action opportunities

Saturday 4/30 Action Opportunities

1. On Friday, Congress passed a short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), that will keep the government open for another week. But they’ll need to pass a long-term spending bill before May 5 to avoid a shutdown—something Republicans desperately want to avoid. This gives us a lot of power to reach out and tell Goodlatte that we don’t want any bad policy riders included in the spending bill, like Trump’s request for money to build a border wall and create his mass deportation force.

  • 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 Representative Goodlatte to express my strong concern about the impending government shutdown, and efforts in Congress to hold the continuation of government work hostage by forcing a shutdown with controversial riders. Issues such as those regarding a border wall, creating a mass deportation force, defunding Planned Parenthood, or defunding the ACA. Those issues should have separate bills and hearings, not be tacked on to the budget. Thank you.”

2. Remember the 2008 financial crisis? Trump’s Wall Street friends are gearing up round 2. The Financial CHOICE Act (HR10) would make it easier for big banks and predatory lenders to gamble with our money and rip people off, and it would increase the likelihood of another financial crisis. The CHOICE Act is scheduled for a markup this Tuesday, May 2, and is in front of 9 committees, including Agriculture, of which Goodlatte is a member and and Judiciary, of which Goodlatte is the chairman. Contact him and tell them to put constituents’ interests before banks’ by voting NO. 

  • 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 Representative Goodlatte to vote no on H.R.10, Financial CHOICE Act of 2017. It is in both committees of which the Congressman is a member, and I ask that he act in the interest of his constituents rather than the banking industry, and therefore vote no. Thank you.”

3. Last Tuesday, one of the Action Opportunities was contacting Goodlatte about HR 179, regarding health benefits for over 22,000 retired coal workers and their families as Congress had failed to pass the Miners Protection Act in December. That same day, both of our senators sent a letter to urge GOP Congressional leaders to take action to protect retired coal miners who risk losing their healthcare benefits as part of negotiations to keep the government funded before the end of the week. Let’s reach out to Kaine and Warner to let them know that we see them standing up for their constituents and that we appreciate it.

  • Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manasses 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here.
  • Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I am contacting the senator thank him for the letter that he sent last Tuesday to GOP Congressional leaders urging them to take action to protect retired coal miners. We see the work that you are doing trying to protect the healthcare benefits of the miners and their families as they are vulnerable. Thank you.”

4. This coming Tuesday, we’re organizing an office visit to Goodlatte’s Staunton office! We’ll meet at 117 S Lewis Street, right across from Redbeard Brewing Company at 9am, and head up to the office with whoever can come. We’re planning on focusing on the impending government shut down (see #1 from today), but if you have something you would like to talk to Miss Debbie, the staff member, about, feel free to bring that up. The visit probably won’t take long; we’re just working towards making office visits easy, and outreach to the local office a normal part of our communicating with Goodlatte. Hope to see you Tuesday morning!

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