MONDAY 7/17/2017

FEDERAL:

Tell the FEC to Protect Elections from Foreign Money:

Many Americans are increasingly uneasy with the unfolding saga of Russiagate, but what do we do about it? We know that while they salivate over their agenda to gut health care, environmental regulations, and a progressive tax code, Republican Congresspeople have little interest in going after Trump. Calling them feels like an exercise in futility.

For months we demanded a special counsel. Now that we have one, the GOP deflects any and all questions to Mueller’s inquiry. So now we need to get creative. The Federal Election Commission adjudicates election disputes, and boy are they busy right now! In fact, the issue of reining in foreign money from influencing our elections is a hot topic, and since the commission is deeply divided along partisan lines, the Democratic appointees would love a torrent of public feedback. After Don Jr.’s email chain revelation, many emails have already come in from across the country. Let’s add to that chorus of voices. This will be a chance to not only hold Trump and Russia accountable for possible collusion, but it will ensure free and fair elections in the future. Background:

https://www.bna.com/trump-jrs-emails-n73014461616/

Email SCRIPT:

I am a citizen from North Carolina writing to express my grave concern about foreign influence over our elections. I write to urge the FEC to give its immediate and utmost attention to this kind of case, and in particular the Trump team’s possible collusion with Russian nationals during the 2016 election. Thanks for recording my message.

FECCommisioners@fec.gov

Health Care: Our Pressure Must Be Relentless

Over the weekend, the GOP Senate health plan was put on hold until John McCain recovers his health enough to rejoin the chamber. News reports take this as a sign of serious problems with the bill, since one more defection and the proposal is toast. However, we should not let our guard down. We saw this before with the AHCA in the House. A few moderates like Dean Heller of Nevada are making noise about opposition, but so far there are only two solid no votes. That won’t cut it. Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which was expected to release its scoring of the latest version of the bill on Monday, including Ted Cruz’s dubious amendment, has been pushed back at least a day. This weekend, Trump proxies made the rounds of editorial pages and the Sunday talk shows to cast doubt on the upcoming CBO findings, essentially because they contradict the GOP lies that this plan will increase access to care. Nobody can predict the future, but CBO does its best to apply the most scientific modeling to predict the economic impact of proposed legislation. Any politician who summarily discounts its findings is trading in untruths and is contributing to the reprehensible rise of the Orwellian, post-fact world created by the Trump machine. Finally, it has been reported that the House of Representatives, if given a passed Senate bill, will likely change little about it before passing it and sending it on to the President. Therefore, we are going to include House members in our calls today.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _______ to urge Rep./Sen. ________ to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act. When the Congressional Budget Office releases its updated score, please take its findings seriously. Members of the administration have been irresponsibly and dishonestly discounting its findings in advance. Thanks for taking my call.

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

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

STATE:

During the governor’s race last year, the issue of North Carolina’s water was front and center, as disastrous coal ash spills into the Dan River released huge amounts of toxic chemicals. One compound, hexavalent chromium, has been debated because safe levels have been highly contested. The McCrory administration, predictably, argued for a lenient standard, while the Cooper campaign called for tighter controls. Unfortunately, now that he is governor, Cooper has reverted to the McCrory standard, opening Cooper and the Democrats up to charges that they invented a scare for political purposes and infuriating environmental activists who want lower levels of this dangerous chemical. The Department of Environmental Quality is looking to further study the problem using a science advisory board. The more noise activists make about this issue, the more likely it is that this process will be done in a fair and timely manner. Let’s not turn our backs on our neighbors who are now living with poisoned well water. And let’s not be afraid to hold the Cooper administration to the promises it made during the campaign. The state says the water is safe to drink, but that’s what the people in Flint, Michigan were told. Background:

http://wunc.org/post/nc-changes-governors-keeps-cancer-causing-chemical-standard#stream/0

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent writing from _______ to urge the governor and the Department of Environmental Quality to immediately take all necessary steps to insure that North Carolinians whose water has been poisoned by the reckless actions of Duke Energy are as safe as possible. I am disappointed that the governor has reverted to the McCrory-era definition of “safe” levels of hexavalent chromium. Please initiate a full scientific study as soon as possible. Thanks for recording my message.

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

Michael Regan, Department of Environmental Quality: michael.regan@ncdenr.gov