TUESDAY 8/1/2017

FEDERAL:

The Health Care Fight Is Far from Over: Save the ACA

We scored a huge win last week with the humiliating defeat of the so-called skinny repeal of Obamacare. But as we have seen, Republican plans to gut health care as we know it keep rising from the dead, and no wonder: the party has been obsessing over the issue for years. Since the defeat, the Donald has gone on a Twitter tantrum, threatening to cut off critical ACA subsidies, and attempting to bully Senators from his own party. The GOP is in absolute disarray, so this seems like the perfect time to encourage our reps to work with Democrats. The ACA is far from perfect and needs tweaks, but what is really needs are the subsidies to states that will keep the program solvent until substantive reforms are enacted. With a plurality in Congress and a Republican in the White House, the GOP has taken its best shot at something new and come up empty. It is time for them to work across the aisle. The American people demand it. Background:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/politics/future-of-health-care/index.html

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ______________ to urge Rep./Sen. _______________ to begin the process of reforming the ACA. While far from perfect, this program is the law of the land. Please work across the aisle to strengthen this critical program. At the very least, please repudiate Donald Trump’s call to defund critical subsidies that would let the ACA “implode.” That action would be the height of irresponsibility. Thanks for taking my call.

Famines: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria

While we debate health care and Russia, a humanitarian crisis is unfolding with barely a mention from our government, the press, and frankly the activist community. In Yemen, disease and famine threaten a population caught in the crosshairs of a little-understood conflict, victims of some dubious rules of engagement employed by our ally, Saudi Arabia. As the Trump administration pivots decidedly away from human rights in its pursuit of an “America first” agenda, we seem ever more willing to look the other way as we sell arms to authoritarian regimes who side with us. Meanwhile in Africa, years of unresolved conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria have resulted in civilians used like pawns by rival militias and terrorist groups. So where do we come in? At the very least, read the attached article and get yourself up to speed on the facts. Next, pressure Congress to shed light on these conflicts. Trips to the affected areas, hearings, and above all, foreign aid and diplomacy will go a long way to help. Finally, there are many NGOs dedicated to fighting hunger and disease. Your timely donation will make a difference. Surely the richest nation on Earth will not turn a blind eye to the sight of entire populations at risk. Background:

http://billmoyers.com/story/worlds-largest-humanitarian-crisis-basically-blacked-western-media/

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ___________ to urge Rep./Sen. ______________ to take immediate steps to remedy the specter of tens of millions of people who are threatened with famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria. Foreign aid is desperately needed, as well as public attention. Americans are inherently generous people, and your constituents would like to see you use your office and position to save lives around the world. 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:

Say No to MORE Gerrymandering:

In the loudest possible voice, court after court keep telling our state legislature to stop creating race-based gerrymanders. So what did they drop during the last week of the last legislative session? A ridiculous plan to gerrymander state judicial districts, with maps drawn in secret. The utter audacity of this move is nothing less than shocking, as the courts seem themselves to be the last check against what appears to be an all-out takeover attempt by the state GOP. Recently, the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Justin Burr, has signaled that he is willing to meet with state judicial leaders to take input. How nice. We, the people, have some input for him: kill this outrageous plan now. We are tired of state leaders rigging the system in favor of one party. What we need to preserve is the careful system of checks and balances the founders intended for our nation. Background:

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2017/07/29/email-burr-extends-offer-meet-judges-surprise-judicial-redistricting-maps/#sthash.6mDlb2ct.hlhFFCRh.dpbs

Email SCRIPT:

I am a constituent writing from ___________ to urge Rep./Sen. ______________ to oppose HB 717, a bill that would gerrymander state judicial districts. The last thing our state needs is more gerrymandering. This proposal flies in the face of recent court decisions that have struck down our legislative districts as illegal. Please remedy those maps and leave the courts alone. Thanks for recording this message.

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

Find Your Rep:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx