action opportunities

Friday 6/23 Action Opportunities

1. Yesterday, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act [HR1873] and Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act [HR1654] both passed the House and are now in the Senate. These bills cut environmental regulations and oversight, and give more control to utilities. The SCC is very corrupt and have deep connections to the utility industry and politicians. That’s how Dominion is able to pass the cost, 5 billion dollars, of the pipeline onto to the rate payers, who won’t be able to use the gas. These bills make it easier for utilities to do more of the same, with fewer legal restrictions. Contact our senators to tell them you are opposed to these bills.

  • 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 oppose HR 1873 and HR 1654 when they come to a vote. These bills cut environmental regulations and oversight, and give more control to utilities. We are currently fighting Dominion carving up our lands to put in a pipeline here in the Valley, the cost of which, 5 billion dollars, will be passed on to to the rate payers, who won’t be able to use the gas. We do not need utility companies to have more power to do more of the same, with fewer regulations governing their actions, and even less oversight. Please fight these bills. Thank you.”

2. To absolutely no one’s shock, Goodlatte voted in favor of both of the bills outlined in the first action opportunity. Contact his office to let him know that we see voting for the interests of corporations over the interests of his constituents.

  • 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 Representative Goodlatte to express my frustration and disappointment at him voting for HR 1873 and HR 1654. These bills cut environmental regulations and oversight, and give more control to utilities. We are currently fighting Dominion carving up our lands to put in a pipeline here in the Valley, the cost of which, 5 billion dollars, will be passed on to to the rate payers, who won’t be able to use the gas. We do not need utility companies to have more power to do more of the same, with fewer regulations governing their actions, and even less oversight. Please ask the Congressman to stop voting for the interests of corporations over the interests of his constituents. Thank you.”


3. 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.”

3. EVENT TODAY – Friday, June 23 from 3-4 at Charlottesville Union Station “Cville #Rally4Trains”

The presidents for fiscal year 2018 budget cuts 49% of funding for Virginia passenger rail service. Join Virginians for High Speed Rail, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Southern Environmental Law Center, and CVille Rail to rally in support of improving our passenger rail service not cutting it. The Facebook event is here.

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