Phone Scripts 4.27.2017

 

Today we focus our scripts on defending the ACA, keeping the government from shutting down, defending our national monuments, and defending Americans from what the administration is calling a tax policy, but is really an expensive tax cut for the wealthy. So you see how defensive we are! #Resist!

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

Mike Thompson:

*DC Office Phone (202) 225-3311

*Santa Rosa Phone (707) 542-7182

*Napa Office Phone (707) 226-9898

*Vallejo Office Phone (707) 645-1888

Healthcare:

Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. The Affordable Care Act is once again being threatened.  The ACA benefits millions of Americans who would otherwise not have access to health insurance and are in need of healthcare. We believe that healthcare is a human right and we ask Congressman Thompson to continue to oppose any bill that threatens direct access to affordable healthcare. Thank you!

Tax Plan:

Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. The Republican President has outlined his ‘tax relief’ plan. The only thing that is clear is that people making the most money are likely to pay even fewer taxes. And the deficit will grow. As a fiscally conservative lawmaker, I am calling on Mike Thompson to continue his opposition to Trump’s ludicrous tax proposal. Thank you!

Bonus for Mike Thompson: 

Thank you for protecting National Monuments.  You helped ensure that Berryessa Snow Mountain become a National Monument when President Obama signed the designation into law in 2015. We appreciate your ongoing work to ensure the current President will not overturn this designation. We agree with you: he is grossly out of step with the will of the public.

Jared Huffman:

*DC Office Phone (202) 225-5161

*Petaluma Office Phone (707) 981-8967

*San Rafael Office Phone (415) 258-9657

*Eureka Office Phone (707) 407-3585

*Ukiah Office Phone/Fax (707) 671-7449

*Fort Bragg Office Phone (707) 962-0933
 

Tax Plan/Healthcare:

Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. The Republican President’s so-called ‘tax relief’ plan includes measures that will seriously affect paying for healthcare by repealing the taxes that help even the costs of health care. At the same time, the plans for Trump Care also weaken the health care choices for many.  As Minority Leader Pelosi states: “The monstrous immorality of TrumpCare is perfectly encapsulated in House Republicans’ plan to exempt their own health coverage from the damage it will do to everyone else. If House Republicans are afraid of TrumpCare for themselves, they have no right to force it on hard-working American families.”
 

Background on TrumpCare:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/48-to-save-aca/

Background on new tax ‘policy.’

Washington Post:

Because of the rules of the Senate, legislation that would result in more borrowing over the long term would be vulnerable to a Democratic filibuster, requiring 60 senators to advance the legislation. Republicans hold just 52 seats in the chamber, and absent those 60 votes, Trump and his fellow Republicans would only be able to pass cuts that would last for 10 years.


After that time, the tax cuts would expire unless Congress takes action, setting up another fight over taxes.

The New York Times:

Beyond cutting the tax rate to 15 percent for large corporations, which now pay a rate of 35 percent, Mr. Trump also wants that rate for a broad range of firms known as pass-through entities — including hedge funds, real estate concerns like Mr. Trump’s and large partnerships — that currently pay taxes at individual rates, which top off at 39.6 percent.
 

Acknowledging concerns that such a move could potentially be used as a tax shelter, Mr. Mnuchin insisted on Wednesday that the administration’s plan would not be used as a loophole to allow people to pay less tax than they should be paying.
 

The concern would be that lawyers, doctors, consultants or other wealthy people in partnerships could structure much of their personal income as business income, effectively reducing their tax rate from 39.6 percent to 15 percent.
 

“We don’t need a tax plan that allows the very rich to use pass-throughs to reduce their rates to 15 percent while average Americans are paying much more,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, said Wednesday. “That’s not tax reform. That’s just a tax giveaway to the very, very wealthy that will explode the deficit.

 

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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

 

Call Senator Feinstein:

*SF Office: (415) 393-0707
*DC Office: (202) 224-3841
*LA Office: (310) 914-7300
*San Diego Office: (619) 231-9712
*Fresno Office: (559) 485-7430

National Monuments:

Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling from [City, Zip].  I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.  The Republican President has directed the Department of the Interior to determine whether any lands, previously protected as National Monuments, should be removed from this protection.  Doing so opens the lands to commercial exploitation. What will you do, [Senator Feinstein or Harris] to oppose this plan that intends to destroy many of California’s fragile ecosystems and historic sites?

Government Shutdown:

Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. The Republican President must sign a continuing budget resolution by April 28 to avoid impacts to government operations. I expect Senator [Harris or Feinstein] to work to keep the government functioning, but not by taking funding away from vital services.

Tax Plan:

Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling from [City, Zip].  I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. The Republican President has outlined his ‘tax relief’ plan. The only thing that is clear is that people making the most money are likely to pay even fewer taxes. People like me will pay more. And the deficit will grow. What will you do, [Senator Feinstein or Harris] to oppose this tax policy that benefits the few and costs the rest of us?

The Wall and increased border security:


Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling from [City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. The Republican President has demanded funding for a border wall with Mexico, but shows signs of being willing to settle for less. I urge [Senator Harris or Feinstein] to not capitulate. Spending for border security should not take funding from environment, education, health, or other services for the people.