Short Script for Brownley & Lieu:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Representative _________’s in ____________, California. I'm calling to encourage the congressperson to join House Democrats' threat of a government shutdown if Republicans don't prioritize funding the government over their disastrous Trumpcare bill. Republicans should not be using a short-term spending bill to give them time to destroy the Affordable Care Act; they should be focusing on negotiating a full-fledged Continuing Resolution. Democrats need to do whatever it takes to save our right to essential healthcare coverage -- and if that means shutting down the government, then I want my congressperson to support it. Thank you!
Short Script for Knight:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Representative _________’s in ____________, California. I'm calling to demand that he stop wasting Americans' time with the Republicans' latest bill to gut the Affordable Care Act and deprive 25 million people of access to healthcare. Republicans need to be focusing on keeping the government running with a Continuing Resolution, rather than playing games with both our budget and with Americans' health coverage. This new Trumpcare plan is even worse than the old one! The essential health benefits covered under the ACA must continue to be the right of Americans in ALL our states. The vast majority of Americans agree that we cannot allow a "race to the bottom" on individuals' health coverage, and we agree that it's time for Republicans to behave responsibly on the budget. We are watching Congressman Knight very carefully, and we will hold him responsible for the disastrous effects that will result from Trumpcare. Thank you!
Late yesterday, House Republicans announced that they may seek a short-term budget extension that would allow the government to operate for a week or two while they continue to negotiate a longer-term Continuing Resolution. The reason they want to delay those negotiations is because they have become distracted by their latest effort to replace the Affordable Care Act, now that the far-right Freedom Caucus has endorsed a plan that would allow individual states to opt out of providing the essential health benefits that are part of current law.
This morning, some House Democrats expressed their willingness to oppose that short-term extension, and shut the government down rather than allow Republicans to push through their new healthcare bill before finishing work on the Continuing Resolution. Please see yesterday's Daily Action for more details on the fight over the Republicans' bill.