DEMOCRATS: PLAY HARDBALL TO PROTECT WHAT’S IMPORTANT
We have only four days before the government runs out of money. To keep the government open, Congress must pass a Continuing Resolution (CR). This is our opportunity to halt the damage that this administration is inflicting on America.
The good news: Democrats have leverage. The Senate needs 60 votes to pass a CR — that’s eight Democratic votes.
The bad news: Democrats may cave as they did in September, when Schumer and Pelosi met with McConnell, Ryan and Trump. They cut a deal that left out Dreamers and cleared the schedule for the Trumpcare vote.
This time, we want Democratic negotiators to play HARDBALL!
We want a CR that:
1. PROTECTS DREAMERS. Secure a clean DREAM Act.
2. PROTECTS REFUGEES. Reinstates Temporary Protected Status for more than 320,000 refugees of war or natural disasters.
3. PROTECTS CHILDREN, WOMEN AND THE POOR. Funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Community Health Centers and Planned Parenthood.
4. PROTECTS OUR CARE. Guaranteess health insurance cost-sharing reimbursement (CSR) payments withdrawn by Trump. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/12/16070724/trump-cost-sharing-reductions-pulled
Democrats represent 53% of the American people. Tell them to be tough negotiators, and STAND UP for the 90%.
Meanwhile… Oregon’s lone Republican, Greg Walden will be particularly influential in determining the final version of the tax bill: he was just named to the conference committee that will reconcile the House and Senate versions.
Hold Him Accountable!
**ACTION 1: Call our Senators and Congressman Walden**
[If you don’t want to list all demands, mention only the one you care most about]
SAMPLE SCRIPT for both Senators:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. The deadline for funding the government is coming up. I understand that the Republicans want a continuing resolution. Don’t let them have it for nothing. This time I want you to play hardball, and vote only for a continuing resolution with:
1) a clean DREAM Act and protections for refugees with Temporary Protected Status;
2) funds for CHIP, Community Health Centers, and Planned Parenthood;
3) guarantees for CSR payments;
4) funding relief efforts for areas hit by natural disasters.
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Congressman Walden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I’m calling about the tax scam. I see that Congressman Walden has been named to the Conference Committee to reconcile the House and Senate bills. This is a chance to show he represents the people of his district, not large corporations. I’m asking him to put us before his party loyalty, save our healthcare and create a tax bill that benefits ALL of his constituents, not his wealthiest donors. Thank you.”
** ACTION 2: Share this Action on Social Media**
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UPCOMING EVENTS REMINDER:
Be sure to visit the Event Calendar on our website on a regular basis to keep updated regarding future meetings, rallies, protests and gatherings: https://ord2indivisible.org/calendar/ You may also submit non-ORD2 sponsored events to be considered for posting: https://ord2indivisible.org/submit-your-event/
Don’t Kill Net Neutrality Protest – Medford
Thursday December 7 @ Noon- 1:00 p.m.
ORD2 General Meeting and Oregon Measure 101
Monday December 11 @ 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2nd Tuesday of the Month Rally
Tuesday December 12 @ Noon – 1:30 p.m.