As pressure mounts to end the government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally agreed to bring two funding bills to the floor for a vote on January 24th. The first bill is Trump's plan to allocate $5.7B to the wall while temporarily delaying the deportation of current DACA and Temporary Protected Status recipients for three years and limiting refugees' ability to apply for asylum. The other bill that will be voted on is a House-passed continuing resolution (CR), which has no wall funding and is nearly identical to the CR the Senate passed unanimously in December 2018. Using vulnerable DACA and TPS recipients as a bargaining chip while causing federal workers unnecessary pain is unacceptable, the Senate must immediately pass the clean CR to reopen the government.
Three calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176 Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777 or Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
IF CALLING THE HOUSE — I’m calling to demand the representative vote to reopen the government before negotiating funding for border security. Holding DACA and TPS recipients hostage while harming federal workers is not the way to engage in bipartisan compromise and negotiations.
IF CALLING THE SENATE — I'm calling to urge the senator to support the clean continuing resolution bill that passed in the House. The Senate already passed a near-identical bill unanimously in December. Holding DACA and TPS recipients hostage while harming federal workers is not the way to engage in bipartisan compromise and negotiations.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.