IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN – BUDGET!

NOTES:

1) Our next CD4 Meet the Candidate Night is Thurs. Feb. 22 with Josh Welle. Free registration here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indivisible-cd-4-democratic-pr…

2) BONUS CALL:  Call Adam Schiff’s office and thank him for his efforts with the Nunes memo 202-225-4176.

 

CALL TOPIC:  This week, Congress will once again vote on another “must-pass” budget bill to fund the government. McConnell said discussions of the Dreamers bill would begin but it is not scheduled until next week.  Other items such as community health centers, disaster relief, Medicare health extenders, and increases to the debt ceiling are also being discussed in conjunction with the budget.  If passed, the government would be funded until March 8th, not enough time to help the Dreamers with a March 5th deadline.

 

CALL SCRIPT:

1) Let’s call Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765…

 

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s ; may I speak with the staffer who handles Budgetary issues?”

 

Caller:  I am calling to express my support for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers whose lives are on the line. I ask that you ensure that a clean DREAM Act is discussed in conjunction with budget talks.  I urge you to vote AGAINST any budget bill that DOES NOT propose a solution beneficial to the Dreamers in the near future.

I also ask that the Congressman use this opportunity to secure funding for real disaster relief for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and community health centers.

 

2)Let’s call our Senators (Booker D.C. 202-224-3224, Newark 973-639-8700; Menendez D.C. 202-224-4744, Newark 973-645-3030)…

 

Caller:  I am calling to express my support for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers whose lives are on the line. I ask that you ensure that a clean DREAM Act is discussed in conjunction with budget talks.  I urge you to vote AGAINST any budget bill that DOES NOT propose a solution beneficial to the Dreamers in the near future.

I also ask that the Senator use this opportunity to secure funding for real disaster relief for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and community health centers.

If you have a personal story to relate to this issue, and are comfortable sharing it, please do – our elected officials want to hear how their policies affect our lives!

 

SOURCES:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/05/politics/congress-government-shutdown-vote/index.html

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/05/government-shutdown-2018-house-republicans-389943

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stancollender/2018/02/04/this-weeks-shutdown-showdown-is-the-gops-car-54-where-are-you/#174a32e1366a

Caller best practices:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bh-wNrUSJgQHs7OfsOu7HMyNuCK4veyRsRH0IfibG6Q/edit?usp=sharing

https://indivisiblenj4.org

www.IndivisibleGuide.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNJ4thDistrict/

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/

“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – 1st Amendment to the US Constitution

 

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