1. EVENT – Goodlatte Open Door Meeting
Waynesboro Public Library, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
It is so important to show up and voice your concerns to the office of your representative. Bob won’t be there, but this is the official staff meeting that they make available, so we need to keep proving that we have concerns, and deserve to be heard. Use the time to demand an in person town hall, use the time to explain why the AHCA would be a disaster for Virginian and our country, use the time to speak about what is most important to you, but please do USE it. What is happening with the current White House administration is NOT normal, and now more than ever, we need to keep the pressure up.
2. This entire week we will be asking you to call in daily to our senators about protecting the ACA and doing everything they can to stop the TrumpCare plan from getting through the Senate. The two main ways that they can fight back against Trumpcare are by withholding consent and filibustering by amendment. The action opportunities on Sunday, 6/18 explain these tactics more fully. Please contact our senators and tell them to use these strategies to block TrumpCare and protect the ACA.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manassas 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’m contacting the senator to ask him to do everything he can to block TrumpCare and save the ACA, using every tool available. I ask that he withhold his consent on all Senate business until we have hearings and a complete CBO score;
withholding consent on amendments, placing holds on nominations, and objecting to all unanimous consent requests until there are hearings and a complete CBO score. I also ask that the Senator prepare hundreds or thousands of amendments to offer during vote-a-rama. by filing thousands of amendments—and then calling each of them for a vote, debate is prolonged long enough to leave Republicans with no choice but to agree to hearings and a complete CBO score. Along with his colleagues, the senator can and should let the Republicans know they will offer amendments into the July 4 recess or longer, holding the floor with amendments as long as it takes to guarantee Americans can read the bill, see a CBO score, and that the Senate has hearings. Thank you.”
2. We’ve had action opportunities about Net Neutrality before, and it remains an important issue. Internet users scored a significant victory in 2015 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) installed protections for net neutrality and the “open Internet.” Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet, and prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from essentially turning the internet into cable television — creating fast and slow speeds for sites of their choosing and charging consumers premium prices for upgraded access. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably fast internet service. The four major ISPs (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and AT&T) have been lobbying against the 2014 net neutrality regulations, frustrated by the constraints placed on their ability to profit from those who need their services the most. In response to their persuasions, the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections and instead rely on the ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet. Congress needs to know that net neutrality is not up for debate and the open Internet must be preserved.
- 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’m contacting the Congressman I’m to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it. Thank you.”