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Daily Action: Stiffen the Spines of Anti-Repeal Republicans


CONTACT:
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia: (202) 224-6472
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine: (202) 224-2523
Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada: (202) 224-6244
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska: (202) 224-6665
Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio: (202) 224-3353

Sample script:
Hello! I'm calling to thank the Senator for taking such a courageous stand against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without protecting those who would lose coverage. I hope the Senator will stand firms in the face of the attacks coming from the far right this week, and know that millions of us -- from all points on the political spectrum -- stand with her/him. I also hope the Senator will refocus on working in bipartisan fashion to fix the ACA's problems, so that Americans can truly have better and more affordable health coverage. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
After announcing their opposition earlier this week to their fellow Republicans' last-ditch proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement, four centrists -- Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of Ohio – have faced an uprising from conservative activist groups. Organizations such as FreedomWorks, Tea Party Patriots, the Club for Growth and the Family Research Council are plotting revenge via embarrassing "awards," primary threats -- and an a campaign of phone calls and emails to the senators' offices.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada absorbed a threat from Trump yesterday while sitting right next to him during a lunch at the White House. Trump said, "You weren't there. But you're gonna be. You're gonna be. Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he? And I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they're gonna appreciate what you hopefully will do. Any senator who votes against starting debate is really telling America that you're fine with Obamacare."

Senate Republican leaders still hope to hold a floor vote next week on the repeal proposal, hoping that moderates will be pressured into supporting it.