Action Alert 3/30/17

 

COORDINATED CALL ACTIONS

Scripts for Congressmen:

Call Congressman Thompson (District 5) or Congressman Huffman (District 2)

Thompson - DC Office: 202-225-3311 / Santa Rosa Phone:  707-542-7182

Huffman - DC Office: 202-225-5161 / Petaluma Phone: 707-981-8967

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

Recently, the House Intelligence Committee cancelled all planned meetings, thus closing all efforts to determine the impact of Russian interventions in the election, and the scope - if any - of Trump campaign, transition, and executive branch staffers' involvement in these interventions.  All of this has been made more complicated by the appearance of impropriety on the part of Rep. Devin Nunes in his contacts with the White House.

Please request that Rep. Nunes recuse himself from any further involvement in this matter, stepping aside from his leadership role on the House Intelligence Committee as it looks into the matter. Please also request that all further investigations into Russian involvement in US national elections be conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Doing this will remove any hint of bias on the part of Rep. Nunes or other House Republicans.

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

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Scripts for Senators:

Feinstein - DC Office: (202) 224-3841/ SF Office: (415) 393-0707

Harris -DC Office: (202) 224-3553/ SF Office: (415) 355-9041

SCRIPT 1:

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

The announcement that the Senate Intelligence Committee has committed to actively investigate the Russian intervention in the recent election is a step in the right direction. I am glad that the Committee is staffed, gathering vital intelligence and calling witnesses. I urge the Senator to demand a HALT to all business as usual including the Gorsuch hearings until this testimony is concluded, and the results made public. However, neither the House nor the Senate is an independent body. The Senator should also demand an immediate, complete and independent investigative body to fully determine the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. Thank you.'

SCRIPT 2:

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

The Senate is poised to vote upon the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court next week. I encourage the Senator to continue to support Senator Schumer's call for a filibuster in opposition to this appointment.  In the end, I support her decision to vote against the nomination. Thank you.'

SCRIPT 3:

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

The President has moved his attention from health care to the budget - specifically, to a continuing resolution on the current year budget.  His massive infrastructure project, a wall to separate the US from its neighbors to the south, is already being bid on by construction companies. But the funds for this wall are proposed to come from the current budget, cutting dollars for medical research and medical care, infrastructure and transportation.  If setting the budget is a demonstration of priorities (and it is) I urge the Senator to vote against the Republican President's efforts to repurpose millions of dollars from necessary projects toward the construction of this barrier.

I ask encourage Senator [Feinstein or Harris] to look closely at the impact of the budget recommendation, especially as they concern services to the poor, the elderly, children, and education.  Thank you.'

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Background Budget: 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.

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Background Gorsuch:

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).

 

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