Let’s Make a Deal and put Dreamers in the Budget!

NOTES:
1)Our next CD4 Meet the Candidate Night is Thurs. Feb. 22 with Josh Welle. Please share and register here:
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2)Indivisible NJ4 group member working meeting Thurs. Feb. 15 at 7pm. Monmouth County Library Shrewsbury Branch, 1001 Rt. 35 in Shrewsbury.
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3)Organizing takes organization! Indivisible NJ4 uses Google Docs for planning and secure information sharing. Join us at our training session where will be presenting a hands-on demo of the basics of Google Docs. Bring your laptop or tablet if you can. We will meet just prior the next Indivisible NJ4 meeting: 6pm on Thurs. Feb. 15, at the Monmouth County Library Shrewsbury Branch.

BONUS ACTION: Take action against Trump’s proposal to open 90% of US coasts to offshore drilling. Submit your comment through the link below to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to tell them to keep oil rigs away from our coasts! https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0101303&id=7010Z000001P7cYQAS&ddi=N18ASAFB05&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=offshore_comments

CALL TOPIC 1: The Senate has announced a deal on budget caps thus increasing investments in domestic programs (see Source for domestic program list) and the military by roughly $300 billion over 2 years.  A short term spending bill will be passed while the appropriations are ironed out. The debt ceiling may also be raised. DACA and immigration will be discussed on the floor next week.

However in the House, the spending hike alarms conservatives and the lack of immigration reform alarms progressives. Pelosi and some Democrats will not vote for the new deal without assurance of a vote on DACA from Speaker Ryan.

Meanwhile DACA and immigration reform is stuck with moderate proposals that would pass in Congress but the White House won’t support vs. conservative trump backed proposals that would never get through the Senate.

CALL SCRIPT 1:
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?

I wanted to tell the Congressman to demand a resolution of the DACA issue and immigration overall. The Congressman should stand with those calling on Speaker Ryan to bring DACA and immigration to the floor as McConnell has done in the Senate. I urge the Congressman to vote NO on the budget unless the immigration issue is discussed and moved forward. Thank you.

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: Hello, I am a constituent of the Senator’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles Budgetary issues?

I wanted to tell the Senator to continue to demand a resolution of the DACA issue and immigration overall. With passage of the deal made concerning the budget, immigration may stall or be tabled indefinitely. I urge the Senator to ensure that does not happen. Thank you.

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.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/7/16987122/congress-massive-budget-deal-explained

CALL TOPIC 2: Vote today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Senator Booker serves, on the lifetime judicial appointment for Howard Nielson who has a long record of extremism and contempt for the rule of law.

Let’s call Senator Booker D.C. 202-224-3224, Newark 973-639-8700

I urge the Senator to OPPOSE and vote NO on Trump’s nominee to the federal district court in Utah, Howard Nielson. Nielson’s extremist legal views and record of hostility to checks and balances and the rule of law make him unfit for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Thank you.

Sources:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/howard-nielson-trump-judge-marriage-equality-torture_us_5a55037ce4b0efe47ebd77d
http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/372377-congress-stand-together-against-torture-vote-down-judicial-pick
https://civilrights.org/oppose-confirmation-howard-nielson-u-s-district-court-district-utah/

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