Phone Scripts for 9.11.17 - Russia, DACA, CSR payments, SNAP funding, diplomacy & more!

Indivisible Sonoma County is pleased to share relevant and strong scripts, the product of talented and energetic new volunteers -- as well as the old guard -- who research issues and update scripts regularly. We address Russia, DACA, CSR payments, climate SNAP funding, diplomacy, nominations, and more.

We are now back to twice weekly action alerts focused on scripts for our Members of Congress. Please use these scripts for phone calls, emails, letters, or resistbot faxes. Lets do this!

For all Members of Congress

Increase Intelligence Committee Resources for the Russia Investigation

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.
I’m calling to ask the [Senator/Representative] to demand that the [House/Senate] Intelligence Committee increase efforts and resources regarding their investigation of the Russian interference on behalf of Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
While it may be tempting to leave the heavy lifting to the investigation being expertly led by Robert Mueller, there is a significant risk that the Mueller investigation may be disrupted or disbanded by Donald Trump. As Trump comes under even greater stress, he may resort to firing Mueller -- or in some other way attempt to thwart his investigation. Therefore, in addition to the Mueller investigation, Congress must be doing all that it can, with all the resources it needs, to conduct parallel investigations. The security of our nation demands it.
Will the [MoC] demand that the Intelligence committee increase both their efforts and resources so that they may properly investigate the Russian interference on behalf of Donald Trump in the 2016 election?

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Thank the MoCs for their statements in support of DACA and the Dreamers

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.
I’m calling to thank the [Senator/Representative] for their statements supporting DACA and the Dreamers in the wake of the President’s awful and cowardly directive to end the DACA program. [Add a special thanks to Representative Thompson for his support of local rallies protesting the decision]. I’m looking forward to the [MoC]’s continued unremitting effort to keep our Dreamers safe and at home in America where they belong.

Support Efforts to Lock In CSR Payments

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.
The Affordable Care Act works as well as it does because, in part, the high cost of health insurance is offset by cost-sharing reduction payments(CSRs) that supplement the premiums of low-income clients. The Republican Administration has been undermining the ACA by refusing to commit to continuing Federal cost-sharing reduction payments.
I’m calling to urge the [Senator/Representative] to support these essential commitments that guarantee the viability of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and therefore to the health of millions of Americans. Let’s be clear:  the ACA is working;  it’s the sabotage of the act by the Republican President and his administration that will harm Americans.
What actions will the [MoC] commit to taking to support continuing the CSRs for the next fiscal year?

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Impact of Climate Change and need for solutions

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.

I’m calling to ask the [Senator/Representative] to make a statement linking the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to climate change and to demand that the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress cease their efforts to undermine climate change research. This research can lead to real solutions that help address climate change.
The Republican President was himself amazed by the strength and devastation of Harvey. This is what climate change looks like – and we will be increasingly threatened by it. The time to act is now. Republican Congressional leadership needs to be publicly called out on Climate Change, as their actions are placing us all at risk.
Will the [MoC] make a strong statement linking the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to climate change and demand action from the administration and Republicans?

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No Cuts to SNAP Funding

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.
I’m calling to ask the [Senator/Representative] to oppose any cuts to SNAP in the Farm Bill reauthorization. SNAP provides a safety net for Americans and must be preserved at all costs. We absolutely can’t let our fellow citizens go hungry in times of need.
Will the [Senator/Representative] promise to oppose any cuts to SNAP in the Farm Bill authorization?

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Avert a North Korean crisis through diplomacy

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.     
I’m calling to ask the [Senator/Representative] to ask the President to fill the position of Ambassador to South Korea and to fill top State Department arms control and diplomatic posts to work towards a diplomatic solution to the crisis with North Korea. A military solution to the crisis is untenable:  millions would die in an armed conflict of any kind. We must have full diplomatic resources on hand to resolve this crisis.
Will the [Senator/Representative] ask the President to fill the position of Ambassador to South Korea and to fill top State Department arms control and diplomatic posts?

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Fill vacant State Department positions
    
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.

I’m calling to ask the [Senator/Representative] to demand that the Administration fill vacant positions with qualified, non-controversial staff at the State Department. This administration is the slowest in modern history at filling positions and State has been especially hard hit. Now we’re seeing the result: the Department has been completely disorganized and slow to address the situation of Americans in the path of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.

Will the [MoC] demand that the Administration immediately work to fully staff the State Department with qualified, non-controversial personnel?

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**House Representatives only**

Thank you to Representatives for H.R. 2242

Hello, my name is _____ and I live at [address, zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.
I am calling to thank Representative [Thompson or Huffman] for their ongoing support of H.R. 2242.
‘Keep it in the Ground’ bills will ban new ocean drilling for all fossil fuels. Ocean drilling, with its high risk of ocean contamination, routinely creates ecological disasters, causing immense harm to fragile ocean ecosystems. The dangers of climate change – intense storms, rising seas, collapse of ecosystems – require us to reduce fossil fuel dependence, not drill for more.
Thanks again for [the Representative’s] support!

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Bonus questions for Mike Thompson: Will he take H.R. 2442 to the Climate Caucus?

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    **Senators Only**


Ask Senator to Co-Sponsor the ‘Keep It In The Ground’ Act of 2017

Hello, my name is _____ and I live at [address, zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.I am calling to ask Senator [Feinstein/Harris] to co-sponsor S.750, the Keep It In The Ground Act of 2017.
‘Keep it in the Ground’ bills will ban new ocean drilling for all fossil fuels. Ocean drilling, with its high risk of ocean contamination, routinely creates ecological disasters, causing immense harm to fragile ocean ecosystems. The dangers of climate change – intense storms, rising seas, collapse of ecosystems – require us to reduce fossil fuel dependence, not drill for more.
Will the Senator co-sponsor S.750?

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Oppose Nomination of Jim Bridenstine as Head of NASA

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.
I’m calling to ask the [Senator] to oppose the nomination of Jim Bridenstine as the head of NASA. Bridenstine is controversial and inappropriate. He is not a scientist - he is a politician and a climate change denier, which will create conflict within the agency as NASA studies climate change and emphasizes that climate-warming trends are “extremely likely due to human activities.” He has no place leading NASA.
Will the Senator oppose the nomination of Jim Bridenstine as the head of NASA?

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 Oppose the Nomination of Sam Clovis at the USDA

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.
I’m calling to ask the [Senator] to oppose the nomination of Sam Clovis for Chief Scientist at the USDA. Clovis isn’t a scientist. He’s a climate change fantasist and bigot. He has no place serving in government, as a scientist or otherwise.
Will the Senator strongly oppose the nomination of Sam Clovis for Chief Scientist at the USDA?


For Feinstein only:

Thank Senator Feinstein for Voting to Fund the UN Climate Change Agency

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible.
I’m calling to thank Senator Feinstein for her vote to fund the UN Climate Change Agency. Climate change is an immediate threat to our country and planet and this is an important pushback against the science deniers.
However, the House’s version of the State funding bill does not fund the U.N. climate agency, so the two chambers will have to negotiate the final outcome. Please ask the Senator to push the House to fund it.

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