Friday, September 22, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP THE LATEST ACA REPEAL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday September 22, 2017
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DON’T DESTROY MEDICAID:
STOP THE LATEST ACA REPEAL
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#SaveOurCare
#ProtectACA
#KillTheBill
#NoScoreNoVote
The latest ACA/Obamacare repeal bill, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment, destroys Medicaid—laying waste to a 52-year-old program that provides care for children, disabled, elderly and working poor…just to give the wealthy a tax break and claim a legislative victory. http://bit.ly/2ycArS2
Medicaid expansion and market-place subsidies will be replaced with small temporary block grants which will decrease every year. These grants are not earmarked for Medicaid expansion patients, so they could be used in for other purposes. These grants end in 2027—leaving those previously covered by the ACA with nothing. http://bit.ly/2fhYDuX
The government will no longer provide guaranteed funding for traditional Medicaid patients (children, elderly, disabled). Instead, states will receive limited set amounts that are less than present allocations. Increases in population or illness rates will force states to further cut coverage and/or enrollment. http://bit.ly/2fhYDuX
This is entitlement reform to end Medicaid, which breaks the federal government’s promise to take care of all Americans—not just the wealthy.
We must stop this bill by
• calling our blue Senators and asking them to run to out the clock—since this bill can only pass with 50 votes through September 30th.
• calling constituents in swing states and helping them call their Senators.
Every call matters. Let’s do this.
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH SENATORS **
(or leave a voice mail after hours)
SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about the latest GOP ACA repeal bill—the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment. It will end Medicaid as we know it. We are counting on you to save our healthcare. Please withhold consent on all Senate business and do everything you can to keep this bill from coming to a vote before time has run out. Thank you.“
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**ACTION 2 EMAIL THE SENATE WITH TESTIMONY ABOUT GRAHAM-CASSIDY
The Senate Finance Committee is taking testimony from the public on the Graham-Cassidy Amendment. Please send your comments to GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov. Comments must be in by Monday September 25 10AM PST.
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**ACTION 3: JOIN AN EMERGENCY PHONE BANK IN PDX TO KILL THE BILL**
Indivisible Oregon is organizing 2 calling parties next week. Check our Facebook page for details. This weekend call from home using https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare. Message us online with your progress at Facebook (@IndivisibleOregon) and Twitter (@Indivisible_OR).
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP THE LATEST ACA REPEAL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday September 21, 2017
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OREGON IS HIT THE HARDEST - STOP THE LATEST ACA REPEAL
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#SaveOurCare
#ProtectACA
#KillTheBill
#NoScoreNoVote

The latest ACA/Obamacare repeal bill, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment will cause 32 million Americans to lose healthcare (http://bit.ly/2hhZpIE). Oregon stands to lose the most (http://nyti.ms/2hflew7).

We must stop this bill. Our weapons are our phones, which we will use to:
• call our blue Senators and ask them to use every Senate procedure in the book to run to out the clock—since this bill can only pass with 50 votes through September 30th.
• call constituents in swing states (AK, AZ, ME, OH, TN, OH) and help them call their Senators using Indivisible Guide’s Calling Tool.  

We must work fast, because this bill is far worse than any of its previous iterations.  It is especially hard on women and children:
• up to 13 million women could lose maternity care
• pregnancy will be a preexisting condition; insurers can charge women $17,000 more for coverage again
• cuts to Medicaid endanger half of all live births
 http://ampr.gs/2xsFgJG, http://bit.ly/2w4BhiX

If we can’t provide care for pregnancy and for children, what does that say about our society?

Grab your phone and call.  Constituents have the power to stop this bill.  So, let’s use it.

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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS**
(or leave a voice mail after hours)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about the latest GOP ACA repeal bill—the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment.  You led the charge to stop prior repeal attempts. We are counting on you to save our healthcare again. Please withhold consent on all Senate business and do everything you can to keep this bill from coming to a vote before time has run out. Thank you.“

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**ACTION 2: JOIN AN EMERGENCY PHONE BANK IN PDX TO KILL THE BILL**

Indivisible Oregon is organizing four calling parties in the Portland area over the next two weeks.  Using Indivisible Guide’s Calling Tool from the last healthcare fight, we will call constituents in swing states who likely attended the Women’s March and fight for progressive causes.  Please join us in person with your laptop or tablet, cell phone and charger.

If you’re not in the Portland area or simply can’t attend, call from home using https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare.  If you call during IO phonebank event, join our virtual calling party on Facebook (@IndivisibleOregon) and Twitter (@Indivisible_OR).

Join us TODAY
11AM to 1PM
McMenamin’s Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211
http://bit.ly/2xT1tBB

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/19/us/blue-states-lose-republican-health-plan.html

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ACTION: FIGHT WITH YOUR PHONE - STOP THE LATEST ACA REPEAL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday September 20, 2017
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FIGHT WITH YOUR PHONE - STOP THE LATEST ACA REPEAL
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#ProtectOurCare
#KillTheBill
#NoScoreNoVote
The latest ACA/Obamacare repeal bill, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment, is gaining steam and is only a few votes away from passing. 
We must stop this bill. If we fail, families will be devastated and lives will be lost. Fortunately, there's a lot we can do here in Oregon, as a blue state. Our weapons are our phones, which we will use to:
• Call our blue Senators and ask them to use every Senate procedure in the book to run to out the clock. This bill can only pass with 50 votes through September 30th.
• Call constituents in swing states (AK, AZ, ME, OH, TN, OH) and help them call their Senators using Indivisible Guide’s Calling Tool. 
We must work fast, because this bill is far worse than any of its previous iterations
• takes care away from millions, making every problem in the healthcare system worse http://bit.ly/2f9tN7z
• slashes money from states that accepted Medicaid expansion and gives it to states that didn’t. Thus, Oregon stands to lose billions of healthcare dollars http://read.bi/2jEyfAc
• ends protection for preexisting conditions and makes the individual market unaffordable http://nyti.ms/2f8NtZbhttp://bit.ly/2ymePn0
Grab your phone and call. Constituents have the power to stop this bill. So, let’s use it. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS**
(leave a message if calling after hours) 
SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about the latest GOP ACA repeal bill—the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment. You led the charge to stop prior repeal attempts. We are counting on you to save our healthcare again. Please withhold consent on all Senate business and do everything you can to keep this bill from coming to a vote before time has run out. Thank you.“
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**ACTION 2: JOIN AN EMERGENCY PHONE BANK IN PDX TO KILL THE BILL**
Indivisible Oregon is organizing four calling parties over the next two weeks. Using Indivisible Guide’s Calling Tool from the last healthcare fight, we will call constituents in swing states who likely attended the Women’s March and fight for progressive causes. Please join us in person with your laptop or tablet, cell phone and charger. 
If you’re not in the Portland area or simply can’t attend, call from home using https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare. If you call during IO phonebank event, join our virtual calling party on Facebook (@IndivisibleOregon) and Twitter (@Indivisible_OR).
Join us today
http://bit.ly/2jIBjLE
Noon to 2pm
Multnomah County Library Main Branch
801 SW 10th Ave
Room 2B
https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO KILL THE BILL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday September 19, 2017
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KILL THE BILL: STOP THE LAST-DITCH ACA REPEAL
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#NoScoreNoVote
#ProtectOurCare
#KillTheBill

The GOP is obsessed with repealing Obamacare/ACA, thereby ending healthcare for millions. Today, the GOP is expected to meet to discuss the latest repeal bill, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment.  http://bit.ly/2x9Xgc0

Graham’s legislation appears to be equally damaging as its predecessors, if not worse. (http://bit.ly/2hl1hUu, http://bit.ly/2ygCwx0).

However, we won’t know the exact impact of the bill for weeks – how it will affect insurance premiums or how many people would lose coverage. Yet, the GOP will likely push for a vote before then. They want to exploit the limited window that allows them to pass the bill with only 50 votes. http://wapo.st/2x9LUEP  Sponsor Lindsey Graham wants the GOP to be as determined to repeal the ACA as Democrats were to pass it (http://bit.ly/2w0SFoF).  

The clock is ticking. Congress has until midnight September 30th.

Our democratic Senators can make a huge difference: They can run out the clock by slowing senate business, withholding unanimous consent and filibustering by amendment.  http://bit.ly/2xL9WGW  They can demand that no vote occurs until we know its full impact from the Congressional Budget Office.

But our Senators will only pull out all the stops if they have our support.  Please call immediately. Ask friends and family to do the same.

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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail! It all makes a difference!)**

SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, zip code [--]. I am very concerned about the latest GOP ACA repeal bill: the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment.  Thank you for leading the charge to stop prior repeal attempts; I’m asking you to do it again.  Please run out the clock by slowing senate business to a crawl. Withhold unanimous consent on all Senate business and filibuster by amendment to stop this bill.  Demand a CBO score before any vote, so the Senate knows what they’re voting on. Thank you “

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**ACTION 2: FILLIBUSTER BY AMENDMENT**
If Graham-Cassidy-Heller gets to the floor our Senators can filibuster by amendment to slow down the process.  We need everyone to create as many amendments as they can at https://www.ouramendments.org/.  If you can, print them out and bring them to Resist Trump Tuesday at Senator Merkley’s office today at noon.

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**ACTION 3: SHARE THIS POST WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Especially in red states!

Share this post with friends and family. Talk to them about why it is so important to stop Trumpcare.  And help them to call and tell their Senators to vote NO on the bill.  Here are resources and numbers for swing Senators https://www.trumpcareten.org/
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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/last-push-trumpcare-tell-dems-run-clock/

Monday, September 18, 2017

INCO WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 9/18

ACTION PRIORITIES
  • Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has introduced a rule that would roll back common-sense voter protections and make it easier for anti-immigrant and anti-choice groups to qualify their harmful ballot measures. More information and a form for submitting your comment about this proposal here.  
  •  
  • "When you get down to the basics, Congress is now considering a bill to make mass shootings less noisy."-- Gail Collins, NY Times. Read more here.  
 
Look what Indivisible Guide urges each of us do this week. 
  1. STOP THE RETURN OF TRUMPCARE.  TrumpCare is back and Republicans are as close as they’ve ever been to passing it. There are 12 days left for the Senate to ram healthcare through reconciliation with just 50 votes. This is TrumpCare’s last stand. Call your senators ASAP and tell them to vote no on “Graham-Cassidy” using all the latest resources at TrumpCareTen.org.
  2. Don’t let Trump use fear to trample on civil liberties. We stand in solidarity with those impacted by the horrific acts of violence in London. We also condemn Trump’s knee-jerk rhetoric and irresponsible exploitation of this moment to promote expanding his bigoted Muslim ban. Find out what you can do to resist the Muslim ban at nomuslimbanever.com.
  3. Continue pressuring MoCs for a clean DREAM Act. Democratic Leaders Pelosi and Schumer continue to cultivate their cozy relationship with Trump. Last week, they announced a deal (to make a deal) on the DREAM Act with Trump. Contact your MoCs and use our call scripts to tell them that you want to see a “clean” DREAM Act.
  4. Tell your representative to protect people with disabilities and vote no on H.R. 620. We really shouldn’t even have to say this (that’s how outrageous this bill is), but we need you to call your representative and tell them to vote no on H.R. 620 should it come to the House floor for a vote. As noted by Human Rights watch, this bill “would very deliberately undermine the protections afforded under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)” and would “dramatically increase the burden on any person with a disability who seeks to vindicate their rights.”
The '5 calls' app is a convenient way to make your calls. The app provides phone numbers and scripts so calling is quick and easy. Sign up here.  

Contact your Members of Congress regularly. How will they know what you want if you don't tell them? 
Keyla and Hannah from the Rural Organizing Project rallied for DACA with INCO on Saturday in Astoria. After the rally they gave us valuable suggestions and information at their ROP Immigration 101 program. More photos below.
Thank you Columbian Theater, ROP, and Astoria Events Team!
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, September 20, INCO Vote the Future Team Monthly Meeting, 6:30 - 7:55 pm, Seaside Library Board Room

Thursday, September 21, Upper North Coast INCO Meeting (Cannon Beach-Manzanita), 6 pm, Tolovana Hall; presentation by 
 Prevention of Gun Violence, plans for September 26 voter registration event.
 
Saturday, September 23, Warrenton INCO monthly meeting, 11 a.m. Strategy session with Deb Vanasse. One-time venue change to accommodate everyone. Uptown Cafe meeting room, in Warrenton near Staples and Petco.

UPCOMING
Tuesday, September 26 -  INCO Vote the Future Non-partisan Voter Registration & Information Event - Astoria, 10 am - 2 pm, Clatsop Community College, Towler Hall, 3rd floor Commons; part of National Voter Registration Day.

Tuesday, September 26 - INCO Vote the Future Non-partisan Voter Registration & Information Event - Cannon Beach, 1  pm - close, Cannon Beach Farmer's Market; part of National Voter Registration Day.

Wednesday, September 27, Washington INCO Community Group meeting, 6 - 8 pm, Ilwaco Community Building. Celebrate our work so far. Bring a list of your accomplishments. Take a bow. Learn from each other. Max 5 minute boasts, toasts, and concerns. Then we'll go to work. Gwen will post an agenda. A 15-minute post card work session will follow the meeting. Questions to incoregon@gmail.com.


Thursday, September 28 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 - 8 pm, member's home in Astoria. This month's book is NO IS NOT ENOUGH, by Naomi Klein.  For NEW LOCATION and more info, contact catladyjoan@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 3 - INCO Oppose Bigotry Team Meeting, 6 pm, member's home in Astoria. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for location and more info.

Thursday October 5 - Astoria INCO Monthly meeting, 6 pm - set up & social, 6:30-8 - meeting; 3 Cups Coffee House, 279 West Marine Drive

Thursday, October 12 - Resistance School - Sustaining the Resistance and Sharing Stories; 6 -8 pm; Seaside Library Community Room


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - Town Hall - US Representative Suzanne Bonamici, 6:00pm,
Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, Community Hall, 207 N Spruce Street
MEET OUR INDIVISIBLES
A psychic made some spot-on predictions about Kathleen's life decades ago, but didn't foresee our radiant Lady Lib. Read more here.
Civics is not just knowing what is happening in the world, but knowing how to be better citizens of the world. There is no such thing as "your side of the boat is sinking.”  
— E. Johns
Cheers to everyone - and their colorful compelling signs -  who rallied for Dreamers on Saturday! Lots of supportive thumbs up and honking from passing vehicles.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Enter the Trump poetry contest sponsored by Nicholas Kristof, NY Times columnist. Rules and details here. Deadline is Octobe8.

Check out the Indivisible OR-1 newsletter for important information about key issues, including health care, jobs, North Korea, etc. All Indivisible groups in Oregon's 1st Congressional district are in the OR-1 network.

Blue state/red state calling tool is back: help fund calls to stop TrumpCare once and for all. We’re pulling out all the stops to end the latest reincarnation of TrumpCare. And we need your help to sponsor a call tool that will connect Indivisibles across the country with progressive constituents in Alaska, Arizona, Tennessee, and West Virginia, to encourage them to call their Senators.


INCO has "In Our America" yard signs, window signs/posters, and bumper stickers! Want one? Contact Laurie at incoregon@gmail.com.
 
Do you agree with INCO's mission to defend democracy by opposing authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption? If yes, then get involved with your INCO Community Group today in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria, Washington Peninsula.
 
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
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INCO Weekly Newsletter   September 18, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP TRUMP'S DANGEROUS MILITARISM

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, September 18, 2017
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STOP TRUMP’S DANGEROUS MILITARISM
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#NoNukes
#StopTheMadness
(We are gearing up to stop the latest ACA repeal. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s action, and join us at Senator Merkley’s for ResistTrumpTuesday. http://bit.ly/2w1G7gU)
The U.S. faces military threats from North Korea and elsewhere in the world. North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb and fired missiles that could reach U.S. soil. Stalemates in Afghanistan and the Middle East tempt Trump to press for a military solution. Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and erratic, ignorant behavior have made these dangers worse.
Trump has:
• threatened North Korea with “fire and fury.” http://nbcnews.to/2vqXzfb
• flip-flopped on Afghanistan, ordering additional troop deployments in support of a vague strategy http://theatln.tc/2jyZ8p6
Congress must act now to check the out-of-control Trump administration by:
• passing the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which requires Congressional approval for a nuclear first strike http://bit.ly/2h9sOIt
• updating the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) to limit the president’s ability to deploy troops without Congressional oversight http://bit.ly/2jxZb4G
“It is a frightening reality that the US now has a Commander-in-Chief who has . . . stated his desire to be ‘unpredictable’ with nuclear weapons…,” declared Representative Ted Lieu when introducing the First Use bill. http://ind.pn/2jR2bFJ
"Madison recognized that executives will overreach in matters of war," Senator Tim Kaine said, supporting the new AUMF bill. http://bit.ly/2w0n86r
Trump has shown that he will abuse his powers. http://wapo.st/2jy3oFw
Congress must stop him.
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH SENATORS AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(or leave a message after hours if needed) 
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Sen. Merkley and Wyden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am deeply concerned about the president’s ability to engage our country in military actions without Congressional oversight, especially in North Korea and Afghanistan. Congress must act now to check the out-of-control Trump Administration. Thank you for supporting the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 (S.200). Please also support a new Authorization of Use of Military Force, S.J. Res. 43, to limit the president’s war powers appropriately. Thank you.
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Rep. Blumenauer, Bonamici, and DeFazio
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am deeply concerned about the president’s ability to engage our country in military actions without Congressional oversight, especially in North Korea and Afghanistan. Congress must act now to check the out-of-control Trump Administration. Thank you for supporting the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 (H.R. 669). Will you also support a new Authorization of Use of Military Force to limit the president’s war powers appropriately? Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Rep. Schrader and Walden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am deeply concerned about the president’s ability to engage our country in military actions without Congressional oversight, especially in North Korea and Afghanistan. Congress must act now to check the out-of-control Trump Administration. Does the Congressman support the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 (H.R. 669) and a new Authorization of Use of Military Force to limit the president’s war powers appropriately? I urge him strongly to support both. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them to call and tell their Senators and Reps to support this legislation.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

Friday, September 15, 2017

ACTION: STOP THE ACA APPEAL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday September 15, 2017
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ZOMBIE CARE IS STILL LOOSE -- STOP THE ACA REPEAL  
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#SaveACA
#ProtectOurCare

The GOP is determined to repeal the ACA.  They are leaving it all out on the field for their latest effort – the Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment. It is far worse than the repeal bills of the summer.

The sponsors are pushing hard for their bill and preparing for a vote the week of September 25th.  Mitch McConnell is all in. He hates to lose (http://politi.co/2h3OFO7, http://bit.ly/2ya9zmi).

The Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment will gut Medicaid, throw millions off insurance, and allow each state to create its own system.
• it lets states accept block grants to fund healthcare. Block grants are budget cuts in disguise http://lat.ms/1UhWnmW.
• it would end Medicaid expansion and private insurance subsidies http://bit.ly/2hl1hUu
• blue states would see their healthcare funding cut while red states would see increases https://usat.ly/2wHkqFM

The Republicans have until the end of September to push through this repeal with just 50 votes (http://bit.ly/2vSCJnq).  Midnight September 30, the fiscal year ends, and 60 votes will be needed after that for any effort to modify the ACA.

The GOP are hoping we are not paying attention.  We need to show them we are. We cannot take anything for granted.

We must light up the phones and show that we really mean it: no repealing the ACA.

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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS **
(or leave a voice mail after hours if needed!)**

SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, zip code [--]. I am very concerned about the latest GOP ACA repeal bill: the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment.  You led the charge to stop prior repeal attempts.  I am counting on you to do it again.  We cannot let this amendment pass.  While you do your work in the Senate, I plan on contacting everyone I know in red sates to help them contact their Senators. Thank you. “

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY*
Especially in red states

Ask them to make the calls and share this post.  We all need to step a bit out of our comfort zone and help everyone we know to call and tell their Senators to stop trying to repeal the ACA.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
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