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Call to Action: August 9, 2017

See the Upcoming Events section (below) for a chance to win a ticket to our Rock the Resistance Fundraiser!


STOP TAX REFORM THAT WILL CUT OUR SAFETY NET


#ProtectMedicaid
#ProtectMedicare

The GOP lost the battle to pass Trumpcare but it still has plans to give tax breaks to the wealthy and cut our safety net—this time via the budget.

Republicans are bent on rewriting the tax code by cutting taxes:
Corporations and the wealthy would receive huge breaks
The middle class would receive a small tax reduction
 http://bit.ly/2vI0S43http://bit.ly/2ukKas0

To pay for these tax cuts, they plan to slash our safety net. The process has begun. The House Budget Committee cut all non-defense spending, including Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security http://theatln.tc/2ukEtKk.

The GOP will likely use the same process used for healthcare: passing the budget via reconciliation, which requires only 50 votes http://bit.ly/2ufCffx.

We have to fight this the way we fought Trumpcare, by showing up at town halls, making daily phone calls, and protesting. We must tell our MoCs to:
• Oppose tax cuts for corporations or the wealthy
• Oppose cuts to Medicaid and Medicare
• Oppose any new tax code until Trump releases his taxes

We must protect our safety net – no matter how the GOP tries to shred it.


**ACTION 1:  CALL SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN.  CALL CONGRESSMAN WALDEN**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling to ask [Name] to oppose any new tax cuts for corporations or the wealthy; to oppose any plan that keeps corporate loopholes in place or jeopardizes Medicaid and Medicare; and to oppose any new tax code until President Trump releases his tax returns, so we can see exactly how he will benefit.  Thank you.”


**ACTION 2:  WHENEVER POSSIBLE, GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK A QUESTION.** 
(http://bit.ly/IO_Events)

SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city]. I am very concerned about what the GOP is planning to do with the budget. Will you commit to opposing any new tax cuts for the wealthy and any cuts to Medicaid and Medicare? Will you promise to oppose any new tax code until President Trump releases his tax returns so we can see exactly how he will benefit?”


**ACTION 3: CALL, TEXT, AND EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RED DISTRICTS TO DO THE SAME. “SHARE” OR COPY / PASTE THIS ACTION!** 
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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
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/

CONGRESSMAN WALDEN
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

 

The spending proposal is likely to receive pushback from Republicans wary of cutting into popular entitlement programs.
THEATLANTIC.COM

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Pam Marsh Health Care Town Hall
August 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/pam-marsh-health-care-town-hall/

Rally In Support Of Our Veterans (Non-ORD2 Sponsored Event)
August 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/rally-in-support-of-our-veterans/

Social Hour, Common Block Brewing Company, Medford
August 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/social-hour-common-block-brewing-company-medford/

Rock the Resistance Fundraiser!
September 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tickets on sale now – click on this link for additional information:
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/rock-the-resistance-fundraiser/

Enter to win a free ticket to the Rock the Resistance Fundraiser!  Answer the following:  How would you prefer the money raised at this fundraiser be spent?
1) To create a highway billboard to display Walden’s voting record and stand on issues?
2) To create radio ads to be broadcast throughout District 2 that review Walden’s voting record and stand on issues?
3) Other – make your recommendation.

Enter the random drawing by making a comment on this posting on our Facebook page or by sending a private message to Teresa Safay.

Volunteers Needed!  We are looking for some 40 volunteers to assist at the Rock the Resistance Fundraiser.  Everyone who commits to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours to assist on September 8 will be eligible for a 50% discount on admission.  Those interested please send a private message to Teresa Safay.  Thank you!