TUESDAY 7/11/2017

FEDERAL:

Health Care:

Is the Senate health care bill in trouble? That depends on what you read. Certainly, key GOP Senators are wavering in their support, and many observers are baffled by the party’s strategy. And for some conservatives, this bill doesn’t go far enough in stripping away all vestiges of Obamacare. Don’t be fooled. The House plan was pronounced dead, and activists on the left popped champagne corks, only to see the zombie AHCA rise from the dead. Paul Ryan pulled that off, and this time the much savvier Mitch McConnell is at the helm. After the holiday, they may be counting on a lull in attention. We know that our Senators are probably hopeless, but that doesn’t mean we stop calling, emailing, and faxing. Ask for their policy aides, pepper staffers with pointed questions. Demand constituent meetings and town halls. Above all, let the world know, in a thunderous voice, that our Senators are avoiding answering tough questions from their voters about a bill that would devastate many, many lives.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ________ to demand answers from Senator _______ about the GOP health plan. How does the Senator plan to give adequate coverage to veterans, the elderly, those in poverty, people out of work, or between jobs? Please let the Senator know that I am opposed to this plan. Thank you for recording my message.

Tillis

DC: (202) 224-6342

Charlotte: 704-509-9087

Greenville: (252) 329-0371

Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750

High Point: (336) 885-0685

Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154 (pick option 2 to speak to a staffer)

Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916

Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125

Asheville: (828) 350-2437

Russia Sanctions

A few weeks ago, the Senate passed a bill imposing some serious sanction against Russia by a 98-2 margin–an unmistakable bipartisan statement against Russia’s intervention in our political system. However, the bill has stalled in the House, in part because a Texas Congressman, Pete Sessions (R-ExxonMobil) is concerned about how the bill will affect their constituents, or more likely, their donors. We need to send a strong message that we won’t tolerate Russia meddling in our elections.  

SCRIPT:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to urge Rep. _______________ to vote for economic sanctions to be imposed on Russia for meddling in the 2016 election. While the bill is currently stalled in committee, I would like to see Rep. _____________ aggressively push for a vote so that we can send a clear message to Russia and the rest of the international community. Thank you for taking my call.

NC-1 G.K. Butterfield

DC: (202) 225-3101

Durham: (919) 908-0164

Wilson: (252) 237-9816

NC-2 George Holding

DC: 202-225-3032

Raleigh: 919/782-4400

NC-3: Walter Jones

DC: 202-225-3415

Greenville: (252) 931-1003

NC-4 David Price

DC: (202) 225-1784

Raleigh: (919) 859-5999

Chapel Hill: 919.967.7924

Fayetteville: 910.323.0260

NC-5 Virginia Foxx

DC: (202) 225 2071

Clemmons: (336) 778 0211

Boone: (828) 265-0240

NC-6 Mark Walker

DC: (202) 225-3065

Greensboro: (336) 333-5005

Graham: (336) 229-0159

NC-7 David Rouzer

DC: (202) 225-2731

Bolivia: (910) 253-6111

Smithfield: (919) 938-3040

Wilmington: (910) 395-0202

NC-8 RIchard Hudson

DC: (202) 225-3715

Rockingham: (910) 997-2070

Concord: (704) 786-1612

NC-9 Robert Pittenger

DC: (202) 225-1976

Charlotte: (704) 362-1060

Mooresville: (704) 696-8188

NC-10 Patrick McHenry

DC: (202) 225-2576

Black Mountain: (828) 669-0600

Gastonia: (828) 833-0096

Hickory: (800) 477-2575

NC-11 Mark Meadows

DC: (202) 225-6401

Hendersonville: (828) 693-5660

NC-12 Alma Adams

DC: (202) 225-1510

Charlotte: (704) 344-9950

NC-13 Ted Budd

DC: (202) 225-4531

Advance: 336-998-1313

STATE:

Seismic Blasting:

Surprise, surprise, Trump and his fossil fuel cronies are coming for our oil, and this time they want to authorize the use of a hideous technique to find it offshore. It’s called seismic blasting, and it pretty much deafens any marine mammal or other animal within earshot, causing those animals to suffer and often die hideous deaths. And do we even want drilling off of our precious Outer Banks? How about invest in wind and solar? That is a topic under serious scrutiny in our state right now, to which your action team will return at a later date. For now, please contact the feds at the email found below, but also your state representatives (yes, they are on recess, but they have email like the rest of us), and Governor Cooper. The comment period is wrapping up, so please don’t hesitate.

SCRIPT:

I am a concerned North Carolinian writing to strongly object to the proposal to allow seismic blasting off of our coasts. This practice wreaks absolute havoc with marine animals. Our beaches and ocean ecosystems are precious and must be preserved. Thanks for recording my comment.

Comment to federal authorities here: ITP.Laws@noaa.gov

Email Roy Cooper here: https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper

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