action opportunities, Goodlatte

Tuesday 7/18 Action Opportunities

1. EVENT – Goodlatte’s Open Door Meeting: Today, 11:30-1:00 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 show up!

2. Chapters of Indivisible across the country are focusing on the BCRA, to #KilltheBill. Charlottesville and Roanoke are coming together in protest, and we are standing with them by reminding you to make your daily call, email, or letter about healthcare.

  • 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 about the Better Care Reconciliation Act, especially as it includes the Cruz Amendment.  Please thank the Senator for standing up for the rights of all Americans to access affordable health care.  I hope the Senator will do everything in his power to stop the passage of this cruel bill. That includes blocking requests for unanimous consent in Senate procedures, burying the bill with thousands of amendments, and more.  We need to #KilltheBill. Thank you.”

3. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 [HR 806] has been reported from committee and is coming up for a floor vote soon.  The bill would extend for eight years the EPA’s deadlines for implementing its new air pollution standards for ground-level ozone so they could be delayed until 2025 rather than implemented in 2017. It would also modify the process by which EPA develops National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and other pollutants, such as by requiring reviews of pollutant standards every 10 years rather than every 5 years. Contact Goodlatte to oppose this bill.  If you have family, friends with lung issues or allergies, please feel free to mention whatever you feel comfortable with.

  • 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 because I am concerned about the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, HR 806.  I support protections enacted by the EPA and the Clean Air Act. The OSI Act would disable the clean air standards that make people safer. We need emission reductions and toxin mitigation from industry.  I’m counting on you to work to protect my family’s health and stop this bill. Your actions on this issue affect my vote at the polls. Thank you.”

3. The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 [HR 10] has passed the House and is currently in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  Senator Warner is on that committee, which held hearings last Thursday.  This bill amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to repeal Volcker Rule restrictions on certain speculative investments by banks, such as those that led to the housing market crash in 2008.  It also limits banks in their relationships with hedge and private equity funds.  This bill puts the interests of hedge funds and large investment brokers ahead of citizens and the basic stability of our economy.  Contact Senator Warner and tell him how dangerous this bill is, and urge him to do everything he can to make sure it does not leave his committee for a floor vote.

  • 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: “Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and my zip code is _____.  I’m contacting Senator Warner to express my opposition to H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, which would undermine the crucial consumer protections provided by the Dodd-Frank Act. As the 2008 recession illustrated, the banking industry must be carefully regulated to protect consumers from risky lending practices and corporate greed.  I know that hearings were held in the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs last week, so I ask that the senator do everything that he can to make sure this dangerous bill never leaves his committee to see a floor vote in the Senate. Thank you.””

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