Call of the Day: Demand The House Restrict Trump's Ability To Remove Sanctions

Look, I know you're sick of calling about health care.  We've been doing it for months, and since June, pretty much all our scripts for weeks have ONLY focused on health care.  You've told your Senators about how TrumpCare hurts Medicaid patients, women, children, the elderly, people with pre-existing conditions, people with insurance through their jobs, and opioid addicts.  You've shared your personal stories.  You've been relentless. 

If it feels like we've been in the home stretch for, well, months, that's because we have been – Congress keeps moving the goal posts.  That in itself is a victory:  Remember, Congress wanted to repeal ObamaCare on Day One of the Trump administration.  They never thought that, six months later, they'd still be working on this.  It's only because you spoke up, and kept speaking up, that they haven't taken away insurance coverage from 23 million Americans.

We can't give up now.  But… other matters need our attention too.  Russia, infrastructure, taxes, budgetary concerns, immigration… we're resisting on a hundred different fronts.

So, if you can make only one call today?  Let it be about healthcare.  Don't let up on that.  But, hey, if you want to mention something else while you're on the phone, here's another topic to touch on…

(adapted from 5calls.org)

On June 15th, the Senate found common ground and passed a new sanctions bill targeting Russia and Iran with an overwhelming majority (97-2).  Critically, the bill gives Congress the ability to review – and reject – any proposed lifting of sanctions against Russia by the Trump administration.

Despite overwhelming bipartisan support, President Trump opposes this bill (for obvious reasons), and he is rumored to be pressuring House Republicans to "slow and block" the legislation.  With the revelations coming out over the weekend of the Trump campaign's secret meetings with a Kremlin-backed Russian national to acquire damaging info on the Clinton campaign, these sanctions limits are more necessary than ever.

Representative Scalise is still in rehab and won't be voting on anything any time soon.  We can, however, call the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to get the bill moving again in the House.  (Those of you in Representative Richmond's district can, of course, call his office instead.)

WHO TO CALL:

House Committee on Foreign Affairs: (202) 225-5021

Representative Cedric Richmond – DC OFFICE: (202) 225-6636, NEW ORLEANS: (504) 228-3777

Reminders:  Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample Script: 

Hi, my name is [NAME] from New Orleans, Louisiana, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling to urge the House Committee to support the limiting of the removal of Russian sanctions as proposed in S.722.  The ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign's meetings with Russia make Congressional oversight on any changes to sanctions absolutely critical.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones, and stay safe out there. 


This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.