action opportunities

Wednesday 7/12 Action Opportunities

1. UPCOMING EVENT: Please mark your calendars for Bob Goodlatte’s upcoming Open Door Meeting next Tuesday from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Waynesboro Public Library. This meeting is in the middle of the workday, so if you have any letters or messages you’d like to send Bob, please email them to us and we will hand them off. If you can be there, we urge you to come in person. We’ve been hearing unsettling things from across CD6 and at the last Open Door meeting, such as how showing up in a large group is somehow abusing the open door process. That is, of course, silly; if the doors are open, people will come. So let’s come!

2.  A new version of the repeal and replace bill for the ACA is slated to be revealed on Thursday. Whatever Mitch McConnell has had time to whip up during the recess, it’s doubtful to be any less harmful than the unpopular bill that forced the Senate to stall the process in the first place. Call Kaine and Warner to remind them to reject any bill that will take healthcare away from Americans.

  • 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 am contacting the senator because I hear the new repeal and replace bill will be revealed soon. I want to remind the senator not to vote for any bill that will take healthcare away from Americans like myself, my family, and my friends. Thank you.”

3. While we’re at it, let’s remind our senators that environmental concerns are important to us, too. Please read and sign this petition from Wild Virginia to Senators Kaine and Warner, which asks them to: “demand that FERC: 1) create a revised DEIS that includes the aforementioned information, and 
2) re-set the comment and review clock so that concerned members of the public and federal, state, and local government authorities can have a full 90 days to review and comment on the revised DEIS.” You can read and sign the petition here. Because petitions often don’t have the same impact as direct contact, we also ask that you contact Kaine and Warner with a script adapted from the petition.

  • 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 am contacting the senator to let him know that FERC’s Final Impact Statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), released in late June, is inadequate and incomplete. It would endanger the habitats of 23 federally protected wildlife species, damage 41 core forest areas, and increase risk for spills and other hazards. The final impact statement did not address flaws from the draft impact statement. We ask that you call for FERC to create a revised Draft Impact Statement for the pipelines, and re-set the public comment period. Due diligence is not too much to ask for in a decision that would irreparably affect the landscape of Virginia and lives of its citizens. Thank you.”

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