Monday, March 19, 2018

ACTION: FIGHT FOR A SPENDING BILL THAT BUILDS FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

From Indivisible Oregon..

**CALL TO ACTION** 
Monday, March 19, 2018 
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FIGHT FOR A SPENDING BILL THAT BUILDS FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
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#Omnibus 
#GovernmentShutDown
This week, Congress will debate a $1.3 trillion spending bill, which may be the last must-pass legislation before the midterms. The bill will need the votes of nine Democrat senators to avoid a government shutdown, which is set to happen at 12:01 am Saturday. So compromise will be essential. 
How are we to assess the bill’s diverse components, which range from extending a tax break for Starkist Tuna to defunding Planned Parenthood? About 100 “poison pills” have been attached as riders and Trump has his own. He’s threatened to veto the bill if it provides funding for a tunnel between NY and NJ.
Broadly, our Senators and Representatives should only support a measure if it:
• strengthens families and communities.
• safeguards children and the environment they will inherit.
• offers economic opportunities so people can work their way to a brighter future.
• allows broad access to affordable healthcare.
• protects immigration, which benefits and binds all Americans.
• recognizes that sudden trauma means that sometimes we all may need a hand to recover.
• builds democracy and a safer world.
Democrats votes will be critical. We urge our representatives to support the measures in the bill that strengthen communities, promote fairness, and protect democracy.
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE** 
SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. Last week I called to as the Senator/Rep to do all he/she could to keep dangers riders out of the spending bill. This week I ask that the Senator/Rep make sure the spending bill is guided by principles that will strengthen families and communities, safeguard children and the environment they will inherit, and protect immigration that has benefitted us all and binds us as Americans. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: SEND THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Share this post with friends and family, especially in red states. Urge them to contact their Member of Congress to voice their support for a spending bill that embodies those progressive values that strengthen families and communities, that safeguard children and the environment they will inherit, and that protects immigration that has benefitted us all and binds us as Americans. 
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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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