THURSDAY 02/08/18

FEDERAL:

Support The Dreamers!

Today is the first anniversary of Mitch McConnell interrupting a floor speech by Elizabeth Warren with three now famous words, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” McConnell’s words inadvertently became a rallying cry for women--and men--across the country who saw a male Senator working, once again, to shut down the voice of a female colleague. One year later, Warren’s House colleague, the 77-year old Nancy Pelosi gave a seven-hour speech defending the Dreamers. The Senate budget bill, although it has some positive aspects, did not include any protections for Dreamers. Seven hours. Say what you will about Nancy Pelosi, but for one day at least, she persisted. And persisted some more. The least we can do is make a three-minute phone call and demand that Congress take care of their end of the bargain for Dreamers and others who are DACA-eligible.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from _____________ calling to urge Sen./Rep. _____________ to step up and take care of the DACA recipients and others who are eligible for DACA but haven’t come forward. We need to stop holding them hostage and to provide them with a path to citizenship. Senator McConnell promised a vote on immigration, and it is essential that we support the Dreamers and protect them from deportation to their countries of origin. I also want Congress to preserve family-based migration and to reject spending on a border wall. Spending $25 billion on a wall is wasteful and unnecessary. 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:

Address the GenX Water Crisis:

This afternoon, a Senate committee voted along party lines to pass forward a bill meant to address the GenX crisis. Although the House unanimously passed a GenX bill that has some merit, the Senate committee has proposed a bill that would do far less than the House version to make sure the drinking water in Wilmington and surrounding areas is safe. Basically, the House Bill (HB 189) is, by far, the better bill. The House bill would give the Department of Environmental Quality $2.4 million to purchase a mass spectrometer, rather than having to borrow one. Both bills, however, would be hamstrung by the Hardison Amendment, which was passed several years ago and forbids North Carolina from making stricter environmental laws than the federal government. So, we have two asks. Support HB 189, which allows for the purchase of the mass spectrometer, but also push for the repeal of the Hardison Amendment so that we don’t have to abide by federal policies when it comes to protecting one of our most important resources, our drinking water.

Senate Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from __________________ calling to urge Sen. _____________ to support House Bill 189 with funding for a mass spectrometer. I also want the Senator to overturn the so-called Hardison Amendment, which prevents the state from passing stricter environmental laws than the federal government. The EPA currently does not recognize the danger of GenX and other potentially toxic chemicals, and in order for the DEQ to enforce rules against discharging dangerous chemicals, Health and human Services would have to consult with six entities before they take any action. Drinking water is one of our most vital resources, and it is urgent that we do everything we can to protect it. Thank you for taking my call.

House Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from __________________ calling to thank Rep. _____________ for supporting House Bill 189. I now want the Representative to overturn the so-called Hardison Amendment, which prevents the state from passing stricter environmental laws than the federal government. The EPA currently does not recognize the danger of GenX and other potentially toxic chemicals, and in order for the DEQ to enforce rules against discharging dangerous chemicals, Health and human Services would have to consult with six entities before they take any action. Drinking water is one of our most vital resources, and it is urgent that we do everything we can to protect it. 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