FRIDAY 9/1/2017

FEDERAL:

Tell Congress to Preserve DACA

On Thursday, Trump strongly hinted at sharp limits to this program in 2018, but not all Republicans in Congress are on board. This is where we come in. GOP Representative Coffman plans to aggressively pursue a resolution known as the Bridge Act that protects DACA. There are also bills known as the DREAM Act and the Hope Act. How anyone can find fault with a program that protects children who were brought here from another country is beyond comprehension. When Trump falsely claimed that Mexico was “sending” rapists and murderers, even he would not extend those lies to children. This program protects children who have grown up in this country, and who in many cases are the best of the American dream: hardworking, ambitious young who just want a chance to live their lives in the only country they really know. It seems like forever ago, but in 2013, a bipartisan group of Senators pushed comprehensive immigration reform, which is needed now more than ever. Attacking Dreamers is a mindless and scapegoating distraction. Tell Congress no. Background:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/31/coffman-congress-immigrant-dreamers-242227

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Rep./Sen. ______________ to reject Trump’s limits on DACA. Please protect Dreamers rather than deporting them. These were children brought here through no fault of their own, and they should be treated with respect and dignity. Instead, Congress should support any of a number of excellent proposals to protect DACA, including the DREAM Act, the Bridge ACT, and the Hope Act.

Support a Bipartisan Health Care Proposal:

Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Governor John Kasich of Ohio are pushing a modest proposal that would tweak existing health care laws to make sure that the ACA is sustainable until something better comes along. We know that many progressive activists are ready to see single payer move forward, and if you a diehard adherent to this point of view, this action may not be for you. However, several other governors have signed on to this plan, and because it is bipartisan, it might have a shot. At the very least, it is an example of some Republicans turning away from the suicidal, repeal and replace at all mindset that brought us the debacles of recent months. Background:

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/31/john-hickenlooper-ohio-gov-john-kasich-release-their-awaitied-bipartisan-plan-to-address-health-care/

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _______________ to ask Rep./Sen. _______________ to consider supporting a bipartisan proposal to reform health care put forward by Governors Hickenlooper and Kasich. This bill makes necessary changes to the ACA to keep that program solvent. Without a replacement in sight, it is irresponsible to let the markets collapse.

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

Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916

Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

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

Asheville: (828) 350-2437

House:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/

STATE:

Oppose Tying Clean Water to a Bag Ban Repeal

When it comes to the environment, the NCGOP is not a friend, to put it mildly. High levels of a dangerous and under-studied compound called GenX have been detected in the Cape Fear River, jeopardizing the drinking water of Wilmington and Fayetteville. In a cynical move on Wednesday, state lawmakers tied funding for monitoring the chemical to a bill that would repeal a ban on plastic bags on the Outer Banks. This ban only inconveniences business owners who have to pay a few cents more apiece for paper bags, but it greatly mitigates aesthetic and ecological blight on our treasured islands. However, the GOP legislative leaders seem to stop at nothing when helping their big-business cronies. Let’s let them know how we feel about this. We can have clean water and clean beaches.Tying unrelated bills together amounts to legislative dirty tricks. Background:

http://www.wral.com/gop-ties-genx-funding-to-plastic-bag-ban-repeal/16916740/

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to oppose tying funding to monitor GenX in the Cape Fear River to the repeal of the Outer Banks bag ban. These issues have nothing to do with one another, and considering them together is unfair.

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