Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ACTION: OPPOSE GOP RIDERS TO THE MUST PASS SPENDING BILL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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OPPOSE GOP RIDERS TO THE MUST-PASS SPENDING BILL
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#SpendingBill
#NoPoisonPills

Congress must pass a spending bill by March 23 or the government will shut down … again. While everyone focuses on the debate over funding for federal programs, Republicans hope that nobody notices the "riders" that their bills contain, including measures that

(1) Expand the scope of "dark money" in politics by:
• relaxing the limits on how campaigns can coordinate with national party organizations and how much money mega-donors can contribute
• repealing Johnson Amendment provisions and allowing campaign spending by churches

(2) Undermine women's health by:
• defunding Planned Parenthood
• eliminating the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and a federal family planning program

Additionally, the GOP's spending bills include more than eighty anti-environmental provisions despite the Trump Administration's own recent report demonstrating that Obama-era federal environmental regulations are both cost-effective and beneficial. Republican anti-environmental riders:

• Prohibit implementation of the EPA's ozone standard
• Block enforcement of the Endangered Species Act
• Undermine the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act
• Overturn rules prohibiting gas flaring and methane venting on public lands

We cannot allow far-reaching policy changes to be made in secret. Tell your Members of Congress to defeat these extreme GOP riders!

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

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:
"My name is [--] and I'm a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I am concerned about the many extreme riders that the GOP are attempting to attach to the 2018 Omnibus Spending bills in the House and Senate. Please do everything you can to eliminate riders that make it easier for "dark money" to influence politics, undermine women's health, defund Planned Parenthood, and implement anti-environmental policies. 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 to oppose extreme GOP riders on the 2018 Omnibus Spending bills that make it easier for "dark money" to influence politics, undermine women's health, defund Planned Parenthood, and implement anti-environmental policies. 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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