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Past U.S. Congress Scripts

  • U.S. Representative for 12-14-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to oppose the Republican tax bill. It benefits the wealthy at the expense of vulnerable Americans. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-14-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to refuse to take a final vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act until the new duly-elected Senator from Alabama is seated. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "Doug Jones was elected to represent Alabama in the US Senate on December 12, 2017—but he won’t be seated until early January. The people of Alabama deserve to have their duly elected Senator vote on the Tax Scam, not a lame duck Senator appointed by a Governor that resigned in disgrace." This site has additional talking points and a longer script for engaging in dialog.


Today's scripts can be found here.

  • U.S. Representative for 12-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to join the four Senators who have called on President Trump to resign due to numerous sexual misconduct accusations against him. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to join the four Senators who have called on President Trump to resign due to numerous sexual misconduct accusations against him. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday urged President Donald Trump to step down due to numerous sexual misconduct accusations against him. The New York Democrat told CNN that 'President Trump should resign' and if he does not, Congress should start an investigation into the allegations.... Gillibrand becomes the fourth Senate Democrat to say Trump should think about stepping down. Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. have either said the president should consider resigning or outright urged him to step down." (From MSN)

  • U.S. Representative for 12-12-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to oppose any tax plan that includes oil or gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-12-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to to immediately work to oppose any tax plan that includes oil or gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The tax bill recently passed by the Senate would open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to drilling by oil and gas companies. Drilling for fossil fuels in one of America's most remote and untouched wilderness areas would be a disaster. And using a tax bill as cover for handing one of our most important natural treasures over to fossil fuel companies is a travesty." (From World Wildlife Fund)

    The link includes additional info and talking points, and a form for contacting your Representative. Even if you fill out the form, we still recommend calling and/or emailing directly.

  • U.S. Representative for 12-11-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to immediately work to renew Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-11-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to to immediately work to renew Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: CHIP provides well-child visits and healthcare for children in low-income families. Federal funding for CHIP "ran out on Sept. 30, and Congress has not agreed on a plan to renew the roughly $14 billion a year it spends on the program.... Lawmakers from both parties hope to provide more money for CHIP in a separate, longer-term deal on federal spending. But Republicans will almost surely need Democratic votes to pass such legislation, and the antagonism between President Trump and Democrats in Congress is so great that no one can be sure of the outcome.... States are weighing whether to freeze enrollment in CHIP, shut down their programs or find money from other sources." (From the NY Times)

  • U.S. Representative for 12-8-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to oppose U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-8-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to oppose U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The White House press statement on November 24th ignores U.S. involvement in the Yemen crisis.

    'Johnson specifically criticized a CBS News "60 Minutes" episode that "took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating, and prolonging a crisis that's left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced, and an estimated 1 million with cholera," and concluded, "By erasing the U.S. role in the war, CBS producers obscure for viewers the most effective way they can end the war: by pressuring their own lawmakers to stop supporting it." ' (From Common Dreams)

    Also, the World Health Organization is fighting diphtheria in Yemen. "It is shocking that in 2017, there are children dying of an ancient disease that is vaccine-preventable and can be easily treated," said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Country Representative in Yemen. (From The World Health Organization)

  • U.S. Representative for 12-7-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to oppose HR 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act. The role of Congress as defined in the the Antiquities Act must be preserved. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "Trump just announced a plan to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Under the century-old Antiquities Act, a president can only designate monuments, not destroy them. He doesn't have the legal authority to do this.... for now. Bills like Rob Bishop's H.R. 3990 would give the president sweeping power to reduce the boundaries of our national monuments."

    This link includes more talking points, and a form for emailing your Representative. If you choose to fill out the form, we recommend that you also call or email directly. Direct contacts are given more weight than contacts through organizations.

    The full text of HR 3990 is here.

  • U.S. Senator for 12-7-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to ask Senator [name] to oppose the appointment of Alex Azar as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Having a drug-industry advocate charged with regulating it is a conflict of interest. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "Azar, who served as president of pharmaceutical giant Lilly USA until January, has been widely criticized for raising medication costs. During his decade at Lilly, the company tripled the price of its insulin and was fined for colluding to keep its prices high in Mexico." (From Scientific American)

  • U.S. Representative for 12-6-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to stand up for undocumented youth and their families and pass a clean Dream Act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-6-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to stand up for undocumented youth and their families and pass a clean Dream Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "By cancelling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. This is beyond heartbreaking - it's cruel. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them." (from the ACLU)

    This link describes what a "clean" Dream Act would mean: "A clean Dream Act would create a pathway to U.S. citizenship without using young immigrants as bargaining chips to harm immigrant communities."

  • U.S. Representative for 12-5-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to hold an in-person Town Hall to explain the tax reform bill to [his/her/their] constituents. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-5-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to ask Senator [name] to hold an in-person Town Hall to explain the tax reform bill to [his/her/their] constituents. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Representative for 12-4-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to oppose the Senate tax bill. These tax changes would hurt most Georgians. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-4-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to let Senator [name] know that I'm horrified by his vote on the tax reform bill. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The Senate passed its version of the "tax reform" bill early Saturday morning. However, since the Senate and House versions are different, it is not yet ready to be signed into law - the Senate version now goes to the House. Read this description of the process, and what we can do.

  • U.S. Representative for 12-1-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to oppose U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 12-1-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to oppose U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The White House press statement on November 24th ignores U.S. involvement in the Yemen crisis.

    'Johnson specifically criticized a CBS News "60 Minutes" episode that "took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating, and prolonging a crisis that's left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced, and an estimated 1 million with cholera," and concluded, "By erasing the U.S. role in the war, CBS producers obscure for viewers the most effective way they can end the war: by pressuring their own lawmakers to stop supporting it." ' (From Common Dreams)

    Also, the World Health Organization is fighting diphtheria in Yemen. "It is shocking that in 2017, there are children dying of an ancient disease that is vaccine-preventable and can be easily treated," said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Country Representative in Yemen. (From The World Health Organization)

  • U.S. Representative for 11-30-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to support H.R.3207, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-30-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] support S.1539, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Along with H.R. 2670 (see 11/21 script), these bills would help close the "boyfriend loophole" in gun purchase and possession rules by expanding the definition of domestic abuse to include dating partners. At present, an assault isn't considered domestic violence under federal law unless the abuser and victim were cohabiting, or had a child together. See Every Town Research for more.

    Read the full text of H.R. 3207
    Read the full text of S. 1539

  • U.S. Representative for 11-29-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to hold an open, in-person Town Hall meeting during the November recess. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Upcoming recess for the House is December 15 through the end of the year. Republican representatives in Georgia have not been holding in-person town halls, though some have had telephone "town halls" with carefully-screened questions. If you want to attempt a dialog with the person answering the phone, consider asking why your representative hasn't held an in-person town hall. If your representative has had one, consider calling to thank them.

  • U.S. Senator for 11-29-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to oppose the Senate tax reform bill because it would add to the federal deficit. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: While this may not be our top reason for opposing the bill, it is one of the reasons most likely to resonate with Georgia's senators. "These are deficit-financed tax cuts. Republicans are leaving around $1.5 trillion on the national credit card over the first 10 years. Even so-called dynamic estimates — which take into account economic growth from the plan — show massive revenue losses from the plan." (From Vox)

  • U.S. Representative for 11-28-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to immediately work to renew Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "Five states are at risk of running out of funding for their individual programs by late December.... Other states reportedly have enough money to keep their programs afloat for a few more months at least.... Congress missed a deadline to extend funding for the program in September, putting the program, which enjoys bipartisan support, at risk of running out of money for the first time since its conception roughly 20 years ago. The program provides health coverage to roughly 9 million low- and middle-income children." (From The Hill)

  • U.S. Senator for 11-28-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to oppose the Senate tax bill because the CBO has determined the bill will have a negative impact on low-income Americans. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the proposed Senate tax legislation would hurt Americans in the lowest income brackets if passed, The Washington Post reported late Sunday. The bill would negatively impact individuals who make less than $30,000 per year by 2019, the CBO said, while most of those making under $75,000 would be negatively affected by 2027." (From The Hill)

  • U.S. Representative for 11-27-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to contact the FCC chairman and voice [his/her/their] strong support for keeping net neutrality. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-27-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to contact the FCC chairman and voice [his/her/their] strong support for keeping net neutrality. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has a form for emailing Members of Congress. It includes great talking/writing points.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-21-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to support H.R.2670, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This legislation would help close the "boyfriend loophole" - at present, an assault isn't considered domestic violence under federal law unless the abuser and victim were cohabiting, or had a child together. H.R.2670 adds language that includes "dating partner" and "former dating partner".

    Full text here.

  • U.S. Senator for 11-21-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to oppose the tax bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate. Leaving behind working families while benefiting the wealthy is unacceptable. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: If you'd like to take a faith-based approach in your calling and writing, check out "Justice Means Fair Taxes". The link contains talking points, and a form you can fill out to register your displeasure with the tax reform bill.

    We recommend that you call, fax, or email even if you fill out the form. We have heard repeatedly that more weight is given to contacts directly from individuals rather than through groups.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-20-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to hold an open, in-person Town Hall meeting focused on tax reform during the November recess. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-20-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to hold an open, in-person Town Hall meeting focused on tax reform during the November recess. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Tax reform is happening quickly, without sufficient transparency or public input. Recess for the House is November 17-27. Senate recess is November 20-24.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-17-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to stand up for undocumented youth and their families and pass a clean Dream Act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-17-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to stand up for undocumented youth and their families and pass a clean Dream Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This call script is from the ACLU.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-16-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to oppose the current tax bill. The $25 billion in Medicare cuts, that the CBO says would be required to offset the deficit increase, is unacceptable. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the House tax bill has been released. "Because the bill would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade, the CBO said in a letter to Congress, the government would be required to automatically cut mandatory spending should the bill pass, under "pay-as-you-go" rules, also known as PAYGO. To make up for the deficit increase, the government would have to cut $150 billion in spending every year for the next decade. Under PAYGO, Medicare spending could legally be cut by up to four percent, amounting to $25 billion dollars in cuts next year for the program under which senior citizens are provided with health insurance." (From CommonDreams)

  • U.S. Senator for 11-16-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to to oppose the ACA repeal included in the Senate tax reform bill. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "Senate Republicans took a big gamble Tuesday with their tax reform bill, adding a partial Obamacare repeal provision that would free up more money for tax cuts, but also inject significant new political hurdles. The change, backed by President Donald Trump and a handful of senators, would end the mandate under the Affordable Care Act that all Americans have health coverage.... Repealing the mandate would save the government an estimated $338 billion over 10 years, but only because millions of people would stop buying insurance and therefore would no longer receive subsidies to help pay for their premiums." (From MSN)

  • U.S. Representative for 11-15-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Representative [name] to oppose the repeal of the alternative minimum tax. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-15-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to to oppose the repeal of the alternative minimum tax. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The alternative minimum tax (AMT) "prevents wealthier taxpayers from using deductions and loopholes to shrink their tax liability to little or nothing. It asks tax filers to run their numbers twice — once under the traditional code and once under a separate structure designed to ensure everyone pays a minimum rate. If the latter results in a higher number than the former, the taxpayer must pay extra.... The AMT hits very few households making below $200,000 a year. By contrast, the majority of households earning between $500,000 and $1 million annually pay the AMT.... [T]he public knows of at least one high-profile, high-income AMT payer: Donald Trump, whom the AMT obliged to pay $31 million in 2005, the one year for which the public has seen his summary tax information." (From the Washington Post)

  • U.S. Representative for 11-14-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to introduce legislation that would require that the military to report domestic violence convictions to the national background check system, similar to the bipartisan legislation being introduced by in the Senate by Senators Flake and Heinrich. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-14-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to support legislation that would require that the military to report domestic violence convictions to the national background check system, such as the bipartisan legislation being introduced by Senators Flake and Heinrich. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "A bipartisan duo in the Senate is writing legislation to require that the military report domestic violence convictions to the national background check system.... Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) said the legislation, if it had been been in place, could have prevented Devin Kelley, the identified shooter in the massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, from getting a gun.... [I]t appears the military isn't currently reporting domestic assault charges because, they say, the Uniform Code of Military Justice only has a broader assault category and not specifically one for domestic assault.

    'It's quite clear it's because they don't classify domestic assault as you do in state court. They only have a classification for assault, that's a broader classification. I think it's quite clear that they simply weren't sending those assault records through to the NICS,' Flake said. The senators said they found only one instance of the military reporting a domestic assault charge into the national background check system." (From The Hill)

  • U.S. Representative for 11-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to hold an open, in-person Town Hall meeting during the November recess. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Upcoming recess for the House is November 17-27. Republican representatives in Georgia have not been holding in-person town halls, though some have had telephone "town halls" with carefully-screened questions. If you want to attempt a dialog with the person answering the phone, consider asking why your representative hasn't held an in-person town hall. If your representative has had one, consider calling to thank them.

  • U.S. Senator for 11-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to oppose the nomination of Jeff Mateer for US District Court judge. His statement that transgender children are part of 'Satan's plan' is beyond appalling. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "In a pair of 2015 speeches, President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal judgeship in Texas described transgender children as evidence of "Satan's plan," lamented that states were banning conversion therapy and argued that sanctioning same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality." (From CNN) He has also voiced opposition to the separation of church and state.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-10-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge Representative [name] to support H.R.3770, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, or CHIME Act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-10-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to support S.1899, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, or CHIME Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The CHIME Act would reauthorize the community health center program for five years. "Under the radar of most Americans and the mainstream media is a looming crisis that could strip health care from millions of people and result in the loss of tens of thousands of good paying jobs. With the funding deadline for community health centers having lapsed over a month ago, Congress must act right now or 70 percent of funding will be cut, and the doors of 2,800 health centers will close." (From the Hill)

    Full text of House bill
    Full text of Senate bill

  • U.S. Representative for 11-9-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge Representative [name] to oppose the tax bill released by the House Republicans on November 2. Massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, are unacceptable. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-9-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to oppose the tax bill released by the House Republicans on November 2. Massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, are unacceptable. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The House vote is scheduled for November 13. The Senate Vote is scheduled for November 20. Details, plus a more in-depth script for engaging in dialog here.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-8-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge Representative [name] to oppose any effort to supposedly "modernize" the Endangered Species Act. These proposed measures would in effect gut the act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The congressman who said he “would love to invalidate” the Endangered Species Act is closing in on his goal. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) recently shepherded five bills out of the Natural Resources Committee he chairs that would dismantle the law piece by piece. Many Republicans on the panel say the proposals are necessary changes that would modernize the 1973 law. Democrats and conservationists say the bills would whittle away the law’s ability to save wildlife from extinction.... All of the measures, approved almost completely along party-line votes Oct. 4, are awaiting consideration by the full House." (From the Washington Post)

  • U.S. Senator for 11-8-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to oppose the appointment of Jim Bridenstine to head NASA. A climate-change skeptic does not belong in a scientific post. Further, his anti-LGBT stance and his association with anti-Muslim hate groups is frightening. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: See the Southern Poverty Law Center's discussion here.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-7-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge Representative [name] to enact common sense gun laws now. Continuing to do nothing makes us all complicit in the next attack. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-7-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge Senator [name] to enact common sense gun laws now. Continuing to do nothing makes us all complicit in the next attack. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This ABC News article lists the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Two of the top five have occurred in the past 36 days. Four of the top five have occurred in the past year and a half.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-6-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. With Friday's release of the government's Fourth National Climate Assessment, stating that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity, I want to urge Representative [name] to push for action to address climate change now. Our window for acting is rapidly closing. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-6-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call.With Friday's release of the government's Fourth National Climate Assessment, stating that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity, I want to urge Senator [name] to push for action to address climate change now. Our window for acting is rapidly closing. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: From the NY Times: "Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization."

    Read the entire report here.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-3-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to let [representative] know that I strongly oppose the tax bill released by the House Republicans on November 2. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security down the line. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-3-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to let [senator] know that I strongly oppose the tax bill released by the House Republicans on November 2. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security down the line. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Today's call comes from Indivisible.

    "The GOP actually delayed releasing this bill by several days because they’re getting pushback from their own party, lobbyists, and you! Here is what the bill released today does:

    - Gives huge tax cuts to the wealthy by phasing out the estate tax, repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax, and limiting the tax rate on income earned by hedge funds, private law firms, and the Trump Organization;
    - Slashes the corporate tax rate, so corporations can line the pockets of their shareholders, and incentivizes moving operations offshore;
    - Adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit, forcing deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road.

    Learn more at Trump Tax Scam.

  • U.S. Representative for 11-2-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support a clean Dream Act, one without border wall funding that doesn't further criminalize or traumatize immigrant communities. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-2-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [senator] to support a clean Dream Act, one without border wall funding that doesn't further criminalize or traumatize immigrant communities. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The Dream Act of 2017 is bipartisan legislation that would allow around 1.5 million U.S.-raised immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship, if they fulfill a laundry list of requirements." Read more at the Daily Kos and sign the petition if you are inclined.

    Read the full bills here:
    S.1615 - Dream Act of 2017
    H.R.3440 - Dream Act of 2017

  • U.S. Representative for 11-1-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge [representative] to co-sponsor the Special Counsel Integrity Act and the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, the bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller’s investigation and that of future Special Counsels. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 11-1-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge [senator] to co-sponsor the Special Counsel Integrity Act and the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, the bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller’s investigation and that of future Special Counsels. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Today's calls are from Common Cause. "Paul Manafort, President Trump’s ex-campaign chair, was just indicted in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling. We need to make sure the President can’t fire Mueller in retaliation -- which he’s already considered doing. Congress must take action IMMEDIATELY to ensure Trump can’t interfere in Mueller’s investigation." Read more at the Common Cause website and sign their petition if you are inclined.

    Full bill texts:
    S.1735 - Special Counsel Independence Protection Act
    S.1741 - Special Counsel Integrity Act
    H.R.3771 - Special Counsel Integrity Act

  • U.S. Representative for 10-31-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge [representative] to support and inact common sense gun laws. Yes, the people should be able to “keep and bear arms” as stated in the second amendment but we can limit the types of “arms” our citizens are able to legally bear. We can also limit who has access to weapons. Please take action now. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-31-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge [representative] to support and inact common sense gun laws. Yes, the people should be able to “keep and bear arms” as stated in the second amendment but we can limit the types of “arms” our citizens are able to legally bear. We can also limit who has access to weapons. Please take action now. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Consider these statistics from Every Town USA. They are sobering:

    *Seven children and teens are killed with guns in the US on an average day.
    *The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increased the risk of the woman being shot and killed by five times.
    *Black men are 14 times more likely than white men to be shot and killed with guns.
    *America’s gun homicide rate is more than 25 times the average of other developed countries. *On an average day, 93 Americans are killed with guns.
    *In an average month 50 women are shot to death by intimate partners in the United States.

    Read more at this NPR article.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-30-2017
    "Hello, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge [representative] to demand Attorney Jeff Sessions recuse himself from the Alabama Drummond bribery case. It is a clear conflict of interest. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-30-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to urge [sentaor] to demand Attorney Jeff Sessions recuse himself from the Alabama Drummond bribery case. It is a clear conflict of interest. Thank you for taking my message.

    Notes/Talking Points: Jeff Sessions has multiple contacts in this case and may not be able to act impartially. “In recent months, a political bribery scandal has gripped Alabama involving the state’s largest coal company and the powerful, politically connected law firm it retained to fend off a federal effort to clean up a badly polluted North Birmingham neighborhood—an undertaking that could result in major financial liability for the company.” (From Mother Jones) As a good faith gesture, he should recuse himself immediately.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-27-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge [representative] to investigate the Whitefish energy contract for Puerto Rico and any ties to Secretary Zinke. It appears that Zinke is favoring a small company from his hometown with a lucrative government contract, and the public deserves answers. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-27-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to urge Senator [name] to investigate the Whitefish energy contract for Puerto Rico and any ties to Secretary Zinke. It appears that Zinke is favoring a small company from his hometown with a lucrative government contract, and the public deserves answers. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: More information is available from the Sierra Club.

    This site includes a form for emailing your Members of Congress. We recommend that you also call, even if you fill out the form. We have heard repeatedly that individual contacts are given more weight than bulk contacts through an organization.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-26-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge [representative] to join Senator Jeff Flake in saying, Enough. The damage that Trump's childish and disgraceful public behavior is doing to our democracy and to the institutions of American liberty must stop. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-26-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to urge Senator [name] to join Senator Jeff Flake in saying, Enough. The damage that Trump's childish and disgraceful public behavior is doing to our democracy and to the institutions of American liberty must stop. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: On Wednesday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said, "How many more disgraceful public feuds with Gold Star families can we witness in silence before we ourselves are disgraced? How many more times will we see moral ambiguity in the face of shocking bigotry and shrug it off? How many more childish insults do we need to see hurled at a hostile foreign power before we acknowledge the senseless danger of it? How much more damage to our democracy and to the institutions of American liberty do we need to witness in silence before we count ourselves as complicit in that damage? Nine months of this administration is enough for us to stop pretending that this is somehow normal, and that we are on the verge of some sort of pivot to governing, to stability. Nine months is more than enough for us to say, loudly and clearly: Enough. The outcome of this is in our hands. We can no longer remain silent, merely observing this train wreck, passively, as if waiting for someone else to do something. The longer we wait, the greater the damage, the harsher the judgment of history." (From the Washington Post)

  • U.S. Representative for 10-25-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to urge [representative] to join an important Supreme Court friend-of-the-court brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case that will decide whether businesses that are open to the public can discriminate against LGBT people by refusing to serve them. This brief is led by Representative Maloney of New York. Please note, the deadline for Members of Congress to join this brief is October 26. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-25-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to urge Senator [name] to join an important Supreme Court friend-of-the-court brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case that will decide whether businesses that are open to the public can discriminate against LGBT people by refusing to serve them. This brief is led by Senator Baldwin. Please note, the deadline for Members of Congress to join this brief is October 26. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This call comes from an ACLU action alert. Additional information, and a form you can submit online here.

    We encourage you to call even if you submit the online form. We have heard repeatedly that individual contacts are given more weight than mass contact through a single group.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-24-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose the Medicare and Medicaid cuts in the Budget Resolution. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The Senate has passed this Budget Resolution, so it now heads to the house. Discussion of the pressure they are feeling to pass it, and how it relates to getting to tax reform, at this Politico article.

  • U.S. Senator for 10-24-2017
    Separate calls for Isakson and Perdue today:

    Sen. Isakson:
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to thank Senator Isakson for supporting the Alexander-Murray deal to stabilize the ACA. Thank you for taking my message."

    Sen. Perdue:
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator Perdue to join Senator Isakson in supporting the Alexander-Murray deal to stabilize the ACA. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This is a bipartisan deal that would reinstate cost-share reduction payment and stabilize the ACA markets. Isakson has signed on. Perdue has not. Read more at the AJC.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-23-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to join Representatives Velázquez and Serrano, along with Senator Schumer, in their request for a single point of contact to oversee and manage the crisis in Puerto Rico. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-23-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to join Senator Schumer, along with Representatives Velázquez and Serrano, in their request for a single point of contact to oversee and manage the crisis in Puerto Rico. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: It has been over a month since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Much of the island is still without power and clean drinking water. "The response on Puerto Rico is unconscionable & demands new action," Schumer tweeted Sunday. "We're calling for a clear point person, a CEO of Response & Recovery." (from The Hill).

  • U.S. Representative for 10-20-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to affirm the commitment of the United States to the Iran Deal. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-20-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to affirm the commitment of the United States to the Iran Deal. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: For a discussion of the Trump administration's decision to not certify the nuclear deal that Obama’s government struck with Iran, including different scenarios for what happens now, see this Atlantic article.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-19-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose H. R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This bill would remove protections for Americans with disabilities by allowing "businesses to wait until they are notified of their failure to meet legal obligations before they even have to start removing barriers that prevent Americans with disabilities from leading independent lives." (from an article by Sen. Tammy Duckworth)

    Download a PDF of the opposition letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities here.

    Read the full text of H.R. 620 here.

  • U.S. Senator for 10-19-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to hold an open, in-person Town Hall meeting this month. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: So far this year, Senator Isakson has held one in-person town hall and several phone calls. Senator Perdue has done nothing.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-18-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support H.R. 3222, the Do No Harm Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: From the ACLU: "The Do No Harm Act would limit the dangerous ways we have been seeing the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) used to justify discriminatory acts in this country over the past two decades. Specifically, the Do No Harm Act would clarify that the RFRA can’t be used to exempt anyone from laws that prohibit discrimination, require equal pay, protect child welfare, or guarantee access to health care." The ACLU has more information and a form for emailing your representative here.

    If you fill out the form, we recommend that you also call or email directly; we have heard repeatedly that more weight is given to direct contacts than to forms from large groups.

    Full text of H.R. 3222 is here.

  • U.S. Senator for 10-18-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points:The Senate vote on the Republican budget plan is expected on Thursday. "The spending cuts in the measure include $473 billion from Medicare and more than $1 trillion from Medicaid." Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-17-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support the Determining if Regulatory Actions are in the Interest of the Nation or the Swamp (DRAIN the Swamp) Act introduced by Representative Cicilline. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Read Rep. Ciciline's press release.

  • U.S. Senator for 10-17-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to ask [senator] to oppose any budget that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "Senate Budget Committee and the full House of Representatives recently approved budget resolutions that could allow oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge.... After more than three decades of successful bipartisan battles to protect this precious American natural resource, ...the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is in danger." (former Senator Joseph Lieberman - read more at The Hill).

  • U.S. Representative for 10-16-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm extremely concerned about the President's move to end ACA cost-sharing reduction payments. I'm calling to ask [representative] to immediately work on legislation to keep these payments fully funded and stabilize the insurance markets. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-16-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm extremely concerned about the President's move to end ACA cost-sharing reduction payments. I'm calling to ask [senator] to immediately work on legislation to keep these payments fully funded and stabilize the insurance markets. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Trump has halted "payments to insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage under the Affordable Care Act.... Insurers are obligated to provide these discounts for eligible customers, even if the federal government does not fund the CSRs, as they’re called; ending the payments is grounds for any company to back out of its federal contract to sell health plans for 2018. Their only other option is to raise premium rates." (See the Washington Post article).

  • U.S. Representative for 10-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose the proposed overhaul of the Antiquities Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points:The Antiquities Act gives the president power to establish national monuments. The proposed legislation "applies increasingly strict rules to potential monuments the larger they get, ultimately requiring county and state governments to sign off on the monument designation before it takes effect. It also codifies the president’s ability to reduce the size of a monument." (from The Hill)

  • U.S. Senator for 10-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose the appointment of Barry Myers as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This position should be filled by a scientist. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: His appointment breaks the precedent of having a scientist lead NOAA. See the Washington Post article.

  • Special Call for 10-13-2017
    DeAndre Harris, who was beaten during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA, in August, has had a warrant issued for HIS arrest due to the incident (See the NYTimes article here).

    Call the Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney at 434-970-3176 to demand they drop the charges.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-12-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to push for removing the "Dickey Amendment" so that the CDC can research gun violence. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The amendment, which was first tucked into an appropriations bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton, stipulates that 'none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.'... CDC policy states the agency 'interprets' the language as a prohibition on using CDC funds to research gun issues that would be used in legislative arguments 'intended to restrict or control the purchase or use of firearms.'" (from ABC News)

  • U.S. Senator for 10-12-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose any Budget Resolution that will pave the way for massive tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations, like the one the House passed on October 5. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Indivisible.org has information on why opposing the budget resolution in the Senate is critical, and a more detailed suggested script here.

  • Special Call for 10-12-2017
    DeAndre Harris, who was beaten during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA, in August, has had a warrant issued for HIS arrest due to the incident (See the NYTimes article here).

    Call the Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney at 434-970-3176 to demand they drop the charges.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-11-2017
    Two Options Today:

    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to make it a priority to address climate change. Thank you for taking my message."

    Or

    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support a carbon-fee-and-dividend solution to address climate change. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a proposed rule Tuesday that would repeal sweeping regulation aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from existing U.S. power plants." (from the Washington Post). With this in mind, it's a good time to push for Congressional action on climate change. The first script option is a general message. The second is in support of the specific solution proposed by Citizens' Climate Lobby. Read the details here.

  • U.S. Senator for 10-11-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. Now that the temporary waiver on the Jones Act has expired, I want to ask Senator [name] to support the legislation introduced by Senators McCain and Lee that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from it. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The Jones Act is an obscure, century-old law that requires all goods ferried between U.S. ports to be carried on ships built, owned and operated by Americans.... {It] had the unintended consequence of making it twice as expensive to ship things from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico as it is to ship from any other foreign port in the world, according to Republican Senator John McCain's office." (from CNN Money). It was temporarily waived for Puerto Rico, but that waiver expired Sunday night, and was not extended (from CBS News).

    On September 28, McCain and Lee introduced legislation to permanently exempt Puerto Rico. See McCain's website for more information.

  • Special Call for 10-11-2017
    DeAndre Harris, who was beaten during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA, in August, has had a warrant issued for HIS arrest due to the incident (See the NYTimes article here).

    Call the Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney at 434-970-3176 to demand they drop the charges.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-10-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to hold an open, in-person Town Hall meeting during the October recess. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-10-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to hold an open, in-person Town Hall meeting during the October recess. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The Senate is on recess this week; the House has recess next week. Republican representatives in Georgia have not been holding in-person town halls, though some have had telephone "town halls" with carefully-screened questions. If you want to attempt a dialog with the person answering the phone, consider asking why your representative hasn't held an in-person town hall. If your representative has had one, consider calling to thank them. Senator Isakson has held one in-person town hall and several phone calls. Senator Perdue has done nothing.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-9-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support H. R. 2282, the Equality Act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 10-9-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support S.1006, the Equality Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Now that Sessions has reversed the DOJ policy on transgender employee protections (see The Hill article here), it is more important than ever to explicitly ban discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

    Full text of H.R.2282.
    Full text of S. 1006.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-5-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to let [representative] know that I feel it is well past time for Congress to tackle the issue of gun violence. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Sen. Murphy puts it well here.

  • U.S. Senator for 10-5-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose SB 446, the "concealed carry reciprocity" bill. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: From the bill description: "This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows its residents to carry concealed firearms." Read the full text of the bill.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-4-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program. Thank you!"

  • U.S. Senator for 10-4-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support S. 1827, the KIDS Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on September 30, due to Congress' inaction. (CHIP) provides well-child visits and healthcare for children in low-income families. S. 1827 would provide a five-year extension of the program (Full text here). There is not a specific proposal in the House at this time.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-3-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose H. R. 3668, the SHARE Act, because it would make it easier for anyone to buy gun silencers without a background check. Thank you!"

    Notes/Talking Points: The "Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act,” or SHARE Act, is a collection of gun-related legislation. It includes a provision making it easier to acquire silencers. (The primary sponsor, Rep. Duncan, has already introduced this silencer legislation as a stand-alone bill, the so-called “Hearing Protection Act.) See this article to read a Virginia Tech survivor's account of how hearing the gunshots saved his life.

    Read the full text of the SHARE Act here.

  • U.S. Senator for 10-3-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose H.J.Res.111, which would overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's arbitration rule. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "Announced in early July and slated to apply to contracts signed after March 2018, the arbitration rule prohibits major financial institutions—a group that includes banks, credit card companies, student lenders, payday lenders, debt collectors, and credit reporting companies—from imposing any contractual fine print that would stop consumers from banning together to bring a class action lawsuit." Read the full article here. But, the House passed H.J. Res. 111, which would overturn that rule. The legislation is now in the hands of the Senate. For a discussion of how the recent Equifax data breach and Wells Fargo scandals are related to this legislation, see this Bloomberg article.

  • U.S. Representative for 10-2-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose HR 2603, the SAVES Act. Thank you!"

    Notes/Talking Points: World Wildlife Fund says the SAVES Act would "seriously undermine the progress the US has made in combating illegal wildlife trafficking and the transnational crime organizations that are driving it." WWF has a current online petition. It includes more info and talking points.

    We recommend that you call and/or write directly in addition to filling out the petition; we have heard repeatedly that more weight is given to individual contact than to mass contact through organizations.

  • U.S. Senator for 10-2-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support the legislation introduced by Senators McCain and Lee that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The Jones Act is an obscure, century-old law that requires all goods ferried between U.S. ports to be carried on ships built, owned and operated by Americans.... {It] had the unintended consequence of making it twice as expensive to ship things from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico as it is to ship from any other foreign port in the world, according to Republican Senator John McCain's office." [from this CNN article]. It has been temporarily waived for Puerto Rico. On September 28, McCain and Lee introduced legislation to permanently exempt Puerto Rico. See Senator McCain's website for more details.

  • U.S. Representative for 9-29-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to ask [representative] to support reauthorization of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking points: The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides well-child visits and healthcare for children in low-income families. Different states administer the program differently, but a cut in federal funds would affect services. Trump's proposed budget would remove 20% of CHIP's federal budget (Read the CNN article here.). CHIP funding will expire on September 30 if it isn't renewed. Read more at healthaffairs.org.

  • U.S. Senator for 9-29-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose the appointment of Brian Benczkowski to lead the Department of Justice Criminal Division. His connection with a Russian bank that is under FBI investigation is worrisome. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: On 9/28, Benczkowski's nomination advanced out of committee and will go to a floor vote. "President Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, Brian A. Benczkowski, has disclosed to Congress that he previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose owners have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin." (Read the NY Times article here.)

  • U.S. Representative for 9-28-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support emergency disaster relief for Puerto Rico. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-28-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support emergency disaster relief for Puerto Rico. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Congress approved funding for Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Puerto Rico, a US territory home to 3.5 million Americans, was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has "called on Congress to treat Puerto Rico like a state in any comprehensive emergency aid package." (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/24/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-governor-243081)

  • U.S. Representative for 9-27-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to insist on Congressional approval for any military action against North Korea. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-27-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to insist on Congressional approval for any military action against North Korea. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: On Tuesday, Trump said the US is prepared to use "devastating" military action if necessary. See http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/26/politics/trump-north-korea-moves-fighters-missiles-fuel-tanks/index.html

  • U.S. Representative for 9-26-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support emergency disaster relief for Puerto Rico. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-26-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support emergency disaster relief for Puerto Rico. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Congress approved funding for Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Puerto Rico, a US territory home to 3.5 million Americans, was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has "called on Congress to treat Puerto Rico like a state in any comprehensive emergency aid package." (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/24/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-governor-243081)

  • U.S. Representative for 9-25-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to push for action on climate change now. Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Maria, and the western wildfires are a wake-up call. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: 350.org has more info and a form for submitting letters to Congress at http://act.350.org/letter/hurricanes-congress/. However, we recommend that you also call or write your Representative independently; we have heard repeatedly that independent constituent contact is weighted more heavily than form letters submitted through a group's site.

  • U.S. Senator for 9-25-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose voting on the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan because it would allow states to obtain waivers on pre-existing condition coverage. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The draft legislation doesn’t overtly repeal the Affordable Care Act’s ban on insurers denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and it doesn’t explicitly abandon the A.C.A.’s community-rating regulations that prohibit insurers from charging people with serious illnesses much higher premiums. The bill would, however, allow individual states to obtain waivers from these rules if they persuaded the Department of Health and Human Services (H.H.S.) that they could 'maintain access to adequate and affordable coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.' Since the bill doesn’t define what 'access to adequate and affordable coverage' means, critics say that it is effectively sanctioning a return to the days before the A.C.A., when sick people in many parts of the country found it extremely difficult and costly to get health coverage." (From https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-graham-cassidy-health-care-bill-is-a-clear-danger-to-people-with-preexisting-conditions)

    We've written scripts with different reasons for opposing this bill, and suggest that you call repeatedly, with a different reason each time. Other options are at http://actionga.com/past.html#past - see the 9/22, 9/20 and 9/18 scripts.

  • U.S. Representative for 9-22-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose any tax reform plan that cuts funding to Medicaid or Medicare. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Read Indivisible's analysis of Republican tax reform plans at https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/august-recess-toolkit-tax-reform/

  • U.S. Senator for 9-22-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose voting on the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan because it would allow states to reduce maternity coverage. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This bill would be devastating to women's health care. In addition to allowing states to reduce maternity coverage, it would end federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood services. It would also "restrict people who get tax credits to buy insurance on the individual market from purchasing plans that include abortion coverage" and "bar small businesses that receive tax credits to offer insurance from including abortion coverage in employees' plans." (See http://time.com/4949573/graham-cassidy-obamacare-repeal-womens-health/)

  • U.S. Representative for 9-21-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to let [representative] know that I am horrified by the Department of the Interior's recommendation to open six of our national monuments to mining, drilling, logging, and commercial fishing. I ask that Congress advance legislation to protect our public lands and waters. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-21-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to let Senator [name] know that I am horrified by the Department of the Interior's recommendation to open six of our national monuments to mining, drilling, logging, and commercial fishing. I ask that Congress advance legislation to protect our public lands and waters. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The Sierra Club has more information on Secretary Zinke's recommendations, and their implications, at https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0089003. Their site includes an online petition you can complete.

    However, we urge you to also call, fax, email, or write your Members of Congress directly. We have heard that direct, individual contacts are given more weight than petitions submitted by organizations.

  • U.S. Representative for 9-20-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to ask [representative] to support a clean bill reauthorizing funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to expire on September 30. Key Senators have come to an agreement that would keep it going, at least temporarily (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/12/us/politics/childrens-health-insurance-program-chip-deal-hatch-wyden.html?mcubz=3) but an agreement has not been worked out in the House. We are asking that it be passed as a "clean" bill, free of partisan policy amendments.

  • U.S. Senator for 9-20-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose voting on the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan before its FULL CBO analysis is available. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "If Senate Republicans vote to repeal Obamacare before the end of the month, they'll be flying blind — not knowing the impact their plan will have on insurance coverage or premium costs, budget scorekeepers said Monday. The Congressional Budget Office will only have a bare-bones assessment of the latest GOP bill ready before Sept. 30, the deadline for Senate Republicans to pass health care legislation on a party-line vote. The CBO analysis, which the agency aims to release early next week, will include some basic budgetary estimates required by reconciliation rules. But it will not have details about the practical implications of the bill, including how many people could lose coverage and the impact on insurance premiums. Those estimates will not be available 'for at least several weeks,' CBO said." [http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/obamacare-repeal-lindsey-graham-bill-cassidy-cbo-242841]

  • U.S. Representative for 9-19-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose H. R. 3139, the Hearing Protection Act. Making silencers for firearms more easily obtainable causes a host of problems. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-19-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose S.1505, the Silencers Help Us Save Hearing Act, or SHUSH Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: H.R. 3139 and S. 1505 would result in treating silencers as firearm accessories. This action is opposed by many law enforcement officers and major law enforcement organizations. You can read details at https://everytownresearch.org/shush-act-dangerous-unnecessary-make-legal-convicted-felons-buy-silencers/.

    When calling your Representative, it's unlikely that the person taking your message will know that the "Hearing Protection Act" is actually about gun silencers - that's why we added the second sentence.

    See the full text of the House bill at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3139/text
    Full Senate bill text is at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1505/text

  • U.S. Representative for 9-18-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose H.R. 620, ADA Education and Reform Act, because it would weaken the ADA and harm Americans with disabilities. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The ACLU says "this bill undermines the very purpose of the landmark civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),and harms people with disabilities." See the specifics of their analysis of the bill at https://www.aclu.org/other/hr-620-myths-and-truths-about-ada-education-and-reform-act.

    See the full text of the bill at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/620/text

  • U.S. Senator for 9-18-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan because it would end Medicaid expansion. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This is a last-ditch Republican effort to end the ACA as part of the budget reconciliation process (deadline for that is September 30). The plan "essentially turns control of the health-care markets over to the states. Rather than funding Medicaid and subsidies directly, that money would be put into a block grant that a state could use to develop any health-care system it wants. It also allows states to opt out of many ACA regulations." See the Washington Post article here.

  • U.S. Representative for 9-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose any tax reform plan that cuts funding to Medicaid or Medicare. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Read Indivisible's analysis of Republican tax reform plans at https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/august-recess-toolkit-tax-reform/

  • U.S. Senator for 9-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose the appointment of Jeffrey Bossert Clark as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division. A climate change denier is not an appropriate candidate for this position. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Bossert was the BP lawyer for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. He is a climate-change denier. Read the Sierra Club's take on his nomination at http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/06/sierra-club-clark-unfit-lead-department-justice-s-environmental-and-natural

  • U.S. Representative for 9-12-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose H.R.3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This bill is expected to come up today. It would give the Department of Homeland Security the power to designate groups as gangs, and then deport them. This bill "criminalizes immigrants, including those fleeing gang violence, and allows more of them to be detained and deported. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children."
    (From Indivisible at https://www.indivisibleguide.com/blog/weeks-indivisible-actions-september-11-17/)
    Full text at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3697

  • U.S. Senator for 9-12-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support the bipartisan amendment introduced by Senators Collins and Gillibrand that would prevent the military from removing service members based on gender identity. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "The amendment...would prevent the military from kicking out transgender service members solely based on their gender identity....The senators will try to get a vote on their proposal during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act, the massive defense policy bill that's on the Senate floor this week. It's still unclear whether the measure will get a vote, as it's one of scores of proposed amendments to the defense bill."
    (http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gillibrand-collins-unveil-plan-to-block-transgender-ban/ar-AArJ5Ii)

  • U.S. Representative for 9-11-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to make it a priority to address climate change. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma make it abundantly clear that we have to act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-11-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to make it a priority to address climate change. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma make it abundantly clear that we have to act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: From https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/10/hurricane-irma-harvey-climate-change-trump: "Climate change cannot be blamed for the hurricane count in any single season, nor for the occurrence of any single storm, but there are three ways in which it is making the consequences worse. First, although the intensity of a hurricane depends on many factors, warmer seawater tends to promote stronger storms. Average sea surface temperatures have been rising.... Second, a warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapour, which can result in heavier rainfall.... Third...[s]ea levels have been gradually rising globally, making storm surges bigger and deadlier."

  • U.S. Representative for 9-8-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support H.R.3591, the American Hope Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Now that Trump has rescinded DACA, it's up to Congress to make it right. H.R.359 "amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to allow a state to extend higher-education benefits to state residents regardless of whether they are lawfully present in the United States. In addition, the bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to cancel the removal, and adjust the status, of certain residents who entered the United States as children prior to 2017."

    See full text at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3591/text

  • U.S. Senator for 9-8-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan because it would end Medicaid expansion. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: One more Republican effort to end the ACA as part of the budget reconciliation process (deadline for that is September 30). "The proposal would eliminate the health care law’s subsidies for private insurance and end the Medicaid expansion. The health insurance marketplaces would no longer exist as they are envisioned to continue under other Republican proposals. The federal government would convert some (but not all) of that spending into a lump-sum payment to states. States could choose to spend this money on providing insurance, or they could use it to fund high-risk pools, or do other activities to pay the bills of patients with high medical needs." (https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/6/16263316/cassidy-graham-mccain-obamacare-repeal)

  • U.S. Representative for 9-7-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to take action that will protect current and future Dreamers from deportation. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-7-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to take action that will protect current and future Dreamers from deportation."

    Notes/Talking Points: Now that Trump has rescinded DACA, it's up to Congress to make it right. Yesterday's call script asked Congresspeople specifically to support the DREAM Act. Today's has the same point, but approached in a different way, to acknowledge that there are other productive options on the table.

    See http://www.npr.org/2017/09/06/548766330/here-s-how-congress-could-act-to-save-daca for a discussion of those options.

    For more information specifically on the DREAM Act, see the notes in yesterday's call script at http://actionga.com/past.html#past

  • U.S. Representative for 9-6-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support the DREAM Act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-6-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support the Dream Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Now that Trump has rescinded DACA, it's up to Congress to make it right by passing the DREAM Act. The ACLU writes, "The human impact of Trump canceling DACA and 800,000 young people losing their legal status would be devastating. Every one of them would lose their work authorization and be at risk for deportation. These people came to the U.S. as children and America is their only home. The bipartisan Dream Act would protect DACA-recipients by providing qualified undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 18 a pathway to citizenship."

    See https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights/tell-your-senator-co-sponsor-dream-act.

    Similar legislation has been introduced in the House: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/27/1684490/--Congress-cannot-allow-DREAMers-to-be-targeted-Bipartisan-DREAM-Act-introduced-in-House

  • U.S. Representative for 9-5-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support H.R.1423, the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-5-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support S.1571, the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/talking points: Funding for the National Flood Insurance Program expires at the end of September. Read about the program at https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program. Hurricane Harvey reminds us just how important this program is. H.R.1423/S.1571 would renew the program.

    Full text of House bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1423/text
    Full text of Senate bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1571/text



Past Georgia State Legislator Scripts

  • State Representative for 3-28-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from, [city], Georgia. I would like to leave a message for [senator name]. (Pause here if you're talking to a live person; they will verify that they can take that message.) I ask that [senator name] oppose HB 280, the Campus Carry bill. Thank you!"

  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for 3-28-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city], Georgia. I'm calling to express my opposition for HB 280, the Campus Carry bill. Thank you!"

    Notes: HB 280 (Campus Carry) would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry firearms on public college and university campuses, with a few exceptions. This is largely a replica of the bill from last year that Gov. Deal vetoed.

  • State Representative for 3-24-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from, [city], Georgia. I would like to leave a message for [representative name]. (Pause here if you're talking to a live person; they will verify that they can take that message.) I ask that [representative name] oppose SB 1 - The Protect Act. Thank you!"

    Notes: Read more about SB 1 at http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/03/06/in-sb-1-georgia-may-have-it-first-hate-crime-bill/. The ACLU opposes this bill, saying, "we are especially troubled by its apparent attempt to target political expression, which is protected by the First Amendment."

  • State Senator for 3-24-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from, [city], Georgia. I would like to leave a message for [senator name]. (Pause here if you're talking to a live person; they will verify that they can take that message.) I ask that [senator name] oppose HB 159 because of the amendment that allows discrimination against LGBT parents. Thank you!"

  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for 3-24-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city], Georgia. I'm calling to express my opposition to HB 159 because of the amendment that allows discrimination against LGBT parents. Thank you!"

    Notes/talking points: HB 159 is an adoption bill. On 3/16, the Senate Judiciary Committee added an amendment allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples and refuse to work with prospective LGBT parents. This includes adoption agencies that receive public funding. Georgia Unites Against Discrimination (http://www.georgiaunites.org/) recommends calling Governor Nathan Deal at 404-656-1776 about this legislation. You can use the Lieutenant Governor script above.

  • State Senator for 3-16-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from, [city], Georgia. I would like to leave a message for [senator name]. (Pause here if you're talking to a live person; they will verify that they can take that message.) I ask that [senator name] oppose HB 515. Thank you!"

    Notes: this bill would change the boundaries of two Georgia House districts in ways that would benefit Republicans. It passed the Georgia House without being open for public comment.

  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for 3-16-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city], Georgia. I'm calling to express my opposition for HB 515. Thank you!"

    Notes: this bill would change the boundaries of two Georgia House districts in ways that would benefit Republicans. It passed the Georgia House without being open for public comment.

  • State Representative for 3-13-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from, [city], Georgia. I would like to leave a message for [representative name]. (Pause here if you're talking to a live person; they will verify that they can take that message.) I ask that [representative name] support SB 174, Criminal Justice Reform. Thank you!"

    Notes: SB 174 (Criminal Justice Reform) includes limiting the use of prison for certain offenses, shortening Georgia's lengthy probation terms, and lowering the barriers to housing and employment for people with criminal records.

  • State Senator for 3-10-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from, [city], Georgia. I would like to leave a message for [senator name]. (Pause here if you're talking to a live person; they will verify that they can take that message.) I ask that [senator name] oppose HB 280, the Campus Carry bill. Thank you!"

  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for 3-10-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city], Georgia. I'm calling to express my opposition for HB 280, the Campus Carry bill. Thank you!"

    Notes: HB 280 (Campus Carry) would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry firearms on public college and university campuses, with a few exceptions. This is largely a replica of the bill from last year that Gov. Deal vetoed, but with some exceptions that may make it more acceptable to the Governor.

  • State Senator for 3-7-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from, [city], Georgia. I would like to leave a message for [senator name]. (Pause here if you're talking to a live person; they will verify that they can take that message.) I ask that [senator name] oppose HB 515. Thank you!"

  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for 3-7-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city], Georgia. I'm calling to express my opposition for HB 515. Thank you!"

    Notes: this bill would change the boundaries of two Georgia House districts in ways that would benefit Republicans. It passed the Georgia House without being open for public comment.

  • State Senator for 3-6-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from, [city], Georgia. I would like to leave a message for [senator name]. (Pause here if you're talking to a live person; they will verify that they can take that message.) I ask that [senator name] oppose HB 51. Thank you!"

  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for 3-6-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city], Georgia. I'm calling to express my opposition for HB 51. Thank you!"

    Notes: HB 51 "prohibits universities from conducting an investigation until law enforcement is finished because of the risk that college officials would destroy evidence needed for a possible criminal cases." While that sounds good at first, it would offer further protections to the assailant. At this time, schools have the power to remove the accused from the victim's classes, dorm, etc during investigation. If this bill becomes law, colleges and universities would lose that power to protect victims.

  • State Representative for 3-3-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city]. I want to ask [representative] to oppose HB 515 and HB 452, support HB 531."

    (Notes: HB 515 has to do with changing district lines in 9 districts. Maps were NOT AVAILABLE to the public prior to the hearing. Public Comment was DENIED by committee chair Rep. Johnnie Caldwell during the hearing. You can also call Speaker Ralston's Office at (404) 656 - 5020 to oppose HB 515. HB 452 takes the GBI's valuable time away from solving and preventing crime to task them with creating an immigrant registry to include a persons photograph, home address, digital mapping capabilities. HB 531 is an Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. This is Crossover Day - anything that doesn't make it out of the House today is dead for the session, so only make this call on March 3.)

  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for 3-2-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city], Georgia. I'm calling to express my support for SB 165. Thank you!"

  • State Senator for 3-2-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city]. I want to ask [senator] to vote Yes on SB 165. Thank you!"

    (Notes: SB 165 makes producers of coal ash waste dumped in Georgia responsible for pollution, health, and property rights damages caused by the coal ash.)

  • State Representative for 3-2-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city]. I want to ask [representative] to support both HB 387 and HB 388. Thank you!"

    (Notes: these bills require the closure of unlined coal ash ponds and require municipal solid waste landfills to modify their permits and notify the public before receiving large amounts of coal ash.)

  • State Senator for 3-1-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city]. I want to ask [senator's name] to vote no on SB 233. And, I would like to ask them to support SB 119. Thank you!"

    (Notes: SB 233 is a "religious freedom" bill. SB 119 is a broad anti-discrimination law, which includes gender identity.)

  • State Representative for 3-1-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] calling from [city]. I want to ask [representative] to support HR 404 and HB 488. Thank you!"

    (Notes: HR 404 creates Joint Study Committee on Comprehensive Civil Rights Legislation. HB 488 is abroad anti-discrimination bill.)


Today's script can be found here.

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

-Angela Davis