TUESDAY 9/26/2017

FEDERAL

Crush Graham Cassidy for Good:

Graham, Cassidy, and their enablers in the GOP leadership have now resorted to doling out straight pork to states whose Senators are on the bubble, namely Maine and Alaska. Hard as it is to imagine Senators Collins and Murkowski accepting such a blatant attempt to buy their votes, we must not rest until ZombieCare is dead. On Monday, multiple activists reported that Tillis’ D.C. office say he is still undecided, but that he is leaning towards supporting the bill. Hogwash. He voted for every other repeal and replace measure, and he would vote for this one. He reportedly thinks it’s a good idea to let states decide how to spend federal health money, but we all remember his opposition to Medicaid expansion when he led the General Assembly, so it is hard to find this credible. Ask Tillis’ staffers to clarify this point when you call his office. In the meantime, do not rest until midnight, September 30th. Background:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/24697f62-a188-11e7-b14f-f4…

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.

 

Say No! to Tillis’ New, New DACA Bill:

You have to credit Thom Tillis with persistence. He really, really wants to be seen as a moderate, judging by some of the legislation he has proposed. Yet, when we scratch beneath the surface, we find little of substance, no there there. Take his latest proposal to deal with the imminent demise of DACA (the second such measure he has proposed in a matter of weeks). The fact that it at least attempts to legitimize DREAMers is a good start, but it has a provision that would require applicants to turn biometric data over to the government! Such draconian measures have no place in a free society, and reinforce the notion that immigrants propose a security threat to the nation. Despite Trump’s wild claims to the contrary, crime rates are generally lower for immigrants than the general population. Including this language promotes a misguided and malicious stereotype. Today when activists called Tillis’ DC office about health care, staffers changed the subject to DACA, so the timing of this bill seems highly suspect. Instead of Tillis’ bill, we would love to see what would happen if leadership allowed a straight up or down vote on the original DREAM Act, a solid piece of legislation supported by most immigrants’ rights advocacy groups. Background:
https://www.cbsnews.com/…/republicans-propose-new-daca-bill/

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from __________ to oppose Senator Tillis’ SUCCEED Act that would open a pathway for people in the country under DACA to remain here. Tillis’ bill, while a start, also includes a provision that would force DREAMers to turn over biometric data to the government. Not only is this a blatant violation of civil liberties, it perpetuates the myth that immigrants bring crime and violence across our borders. I call for Rep./Sen. _________ to instead support the outstanding DREAM Act, a bill with wide support among immigrants’ rights advocates. Thanks for taking my call.

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342 

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

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