Monday, March 26, 2018

ACTION: KEEP UP THE PRESSURE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, March 26, 2018
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KEEP UP THE PRESSURE TO PROTECT DREAMERS, MUELLER, AND AID DISASTER VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO
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#SpendingBill
#ProtectDreamers
#ProtectMueller
#PuertoRico

There was much good news for progressives in the Omnibus Spending Bill that was passed last week. Most of the awful riders we asked you to call and stop were eliminated, including repeal of the Johnson Amendment (which would allow churches to engage in politics), most of the 80 anti-environmental riders, and defunding Planned Parenthood, family planning programs, and the Teen Pregnancy Project.

Democrats negotiated funding for many priorities, such as:
- Combatting the opioid crisis
- The NEA, NEH, and CPB
- Improving the gun background check system
- A 10-fold increase in funding for rural broadband
- Increased funding for many social programs and for election security

They also ensured that the CDC would be allowed to study gun violence and that Trump got only $1.6 billion (not $25 billion) for a border fence (not wall).

But, the spending bill omitted key provisions to:
- Protect Dreamers
- Protect the Mueller investigation
- Ensure Puerto Rico gets the aid it was promised; 156,000 families and businesses still lack electricity 6 months after Hurricane Maria!

Let’s call to let our Members of Congress know that we care about Dreamers, the Mueller probe, and our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico!
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE **
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN, BONAMICI, SCHRADER, AND DEFAZIO: “My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I appreciate the Senator’s/Rep’s work in getting needed funding for social programs and election security and eliminating many toxic Republican riders in the Omnibus Spending Bill. I ask the Senator/Rep to continue to advocate for protection for Dreamers, the Mueller investigation and ensure that Puerto Rico gets the aid it was promised. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATOR MERKLEY:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I appreciate the Senator’s work in getting needed funding for social programs and election security and eliminating many toxic Republican riders in the Omnibus Spending Bill. I also respect the Senator’s willingness to vote against a bill that didn’t contain protection for Dreamers. I ask the Senator to continue to advocate for protection for Dreamers, the Mueller investigation and ensure that Puerto Rico gets the aid it was promised. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVE BLUMENAUER:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I appreciate Representative Blumenauer’s work in getting needed funding for social programs and election security and eliminating many toxic Republican riders in the Omnibus Spending Bill. I also respect the Representative’s willingness to vote against a bill that didn’t contain all the provisions he sought. I ask the Representative to continue to advocate for protection for Dreamers, the Mueller investigation and ensure that Puerto Rico gets the aid it was promised. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because even though the Omnibus Spending Bill includes funding for social programs and election security and eliminates many toxic Republican riders, it does not include several essential provisions. Congress still needs to protect Dreamers, the Mueller investigation and ensure that Puerto Rico gets the aid it was promised. Please remember that we will hold you and the Republican majority accountable if these priorities are not addressed! 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 Members of Congress asking them to address the essential provisions that the Omnibus Spending Bill did not include: to protect Dreamers, the Mueller investigation and to ensure that Puerto Rico gets the aid it was promised. Thank you.
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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! **

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