Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his all-male Gang of 13 have been working hard behind closed doors to put finishing touches on a healthcare bill that has the potential to devastate one sixth of our economy and millions of people.
Last night, our Democratic senators took to the floor for an all-night talk-a-thon to protest a process that offered, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “no committee hearings, no debate, no amendments and no input from the minority”.
Although McConnell had railed against Democrats for allowing only 25 days of consecutive Senate hearings, ±169 hours of debate and numerous minority amendments in the fight over the ACA in 2010, he has, astonishingly, changed his mind.
He is a formidable adversary and without enough votes to directly block the bill, our team will eventually be swept off the board.
What can we do to help?
We can call.
Huge, overwhelming floods of calls.
We can break the phone banks of every senator’s office in the country.
We can keep McConnell from getting the simple majority he needs. Promise GOP senators that this is their last term if they vote for this.
(Remember, kicking them out of office is our super-power!!!)
Here’s how to do it.
Call your own senators first.
Then call your own circle of family and friends, especially those who live in these key states: Alaska, West Virginia, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arkasas. See the state-specific stats here: https://www.trumpcareten.org
Here are all the phone #’s they’ll need: tinyurl.com/make-your-family-call-too
OK, What do I say?
(See the full description of the 3 Week Campaign, explanations of terms and tips for people who just hate making calls here: tinyurl.com/3-week-war
Scripts and information below: (Scripts are updated to add new strategies we want our Senators to use.)
Script for Democratic Senators: I’m calling to thank Senator [Name] for fighting the Republican health care bill. I urge [him/her] to keep fighting for the ACA and its proper funding as well as withholding consent on all Senate business and to filibuster by adding amendments until proper hearings are held on the GOP’s bill. Literally, tens of thousands of lives are at stake if the AHCA passes. My zip code is [#####]. Thank you. (Same script…every day…)
Script for Republican Senators: I’m calling to urge Senator [Name] to vote NO on the AHCA. Most people are against it, including the President, who said it was mean. I would like Sen. [Name] to urge Mitch McConnell to slow the process down and conduct open, transparent hearings so the senate can create a bill Americans can actually support. Otherwise, I am AGAINST repealing or defunding the Affordable Care Act and I will be keeping Sen. [Name]’s actions in mind next time I vote. My zip code is [#####]. Thank you. (Same script…every day…)
Californians – call (YES – AGAIN!) the usual suspects listed below. They’re counting our calls! They need to show their fellow Senators the size of our resistance.
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
(New information everyday throughout the campaign)