MONDAY 6/26/2017

FEDERAL:

MAKE SENATORS TAKE A STAND ON TRUMPCARE


ALL HANDS ON DECK, OR ALL PHONES OFF THE HOOK!!

Here's what we know about the Senate's awful TrumpCare bill:
• Millions of Americans will lose their coverage.
• Americans will see a drastic erosion of the quality of their healthcare, because states will be allowed to waive a number of consumer protections -- including the scope of benefits plans have to cover, and what percentage of consumer costs plans are required to cover.
• Medicaid is cut even deeper than the House bill. It essentially ends the Medicaid expansion, and even cuts benefits for people covered through traditional Medicaid.
• The bill yanks affordable healthcare from millions of American families in order to give a giant tax break to corporations and wealthy.
• Defunds Plan Parenthood.

Republicans aren’t done. This bill is not final. They’ve released what even they will say is a flawed product as a charade, so they can then pretend to “fix it.” CBO has scored the version of the bill released—not the eventual “fixed” version—meaning Republicans will be able to dodge questions about the CBO score by saying they “fixed” anything people don’t like. Senator McConnell can even start debate in the Senate on this fake version of the bill, and only drop the REAL version of the bill at the very last minute as an “amendment in the nature of a substitute.” That will be the very last thing that happens before TrumpCare is voted on once and for all, unless we can find three Republicans to stand up and say NO.
Don’t let them get away with this charade. The bottom line is that TrumpCare cannot be fixed. It will still rip healthcare away from 23 million people, will defund Planned Parenthood, will destroy the Medicaid program, and will cause hardship for millions of Americans—all to give a giant tax break to those who need it the least. 

Today we want to try to nail them down, make them state if they will support this bill. They need to know that voting on a bill that will impact all Americans without a single hearing or input is just unacceptable.

SCRIPT FOR SENATE STAFFER:
Hi. My name is _____, from zip code ________. Does Senator ________ support the TrumpCare bill that was released last Thursday? Is this the final bill? Or will it be amended before there is a final vote? Will Senator ______ commit to giving the public a meaningful chance to read and understand the final bill before voting on it? Will Senator _________ commit to me, his constituent, that he won't let this bill come to a vote until there's been a hearing on it? Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator says after you let him know my thoughts. I expect the Senator to understand how important this is to me. Can you repeat my contact information back to me? I just want to make sure you recorded it correctly. Thank you.

SCRIPT FOR VOICEMAIL:
Hi. My name is _____, from zip code ________.  I need Senator ______ to get back to me with answers to the following questions about the Senate healthcare bill.
Does he support the TrumpCare bill that was released last Thursday?
Will Senator ______ commit to giving the public a meaningful chance to read and understand the final bill before voting on it?
Will Senator _________ commit to me, his constituent, that he won't let this bill come to a vote until there's been a hearing on it?
I need the Senator to understand how important this is to me and need to hear his answers. My contact info is:  _______ (name & email address). Thanks.

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

__________________
STATE:

Revoke Consent For Intercourse SB 553:

North Carolina currently has one of the worst rape laws in the country. Basically, the law, which has been on the books for decades, stipulates that once consent for sex is given, it cannot be revoked. Several women are now coming forward publicly to talk about their rapes and how they were unable to prosecute because they had temporarily consented. It specifically makes it difficult to prosecute marital rape and acquaintance rape, and while Sen. Jeff Jackson proposed this bill months ago, it has been sitting in the Rules Committee for months. The Fayetteville Observer article has brought renewed attention to the bill, but if it is not passed soon, it will likely mean that it won’t get another hearing for at least two more years. Focus on the Senate for now.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from _________________ to urge Sen. ___________________ to support SB 553, the Revoke Consent for Intercourse bill. This bill would overturn a terrible law that prevents people from being able to revoke consent for sex once it has been given. North Carolina is currently the only country in the nation with a law like this on the books. The bill has been sitting in the Rules Committee for months, but we urgently need to pass this law during this legislative session to make sure that rapists are prosecuted for their crimes.

NC Senate Contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=Senate&viewType=normal

Find Your Rep:
http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

You can also thank the Fayetteville Observer for bringing this terrible law to light:
Executive editor: Michael Adams: madams@fayobserver.com