TUESDAY 6/27/2017

FEDERAL:

HEALTH CARE:

On Monday, activists across North Carolina reported busy signals and jammed voice mail boxes at both Burr’s and Tillis’ office. A mighty hue and cry has emanated from North Carolinians to save health care as we know it. Rumors and reports swirl that the bill may actually be in serious trouble as conservatives and moderates battle it out in the back rooms of the Senate. The independent Congressional Budget Office scored this stinker, and it has the net effect of removing 22 million from the insurance rolls.
Now, more than ever, we must keep up the pressure. Call, email, use resistbot, do whatever you can!

Read this!: http://www.cbpp.org/blog/cbo-senate-bill-would-raise-premiums-deductibles-or-both-for-most-marketplace-consumers

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from _______ to oppose the Senate health care plan. Now that the independent CBO has concluded that 22 million will lose coverage, and that out of pocket premiums will go up along with deductibles, I would like to know how Sen. _______ justifies supporting this bill? Please let Senator ____ know that I expect him to vote no on kicking 22 million off insurance in order to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. This is a horrible bill. 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

_____________________
STATE:

Say No to a Budget Override:

On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper made it clear that a veto of the North Carolina budget plan passed by the House and Senate is imminent, calling it “the most fiscally irresponsible budget I’ve ever seen.” Anemic raises for teachers, drastic cuts in retirement benefits for state employees, cuts to Cooper’s own staff, and a vindictive, irresponsible, and dangerous gutting of the Department of Justice are just a few of the lowlights of this budget, and we haven’t even mentioned the massive tax giveaways to the rich. This is our last chance to have any effect on the process, and Berger and Moore have vowed to swiftly override the veto. Once again, we ask you to call and write individual requests. As the legislative session comes to a close, and the partisan rancor reaches a fever pitch, canned scripts are the first thing entrenched Republicans are going to dismiss. Rather, do your homework and craft something unique, and share it with conviction. At the end of the day, we may lose this fight, but we can hold our heads up–and the legislature accountable. The more we know now, the better we can vote them out of office. Use this up-to-the minute budget toolkit to educate yourself: http://strongernc.org/insanity-otherwise-known-state-budget/

If you MUST have a script, try this:
SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling/writing from _______ to urge Rep./Sen. ________ to please refrain from overriding Governor Cooper’s imminent veto of the budget. More work is needed to ensure that our schools are properly funded, and that the Department of Justice has the necessary resources to enforce the laws of the state. Finally, please reconsider tax cuts that mainly favor the wealthy. Thanks for recording my message.

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

Oppose HB 717, the Judicial Gerrymandering Bill

In North Carolina, gerrymandering has brought us an extreme-right legislature, which has stripped the executive branch of many of its fundamental powers. To complete the #carolinacoup, the last branch to conquer is the judicial. Bills have already begun to do just that, including one that makes many more judicial races partisan. But HB 717 takes the cake: this one would gerrymander judicial districts in a way that would–surprise–favor the party in power. Courts have routinely thrown race-based gerrymandering out, but the NCGA just can’t help itself. North Carolina has one more example of the saying, “absolute power corrupts.”

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ______ to urge Rep./Sen. ________ to oppose HB 717. This bill would gerrymander judicial districts. Given recent court decisions striking down our legislative districts as unconstitutional, it seems unwise and possibly unlawful for us to apply the same practice to judicial districts. Thanks for taking my call.

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