TUESDAY 9/19/2017

FEDERAL:

Oppose the SHARE Act:

HR 3668, the SHARE Act, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, would dramatically loosen regulations on the purchase of gun silencers. They really jammed all of the right words into that to create a cute acronym, didn't they? But there’s nothing cute about this bill. According to Politico, under the 1934 National Firearms Act, silencers are treated similarly to machine guns and explosives. The waiting time to purchase one is significantly longer than for handguns or other weapons — as much as nine months or more — and buyers have to submit fingerprints and a photograph. Federal law enforcement agencies keep a record of silencer purchases. There is also a $200 transfer tax on silencers. The SHARE Act would eliminate all of these provisions.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ to ask Sen./Rep. __________________ to oppose HR 3668, The SHARE Act. This bill would do away with important regulations on gun silencers. Typically silencers have been treated similarly to machine guns and require purchasers to be fingerprinted. Purchases of silencers must also be recorded by federal law enforcement agencies. The SHARE Act would do away with those requirements, which would make our communities less safe. Please oppose this awful bill.

Threats to ACA:

They’re going after the ACA again with Lindsey Graham’s bill. The bill is terrible, but reports are that Sen. Graham thinks he has at least 47-48 votes. We need to oppose this bill loudly and forcefully. The bill is in the Senate, so it’s incredibly important to target Tillis and Burr, but a call to your Rep. wouldn’t hurt.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________________ to ask that Sen./Rep. ___________________ oppose the so-called Graham-Cassidy plan that would repeal the ACA and replace it with a bill that would take healthcare away from millions of Americans, possibly as many as 32 million. It cuts coverage for low-income seniors, children, and people with disabilities. It ends federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It also seems likely to contribute to a 20% spike in premiums. It is a truly awful bill. I want Sen./Rep. _________________ to oppose the Graham-Cassidy plan.

Support the FREEZE ACT:

Last week, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Brian Schatz introduced the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act. This legislation is partially in response to the outrageous Equifax data breach that led to the disclosure of 143 million Americans personal data leaving us vulnerable to identity theft for the rest of our lives. There are now scheduled congressional hearings and investigations by regulators such as the Federal Trade Commission looking into this outrageous shirking of accountability by the credit reporting industry.

45 has made no secret of his desire to repeal and replace the Obama-era 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law. This law also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which reshaped financial regulation after the 2008-09 financial crisis. The CFPB vastly expanded regulators’ ability to police consumer products — from credit reporting agencies, mortgages, credit cards and student loans. Unfortunately, 45 labels this as a "massive government overreach." This administration is apparently just fine however with credit reporting corporations' massive overreach into gathering, distributing and then charging us consumers to protect our personal data. It's no surprise then that folks like Equifax CEO Rick Smith praised 45's de regulation efforts.

The FREEZE Act would provide for more control of our personal data. Companies like Equifax make billions selling access to our data without our consent, and then charge us if we want to stop them. The FREE Act would allow us to freeze – and unfreeze – access to our credit file at no cost. Per Senator Warren: "It's like a free Do Not Call list for your credit data."

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent contacting the Senator today in regards to the FREEZE Act. This bill gives us consumers more control over our own personal data and prohibits companies like Equifax from charging us for freezing and unfreezing access to our credit files. Passing this bill is a first step toward reforming the broken credit reporting industry. Thank you for your consideration.

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:

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

 

Rep. Robert Pittenger

Mooresville, NC (704) 696-8188

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065