House Democrats passed the 1.9 trillion dollar, “American Rescue Plan” early last Saturday morning (2/27). No Republicans voted for the bill which will now head for the Senate where it is expected to pass, albeit with some potential changes.
The House will move on to HR1, the For the People Act, which should get to the Senate sometime this week. It is very likely that no Republican will vote for this bill. The House has been moving quickly to get this bill to the Senate for passage and the only thing that stands in the way is the filibuster.
Senator Padilla has make it very clear that he will vote to abolish the filibuster. We must insist that Senator Feinstein do the same. We can not move on with all the pressing legislation that must pass if we do not end the filibuster. It is imperative that you call her office every day and remind her and her staff why she was sent to D.C. and how important this legislation is for our democracy. The only thing that sways our elected representatives is hearing from voters, and it couldn’t be more crucial than now.
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Let’s Call Senator Feinstein Until She Agrees to #AbolishTheFilibuster!
Sample Call Script for Sen. FEINSTEIN:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, zip code]. I just learned that Congress is going to vote on HR1, The For The People Act, next week. But it will die in the Senate because of the filibuster! There are hundreds of Republican voter suppression bills across the country. I’m scared and I want to see bold change. I believe in DC Statehood, Voting Rights for All, Healthcare, Increased Minimum Wage and more. Please get rid of the filibuster so these great bills can become law. Thank you.
If you get a staffer: I would appreciate if your office can get back to me on where Senator Feinstein stands on eliminating the filibuster. My phone number is [phone number] and my email address is [email].
Leave Senator Padilla a Thank You Message!
Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, zip code]. I’m calling to thank Senator Padilla for his wonderful public statements. I’m really excited he’s speaking up against the filibuster, for the Equality Act, for Voting Rights and more!
I’m following his work closely. I’ll be here to support him when he needs it! Thank you.
Tell our Representative: Thank you for voting for the “American Rescue Plan”
(Note: only one of these 2 Congressmembers represents you. You can find out which one here)
- Rep. Garamendi
- Rep. Matsui
Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m a constituent from [CITY, zip code].
I’m calling to thank Representative Garamendi/Matsui for supporting the 1.9 trillion dollar “American Rescue Plan” and the For the People Act, HR1. We count on you to do everything in your power to make sure that all of your colleagues in the House and all of your constituents understand how important these bills are.
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