Call to Action: December 20, 2017

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A CONTINUING BUDGET RESOLUTION THAT WORKS FOR AMERICANS


#DreamActNow
#FundCHIPNow
#DisasterRelief

Rather than dealing with the unmet needs of the vast majority of Americans, the GOP has been obsessed with ramming through, without Democratic input, the Trump Tax Scam—a holiday gift to its wealthy and corporate backers.

To keep the government open, however, requires Democratic votes—providing chance to show America how different their priorities are. To flip Congress in 2018, Democrats must seize this opportunity and DEMAND:

• A Clean Dream Act, to prevent possible daily deportation of 1000+ Dreamers
Restoration of CHIP coverage for 9 million children
• $180 billion for disaster relief/rebuilding in Northwest/California/Texas/Florida/Puerto Rico (where Americans still lack power/clean water/healthcare)
No PAYGO waiver, holding the GOP responsible for draconian domestic program cuts caused by the Trump Tax Scam

Due to Republican mismanagement, Congress has only 3 days to avert a government shutdown. The House GOP is pushing for another extension into January without tackling these significant needs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/gop-faces-5-day-scramble-to-pass-tax-bill-avoid-government-shutdown/2017/12/17/e3292264-e363-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html?utm_term=.8d18088c2641

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/23/16492584/government-shutdown-explained

We cannot let that happen again. Democrats must demand a continuing resolution that takes care of all Americans – many of whom cannot afford to wait any longer.

Fighting for these priorities may risk a government shutdown. Democrats must fight to ensure our government is working for all—not just the top 1%.

Fund CHIP. Fund Disaster Relief. Clean Dream Act.

Failure is not an option!


**ACTION 1: Call our Senators and Congressman (for the time being) Walden**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT Senator Merkley:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I want to thank the Senator for voting “no” on the last continuing budget resolution. We must keep fighting to ensure that the government works for all, not just the top 1%. Today I am asking that he promises to vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution only if it contains—at a minimum—a Clean DREAM Act, permanent CHIP funding, adequate disaster relief, and no PAYGO waiver. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senator Wyden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I was surprised the Senator voted “yes” on the last continuing budget resolution when it didn’t include a Clean DREAM Act or CHIP funding. We must put an end to the succession of continuing resolutions and keep fighting to ensure that the government works for all, not just the top 1%. Today, I am asking him to promise me to vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution only if it contains—at a minimum—a Clean DREAM Act, permanent CHIP funding, adequate disaster relief, and no PAYGO waiver. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for (Lobbyist in Congressman’s Clothing) Walden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. This week the Congressman will be voting on a continuing resolution. I am asking him to put people ahead of party and corporate donors to protect his constituents! He has a moral duty to ensure that the government works for all Americans, and not just the top 1%. He must vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution only if it contains a Clean DREAM Act, permanent CHIP funding, adequate disaster relief, and no PAYGO waiver. Thank you.”


**ACTION 2: Share with family and friends**

Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Congressional delegation about protecting/funding a clean DREAM Act, permanent CHIP and community healthcare funding, adequate disaster relief, and no PAYGO waiver in the next continuing budget resolution.


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
https://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

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
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/

WHERE’S CONGRESSMAN WALDEN!? 
(Hint: Meeting with lobbyists.)
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/email-me

We encourage you to share details regarding your telephone call experiences on the ORD2 Discussion Group Facebook page.  Several people have reported that Walden staffers have “hung up” on them during recent calls even though the callers were civil in their messaging.