TUESDAY 02/27/18

FEDERAL:

GUN VIOLENCE:

Let’s keep the pressure on our lawmakers to do something about gun violence for at least one more day. Public pressure seems to be having at least some impact. Companies are cutting ties with the NRA. Trump has expressed some openness to banning bump stocks, making background checks more rigorous, and raising the minimum age to purchase guns to 21. I’m not counting on him to do any of those things (and he apparently backed down from some of that later in the day after having lunch with the NRA), but we need to make sure that our representatives know where we stand on gun safety.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _____________ to demand that Rep./Sen. ______________ support stricter gun laws. In just the last few months, we’ve had three of the largest mass shootings in US history, and yet, Congress continues to do nothing. We need to ban bump stocks, reduce the number of rounds allowed in high-capacity magazines, and to close the gun-show loophole. We need to raise the minimum age to purchase all guns to 21. We also need to ban AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles that can shoot off hundreds of rounds in a matter of minutes. These guns are not protected by the Second Amendment and have nothing to do with maintaining a well-regulated militia. You must take action to enact some basic gun control legislation to protect the safety of your citizens. Thank you for taking call.

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NET NEUTRALITY:

After the FCC decided to eliminate net neutrality regulations, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a resolution in the Senate to overturn their decision. Thanks to massive public pressure (from people like YOU) this resolution already has 50 cosponsors---including every Senate Democrat and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

That means we just need ONE MORE Republican senator willing to cosponsor this resolution.

Call our senators and strongly urge that they use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC's decision and preserve a free and open Internet for ALL.

And Rep. Mike Doyle, PA-14, will be introducing the same resolution in the House. It has 110 co-sponsors so far. None of our, of course, so let's urge they sign on.

 

Script for Senate:

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code ______. I'm calling to express my strong disapproval of the FCC's repeal of net neutrality protections. I ask that the senator immediately sign the joint resolution introduced by Sen. Ed Markey to reverse this decision and preserve a free, open internet that's equally accessible to all. Will Senator _______ cosponsor this vital resolution? If not, why? A vast majority of Americans in both parties support these protections because they encourage innovation and preserve our First Amendment rights online. Please take down my contact info so he can get back to me with his stand on this issue. Thank you.

 

Script for House:

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code ______. I'm calling to express my strong disapproval of the FCC's repeal of net neutrality protections. I ask that Representative ______ immediately sign the joint resolution introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle to reverse this decision and preserve a free, open internet that's equally accessible to all. Will Representative _______ cosponsor this vital resolution? If not, why? A vast majority of Americans in both parties support these protections because they encourage innovation and preserve our First Amendment rights online. Please take down my contact info so he/she can get back to me with his/her stand on this issue. Thank you.

 

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