Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA: (213) 894-5000
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Congressperson to use the momentum from Doug Jones' victory last night, and Democrats' leverage over the ongoing spending-bill talks, to demand a reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, passage of the DREAM Act, and the seating of Senator-elect Jones before a vote is taken on the Republicans' tax bill. The time for action on Americans' priorities is now -- even at risk of a government shutdown over the holidays. 62% of Americans believe that reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program should be one of Congress' top priorities; 83% believe Congress should act to provide Dreamers with a path to citizenship. Meanwhile, only 32% approve of the tax scam. It's time for Democrats to force Republicans to stop ignoring the will of the American people. Thank you!
In his victory speech Tuesday night, Senator-elect Doug Jones told his new colleagues, "We want you to find common ground, we want you to talk. Take this opportunity, in light of this election, and go ahead and fund that CHIP program before I get up there." Particularly after Jones' win, Democrats know they have the leverage to include priorities such as the DREAM Act and CHIP. But few Democrats have declared that they're willing to risk a shutdown to increase the odds of getting those programs passed.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists he won't seat Sen. Jones until the new year -- giving Republicans enough time to try to pass the #TrumpTaxScam with a 52-seat majority. Prioritizing this budget-busting tax "cut" over CHIP and the DREAM Act, not to mention the funding of the government in general, is bad enough. But McConnell's gamesmanship over Jones, which recalls his refusal to consider Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination in 2016, is a violation of Senate tradition and flouts the will of Alabama's voters.