FRIDAY 02/02/18

FEDERAL:

Expel Devin Nunes from the House Intelligence Committee:

Devin Nunes (R-Crazyland), the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee has repeatedly demonstrated that he cannot be trusted to lead the House investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russian ties. Most recently he has pushed to release a memo that, by all accounts, would potentially deceive the public and could even put intelligence sources at risk. It is, at best, irresponsible and, at worst, a direct attempt to impugn the credibility of the FBI in order to undermine the investigation. He cannot be trusted to conduct this investigation, and he must be removed from leading it. This is a call specifically targeted to the House.

Script for House:

Hello, I am constituent from ________________ calling to urge Rep. _______________ to demand that Representative Devin Nunes be removed from chairing the House investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. His conduct has been reckless, and he is working to undermine the credibility of the FBI and its investigation. He allegedly worked with the White House on a memo about the investigation, which is a stunning violation of political norms. He has refused to issue subpoenas and is at risk of pushing us into a constitutional crisis. I want you to demand that Nunes be removed as the chair of the Russia investigation. Thank you.

Reject the PROSPER Act:

A few weeks ago, Virginia Foxx--whom we need to expel from North Carolina’s 5th Congressional district--proposed the PROSPER Act, a bill that would create serious difficulties for students attending graduate and professional school. Among other things, it guts the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which allows borrowers to get rid of some of their debt by working in the public sector. It also ends the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program, which helps low-income, minority, and disadvantaged students get into graduate or law school. Finally, it changes repayment schedules, which could lead to some young families having much larger loan payments. This will hurt thousands of students and will make it much more difficult for students to pursue advanced degrees. [Note: If you’re in Foxx’s district, you have the option of asking her to withdraw support for this bill or making her staffers defend it].

Background:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-the-prosper-act-hurts-graduate-and-professional_us_5a38084be4b02bd1c8c60907

 

Script for Foxx:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from zip code ____________ to express my opposition and disappointment with Rep. Foxx for her proposed PROSPER Act. This bill would do serious damage to the ability of students, especially working-class and minority students, to attend graduate or professional school. The bill would cap the amount that students can borrow annually, it would severely curtail the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and it eliminates programs for low-income and minority students. It will significantly reduce opportunities for students to pursue better career opportunities. Does Rep. Foxx believe that these students are less worthy? Please take down my contact info so Rep. Foxx can explain why she would do this? Thank you for taking my call.

 

Script for all others:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Sen./Rep. ______________ to oppose the PROSPER Act. This bill would do serious damage to the ability of students, especially working-class and minority students, to attend graduate or professional school. The bill would cap the amount that students can borrow annually, it would severely curtail the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and it eliminates programs for low-income and minority students. It will significantly reduce opportunities for students to pursue better career opportunities. Please oppose the PROSPER Act. 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

________________

STATE:

Demand that the NCGA Address the GenX Crisis:

The N&O has a bombshell article reporting that a class-action suit has been filed against Chemours, alleging that the company knew about the dangers of the chemical GenX but dumped it into the region’s drinking water anyway. There is also evidence that the counties near Wilmington have MUCH higher rates of liver disease than other parts of the country. The NCGA needs to take responsibility and fully fund the Department of Environmental Quality and to provide all necessary tools to ensure that our state’s drinking water is safe. We can also call Governor Cooper and push him to act on this vital issue. The House has passed a bill authorizing the DEQ to spend $1 million addressing the problem, but the Senate GOP--led by Phil Berger--is refusing to bring this bill to a vote. Both the House and the Senate, however need to act urgently to address this problem.

Background:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article197854754.html

NCGA Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to demand that Rep./Sen. ________________ act immediately to address the contaminated water crisis in Wilmington. Chemours has knowingly been dumping a dangerous chemical into the water. The NCGA needs to provide sufficient funding for the Department of Environmental Quality to buy the Mass Spectrometer the state needs to test the water. We also need to strengthen environmental regulations to ensure that the public is protected from polluters like Chemours. The DEQ should also be encouraged to set a standard for GenX, even though the EPA does not currently have a standard for it. This has affected thousands of families who can no longer trust the drinking water. Thank you for taking my call.

Governor Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to encourage Governor Cooper act immediately to address the contaminated water crisis in Wilmington. Chemours has knowingly been dumping a dangerous chemical into the water. I would like to see the Department of Environmental Quality have sufficient funding to buy the Mass Spectrometer the state needs to test the water. We also need to strengthen environmental regulations to ensure that the public is protected from polluters like Chemours. The DEQ should also be encouraged to set a standard for GenX, even though the EPA does not currently have a standard for it. This has affected thousands of families who can no longer trust the drinking water. 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

 

Gov. Roy Cooper: 919-814-2000 or

 https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper