Phone Scripts for 4.17.2017

Here are suggested scripts for Monday - Wednesday. We start with our Senators and follow with scripts for Thompson and Huffman. Please go to all the Town Halls you can this week, and/or call offices daily with these scripts in your own words. We’ll be updating them on Thursday. #StayIndivisible.

Call Senator Feinstein:

SF Office: (415) 393-0707
DC Office: (202) 224-3841
LA Office: (310) 914-7300
San Diego Office: (619) 231-9712

Call Senator Harris:

SF Office: (415) 355-9041
DC Office: (202) 224-3553
Sacramento Office: (916) 448-2787
LA Office: (213) 894-5000
San Diego Office: (619) 239-3884

On War Powers:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. I'm calling to ask [Senator Feinstein or Harris] what she will do right now to restore the intended constitutional balance wherein Congress has the sole authority to declare War? Sure, the President is nominally Commander-in-Chief, but in that executive role he answers to Congress and not the other way around!  This is especially critical now: never in recent history have we had such a brash, unstable and petulant human being in the Presidency.

On military action in Syria:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. I'm calling to ask [Senator Feinstein or Harris] to make a public statement urging Trump to get congressional approval for any continued military action in Syria. I do believe that Bashar al-Assad should be held accountable for the atrocious acts of violence he has committed against the Syrians, but I don't think President Trump should make decisions about this matter unilaterally. I urge the Senator to speak up for checks and balances and a government that works together to make important decisions. Thanks for taking my call.

On Climate Change/EPA:

Script A:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm a constituent from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. I am very concerned about global warming. The only real way to combat global warming is through progressive policies espoused by Democrats, such as investment in renewable energy and public transportation. It is time to put politics aside and do what is right for our children and grandchildren. We can debate the methods of fighting man-made global warming, but we must stop debating its existence. Thank you for listening.

Script B:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm a constituent from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. I am extremely concerned about the President’s proposed cuts to the EPA. Now, when global climate change threatens the safety of our planet, we cannot afford to cut funding for scientific research or legal enforcement. I urge the senator to publicly oppose these cuts and vote against any proposals that eliminate funding for these crucial programs

On the Budget:

Hello, my name is ______ and I'm a constituent from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. The Republican President’s new budget cuts funding for many institutions and programs that American citizens rely on, all for an amped up defense budget. I expect Senator [Feinstein or Harris] to vote NO on this budget and use every tool possible to avoid irreversible damage to critical federal agencies and federally funded programs.  Thank you.

Background: The current federal budget is operating on a continuing resolution, which expires on April 28. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations committees intend to have a bill ready the week of April 24, just days before the current stopgap funding for federal agencies is set to expire. The Republican president has submitted a controversial emergency request for $30 billion is extra funding for defense and $3 billion additional for border security (including $1.5 billion for his proposed wall.  He plans to offset these by reducing domestic program budgets by $18 billion.


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

Mike Thompson: DC Office (202) 225-3311; Santa Rosa Phone (707) 542-7182

Jared Huffman: DC Office (202) 225-5161; Petaluma Phone (707) 981-8967

On government transparency:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. Representative Nancy Pelosi and Representative John Sarbanes have tracked over 100 requests for information sent by House Democrats to the Administration that have not been answered since the new administration took control of the government.  Staff at several significant departments have stated that they are not permitted to respond to questions from the minority party unless they are testifying before a congressional committee. I urge [Representative Thompson or Huffman] to make a public statement that such gag orders exacerbate transparency issues.  Thank you.

On Jared Kushner conflicts:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. The amazing number of conflicts of interest among the nominated and appointed members of the current government continues to raise red flags. That several people - including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, gave misleading, inaccurate, or incomplete information on their security clearance forms creates further concern.  I expect [Representative Thompson or Huffman] to join Rep. Ted Lieu and other members of congress calling for Mr. Kushner’s interim security clearance to be withdrawn. Thank you.

On Presidential Tax Transparency Act:

Hello, my name is ______ and I’m calling from [City, Zip].  I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.  I remain very concerned about possible collusion between the Russian government and members of the current administration, including the Republican president.  I don’t know if any of my questions could be answered by seeing the debts, obligations, and sources of income that could be revealed by seeing the Republican president’s taxes, but I do know that, without this information, trust in the government and its leaders continues to erode.  I expect [Representative Thompson or Huffman] to increase the demands for immediate release of the president’s taxes and push to bring  H.R. 305 to the floor. We have waited long enough. Thank you.

On Russian Interference:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. I thank Congressman [Huffman or Thompson] for co-sponsoring H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would set up a 12-member bipartisan, independent commission empowered to examine attempts by the Russian government to interfere with and undermine trust in last year’s U.S. elections. The bill has been in committee since early January, and I ask that you do everything in your power to move it to a vote. This is critical to our democracy!