Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ACTION: PROTECT DREAMERS AND STOP THE TAX BILL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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PROTECT DREAMERS AND STOP THE TAX BILL
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#DreamActNow
#StopTrumpTaxScam
The truth about the Republican tax bill, per the Washington Post: “the GOP lost focus on the middle class.” Per Rep Mark Sanford, the bill is “fundamentally a corporate tax reduction and restructuring bill”. Paul Ryan plans to use its $1.5 trillion deficit to justify cuts to Medicare and entitlements.
Passing Round 1 of this Tax Scam wasn’t the only disappointing recent vote. Congress passed a 2-week continuing budget resolution, to keep the government running – but it failed to address priorities, like providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers. During this 2-week period alone, 1,708 childhood arrivals risk deportation. 
Dreamers play an important role in American society and the economy. Support for them is widespread across the country and Congress. Democrats vowed to pass a clean DREAM Act, but missed an opportunity to do so when they agreed to the 2-week extension.
Nancy Pelosi is sending conflicting messages about Democrats’ priorities, saying: “Democrats are not willing to shut government down” and “We will not leave here without a DACA fix.” Yet, if Dems are serious about protecting Dreamers, they must be willing to prioritize the DREAM Act. 
We must make our priorities clear: do all you can to stop the Trump Tax Scam and pass a clean DREAM Act!
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Schrader and DeFazio:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. Thank you for voting “no” on last week’s continuing budget resolution. Today I am asking you to keep doing all you can to stop the Trump Tax Bill and to promise me that you will only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it has a Clean DREAM Act. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.” 
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Wyden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I was surprised you voted “yes” on last continuing budget resolution when it didn’t include a Clean DREAM Act. Today I am asking you to keep doing all you can to stop the Trump Tax Bill and to promise me you will only vote "yes” on the next continuing resolution if contains a Clean DREAM Act. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Walden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. The next few weeks will bring votes on the tax bill and a continuing resolution. Please think about your constituents and not your donors when you take these votes. Vote “no” on the tax bill and only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it has a Clean DREAM Act. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.” 
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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Congessional deligation about protecting/funding a clean DREAM Act, CHIP, community healthcare and disaster relief in the next continuing budget resolution. 
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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

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