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Action Opportunities 4/27

Thursday Action Opportunities 

1. In our meeting with Rep. Bob Goodlatte, he indicated that he was originally for allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. This aspect was originally included in the ACA, but was eliminated in order to pass the bill. The ACA has helped many people, but this is one of the elements of the act which could stand to be improved. Currently, H.R. 1776, “Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act,” in the House has been introduced to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices to be more affordable. It has 10 cosponsors (all Democrats) and has been introduced to the House Committee on the Judiciary, of which Goodlatte is the chair. Ask Goodlatte to reach across the aisle and support this bill. (Read more about the bill here.) 

  • Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and my zip code is _______. I am contacting Rep. Goodlatte to ask him to support H.R. 1776, the Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act, which would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Please vote to move this bill through committee and consider becoming a cosponsor. It would mean a lot for this bill, which would help many Americans and improve the ACA, to have bipartisan support. I urge Rep. Goodlatte to reach across the aisle in support of this bill. Thank you.”

2. Continuing the theme of healthcare: the conservative House Freedom Caucus has approved a new, more conservative version of the ACA repeal bill. The fight to preserve healthcare in America is not over. Contact Rep. Goodlatte and tell him that we do not want this new repeal bill. (Read more about the bill from the NYT here.)

  • Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______. The House Freedom Caucus has approved an even more conservative version of the ACA repeal bill. I am contacting Rep. Goodlatte today to reiterate that I do not want him to vote in support of repealing the ACA. The American people rejected the first attempt, and this second, even more punitive repeal measure must not pass. Thank you.”

3. The F.C.C. (Federal Communications Commission) chair has introduced a new campaign to dismantle net neutrality. In 2015, Pres. Obama instituted stricter controls for internet providers such as Comcast, disallowing them from gatekeeping what content Americans see over the internet. The F.C.C. is going to begin the formal repeal process on May 18th and will take public comments on the issue then. Last time they attempted this, they received a stunning 4 million comments. We can still contact the F.C.C. before they begin this process formally. Please contact the F.C.C. using one or more of the methods below to tell them: we don’t want net neutrality rolled back. (Read more about this issue on NPR here and NYT here.) 

  • Mailing address: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554
  • Toll-Free Voice:1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322)
  • Toll-Free TTY: 1-888-TELL FCC (835-5322)
  • ASL Videophone: 1-844-4-FCC-ASL (432-2275); 202-810-0444
  • Toll-Free Fax: 1-888-418-0232
  • Chairman Ajit Pai email: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov 
  • Commissioner Mignon Clyburn email: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov 
  • Commissioner Michael O’Reilly email: Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and my zip code is ______. I strongly oppose the new measure to roll back net neutrality by the F.C.C. which will begin May 18th. Internet providers should not be able to control what content I see online. This would damage our ability to access websites and internet services fairly and equally. Thank you.”
  • Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.

4. UPCOMING EVENTS – Thursday has lots of events to choose from. We invite you to come out to one!

  • 4/27 SAW Action Movement Huddle at Staunton Public Library – 6:00-7:30pm. Hal Aalestad will be there representing One Virginia 2021, and there will be a viewing the documentary GerryRigged followed by a discussion.
  • City Council Work Session – Thursday 4/27 at 5:45pm in City Hall. Please use the police entrance to get into City Hall. The work session is held in the conference room adjacent to the City Council chambers where public meetings are typically held. Staunton City Council asks #WhereIsBob? Followed by the regular public City Council meeting at 7:30.
  • “Syria now: Understanding conflict, migration and refugee status,” is 7 p.m. April 27 in the Miller Chapel on 101 E. Frederick St. at Mary Baldwin University.
  • Democratic Caucus – Thu, Apr 27, 2017 6:30pm
    • The Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro and Highland County local committees will hold caucuses at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30) at the Augusta County Government Center, Verona, on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The purpose is to elect delegates and alternates to the 6th District Democratic Convention on May 20, 2017 and to conduct any other business properly presented.
    • The Staunton Call to Caucus will be posted on the SDC website: stauntondemocraticcommittee.com

5. UPCOMING EVENT – Saturday we will have our April Public Meeting! 4/29 from 12:15-1:30 upstairs at the Staunton Public Library. We will go over briefly what two of our coordinators and Jenni Kitchen from SAW discussed with Bob Goodlatte. In light of the People’s Climate March, we will focus this meeting on environmental issues and the message of the People’s Climate March. Check out the Facebook event here.

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