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Call to Action: March 13, 2018


OPPOSE GOP RIDERS TO THE MUST-PASS SPENDING BILL


#SpendingBill
#NoPoisonPills

Congress must pass a spending bill by March 23 or the government will shut down … again. While everyone focuses on the debate over funding for federal programs, Republicans hope that nobody notices the “riders” that their bills contain, including measures that:

(1) Expand the scope of “dark money” in politics by:
relaxing the limits on how campaigns can coordinate with national party organizations and how much money mega-donors can contribute
repealing Johnson Amendment provisions and allowing campaign spending by churches

(2) Undermine women’s health by:
defunding Planned Parenthood
• eliminating the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and a federal family planning program

Additionally, the GOP’s spending bills include more than EIGHTY anti-environmental provisions despite the Trump Administration’s own recent report demonstrating that Obama-era federal environmental regulations are both cost-effective and beneficial. Republican anti-environmental riders:

Prohibit implementation of the EPA’s ozone standard
• Block enforcement of the Endangered Species Act
• Undermine the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act
• Overturn rules prohibiting gas flaring and methane venting on public lands

We cannot allow far-reaching policy changes to be made in secret.

Defeat these extreme GOP riders!


**ACTION 1: Call #Complicit Greg Walden and our Senators**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I am concerned about the many extreme riders that the GOP is attempting to attach to the 2018 Omnibus Spending bills in the House and Senate. Please do everything you can to eliminate riders that make it easier for “dark money” to influence politics, undermine women’s health, defund Planned Parenthood, and implement anti-environmental policies. [For Walden: You must put people and country before party and do the right thing. Please help us save American democracy, protect the environment and support women’s rights to control their bodies.] Thank you.”


**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**

Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Members of Congress to oppose extreme GOP riders on the 2018 Omnibus Spending bills that would make it easier for “dark money” to influence politics, undermine women’s health, defund Planned Parenthood and implement anti-environmental policies. Thank you.


Complicit GREG 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

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

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

 

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https://insideclimatenews.org/news/01032018/spending-bill-riders-environment-climate-dark-money-campaign-finance-political-donations

10 Policy Issues to Watch in Omnibus Spending Bill
https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/omnibus-spending-bill-riders

Provisions Attached to Budget Bills Could Reshape Campaign Finance Laws
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/provisions-attached-to-budget-bills-could-reshape-campaign-finance-laws/2018/03/01/7e06274c-1b3f-11e8-b2d9-08e748f892c0_story.html?utm_term=.0e37476c3722


2nd Tuesday of the Month Rally – Today at Noon, Vogel Plaza, Medford

Join us as we creatively share our message with Greg Walden that it’s time for him to schedule a Jackson County Town Hall. Bring a limerick or two that you can share with us for our Greg Walden Limerick Contest. Bring a written copy as well, we’ll happily hand deliver them to Walden’s Medford office. As an added incentive (just in case you needed one) we’ll even have prizes!

As always, bring your neighbors, families, friends, signs & flags. We look forward to seeing you at Vogel Plaza!

https://ord2indivisible.org/event/2nd-tuesday-of-the-month-rally-medford-3/