PROTECT OUR SAFETY NET
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time” – Maya Angelou
Congressional Republicans have shown America who they are. They value corporate donors over children. They take healthcare away instead of expanding access. They place party over country.
In 2017 Congressional Republicans:
— cut corporate taxes by 14 percentage points while letting permanent funding lapse for 9 million children whose lives depend on CHIP
— gave corporations permanent tax cuts when thousands in Puerto Rico have no power
— repealed the ACA’s individual mandate risking 13 million Americans’ healthcare
— blindly confirmed Trump’s Cabinet – many of whom are dismantling the very institutions they are sworn to uphold
And this is just the beginning. Paul Ryan has already stated in 2018 he plans to reduce entitlements – which include Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – and impose work requirements for food stamps. Senator Lindsay Graham and House Republicans insist ACA repeal is on the 2018 agenda.
In 2017, Oregon’s Democratic MoCs worked to reject the GOP agenda. In 2018 they must, with their colleagues, form a protective fire wall around our safety net.
Americans’ faith in government
are at risk!
**ACTION 1: Call Congressman Walden and our two Senators**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Congressman Walden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am outraged by most of Congressman Walden’s legislative positions in 2017. He was a chief architect of the ACA repeal and voted ‘yes’ on the tax bill. I am very concerned that he and his Republican colleagues will come after our safety net. I ask the Congressman to put People and Country before Party and think of his constituents, not his donors. He has a moral obligation to not just save America’s social program safety net, but to strengthen it. Don’t sell us out again! Thank you.“
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senators Wyden and Merkley:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I want to thank the Senator for doing everything he could to stop the GOP tax bill. I am very concerned Republicans will slash our safety net next – including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. We cannot allow this to happen. I ask the Senator to do all he can to save, to strengthen, these social programs that help all Americans. Thank you.”
**ACTION 2: Share with Friends and Family**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them call their Congressional delegation, urging them to do all they can to protect our public safety net.
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN
DC: (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend: (541) 389-4408, La Grande: (541) 624-2400
SENATOR JEFF 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 RON 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