WEDNESDAY 9/20/2017

FEDERAL:

Will Congress Rein in a Bellicose Madman in the White House?

On Tuesday, in front of the entire world, Donald Trump delivered a bombastic, insulting, and highly aggressive speech to the United Nations. Continuing the taunts against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he began on Twitter (“rocket man”), Trump threatened to utterly destroy the entire nation if provoked. As unstable and irrational as North Korea might appear, one must conclude that many nations of the world view our military, with its terrifying power, in the same light. Force must be countered with restraint; strength lies both in firepower and in diplomacy. Seasoned analysts from a variety of political perspectives have concluded that military options in the Korean peninsula are quite limited; they certainly do not include exterminating a population of millions. No matter how his supporters and advisors attempt to soften his words, we should make no mistake: we have a madman in the White House with an itchy finger on the nuclear trigger. Please call your representatives and ask that they at least speak out against this kind of belligerence. At best, they can sponsor a bill to put some checks on Trump’s unilateral nuclear capability. Impeachment is not out of the question for this egregious provocation. Background:
http://thehill.com/…/351378-the-memo-five-takeaways-from-tr…

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _____________________ to demand that Sen.Rep. ____________________ condemn Trump’s bombast and belligerence in front of the United Nations. Calling for the destruction of an entire nation is antithetical to our values as Americans and as world citizens. Please support or initiate measures that would take control of the nuclear arsenal away from Trump. Thanks for taking my call.

 

Protect the ACA:

Republicans, led by Lindsey Graham and bill Cassidy, continue to lead the attack against the Affordable Care Act. During a press conference today, Graham blamed Democrats for not willing to do health care in a bipartisan fashion. But if that means taking healthcare away from millions of Americans or working to destroy Medicaid as we know it, it’s easy to see that we should be opposed. Graham-Cassidy is actually far worse than several of the other repeal-and-replace efforts, and it needs to be opposed. The bill is especially bad for North Carolina, so we need to put all the pressure we can on Tillis and Burr to vote the right way.

Background:
https://www.cbpp.org/…/like-other-aca-repeal-bills-cassidy-…

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ to urge Sen. __________________ to vote against the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill. North Carolina alone will lose $8.7 billion in Medicaid funding, and thousands of North Carolina citizens will lose their health insurance as a result of this bill. In fact, 32 million people across the U.S. will lose insurance coverage, while premiums would double over the next decade. It will also cut protections for those people with pre-existing conditions. This is an especially cruel bill and goes against the values of our nation. I want Sen. _____________ to vote against Graham-Cassidy. Thank you for taking my call.

 

Protect DACA:

With the hurricane, North Korea, and healthcare dominating headlines and news coverage, DACA is slipping beneath the radar. And while some in Congress will be nativists to their rotten cores, many observers think that the DREAM Act would pass tomorrow, if only leadership in Congress would get it to the floor for a vote. So while there are many proposals out there with a myriad of nuances, at the end of the day, we need to push for comprehensive immigration reform. That starts with supporting the DREAM Act.

Background:
https://www.nytimes.com/…/dream-act-daca-trump-congress-dre…

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ________ to urge Rep./Sen. _________ to support the DREAM Act. The clock is ticking on beneficiaries of DACA. To leave 800,000 innocent young people in legal limbo would be the height of cruelty. These young people have obeyed the law, gone to school, and give back to the community, and their contributions must be recognized. Thanks for taking my call.

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/