Weekly Call-to-Action

bcwac call to action

CONTACT Your Elected Officials 

Call your (FEDERAL) US Senators & Representative, and your (STATE) Senators & House Leadership.

Please add their contact information to your smart phone for easy anytime access.  Find them here. Or send a text to 520-200-2223 with your zip code (only) in the message, and you will get an instant reply with all your Federal and State representatives names and phone numbers, making it very easy to add them to your phone contact list.

 

Here is this week’s Call-to-Action tool with scripts at
FEDERAL & STATE LEVELS  
FEB 12-18, 2017
CALL TO ACTION AT FEDERAL LEVEL
1) Send a message through Senator Toomey’s website that, despite the overwhelming opposition by his constituents, you want to go on record as greatly disappointed with his recent vote in support of Congressman Price for Secretary of HHS with his record to (1) dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA); (2) privatize Medicare and gut the Medicaid program; (3) restrict comprehensive reproductive health care; (4) oppose LGBTQ equality; and (4) erode individual religious liberty that threatens the health, well-being, and autonomy of millions of individuals and families.
2) Call Senators Casey and Toomey with the urgent message to vote NO on the nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor.
Script: My name is _________, and I am a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about Andy Puzder who has a long history of putting corporate profits over the welfare of working people, especially women. Women are nearly 2/3 of the minimum wage earners. In investigating this man, I discovered that over the course of his career, he opposed raising the minimum wage, paying overtime to managers earning modest salaries, passage of the Affordable Care Act, and a number of state law protections for workers. He authored, as an anti-abortion activist, a Missouri law that defined life as beginning at conception in order to set the legal precedent to challenge Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court. He led a company that has repeatedly violated wage and hour laws. According to a Department of Labor investigation, 60 percent of Carl’s Jr.’s and Hardee’s restaurants had at least one wage and hour violation. It is clear that Mr Puzder is not interested in the welfare and economic security of workers including women, which is the mission of the Dept. of Labor.
NOTE: The confirmation hearing for Andy Puzder is scheduled for February 14th. Senator Toomey’s new Philadelphia line # (215) 241-1090 was answering calls as of Monday Feb 13th. 
3) Ask Senator Toomey when he will be holding town hall meetings during their recess starting February 20th?
  
CALL TO ACTION AT STATE LEVEL: 
*STATE (PA) Elected Officials - Please add your PA Senator’s and Representative’s contact information to your smart phone for easy access.  Find them here:
1) Anti-Abortion Bill SB3 unfortunately passed the PA Senate after three hours of debate with no public hearings by a vote of 32-18. Please call state Senator McIlhinney to thank him for his NO vote on SB3 in support of women to have a choice of care and to allow doctors to make recommendations based on their expertise without fear of being criminalized.
Please call Senators Greenleaf, Tomlinson, and Mensch to express your deep disappointment in their vote supporting SB3.  This bill outrageously restricts doctors to properly and safely treat their patients and deprives women of a choice in their care. It restricts the option to abort from 24 to 19 weeks and allows no exceptions for rape, incest, health of the mother or fetus.  Only 1.2% of abortions happen after the 20thweek and the vast majority of them are for health reasons of the mother or fetus.  Politicians are not physicians qualified to make professional judgments on the health care and private decisions of women.  This crosses boundaries and punishes women, families and physicians for terminating pregnancies no matter what the circumstances or reason.
NOTE: This bill goes to the PA House soon and we will be advocating against it there next.  At this writing it has not yet been assigned to a House committee.
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Call to Action FEB 5-11, 2017

1)  Call or send a message through Senator Toomey’s website that, despite overwhelming opposition by his constituents, you want to go on record as GREATLY disappointed with his vote in support of:

  • Senator Sessions for Attorney General despite his history of opposition to reproductive care for women, LGBTQ equality, Violence Against Women Act, and expanding access to the ballot.
  • Representative Price for Secretary of HHS with his record to (1) dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA); (2) privatize Medicare and gut the Medicaid program; (3) restrict comprehensive reproductive health care; (4) oppose LGBTQ equality; and (4) erode individual religious liberty that threatens the health, well-being, and autonomy of millions of individuals and families.

We expect a vote on Price midweek and urge representatives to vote NO.

2) Call Senators Casey and Toomey with the urgent message to reject the nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor.  My name is _________, and I am a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about Andy Puzder who has a long history of putting corporate profits over the welfare of working people, especially women.  In investigating this man, I discovered that over the course of his career, he opposed raising the minimum wage, pay overtime to managers earning modest salaries, passage of the Affordable Care Act, and a number of state law protections for workers.  He authored, as an anti-abortion activist, a Missouri law that defined life as beginning at conception in order to set the legal precedent to challenge Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court.  He led a company that has repeatedly violated wage and hour laws. According to a Department of Labor investigation, 60 percent of Carl’s Jr.’s and Hardee’s restaurants had at least one wage and hour violation.  It is clear that Mr Puzder is not interested in the welfare and economic security of workers including women, which is the mission of the Dept. of Labor.
NOTE: The confirmation hearing for Andy Puzder is scheduled for February 14th.
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UPDATE on the extreme anti-abortion bill SB3 which sprung up last Friday: it was rushed from the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday without hearings or the author of the bill attending the meeting to answer questions, and pushed through for a third consideration in the Senate. All of this despite the early threat by Governor Wolf that he will veto this bill.
We sent a letter to all four Senators from Bucks County on 2/7/17 which you can read here  http://www.bcwac.org/advocacy/current-bills/   Hundreds of calls were made by BCWAC and Planned Parenthood volunteers. On Wednesday, the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 32-18 with PA Senator McIlhinney voting no.
What’s next?  The bill goes to the House committee and, if approved, through 3-considerations by the full House where it will likely pass. Contact your PA House representatives and urge them to vote no on this bill.

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Focus this week, beginning Monday, January 30:

1)  Call Senators Casey and Toomey this week regarding the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Script: My name is _____ and I am a constituent of Senator [NAME] and a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. I urge Senator [NAME] to delay the approval of Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama to be the next Attorney General. Sessions’ record on civil rights was bad 30 years ago when he failed to be nominated to the federal bench, and it has not improved since. Jeff Sessions has harmful views about issues important to me, like opposing reproductive care for women, LGBTQ equality, DV and expanding access to the ballot.

Background: Sessions provided woefully incomplete information to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his record.  Urge the U.S. Senate to delay his confirmation hearing until all relevant information about his record has been submitted and analyzed.

NOTE: Sen. Casey announced he would vote against Sen. Sessions.  Please thank him.

2)  Call Senators Casey and Toomey to urge rejection of the nomination of Rep. Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Script: My name is _____ , I am a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to urge my Senator to reject the nomination of Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of HHS. Rep. Price’s record against critical health care programs and protections against discrimination clearly illustrates his nomination to lead Health and Human Services (HHS) threatens the health, well-being, and autonomy of millions of individuals and families. I oppose his nomination given his efforts to (1) dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA); (2) privatize Medicare and gut the Medicaid program; (3) restrict comprehensive reproductive health care; (4) oppose LGBTQ equality; and (4) erode individual religious liberty.

3)  Call Senators Casey and Toomey with the urgent message to reject the nomination of  Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor Script:  My name is _________, and I am a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling about Andy Puzder who has a long history of putting corporate profits over the welfare of working people, especially women. In investigating this man, I discovered that over the course of his career, he opposed raising the minimum wage, pay overtime to managers earning modest salaries, passage of the Affordable Care Act, and a number of state law protections for workers. He authored, as an anti-abortion activist, a Missouri law that defined life as beginning at conception in order to set the legal precedent to challenge Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court. He led a company that has repeatedly violated wage and hour laws. According to a Department of Labor investigation, 60 percent of Carl’s Jr.’s and Hardee’s restaurants had at least one wage and hour violation. It is clear that Mr. Puzder is not interested in the welfare and economic security of workers including women which is the mission of the Department of Labor.

4Call Senators Casey and Toomey with the urgent message to reject the nomination of  Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.  Script: My name is _______ and I am a constituent of Senator [NAME] and a Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos and her family heavily lobbied the Michigan legislature to shield the charter school industry from greater oversight. She pushes for-profit charter schools and online schools. The children in our public schools deserve a champion who will increase their opportunities for a strong education.  I want my tax dollars used for education for all children. Betsy DeVos is not committed to the mission of the Department of Education nor is she qualified to serve as Secretary of Education.

NOTE: Sen. Casey announced he would vote against Betsy DeVos.  Please thank him.

 

Ongoing calls about BCWAC priorities and principles to Congressman and U.S. Senators

HEALTH CARE

Script for Democrats/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ______ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to thank Senator Casey for supporting the Affordable Care Act and his interest in improving it rather than repealing it. If the ACA is overturned, over 21 million will lose their health insurance. This is particularly important for women who need access to care in their reproductive years. I want the Senator to do all he can to block attempts to repeal the ACA. 

Script for Republicans/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ______ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to ask Senator Toomey/ Congressman Fitzpatrick to support the Affordable Care Act and work to improve it rather than repeal it. Over 21 million Americans count on Medicaid expansion and the marketplace plans for insurance.  It is particularly important for women who often work in jobs that do not offer employer health care and need preventative care during their reproductive years. I want the Senator/Congressman to vote against repealing the ACA without an alternative plan in place that improves the ACA and lowers cost. That is irresponsible and dangerous.

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Pennsylvania Elected Officials

Call your State Senator/Representative, Senate leadership, and House Leadership with these scripts.

Please add your PA Senator’s and Representative’s contact information to your smart phone for easy access. Find them here.

Focus this week, beginning January 30:

1) Redistricting – Call your State Senator and Representative asking them to co-sponsor bills that support the recommendations of the Fair Districts PA Coalition.

 

Ongoing calls about BCWAC priorities and principles to State Senator and State Representative

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Script for Democrats/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Representative Davis/Galloway/Warren be a co-sponsor of the Nurse Practitioner bill being introduced by Representative Jesse Topper (memo #625) to give full practice authority to licensed nurse practitioners in PA. The proposed bill would require nurse practitioner to practice for 3-years and 3,600 hours under a collaborative agreement with two physicians, as they do today, before getting their full practice authority license. (See BCWAC 1/25/17 eNewsletter for details.)

Script for Republicans/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Senator ______/Representative ______ be a sponsor of the Nurse Practitioner bill being introduced by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (memo #42) and Representative Jesse Topper (memo #625) to give full practice authority to licensed nurse practitioners in PA. The proposed bill would require nurse practitioner to practice for 3-years and 3,600 hours under a collaborative agreement with two physicians, as they do today, before getting their full practice authority license. (See BCWAC 1/25/17 eNewsletter for details.)

NOTE: Senator McIlhinney, Rep. Farry, Watson, and DiGirolamo have signed on as co-sponsors.  PA Senator Mensch signed on as a co-sponsor last year but needs to sign on this session.

 

FIREARM SAFETY: GUNS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSERS

Script for Democrats/History of Agreement on Issue: Not applicable on House side yet.

Script for Republicans/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Senator  _____________ be a co-sponsor of Senator Tom Killion’s domestic violence homicide prevention bill memo requiring all convicted domestic abusers and defendants subject to active Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders to promptly and safely surrender their guns to authorities. Currently they can relinquish their guns to anyone and they are easily accessed.

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Script for Democrats/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Representative Davis/Galloway/Warren support Rep. Petrarca’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth bill. Right now girls and boys in PA who are sexually exploited by traffickers become re-victimized in the juvenile justice system when they are arrested and prosecuted for prostitution and other crimes they may have committed while being sexually exploited. The bill affirms that there is no such thing as a child prostitute. This bill also offers services of help to the child victims. (See additional information in the 1/26/17 eNewsletter)

Script for Republicans/History of Agreement on Issue: I’m ________ ______, a constituent and Partner of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition calling to request that Senators McIlhinney/Mensch/Tomlinson support Sen. Greenleaf’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth bill. Right now girls and boys in PA who are sexually exploited by traffickers become re-victimized in the juvenile justice system when they are arrested and prosecuted for prostitution and other crimes they may have committed while being sexually exploited. The bill affirms that there is no such thing as a child prostitute. This bill also offers services of help to the child victims. (See additional information in the 1/26/17 eNewsletter)

 

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