MONDAY 01/22/18

FEDERAL:

Stop the Trump-GOP Shutdown, Support DACA and CHIP:

The Senate will vote at noon today on a CR (Continuing Resolution) to stop the government shutdown. Last week Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed a bipartisan immigration agreement that would have protected dreamers, who were brought to the US as children and have strong roots here. It also would have extended the CHIP program, which provides health insurance for millions of children. But Trump, after waffling, chose to go out on a limb, hold children and dreamers hostage, and stand with immigration hardliners. And rather than backing this bipartisan bill, Republicans decided NOT to vote for a bill that Trump did not support. Make no mistake: this is a Trump-GOP shutdown. They’re holding DACA recipients and CHIP enrollees hostage to score political points over the budget. More than anything, we should focus on supporting DACA and CHIP, but if the shutdown is still in place, we can also emphasize the harm of that as well.

Background:

https://www.wallofus.org/posts/256/ask-congress-to-shut-down-trump-not-our-government

Script:

Hi, I am a constituent calling from ______________ and I want Sen./Rep. ___________ to support a budget bill that would both restore protections for DACA recipients and would fully fund CHIP. Further, paying for CHIP should not come at the expense of funding for community health centers. We should not be pitting the health and well-being of one group of people against another. Congress also needs to work quickly to resolve these issues because government shutdowns hurt federal employees and blocks the government from providing vital services. I want Sen./Rep. __________________ to restore DACA and support CHIP. Thank you.

Trump’s Assault on Right to Healthcare:

The Trump-GOP administration is working to allow medical workers to refuse to perform procedures such as abortions or to treat transgender people if they have religious objections. They are calling this “conscience refusal,” and it would enable discrimination. This policy is being implemented under the auspices of a newly created division of the Department of Health and Human Services called the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. Although the primary intent of the policy seems focused on protecting evangelical Christians, it also opens the door for people of other religions to engage in discriminatory behavior. While it is somewhat difficult to predict how this division will actually operate, civil rights organizations, including the ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign are sounding the alarm. Let’s call our members of Congress and tell them to speak out against this new policy.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent from ________________ and I am calling to urge Sen./Rep. ________________ to oppose a new Trump administration policy that would expand medical providers who refuse to provide abortion-related care or who discriminate against clients for religious reasons. This bill sets a dangerous precedent that would allow providers to refuse treatment for a variety of religious grounds. I want Sen./Rep. ________________ to work toward legislation that would ensure that medical providers are not allowed to discriminate against patients based on religious objections. Thank you 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

 

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STATE:

Judicial Gerrymandering:

Tomorrow, January 22, at 1 p.m., the Joint Judicial Redistricting and Reform Committee is set to return to Room 643 to iron out details for the new judicial maps for Superior Court, District Court, and prosecutor elections. House speaker Tim Moore has indicated that votes on new maps could take place as early as Tuesday. There is absolutely NO basis for drawing these new maps, other than a transparent GOP attempt to seize control over the judiciary. Democracy NC is having a press conference at 12:00 at the NCGA, and if you can be present for that or as an observer at the Judicial Committee hearing, that would send a message loud and clear. If you can’t, a bunch of phone calls to your lawmakers at the NCGA would also help. Note: if your NCGA rep or senator is a Democrat, they likely oppose this bill, and you can thank them for standing up against this bill.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent from ____________ calling to urge Sen./Rep. ________________ to oppose any efforts to redraw judicial districts. North Carolina has already spent millions of taxpayer dollars in court defending legislative districts that were gerrymandered along partisan and racial lines. Redrawing judicial districts to make them more partisan will only further damage the political climate in our state. Thank you for taking my call.

 

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