MONDAY 6/5/2017

FEDERAL:

Oppose the CHOICE Act and Save Dodd-Frank

The GOP has been itching to gut this important protection that was enacted after the financial meltdown of 2007. Regular stress tests for banks and the formation of the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are just some of what came out of this landmark legislation. The deceptively named CHOICE Act purports to aid “Main Street” and small-sized community banks, but at its heart, it is simply a rollback of important protections against the worst abuses of Wall Street. Trump ran on a “drain the swamp” platform, then promptly appointed business insiders Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross to his Cabinet, to say nothing of Jared Kushner and former Goldman Sachs investment banker Steve Bannon. Dodd-Frank is not perfect, and it is due for an overhaul, but scrapping it altogether is a terrible idea. We should never forget the millions of people who lost their homes and life savings during the Great Recession. Business as usual just won’t do anymore. Right now, this legislation has strong support in the House, but, like the AHCA, faces opposition in the more sober Senate.

BACKGROUND: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/336092-house-to-vote-next-week-on-bill-to-roll-back-dodd-frank


SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ________ to urge Rep./Sen. _______ oppose the CHOICE Act. Dodd-Frank is a crucial corrective to the abuses and lack of accountability in the financial sector that led directly to the Great Recession of 2007. We must never go back to those dark times. Thank you for recording my call.


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

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


Save Net Neutrality

The FCC under Trump is set, predictably, to eliminate net neutrality as we know it. Not surprisingly, this will allow huge telecommunications companies to create so–called internet fast lanes that of course will cost more, at the expense of small businesses, non–profits, and individuals. The beauty of the internet is that is democratizes information. The FCC is now opening a comments section. Let’s flood it with appeals to save net neutrality!

To comment, go to this site:
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

You must fill in the contact fields. Be aware that your comments will be published on the FCC web site and will be public record.

SCRIPT:
I am opposed to the Restoring Internet Freedom Act. It is essential that the internet remain open to all. Corporations should not be able to charge higher rates for faster access. Thank you.

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STATE:

Oppose HB 746, the Conceal Carry Bill

The NRA has made a national push for ever more extreme gun laws, even in the face of mounting public massacres by means of firearms. The latest push would allow North Carolinians to carry concealed handguns without a permit. Opponents of this are not, contrary to wild speculation on the right, trying to take anyone’s guns away, but background checks and permits seem like common sense. Should it be easier to tote a hidden, loaded gun than it is to drive a car? The sponsors of this bill include the notorious Larry Pittman, who was spotted in Wilmington this weekend with a pistol tucked into his pants. We know that guns are popular, and that the NRA doles out enormous sums to candidates. We also know that not every Republican is an extremist. Most of them have families, and can surely see the other side in this debate. What is critical is that we refrain from using canned scripts. Tell a personal story, speak from the heart, argue YOUR point. Focus now on your representatives. Ask them bluntly whether they support this bill or not. If they do, demand an explanation!

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

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