Thursday, December 21, 2017

ACTION: TIME TO TURN UP THE HEAT

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, December 21, 2017
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TIME TO TURN UP THE HEAT TO PROTECT THE VULNERABLE
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#DreamActNow
#FundCHIPNow
#DisasterRelief
#NoPayGoWaiver

While selling its tax bill as a middle-class tax cut, Republicans cynically passed legislation that primarily benefits the wealthy and corporations and adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit. We warned the GOP their tax scam would trigger automatic cuts, under the PayGo Law, to Medicare and zero out federal block grants that will bust state budgets.

GOP leaders airily dismissed those concerns, expecting Democrats to supply the necessary votes to waive the cuts. Not so fast.

Republicans lead Congress. If they don’t want PayGo cuts, they shouldn’t have written a tax bill that creates such a huge deficit. Democrats should not bail them out of their PayGo mess. Instead, Dems should turn up the heat to protect the vulnerable among us.

The federal government will shut down Friday unless a new spending bill is passed.  Democrats must use their leverage to demand:

• clean Dream Act, to prevent possible daily deportation of Dreamers
• restoration of CHIP coverage for 9 million children
• $180 billion for disaster relief/rebuilding in Northwest/Texas/Florida/Puerto Rico (where Americans lack power/clean water/healthcare)

Republicans have forgotten these kids/disaster victims while creating a PayGO disaster. Our MoCs must advocate for the vulnerable without bailing out the GOP.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR REP AND OUR SENATORS **
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT for everyone but Wyden and Walden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I want to thank the Senator/Rep for voting “no” on the last continuing budget resolution. Soon s/he will be voting on both a waiver of the automatic PayGo cuts triggered by the tax bill and another continuing budget resolution. Please promise me that s/he will vote “no” on the PayGo waiver and only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it has a Clean DREAM Act, permanent CHIP funding and adequate disaster relief. It is time to turn up the heat to protect the vulnerable among us. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Wyden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. “My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I was surprised Senator Wyden voted “yes” on the last continuing budget resolution when it didn’t include a Clean DREAM Act or permanent CHIP funding. Soon s/he will be voting on a bill to waive the automatic PayGo cuts triggered by the tax bill and on another continuing budget resolution. I am asking that the Senator to promise me that he will vote “no” on the PayGo waiver and only vote "yes” on the next continuing resolution if contains a Clean DREAM Act, permanent CHIP funding and adequate disaster relief. It is time to turn up the heat to protect the vulnerable among us. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Walden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. Soon the Rep will be voting on a bill to waive the automatic PayGo cuts triggered by the tax bill and a continuing budget resolution. I am asking him to please think about his constituents and not his donors when he takes these votes. Vote “no” on the PayGo waiver and only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if contains a Clean DREAM Act, permanent CHIP funding and adequate disaster relief.  It is our moral responsibility to provide for all Americans. 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 Congressional delegation about protecting/funding a clean DREAM Act, CHIP, community healthcare and disaster relief in the next continuing budget resolution.————————————————————————————

**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.usnews.com/news/economy/articles/2017-12-07/after-tax-overhaul-gop-sets-sights-on-medicare-social-security

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