FRIDAY 01/12/18

FEDERAL:

Condemn Trump’s “Shithole” Comments:

During a meeting on immigration today, Trump reportedly complained about protections for immigrants from what he called “shithole” countries, referring specifically to Haiti, El Salvador, and several African countries. He then reportedly asked rhetorically, “why can’t we have more people from countries like Norway?” The White House is not denying these comments or even claiming that they were taken out of context. This is beyond offensive (not because of the coarse language so much as the open racism), but so far, neither of our Senators have condemned Trump’s comments, and Rep. George Holding has also been silent, at least according to Twitter. These comments will do tremendous harm to US “soft power” abroad. China has been doing a number of development projects throughout Africa while Trump calls their countries “shitholes.” So, in addition to being utterly racist, Trump’s comments actually gave a HUGE gift to China.

We know that Trump campaigned on a racist and xenophobic anti-immigration platform--he launched his presidential bid by calling Mexicans rapists--but the President should not be making such openly racist comments. And our Congressional officials *should* be quick to condemn such comments. This script probably works better if your lawmakers are Republican. If your lawmaker, regardless of party, condemns Trump’s remarks, try to steer the discussion to DACA.

Script:

Hello I am a constituent calling from ___________ to find out whether Sen./Rep. _____________ has condemned Trump’s racist comments in which he referred to several countries as “shitholes.” [If no:] These comments are beyond offensive and show that Trump lacks the moral authority, much less the basic knowledge, to negotiate an immigration deal in good faith. These comments will also destroy the United States’ reputation abroad, especially in Africa. In fact, the Haitian government has already called in the U.S. Ambassador to explain Trump’s comments. Sen./Rep. ________________ needs to publicly condemn Trump’s comments IMMEDIATELY and demand that he apologize. I also want him/her to work in good faith to achieve a deal on DACA.

[If you’re feeling really worked up:] If Sen./Rep. _____________ cannot publicly condemn these comments, then it will only prove that the real shitholes are Congress and the Oval Office. Thank you for taking my call.

Fund CHIP:

According to calculations by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, renewing CHIP funding for the next decade would actually save Congress money. This is based on a couple of assumptions about whether the ACA mandate survives, but by any standard, CHIP is a relatively low-cost program that produces a number of benefits.

SCRIPT:

Hello. I am a constituent calling from ________________ to encourage Sen./Rep. ________ to support long-term reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. I know that the temporary budget extends funding, but that is obviously not enough. The proposal to fund CHIP by taking money from the Affordable Care Act and weakening Medicare is insufficient. We need a sensible resolution soon. Parents of children in North Carolina will again face difficult decisions about their children’s healthcare in just a couple of months because they cannot afford to pay for their medical expenses out of pocket. Not passing CHIP will do tremendous harm to families right here in our state and our district. 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

 

___________

STATE:

Create an Independent Redistricting Commission:

As you likely know, federal courts confirmed what we already knew and ruled that North Carolina’s Congressional districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered along partisan lines. Slate has a GREAT article talking about how Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been quietly establishing the grounds for this ruling for years, once again confirming her status as a matron saint of the Resistance. At any rate, Jeff Jackson, one of the great stars of our NCGA has a great bill calling for an independent redistricting commission. Let’s support that bill.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to support SB 702, which would establish an independent redistricting commission. An independent commission is vital to the process of restoring faith in our state legislature and would fulfill the goals of creating competitive districts that will make our representatives more responsive to the needs of voters. Please support SB 702 and ensure that voters have a voice on North Carolina’s elections. Thank you.

Gen X:

HB 189 is a slight improvement over earlier bills in dealing with the Gen X issues. It provides $1.3 million to address the Gen X problem. That’s well short of the $2.3 million that would be needed. But it’s a start. The bill also fails to establish further protections that would prevent the Gen X problem from happening again. The NC Senate, however, appears unwilling to consider even this modest shift. Let’s push for a more substantial response.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Sen/Rep. ____________ to push for a more substantial response to the Gen X water crisis. HB 189 is a start, but it is at best an inadequate fix. The $1.3 million in funds allocated to address the problem is well short of the $2.3 million needed, and the bill, as it stands, does nothing to ensure that we won’t have future problems with toxic chemicals being released into our drinking water. Clean drinking water should be a basic right for the citizens of our state, and it is the responsibility of the state legislature to provide clean water. Please pass a bill that would sufficiently address the Gen X crisis in our state.

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

Find Your Rep:

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