The reconciliation bill is at a critical point this week

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How we can push for an inclusive recovery:
The House is finalizing its work on a budget reconciliation bill, and we’re trying to make sure that it includes our progressive priorities. Right now, conservative Democrats are threatening to tank it- instead wanting to pass just the “bipartisan infrastructure bill”, a smaller bill focused only on physical infrastructure.

The agreement between progressives and conservative Democrats had been to pass both the progressive reconciliation bill and the physical infrastructure bill at the same time. But now the conservative Democrats are trying to get a vote on only the physical infrastructure bill this Thursday, hoping to pass just their priorities so they can renege on supporting the budget reconciliation bill. To save the reconciliation bill, progressives in the House have committed not to vote for the infrastructure bill until the reconciliation bill has passed. We need our Representative to join progressives in withholding votes on the physical infrastructure bill until the reconciliation bill passes. Otherwise, this once-in-a-generation chance to get our progressive priorities enacted will likely be killed by the conservative Democrats.

Our calls this week are very straightforward: for our Representative, vote NO on the bipartisan infrastructure bill until after an inclusive reconciliation bill passes. For our Senators, fight for our progressive priorities in the reconciliation bill, and pass it as soon as the House sends it over.

Call scripts and other actions are below, including Fight Back Fridays and a link for this Saturday, Oct. 2nd Women’s March Sacramento “RALLY for ROE” virtual rally and car caravan in defense of abortion rights.

Text: Call your Representative! Let them know you expect them to support an inclusive recovery package, and to pass it before voting on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Background is blue with a spraypainted megaphone pattern in black.

Our Representative needs to hold the line! Tell them to vote NO on the bipartisan infrastructure bill until we’ve passed an inclusive reconciliation package.


Rep. Garamendi OR Rep. Matsui: Hold the Line!

(Note: only contact your own Representative. You can find out whether it’s Garamendi or Matsui here)

Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to ask [Rep. Garamendi/Rep. Matsui] to vote NO on the bipartisan infrastructure bill until and unless a bold and inclusive reconciliation bill is passed. Don’t give away our leverage; I want the Representative to hold the line!

(If you have time, you can list some of the priorities we are fighting for:)

Please fight to lower the Medicare eligibility age, cap out-of-pocket costs, and quickly phase in dental benefits (without co-pays). We need a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants; investments in climate, including a Clean Energy Standard (with no fossil fuels!) and a Civilian Climate Corps; investments in the Care Economy, including universal child care, federally guaranteed paid leave for all, and creating good jobs in the home and community based-care sector; investments in housing, especially deeply affordable housing and housing for unhoused populations; and we can pay for all of this while addressing extreme wealth inequality by taxing the ultra-rich and big corporations so they finally pay their fair share.

Tell Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Padilla: Fight for a bold and inclusive reconciliation bill

Sample Call Script for Sen. Feinstein/Sen. Padilla:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m a California voter from [CITY, zip code] and I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo.

I’m calling to ask Sen. Feinstein/Sen. Padilla] to fight for a progressive reconciliation bill.

(List some of the priorities we are fighting for:)

Please fight to lower the Medicare eligibility age, cap out-of-pocket costs, and quickly phase in dental benefits (without co-pays). We need a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants; investments in climate, including a Clean Energy Standard (with no fossil fuels!) and a Civilian Climate Corps; investments in the Care Economy, including universal child care, federally guaranteed paid leave for all, and creating good jobs in the home and community based-care sector; investments in housing, especially deeply affordable housing and housing for unhoused populations; and we can pay for all of this while addressing extreme wealth inequality by taxing the ultra-rich and big corporations so they finally pay their fair share.

Fight Back Fridays
You can head to this event series held by the 2020 Coalition Sacramento every Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm at 501 I St., the Federal Courthouse in Sacramento. Activists are demanding the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and for bold climate action from Congress. Details here: https://www.mobilize.us/2020coalitionsacramento/event/412859/

Saturday, October 2nd- RALLY for ROE! We’re joining the Women’s March Sacramento event this Saturday, just ahead of the Supreme Court reconvening. There will be a virtual rally at 10am and a car caravan at 2pm. More info and registration here: https://www.womensmarchsac.com/october-2021-event-info


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