Take Action: September 28 & 29, 2017 Act on these urgent issues

The next 2 days are critical on several fronts, so we’re pooling the information into one urgent action!

We encourage you to choose one or more of these issues and to flood the phone/fax/email lines every day for the rest of this week.  Keep in mind that the Congressional staffers have said they keep a tally of the few most important issues that people are calling about and then let the MoC know what issues are most important. Since these issues are particularly timely, we encourage you to focus on them for the next two days. To the phones, sisters!

  • Puerto Rico desperately needs assistance and the Department of Homeland Security is refusing to issue a waiver on the Jones Act that would allow aid to be sent more quickly. Call your Representative and your Senators.
    • Possible Script: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I am extremely concerned that U.S. aid efforts to Puerto Rico, where U.S. citizens are in desperate need of help, are not going quickly enough and are not sufficient to prevent a humanitarian disaster. I urge [Rep/Sen____] to act swiftly to get emergency aid to Puerto Rico and to support legislation for a one year waiver of the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico in the massive recovery effort it faces.
  • Healthcare: There are several bills in both houses of Congress that address what will be a critical shortage of physicians in 2030 because of a lack of funding for medical residencies. Considering the fact that it takes a while to train a doctor, this is something we should really be thinking about ahead of time. Please call and ask your MoCs to support Senate bills 1301 and 1754 and House bills 2267 and 3394.
  • Healthcare: On September 30th funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will expire, leaving approximately 9 million children across the US at risk of losing their insurance. A bipartisan solution was recently proposed by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Wyden (D-OR) that would keep CHIP funded for the next five years followed by a gradual phaseout to make sure states could adjust to previous levels. Please call your Senators and ask them to support the Hatch/Wyden plan for CHIP before the deadline expires on Saturday.
  • Refugees – The Trump administration will be setting the cap for US refugee admissions for next year. There are over a million refugees in need of resettlement. Our cap last year was set at 110,000. It’s being reported Trump is planning to cap it at 45,000 and members of his senior staff would like to cut that number even further. This is a moral imperative. These refugees have been carefully vetted and need our help. Most of them are women and children fleeing unimaginable circumstances. Call your Governor, your Senators, your Representatives, and the White House (or even just one of them) to declare your support for refugees and ask them to consider all the facts about the ways refugees enrich and contribute to our societies as they finalize those admission caps. Only public sentiment will fix this!
  • Gratitude! There are definitely some thanks in order over Graham-Cassidy and some other important issues, but because of the whole tallying system described above, please consider sending them by snail mail or leaving it until the end of the call, so they don’t skip over these pressing issues on their tally sheet. Thank you!