DREAM ACT OR NO CR VOTE! RENEW CHIP!

Dreamer PledgeWe have reached the end of year legislative jam where Republicans have rammed through an immoral tax bill while leaving children’s health insurance on life support, immigrant youth at risk of being deported, and even more. Suggestions for calls are below. Thank you to everyone for your persistence!
Background 1
Congressman Smith voted against the Trump Tax Scam, let’s call and thank him, and let him know that we expect him to exert leadership by resisting the Trump agenda in the new year.
1) Let’s start calling Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765 around 10:00AM…
Caller:  I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I please speak with the staffer who handles budgetary concerns?
I wanted to thank Congressman Smith for voting no on the Trump Tax Scam Bill every time it came to the floor this year. This bill is a giveaway to the wealthy and corporations paid for by cutting health care coverage and raising taxes on the middle class, and it is important to me that the Congressman broke party lines in opposing it.
I also want the Congressman to know that I expect him to exert leadership by opposing the destructive Trump agenda in the new year, including opposing cuts to the social safety net, demanding protections for Dreamers, and stopping war with Iran or North Korea. Congressman Smith must do everything he can to prevent Trump from further damaging our nation.
Background 2
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. With massive public support for a legislative fix, our Democratic Senators should insist on passage of the DREAM Act before the end of the year. But despite national pressure for Dems to vote against the Dec. 7th short term two-week spending bill unless it included a clean DREAM Act, only several Democratic Senators voted no when the DREAM Act was not included. Senator Booker was among the no votes, but Senator Menendez was not. We now want our Senators to take the Dreamer pledge and commit to only vote for the next Dec. 22 continuing resolution (“CR”) if it has the DREAM Act included. A vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers. 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.
2) 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 urge the Senator 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.
For Menendez:
However, I am disappointed that Sen. Menendez voted to kick the can down the road for Dreamers by passing a 2 week continuing resolution that does not include the DREAM Act. A vote on a continuing resolution without the DREAM Act is a vote to deport Dreamers. I am NOT advocating for a government shutdown. I’m asking that Sen. Menendez and the Dems REFUSE to help Republicans pass a spending bill unless it contains a clean DREAM Act. Will Sen. Menendez make a public statement taking the Dreamer Pledge and commit to voting for the continuing resolution on December 22 only if it includes the DREAM Act? If not, why not?
For Booker:
Please thank the Senator for taking the Dreamer pledge and voting against the 2 week short term spending bill that did not include the DREAM Act. The Senator did the right thing and showed leadership when most of his colleagues did not. Please ask the Senator to uphold the Dreamer Pledge and only vote for the continuing resolution on December 22 if it includes the DREAM Act. A vote on a continuing resolution without the DREAM Act is a vote to deport Dreamers. Thank you.
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Background 3
Federal funding ran out on Sept. 30 for both CHIP, which annually insures nearly 9 million children and pregnant women whose families’ incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid, and Community Health Centers, which are the main source of health care for more than 25 million low-income Americans regardless of their ability to pay, and Medicaid beneficiaries. House Republicans have passed legislation, HR 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to renew funding for both CHIP and community health centers, but pay for the programs by large cuts to the ACA and changes to both the ACA and Medicaid that will drastically weaken the healthcare system. Let’s urge our Senators to ensure that Congress does not fund children’s healthcare at the expense of others.
3) 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 healthcare?
I’m calling with my strong support for renewal of funding for both CHIP and Community Health Centers. Congress must immediately pass clean bipartisan reauthorization bills for both CHIP and Community Health Centers without cuts to the ACA or weakening of Medicare or Medicaid as proposed in the House’s CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, HR 3922. I thank the Senator for cosponsoring S. 1827, the bipartisan KIDS Act. I want the Senator to oppose the House-passed funding bill, HR 3922 and ensure that Congress does not harm the American healthcare system by funding children’s healthcare at the expense of others.
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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!
Caller best practices:
www.IndivisibleGuide.com
Senator Cory Booker – https://www.booker.senate.gov (scroll to bottom)
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
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