Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ACTION: Call to Support Only a Clean Budget

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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SUPPORT ONLY A CLEAN BUDGET
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No #AmericaLast Budget
Congress must pass a budget for the rest of 2017 by this Friday to keep the federal government open. We must ensure the right wing doesn’t exploit this process to enable Trump’s dangerous agenda. This process involves BOTH houses of Congress, and ends with a signing or veto by the president. With chaos on the right, anything could happen:
--Most likely: a continuing resolution (CR, see  http://bit.ly/2oAjk82). A CR continues current funding levels, but can be a vehicle for policy riders, such as funding attacks on the EPA, the ACA, or sanctuary cities http://bit.ly/2oAjk82 . Trump has also asked for huge “emergency” appropriations--for the wall, deportations, and the military. 
---Other options: a hybrid bill combining a CR for some programs and changes in others http://bit.ly/2ozo4uU, or even a short extension to provide another week to negotiate. 
Any CR will require 60 votes to pass the Senate, giving our MOC’s some power here. Our Senators both serve on the Budget Committee, and have spoken out against Trump’s budget requests, as have several of our US House Reps. Now, they must stand behind their words by allowing no compromises on the budget.
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**ACTION: CALL BOTH SENATORS AND YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE**
Find your US Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [--], a constituent from [city], Oregon. It is important to me that Sen/Rep [--] stand up to the Trump agenda by holding firm on a budget that does NOT include any riders that would defund essential health or other vital programs--OR Trump’s emergency request to build the wall and massively increase deportation and military funding. Please be ready to shut down the process rather than give into threats that put lives and democratic values at risk.”
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY (budget statement link: http://bit.ly/2oWyhnL )
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: 202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN (on specific budget cuts http://bit.ly/2ojlq0a )
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1] (budget statement link: http://bit.ly/2paPZ7o)
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2] (No budget statement)
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, LaGrande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3] (No budget statement)
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4] (budget statement: http://bit.ly/2paM5LT)
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5] (budget statement: http://bit.ly/2p6UoGr)
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 
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