MONDAY 02/12/18

FEDERAL (HOUSE):

Protect the ADA--Vote Against HR 620:

The GOP-controlled Congress has turned its attention to gutting Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. HR 620, the ironically named “ADA Education and Reform Act,” would take away important protections for people with disabilities. Instead of being able to go to court immediately to demand the timely removal of a barrier that prevents access, people with disabilities would have to jump through multiple procedural hoops before they could file suit. This might involve years of delays, and even if the business is found to be in violation, they are only required to show “substantial progress” toward eliminating that barrier. They don’t actually have to eliminate that barrier. The House is reportedly voting on HR 620 this week, so it’s important to make our voices heard. Let’s focus on the House for this script for now.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ___________ to urge Rep. ______________ to oppose HR 620, the so-called “ADA Education and Reform Act.” This bill would substantially weaken protections for people with disabilities. It would force them [us] to jump through substantial procedural hoops before being able to file suit against a business that is not in compliance with the ADA. This could result in years of delays in getting justice. Worse, even if a business is found to be out of compliance, it would only be required to show “substantial progress” toward resolving a barrier to access. Please tell Rep. _____________ to oppose HR 620. Thank you for taking my call.

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FEDERAL (SENATE):

Immigration:

Senate conservatives are reportedly cooking up an immigration bill that checks off all of the items on Trump’s wish list: (1) it would invest heavily in border security; (2) it would set the stage for quickly deporting unauthorized migrants; (3) it would dramatically reduce the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country annually; (4) it would end family-based migration; and (5) it would end the diversity lottery. The legislation would include a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, but that’s about it.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to urge Sen. ___________ to oppose any immigration legislation that would end family-based migration and the diversity lottery. I am also concerned that the Senate is considering a dramatic reduction in the number of immigrants allowed into this country. Please support legislation that would provide DACA recipients with a path to citizenship, but the additional security measures and attempts to limit legal immigration are against the foundational spirit of our country, which is to welcome immigrants. Don’t waste billions of taxpayer dollars building a wall. 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:

Oppose the “Trojan Horse” GOP Class-Size Bill:

Once again, the NC GOP is playing political games with our children. They have drafted a bill that would temporarily delay the unfunded K-5 class-size mandates the GOP passed last year. But as usual, they’ve thrown in a few wrinkles that make this bill untenable:

First, the bill does nothing to address the shortage of classroom space this bill would create. So essentially, despite the the slower phase-in of class-size requirements, this bill is still an unfunded mandate. Second, the bill still does not address teacher shortages or the issue that North Carolina’s spending per pupil still runs well below the national average.

Finally, the bill packages with it two other major changes that have nothing to do with education or class-size. It alters the makeup of the State Board of Elections, adding a ninth member who would be appointed by the governor from a list provided by the NCGA. It also re-allocates $58 million intended for Governor Cooper’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline mitigation fund, money which would have been used to address any environmental damage caused by the pipeline. The result is a mixed bag that is essentially meant to put Democrats in a bind. If they vote against the bill, the NC GOP will run ads saying the Dems voted against school funding. If they vote for it, they are supporting a bill that could be used to rig the State Board of Elections in favor of Republicans. So let’s call and push back against the Republican political shell game.

Sample script:

Hello, I am a constituent from ___________ calling to urge Sen./Rep. ____________ not to support HB 90 as it is currently written. I think the bill addresses many of the major concerns the class-size mandate; however, these fixes should not be lumped in with an effort to rewrite our election rules. Please work to remove the components of HB 90 that change the makeup of the State Board of Elections. I also want you to remove the provision that takes away $58 million from Governor Cooper’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline mitigation fund. 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