Actions Test

Actions

Members of Congress



Updated May 21, 2018

🔷 It was great to see so many at our Group Meeting yesterday. Here are the meeting notes for those who could not attend. Our next meeting is June 16th, 2-4 at the Redmond Library and on July 15th we’ll have a summer evening picnic at Crossroads Park in Bellevue.  

🔷 As we learned yesterday, State Senator Patty Kuderer (D-48) is running for re-election and she needs your help! This year, Patty faces a tough race and you can help her reach the goal of knocking 20,000 doors before the August 7th primary. This session, Patty helped to deepen our investment in public education, pass the first gun safety laws in years, and reform our juvenile justice system. To learn more about Patty, visit www.pattykuderer.com and if you’d like to volunteer to knock doors with Patty, fill out this form.

🔷 Here are the upcoming Midterms Matter events, and 3 actions. Don’t forget to look at the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Midterms Matter Events:

Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Push for NAFTA renegotiations to protect workers and the environment

From the Washington Fair Trade Coalition

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trade agreement that promotes a global race to the bottom in wages, working conditions, and environmental standards. It should be replaced with new policies that finally put the needs of people and the planet ahead of corporate greed. Not surprisingly, corporate elites that profit from NAFTA are fighting to maintain the privileges that such trade policies give them. We need to demand that trade negotiators stay at the table to deliver a comprehensive NAFTA replacement that prioritizes good-paying jobs, increased wages, and a healthy environment.

Corporations that benefit from NAFTA have been calling for a superficial “modernization” of the pact that further entrenches their power. Unfortunately, these corporate interest groups have also enlisted some elected officials to help them—including Paul Ryan, who attempted to impose an arbitrary deadline to push through a quick-and-dirty deal. That deal has not materialized yet, but Republican Congressional Leadership continues to push for a NAFTA renegotiation that puts corporate profits ahead of all else.

Urge your elected officials to demand that NAFTA’s renegotiation add strong labor and environmental provisions with swift and certain enforcement, and that it eliminate the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system that threatens jobs, the climate, and public health.

Sample Script

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m very concerned about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is currently being renegotiated. Please do everything you can to ensure that NAFTA’s renegotiation add strong labor, environmental, and climate provisions. The provisions should meet fundamental international standards, including swift and certain enforcement. Also, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system must be eliminated, because it makes it easier for corporations to outsource jobs and ignore environmental, public health, and other public interest laws at home and abroad.  

American jobs, American wages, and the health of the environment depend on what happens in the renegotiation of NAFTA. Please help ensure that the renegotiation is worker-friendly and planet-friendly.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action 2 – [US HOUSE] – Stop the “domestic gag rule”

From Planned Parenthood for Action and 5Calls.org

Anti-abortion lawmakers in the House are lobbying the administration to adopt a “domestic gag rule.” This rule would withhold funding for health centers unless they promise to never even mention the word “abortion,” keeping millions of people from accessing health care in this country.

Call your representatives and demand that they oppose any and all attempts for the administration to pass a “domestic gag rule”.

Sample Script

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to express my opposition to the Trump administration’s potential “Domestic Gag Rule” and ask that [SENATOR/REP. NAME]  publicly condemn such a policy. The Rule would cut off funds to women’s health clinics because they educate patients of their full reproductive options. This would put the health care of the four million people who depend on Title X at risk. It would also shut out the 41 percent of Title X patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers, leaving them without access to life-saving services like birth control, cancer screenings, well-women exams, and more. We know from history that the gag rule leads to clinic closures, leaving people with less access to care. This is unacceptable.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action 3 – [US HOUSE] – Fight the Elimination of Net Neutrality Protections

From 5Calls.org

Good News! On May 16 the Senate passed S.J. Res 52, the resolution to overturn the FCC net neutrality rollback. Republican Senators Collins (ME), Kennedy (LA), and Murkowski (AK) joined all 49 Senators in the Democratic Caucus in voting Yes. The resolution now moves to the House. On May 18 Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) filed a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on the Senate-passed resolution. A simple majority of House members must sign the petition.

We asked you to call before, and we’re asking you to call again – focusing now on your representative.

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to express my strong support for the Senate-passed S.J. Res 52, the Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the FCC’s roll back of net neutrality protections. I ask that Representative [NAME] immediately work to pass this resolution in the House by signing the discharge petition introduced by Representative Mike Doyle.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

More Actions You Can Take:

Calendar of In-Person Events (also see Midterms Matter events above)

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