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Past Calls



Past U.S. Congress Scripts

  • 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.


Today's scripts can be found here.

  • 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

  • U.S. Representative for 9-1-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to prioritize disaster relief funding related to Hurricane Harvey over border wall funding. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 9-1-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to prioritize disaster relief funding related to Hurricane Harvey over border wall funding. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Representative for 8-31-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose any effort to defund the Russia investigation. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking points: Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) "has put forth an amendment that would stop funding for the special counsel’s Russia investigation 180 days after it becomes law." (See http://thehill.com/homenews/house/348343-gop-lawmaker-proposes-amendment-that-would-stop-funding-for-special-counsel).

    It is part of a spending bill. Congress has to pass the 2018 federal budget by the end of September. Because of that urgency, it may be easier for potentially-devastating amendments like this one to get through.

  • U.S. Senator for 8-31-2017
    U.S. Senator - separate scripts today for Sens. Perdue and Isakson

    Sen. Perdue
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to thank Senator Perdue for his statement that the military should allow transgender soldiers. Thank you for taking my message."

    Sen. Isakson
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to ask Senator Isakson to join Senator Perdue in publicly stating that the military should allow transgender soldiers. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: "In a sharp break from Georgia's Republican delegation – and President Donald Trump – U.S. Sen. David Perdue said the military should allow transgender soldiers." (http://www.projectq.us/atlanta/david_perdue_says_military_should_allow_transgender_troops).

    Note that Perdue's positive statement has its limits; he clarified his view that the military shouldn't pay for "elective" surgery for transgender personnel. Trump cited "medical costs" as the reason for the ban. However, the Rand study has estimated the military healthcare costs for gender-transition related medical treatment at $2.4 million to $8.4 million per year. For contrast and perspective, a Military Times analysis found spending of $84 million per year on erectile dysfunction medicines. (See the Washington Post article here).

  • U.S. Representative for 8-30-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to let [representative] know that I am deeply disturbed by Interior Secretary Zinke’s recommendation to downsize several national monuments, and I ask [representative] to commit to protecting public lands and waters. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-30-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I'm calling to let [senator] know that I am deeply disturbed by Interior Secretary Zinke’s recommendation to downsize several national monuments, and I ask [senator] to commit to protecting public lands and waters. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The Sierra Club gives some background and additional talking points here. They also offer a form letter you can send in. However, we have heard that direct, personal contact (whether through phone calls, emails, faxes, or written letters) is given more weight than form letters sent through groups.

  • U.S. Representative for 8-29-2017
    "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 8-29-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to become a a co-sponsor of the Dream Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The ACLU asks that we call our senators about this. They write, "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 8-28-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to join Paul Ryan in speaking out against the president's pardoning of Sheriff Arpaio. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-28-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to join John McCain in speaking out against the president's pardoning of Sheriff Arpaio. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Some Republicans, including Ryan and McCain, have spoken out against this. See http://thehill.com/homenews/house/348129-ryan-breaks-with-trump-on-arpaio-pardon-report

  • U.S. Representative for 8-24-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to hold an open, in-person Town Hall meeting during this recess. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The House is now on its August break, which is scheduled to last through Labor Day. 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 8-24-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] oppose S 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act. It would block new health and safety standards and endanger the public. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards says that the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) would "cripple the process for issuing and enforcing regulations that ensure we have clean air and water, healthy food and consumer products, fair wages, safe workplaces and many other key protections." (http://sensiblesafeguards.org/issues/regulatory-accountability-act/).

    Full text of the bill is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/951/text

  • U.S. Representative for 8-23-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to ask [representative] to call for the resignation of Stephen Miller. His connection to white supremacy does not represent American values. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-23-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to call for the resignation of Stephen Miller. His connection to white supremacy not represent American values. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Miller is Trump's senior policy adviser. Rep. Adam Schiff described Miller and Sebastian Gorka (see 8/21 script) as people "who not only I think represent the same thing that Steve Bannon did, but aren't capable doing the job well." See http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/347257-schiff-miller-gorka-shouldnt-be-in-white-house

  • U.S. Representative for 8-22-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to ask [representative] to support the resolution introduced by Representative Lofgren of California last Friday, "urging the Vice President and Cabinet to fulfill their duties pursuant to Section 4 of the 25th Amendment." Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the resolution on Friday to have the President undergo a mental health evaluation. https://www.yahoo.com/news/bill-require-donald-trump-undergo-034316134.html explains, and has the text of the resolution.

  • U.S. Senator for 8-22-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to oppose the nomination of Sam Clovis for USDA Under Secretary. This position requires a scientist, and he has no formal scientific training. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Clovis is also a climate-change denier and a "birther".

  • U.S. Representative for 8-21-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to ask [representative] to call for the resignation of Sebastian Gorka. His connection to white supremacy does not represent American values. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-21-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to call for the resignation of Sebastian Gorka. His connection to white supremacy not represent American values. Thank you for taking my message." Notes/Talking Points: Sebastian Gorka is a deputy assistant to the president. He has ties to far-right and anti-Semitic groups. See http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/18/politics/gorka-credentials/index.html

  • U.S. Representative for 8-18-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to ask [representative] to support the resolution to censure President Trump introduced by Representatives Nadler, Jayapal, and Coleman. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-18-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to introduce a formal resolution censuring President Trump, similar to the House resolution introduced by Representatives Nadler, Jayapal, and Coleman that calls for censure for his “inadequate response to the violence” and “failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism”. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: See http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/346814-house-dems-call-for-censuring-trump-over-charlottesville-response

  • U.S. Representative for 8-17-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. Since the president has made it abundantly and frighteningly clear that the loyalties of the White House are with white supremacists, not with the American people as a whole, our elected officials must speak out. I ask that [representative] publicly comment on Trump's statement of sympathy with violent white supremacists in Charlottesville. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: If you know whether your Representative has made a statement, adjust the script accordingly. Or, begin the call by asking if they have made a statement.

    Trump's statements to the press on Tuesday include the following:
    “You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible,” he said.

    “And it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side. There was a group on this side, you can call them the left. You’ve just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that’s the way it is."

    "But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch."

    Further, he said that "both sides" had some “very fine people”.

    To watch the press conference or read the full transcript, see the NPR article here: http://www.npr.org/2017/08/15/543743845/another-reversal-trump-now-says-counterprotesters-also-to-blame-for-charlottesvi

  • U.S. Senator for 8-17-2017
    Separate scripts today, because they have responded differently up to this point.

    For Sen. Perdue: (see his tweet in Notes below)

    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to thank Senator Perdue for his tweet Tuesday night, condemning white supremacist groups. Since the president has made it abundantly and frighteningly clear that the loyalties of the White House are with white supremacists, not with the American people as a whole, I ask that Senator Perdue go further and publicly comment on Trump's statement of sympathy with violent white supremacists in Charlottesville. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: On Tuesday, Sen. Perdue tweeted, "KKK, neo-Nazi, & white supremacist groups spew bigotry & racism. These groups & their ideals are the antithesis of American patriotism."

    For 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 his tweet over the weekend on “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville. Since then, the president has made it abundantly and frighteningly clear that the loyalties of the White House are with white supremacists, not with the American people as a whole, our elected officials must speak out. I ask that Senator Isakson publicly comment on Trump's statement of sympathy with violent white supremacists in Charlottesville. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Sen. Isakson tweeted on Saturday, "I strongly condemn the hatred and violence in Charlottesville. This type of of vile bigotry and hate is not what our country stands for." However, he has not commented further after Trump's Tuesday comments.

  • U.S. Representative for 8-16-2017
    "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."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-16-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support 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 (http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/24/health/chip-health-care-cuts-trump-budget/index.html). CHIP funding will expire on September 30 if it isn't renewed. Read more at http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2017/06/26/whats-chip-got-to-do-with-it/

  • U.S. Representative for 8-15-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to ask [representative] to call for the resignation of Steve Bannon. His connection to the alt-right does not represent American values. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-15-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to call for the resignation of Steve Bannon. His connection to the alt-right does not represent American values. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Trump is coming under increasing pressure to get rid of Bannon. We can try to increase that pressure. See https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/us/politics/steve-bannon-trump-white-house.html

  • U.S. Representative for 8-14-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. Since the president's statement on “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville was wholly inadequate, I want to ask that [representative] speak up. We need to hear more messages like Republican Sen. Cory Gardner's statement that 'we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.' Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-14-2017
    Separate scripts today.

    For Sen. Perdue: (see his tweet in Notes below)

    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to say to Senator Perdue that his statement on “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville was wholly inadequate. We need to hear more messages like Republican Sen. Cory Gardner's statement that 'we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.' I ask that Sen. Perdue seriously reconsider his message and make a stronger statement condeming white supremacy and domestic terrorism. Thank you for taking my message."

    For Sen. Isakson (see his tweet in Notes below)

    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to thank Senator Isakson for his statement on “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville, and ask that he push President Trump to make a stronger statement condeming white supremacy and domestic terrorism. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: See what some other elected officials have said at http://www.cbs46.com/story/36123653/reactions-to-trumps-statement-on-violence-in-virginia

    Sen. Perdue's inadequate statement: "The violence we've witnessed today is not who we are as a country. Our thoughts go out all law enforcement working hard to keep the peace." (via Twitter, reposted at https://www.perdue.senate.gov/)

    Sen. Isakson's statement, on Twitter: "I strongly condemn the hatred and violence in Charlottesville. This type of of vile bigotry and hate is not what our country stands for."

    You might get ideas for additional talking points from the Southern Poverty Law Center comments at https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/08/13/stand-now-mr-president
    Or, for a faith-based approach, see the statement from Faith in Public Life

  • U.S. Representative for 8-11-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I want to ask that [representative] to publicly speak out against President Trump's inappropriate, warlike twitter rhetoric on North Korea. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-11-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask that [senator] to publicly speak out against President Trump's inappropriate, warlike twitter rhetoric on North Korea. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: See the Washington Post article here.

  • U.S. Representative for 8-10-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to support HR 669, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-10-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to support S. 200, Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Bill summary: "This bill prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike. "First-use nuclear strike" means a nuclear weapons attack against an enemy that is conducted without the President determining that the enemy has first launched a nuclear strike against the United States or a U.S. ally."

    Full text of House bill is at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/669
    Full text of Senate bill is at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/200

  • U.S. Representative for 8-9-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. Since the president has not publicly condemned the Minnesota mosque bombing that happened on Saturday, I want to ask that [representative] do so. Silence from our elected officials encourages Islamophobia. Thank you for taking my message."

  • U.S. Senator for 8-9-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. Since the president has not publicly condemned the Minnesota mosque bombing that happened on Saturday, I want to ask that [senator] do so. Silence from our elected officials encourages Islamophobia. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: See the Washington Post article here.

  • U.S. Representative for 8-4-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to oppose HR 2796, the Civil Rights Uniformity Act. This bill is an unforgivable attack on transgender people. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: This is an anti-transgender-rights bill. It specifies that gender identity cannot be "treated as a protected class in Federal law or policy" without approval from Congress.

    See text at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2796/text

  • U.S. Senator for 8-4-2017
    Because Sen. Perdue is one of the senators who introduced the RAISE Act, scripts for our two senators are slightly different.

    For Sen. Perdue
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to let Senator Perdue know that I strongly disagree with the RAISE Act. Immigration cuts that separate families, and that prioritize English ability over need, are unacceptable. Thank you for taking my message."

    For Sen. Isakson:
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator Isakson to oppose the RAISE Act. Immigration cuts that separate families, and that prioritize English ability over need, are unacceptable. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: See a summary of the RAISE Act at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40814625. Also see https://www.wired.com/story/raise-act-tech-immigration-policy/ for an argument as to why it would not actually increase the number of highly-skilled immigrants that the tech industry wants.

  • U.S. Representative for 8-3-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [address, city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [representative] to attend the Georgia Healthcare Town Hall on August 17 in Atlanta, hosted by the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. You should have received an invitation directly from them. [Add if speaking to a live person] If you haven't, I'll be happy to reach out to them and ask that they re-send it. Thank you!"

  • U.S. Senator for 8-3-2017
    "Hi, this is [name] from [city, zip]. I do not need a reply to this call. I want to ask Senator [name] to attend the Georgia Healthcare Town Hall on August 17 in Atlanta, hosted by the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. You should have received an invitation directly from them. [Add if speaking to a live person] If you haven't, I'll be happy to reach out to them and ask that they re-send it. Thank you!"

    Notes/Talking Points: The Georgia Alliance for Social Justice
    (https://www.facebook.com/georgialliance/) is planning a Georgia Healthcare Town Hall on August 17 at 7pm, at Trees Atlanta, 225 Chester Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. They have invited both Senators and all Representatives. As of August 2, only Rep. Hank Johnson has replied that he will attend. Rep. Barry Loudermilk has sent his regrets. The others have not replied.

    On August 2, GASJ asked that constituents call Senators and Representatives directly and politely extend this invitation. If the person you speak with does not know about the invitation or indicates that the office has not received one, you can notify GASJ at the Facebook link above, or, email us at actiongaguide@gmail.com and we will pass on the message for you.

    If you live in Rep. Johnson's district, consider calling to thank him for planning to attend. If you live in Rep. Loudermilk's district, consider calling to (politely) say that you are disappointed he won't be attending, and ask that he reconsider.

    For more information and to register for the event, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgia-healthcare-town-hall-tickets-36643814636

  • U.S. Representative for 8-1-2017
    "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 August recess. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: The House is now on its August break, which is scheduled to last through Labor Day. (The Senate is still in session.) Republican representatives in Georgia have not been holding in-person town halls, though some have had telephone "town halls" with carefully-screened questions. If your representative has had an in-person one, consider calling to thank them.

  • U.S. Senator for 8-1-2017
    "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 Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 introduced by Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul. Thank you for taking my message."

    Notes/Talking Points: Read the Southern Poverty Law Center's statement on the importance of this bill at https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/07/20/splc-encourages-congress-support-bill-seeks-replace-money-bail-minor-offenses
    Bill text available at https://www.harris.senate.gov/sites/default/files/HEN17684.pdf



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