Other Phone Scripts 3/27/17

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THANK YOU SCRIPT FOR THOMPSON & HUFFMAN

My name is ______   and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].  I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.

Thank you for holding fast on your commitment to protect health care for millions of Americans, including women, children, the elderly, and those of limited means.  Your steadfast position on the Republican efforts to destroy the Affordable Care Act is exemplary.

Unfortunately, the efforts to protect health care are not done. We anticipate efforts to limit funding, discourage insurance competition, and reduce access to many needed services.  Your continued commitment to oppose these efforts is vital.  In addition, a small subset of your Republican colleagues recognized the impact to their constituents of the proposed American Health Care Act.  When possible, we encourage you to reach out to them to find common ground, and to protect all citizens.

Thank you for your continuing efforts on our behalf, and thank you for your service.

 

GORSUCH SCRIPT FOR FEINSTEIN:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.

I am calling to express my strong objection to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court Justice. I request that Senator Feinstein continue to support Senator Schumer's recommendation that all Democrats reject this appointment and filibuster the nomination and vote against cloture.  I will be watching closely what the Senator does on this issue and will cast my vote accordingly.

Please let the Senator know that I expect her to uphold the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. In the history of our country, every single justice to sit on the Supreme Court has received the approval of a filibuster-proof majority. This is a vital check-and-balance in our democracy, and an important function of the United States Senate. Supreme Court Justices enjoy lifetime terms, and they should not be selected on the temporary whims on on political party or the other.

Background:

Indivisible Sonoma County opposes the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. We respectfully urge Senator Feinstein to use every procedure available to her, including the filibuster if called for by Minority Leader Schumer, to prevent Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation.

Our members have not forgotten the history leading up to Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. One year ago, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a centrist judge who is universally admired, to fill this vacancy. The Republican-controlled Senate wholly abdicated its constitutional duty to advise and consent on Judge Garland’s nomination. We believe this history alone justifies opposing Judge Gorsuch.

Even if we ignore this background, Judge Gorsuch’s nomination should be rejected because his record demonstrates that he poses a threat to values that Californians hold dear. Indivisible Sonoma County wishes to highlight two aspects of his record that are of particular concern to us.

Reproductive Rights. Judge Gorsuch’s rulings devalue the right of women to control their reproductive decisions. He has taken extreme positions in cases regarding the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Judge Gorsuch sided with a closely held corporation and its owners against women who need contraceptive coverage. See Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, 723 F.3d 1114 (10th Cir. 2013). And he indicated that a religious nonprofit should not even be required to sign a form so that its employees could receive contraceptive coverage. See Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, 799 F.3d 1315 (10th Cir. 2015).

Thank you for your continued care about the sanctity of human rights in our country.

 

SINGLE PAYER SCRIPT FOR HARRIS:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.

I’d like to thank Senator Harris for her vocal support of universal health care. The recent decision by the Republican President to pull the AHCA before a House vote will not result in improvements needed for the Affordable Care Act, and sadly will not fully protect millions of Americans who rely on the ACA for access to health care.  I remain very concerned that there will be ongoing efforts to reduce financial support, reduce insurance markets, and reduce access to women's health care. I urge Senator Harris to continue to use everything in her power to ensure the ACA remains intact and I encourage her to shift the conversation towards single-payer. Thank you.

Background:

The proposed budget calls for reducing or eliminating funding for the following services (a sampling):

  • Reduces funding for school lunches, teacher training, summer classes;
  • Cuts funding for Women, Infants, Children (WIC) programs;
  • Reduces funding for grants to students pursuing higher education;
  • Eliminates funding for weatherization program for lower income homeowners;
  • Eliminates funding for maintaining government-owned affordable housing, community development block grants, and neighborhood preservation programs;
  • Eliminates funding for many scientific research and climate change prevention programs;
  • Eliminates funding for many transportation and rail improvement projects;
  • Eliminates all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Eliminates all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television and radio, including PBS and NPR

The people disproportionately impacted by the proposed budget are the elderly, the poor, and children.