest in our schools, health care, and natural resources. Thanks for taking my call.

 

Cooper: (919) 814-2000