BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Tell Members of Congress to Defend the 2020 Census

I’m calling to urge MoC to support full funding for the Census Bureau. An accurate count is of extreme importance and the Census Bureau is facing enormous challenges in preparing for the 2020 census which will now be conducted primarily on-line. There is a need for an additional $140 million in 2018 to fully fund critical outreach, promotion, and partnership activities. The Administration’s 2019 Budget request is also inadequate to cover costs of the 2020 Census, raising the concern that the Census will not be sufficiently accurate to support public confidence in the 2021 Congressional redistricting.

I also ask you to oppose a citizenship question on the 2020 census. This last-minute request from the Department of Justice to add an untested question would lower the response rate for both citizens and non-citizens, resulting in an inaccurate census and unfair allocation of resources based on such census results. It would burden the Census Bureau with costly additional non-response follow up work. It would also disrupt the planning process which is now well underway based on tested questions. DOJ’s purported rationale for the citizenship question – that it is necessary to execute the Voting Rights Act – is specious. Alternative surveys have been used for this purpose since 1965, and there is no need to change that practice

Tell Senators to oppose bill S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and COnsumer Protection Act

Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling because I would like the Senator to oppose bill S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

This bill goes way beyond just helping community banks. In fact, prominent banks that this bill helps include Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and Santander. And even worse, the bill puts us at risk of another financial crisis, it erodes consumer protections, and it allows racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked.

Please let the Senator know that I’ll be watching closely. Especially considering the huge handout Wall Street just got from the tax bill that Congress just passed, banks really don’t need the playing field tilted further in their favor.

Tell Senators to stay strong on immigration and not cave on any of the White House’s outrageous demands

Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state].

I’m calling today to tell the Senator that I expect her  to vote no on any immigration legislation that would make changes to legal migration or diversity visas. Protecting Dreamers is crucially important, but we can’t let Trump use them as a bargaining chip for drastic, permanent changes to legal immigration that serve his racist vision of who “deserves” to come to America.

It’s important to me that we protect Dreamers, too, but Trump wants to impose a family ban and build his ridiculous border wall in return for those protections. We should not have to pick between some immigrant families and others; The senator should hold strong against these Republican efforts to undermine our immigration system in service of Trump’s racist policies.

Tell Rep. Garamendi that Democrats need to stand together to protect Dreamers

My name is _______ and I am calling from zip code ______.

I am profoundly disappointed in Rep. Garamendi for not standing with minority leader Pelosi and the majority of Democrats in their fight for the Dreamers. The Democrats made a promise to fight for a clean DACA but when they are not willing to stand strong as a group when needed they will fail.

Paul Ryan wont put a clean DACA up for a vote unless he is forced to do so, it is not in his political interest. Can I trust Rep. Garamendi to stand with the rest of the Democrats to make sure this happens next time the CR runs out?

 

Call on Senators to continue to support a “clean” DREAM Act

Hi! My name is [name] and I live in [part of state].

First I’d like to thank the Senator for her fight for the Dreamers so far. I’m calling to tell {PERSON} that we need to pass a clean Dream Act, now. 122 Dreamers have been losing their DACA protections every day since Trump announced the end of the program back in September, and starting on March 5 that number will rise to over 1,200 a day. Dreamers are Americans too, and by failing to act Congress is letting Trump and his deportation force enact the administration’s white supremacist agenda.

Dreamers are not a bargaining chip to be used to advance Trump’s racist policies. Every Congressional leader AND Trump himself supports keeping Dreamers in America because it’s the only home they’ve ever known; Congress must keep the promise that we made to Dreamers when DACA was first started. I ask that {PERSON} vote to permanently protect them from deportation and oppose the family ban, more ICE agents, and the border wall.

Tell Rep. Garamendi to Stand up for the Disabled Community and Vote No on HR620

Hello, my name is _________ and I am a constituent from zip code ______.

I am calling today about HR620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. I am very concerned about the implications this bill. ADA has existed for 27 years and yet disabled people still faces a lot of limitations in their daily life. This bill significantly slows down the process for removing barriers for the disabled and practically removes any incentive for businesses to remove barriers pro-actively.
I urge the Representative to oppose this dismantling of the ADA and stand up for the disabled community.

Tell MoCs to denounce “the memo” and protect Mueller’s investigation

Hi! I’m a constituent from [zip code] and my nam is _____.

I’m calling because I’m really disappointed that this Nunes memo is getting so much attention. It’s a see-through political stunt to hurt the Mueller investigation and shield Trump from accountability. I’m calling on {PERSON} to speak out and to denounce “the memo”. I would like to see {PERSON} publicly state that using this “memo” as an excuse to fire Rosenstein or Mueller are red lines and that the memo is a Republican PR stunt and not an excuse to obstruct justice.

In addition, I think that {PERSON} should read the Democratic rebuttal memo into the congressional record. The Constitution protects them from liability in sharing that information, even if it’s classified. We need to have that context in order to counter the misinformation of the Nunes “memo.”

 

Tell MoCs to support a “clean” DREAM Act

My name is ____ and my zip code is _____.

I’m calling on {PERSON} to support a “clean” DREAM Act only. Dreamers are being deported and Trump and the GOP aren’t doing anything to clean up the mess Trump made when he ended DACA in September. We need Congress to fix Trump’s mess, but we can’t let Trump use Dreamers as hostages for his extreme immigration plans, which is why we won’t accept anything less than a “clean” Dream Act.

If this has not been resolved by the time of the budget vote, don’t vote for a budget or CR unless it includes a clean Dream act.

Tell MoCs to prevent increases in military spending

Hello, I am a constituent from zip code ____. I am also a member of Indivisible.

I am asking the Senator to stay strong in the budget negotiations and not allow military expansion. Social safety net programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, housing subsidies, environmental protection, and more, must not be sacrificed for unnecessary increases in military spending. If preventing cuts to social spending risks a government shutdown, I urge the Senator to take that risk. We must defend the social safety net.