WEDNESDAY 03/07/18

FEDERAL:

Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

A deregulatory bill, S.2155, introduced by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, proposes a major rollback of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Dubbed The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, the bill would undermine many of the key protections offered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Specifically, it would prevent the CFPB from collecting key data showing when and where families of color are being overcharged for home loans or steered into predatory products. There are other protections that would be weakened or eliminated by this bill, and unfortunately approximately Democrats in swing states or with ties to the financial industry (cough--Schumer--cough) voted for the motion to proceed to allow the Senate to vote on the bill. Now, the bill just needs a 50-vote majority (Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote). We can and should call Tillis and Burr, but also consider calling, tweeting, or emailing the Senate Democrats who voted for the motion to proceed and ask them to reconsider their support of this awful bill.

Prominent Democratic and Independent supporters:
Tammy Duckworth
Mark Warner
Tim Kaine
Jon Tester
Heidi Heitkamp
Chris Coons
Debbie Stabenow
Maggie Hassan
Jeanne Shaheen
Bill Nelson
Angus King

Prominent Opponents:
Kamala Harris
Kirsten Gillibrand
Elizabeth Warren

Script for Senate:
Hello, I am a constituent from ____________ calling to urge Sen. ________________ 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.

 

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

 

Senate contact info: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact

Senate twitter accounts: https://www.socialseer.com/resources/us-senator-twitter-accounts/

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Prevent Doctors from Discriminating Against LGBTQ Patients:

It got lost in all the other news but the Trump-Pence GOP has issued guidelines via the Health and Human Services Department that would include a “Conscience” provision that would allow medical providers to discriminate against LGBQT patients and would also allow doctors to ignore patients’ wishes on reproductive choices. This is done through the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), established back in January. I’m largely borrowing a script from the Human Rights Campaign, but both the HRC and the ACLU have sounded the alarm on this policy.

Script (hat tip to Human Rights Council):
Hello, I’m a constituent from _____, and I’m calling Sen./Rep. _________ in regards to the proposed “Conscience” regulation (published Jan. 26) that would prioritize individual physicians and other health care workers’ beliefs over access to critical care. Studies have shown that 56% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual patients and 70% of transgender patients have experienced discrimination from a healthcare provider. Denial or delay of treatment is one of the most harmful ways LGBTQ patients face discrimination and can lead to long-term health problems or even death. This regulation’s “protections” seek to sanction these denials. Please reject this Conscience regulation and demand that HHS look out for the health needs of all citizens. Thank you.

 

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 Arming Teachers:

The NCGA has created a panel to explore the issue of how to make our schools safer and less prone to gun violence. One idea that is being tossed around is the suggestion to arm teachers. This idea pretty obviously makes no sense. Beyond the financial costs, there is no feasible way that a teacher can walk around armed all day. But let’s make sure the NCGA knows that we are watching what they are doing on this issue.

Background:
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article201179899.html

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to urge Sen./Rep. _____________ to oppose any legislation that would call for teachers to be armed. Arming teachers will do absolutely nothing to make our students safer. We should instead be looking at measures like strengthening background checks and permitting requirements, closing the gun show loophole, banning assault weapons like the AR-15, and reducing the size of high-capacity magazines. Thank you for taking my call.

Contacts for State Lawmakers:
NC House: http://bit.ly/2CVneDK
NC Senate: http://bit.ly/2DamgAn

Find Your Rep:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx