action opportunities

Wednesday 7/19 Action Opportunities

1. Trumpcare has failed for the third time. Contact our senators to thank them for voting against it and urge them to support a bipartisan repair effort for 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 am contacting the senator about Trumpcare, which has failed yet again. Thank you so much for listening to your constituents and refusing to vote for the BCRA repeal and replace bill. Please also advocate for a bipartisan repair of the ACA so that we can keep moving forward on better healthcare for all Americans.”

2. Senator Chuck Schumer is asking Amtrak to discard their proposal of creating economy seating with reduced legroom for passengers (source: AP News). Over the years, we’ve seen this happen with airlines, which have shrunk the seats in the economy section while hiking prices for business class to make the more expensive seats more desirable. Now that Richard Anderson, ex-Delta CEO, is running Amtrak, he’s making the same move. Economy seats on Amtrak would make train travel less comfortable and even impossible for many consumers, including pregnant, disabled, and overweight travelers. Let’s contact Amtrak and tell them not to shrink the seats. 

  • Amtrak’s customer email form for questions, suggestions, and concerns here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I live in _______. I hear that Amtrak is considering shrinking seat size in an economy class section, which would reduce legroom for consumers. I agree with Senator Chuck Schumer that this is a move right out of the airline playbook, and that there is a better way to reduce costs than harming the consumer. Not only are tiny economy seats uncomfortable for everyone — particularly tall people who need a lot of legroom — they make travel much more difficult and potentially expensive for disabled, pregnant, and overweight consumers. If Amtrak shrinks their seats, I will not be using them to travel. Don’t shrink the seats. Thank you.”
  • Amtrak’s twitter here
  • Amtrack’s Facebook here

Let’s also contact our members of Congress and tell them to support government funding for transportation, including Amtrak. 

  • 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.
  • 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 [NAME] today about transportation funding, specifically for Amtrak. Amtrak is considering shrinking seats to offset costs, a move which would hurt consumers in the long run and even cut off Amtrak as an option for some. We need to invest in our transportation and infrastructure by supporting federal funding for Amtrak and other transportation methods. It’s not just a matter of consumer comfort, but safety. Transportation funding means funding for up-to-date equipment and safety technology. Please support funding for Amtrak and oppose the proposed budget cuts which would harm travelers. 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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