FRIDAY 03/02/18

FEDERAL:

AUTHORIZE THE CDC TO RESEARCH GUN VIOLENCE:

The Centers for Disease Control is prohibited from studying gun violence. This is due to a rule informally known as the Dickey Amendment, which prevents federal funding to be used to advocate for or promote gun control.Senator Ed Markey has proposed a bill, SB 834, that would rescind the Dickey Amendment and authorize $10 million in annual funding for that research. It’s pretty clear from other studies that reasonable restrictions on gun sales would likely make us safer, but having the weight of federally-funded research would be enormously helpful.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ to urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to support Senate Bill 834, which would repeal the Dickey Amendment and would authorize the CDC to research gun violence. With mass shootings increasing in frequency and lethality, we need to understand all of the causes for these tragic events. The bill would provide some of the best trained scientists and social scientists in the country to research this important issue. Thank you for taking my call.

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STOP THE SNEAKY ROLLBACK OF DODD-FRANK PROTECTIONS - SENATE TO VOTE TUES 3/6


S.2155 (The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act), is a sneaky rollback of regulations of "too big to fail" financial institutions put in place after the global financial crisis. Current Dodd-Frank regulations require banks valued at 50 billion or more to undergo annual "stress tests" and be closely monitored, but if S. 2155 becomes law that threshold will increase to $250 billion. Other troubling provisions of this bill include allowing banks valued at $10 billion or less to sell high-risk mortgages, exempting those same banks from the Volcker Rule prohibiting them from participating in financially risky activities, and allowing hedge funds to share the name of banks as a way of enticing investors to uninsured investment funds.

Although there are a few pro-consumer provisions like free credit freezing, protections for veterans, and safeguards for foreclosure victims, the overall effect of the bill is to encourage the banking industry to resume the kind of risky profiteering that created the global financial crisis of the last decade. While this law purports to support the community banking industry, this supposedly beleaguered sector has seen significant growth under current regulations, indicating that further deregulation is not needed or helpful. S. 2155 is an unnecessary and dangerous rollback of regulations on the banking industry.

 

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from ____________ calling to urge Sen./Rep. ________________ to oppose Senate Bill 2155, which would weaken many of the protections established by Dodd-Frank and enforced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In particular, I am concerned that the bill would block the CFPB from collecting data showing where families of color are overcharged for home loans. These regulations were put in place after the real estate collapse of 2008, and removing them again would put our economy at risk. Please vote against SB 2155. 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