Friday, August 18, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP ATTACKS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, August 18, 2017
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STOP ATTACKS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
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Trump and the GOP are doing lasting damage to our environment through the budget, legislation and regulation roll backs.  We must protect our planet and stop these attacks.

Trump’s 2018 budget threatens the environment by:
• cutting EPA funding 30%
• cutting EPA staff 20%
• jeopardizing our clean water and air by cutting 50 EPA programs http://wapo.st/2uPpO68

The GOP in Congress are attacking the environment through “riders”. Riders are used to sneak legislation through by attaching them to must pass spending bills. Existing riders include relaxing smog limits and green-lighting storage of nuclear waste http://on.nrdc.org/2uIEU1i.

And soon the Senate will vote on the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA).  This bill will change how federal agencies regulate EVERYTHING.  Disguised as a “procedural change” the RAA will
• require agencies to adopt the cheapest regulations for corporations, not what is best for the public
• instruct agencies to prioritize industry interests above protecting consumers and workers
http://on.nrdc.org/2v1PNqp

Trump is leading the GOP in using the government to benefit corporations above public safety and the environment.  Our MoCs must lead the charge in protecting the environment from our own government.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling to ask Representative [--] to oppose any legislation that cuts the EPA budget or contains anti-environmental riders. We must protect our planet.  Thank you."

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**ACTION : CALL YOUR SENATORS**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling to ask the Senator to oppose any legislation or policy rider that cuts the EPA budget and to vote no on the RAA. We must protect our planet.  Thank you."

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**ACTION 3: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK A QUESTION.
(http://bit.ly/IO_Events)
 
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Reps,
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city].  I am very concerned about all the GOP attacks on the environment.  Will you commit to opposing any FY 2018 budget that cuts the EPA? How you do plan to stop the regulation roll back in Congress?

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senators,
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city].  I am very concerned about all the GOP attacks on the environment.  Will you commit to opposing any FY 2018 budget that cuts the EPA? How you do plan to stop the regulation roll back in Congress? Will you commit to voting against the RAA?

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
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
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324


** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/budget-reflects-trumps-vow-to-cut-epa-in-almost-every-form/2017/03/15/0611db20-09a5-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.dbc8e3ae5261

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