1) Trump Tax Scam Vigil this Wed. 12/6 at 4pm- Rep. Smith’s Freehold Office – 112 Village Center Drive Freehold, N.J. Please share and encourage family & friends to attend!
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House Background 1a:
House vote this week, as early as Wednesday on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
H.R. 38 would override state gun laws to force each state to recognize the concealed carry standards of every other state, including the 12 states that do not even require a permit or background check for people to carry in public. This would allow people in New Jersey with concealed carry permits from any state to carry concealed weapons without the training that is rightfully required. It puts New Jersey residents in danger by allowing states with weaker provisions to dictate the rules nationally. Since states like Arizona and Utah accept concealed carry applications from anywhere in the country, a resident of New Jersey could apply for a permit in Arizona and New Jersey would be forced to honor that permit. This nullifies the background checks, live-fire training, and other stringent safeguards that New Jersey requires. The passage of H.R. 38 could flood NJ with concealed weapons that would never have been allowed under current law.
Let’s start Calling Rep. Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765 around 10am…
Caller: I’m a constituent of Rep. Smith’s, may I speak to the staffer who handles gun issues?
I’m calling today to ask Rep. Smith to vote No on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would override state gun laws to force each state to recognize the concealed carry standards of every other state, including the 12 states that do not even require a permit or background check for people to carry in public. This would allow people in New Jersey to carry concealed weapons without the training that is rightfully required. In 2011, Rep. Smith voted in favor of a nearly identical bill, H.R. 822. He chose to support the gun lobby over his own constituents by undermining the safety precautions they have duly enacted through the legislative process. H.R. 38 would flood New Jersey with concealed weapons and expose New Jersey residents to the weaker regulations of other states. Applying for a concealed weapon permit in New Jersey should require abiding by New Jersey’s rules. H.R. 38 would also make it easier for abusers to carry firearms. Rep. Smith must put the interests of New Jersey residents first, and vote no on H.R. 38. Thank you.
And, if you have time for a tax bill call…
House Background 1b:
The Tax Scam bill is a travesty. It gives massive tax cuts to corporations and the rich, adds $1.4 trillion to the deficit (which Republicans will use to demand cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security in 2018), will leave 13 million people without health insurance, and so much more. The House has voted to “go to conference” where they’ll try to merge the Senate and House versions of the Tax Scam bills together. Conference could last up to two weeks… allowing us to keep up the pressure. Congressman Smith has stated he will vote no, let’s hold him to that!
Caller: I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I please speak with the staffer who handles budgetary concerns?
I am calling with my strong opposition to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, which benefits the ultra-wealthy and corporations while providing minimal benefits to most middle class households. The Senate version of the bill was made even more detrimental by including repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate, which will result in millions losing coverage and increased premiums. I appreciate Rep. Smith’s previous vote against this harmful tax bill and his statement that he intends to vote no, and I urge him to remain a firm no vote against the bill in any form if it benefits the wealthiest 1% at the expense of the middle class. I also want to see Rep. Smith to do more; will he use his position as a Senior Member of Congress to speak publicly against the bill and pressure his fellow Republican MOC to vote no and defeat the bill? Thank you.
Trump has threatened over 800,000 undocumented young people with deportation by rescinding DACA and giving Congress until March of 2018 to pass a legislative fix. 75% of Republicans and 2/3 of Trump supporters support letting DREAMers stay. With this massive public support for a legislative fix, our Democratic Senators should insist on passage of the DREAM Act before the end of the year.
The December continuing resolution (or “CR”) is the last spending bill of the year and it is the last opportunity for the DREAM Act this year. Republicans plan to pass a CR on December 8 when funding for the government expires. Democrats have leverage here since Republicans need Democrats to help them pass a spending bill (60 votes are required in the Senate). We want our Senators to take the Dreamer pledge by committing to vote against the Dec. “continuing resolution” unless it contains a clean (free of any other immigration policy) DREAM Act. Important: we are NOT calling for a shutdown. We’re asking that Dems REFUSE to help Republicans pass a spending bill unless it contains a clean DREAM Act.
Let’s start calling our Senators (Booker D.C. 202-224-3224, Newark 973-639-8700; Menendez D.C. 202-224-4744, Newark 973-645-3030) around 10:00AM…
Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of the Senator’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles immigration?
I’m calling to express my support for the DREAM Act, S. 1615, and the thousands of Dreamers who are at risk if DACA is reversed. I thank the Senator for standing up for Dreamers and urge him to continue to publicly oppose Trump’s demands to include funding for a border wall, increased deportation forces, or any measures that would endanger immigrant families to the bill.
Most importantly, I want the Senator to pledge that if Congress hasn’t passed the DREAM Act by Dec. 8th, when funding for the government runs out, then they will insist on it being a part of the December spending bill by voting against the Dec. “continuing resolution” unless it contains a clean DREAM Act. Will the Senator take the Dreamer pledge by making this commitment? Thank you.
(It has been reported that Senator Booker has committed to the Dreamer pledge, let’s confirm that and thank him during our call.)
If you have a personal story to relate to these issues, and are comfortable sharing it, please do – our elected officials want to hear how their policies affect our lives!
Rep. Chris Smith – http://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/
Senator Cory Booker – https://www.booker.senate.gov (scroll to bottom)
Senator Bob Menendez – https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact
State of NJ reps – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
Study up on the issues: https://www.grbwomensinitiative.org/resources/
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