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Daily Action: No DREAM Act? No CHIP? No Deal!


CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to let the senator/congressperson know that I don't want her/him to support any deal to fund the government -- long term or short term -- unless it includes both a clean DREAM Act and a reauthorization of the CHIP program. Republicans have played enough games with these vital issues! Now they're trying to use CHIP to guilt Democrats into a short-term deal that does nothing for the Dreamers. It's callous and immoral, and the senator/congressman should reject it. A government shutdown is preferable to even a short-term deal that doesn't fix both programs. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Time is running short before the federal government shuts down on Friday at midnight, and attempts to find common ground on immigration issues -- not to mention the last vestiges of conviviality between the two parties -- have been shattered by Trump's "shithole" comments last week. Now, Republicans are trying to avert a shutdown by once again resorting to a short-term spending bill that offers no stability for either social programs or the military, but would keep the lights on until mid-February. Lacking the requisite votes for a bill in their own caucus, they're trying to force Democrats to choose between funding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and protecting the young immigrants known as Dreamers.

Polls show that Republicans will take the blame for any shutdown -- which would be the first to happen under one-party control of Congress and the White House. Trump adds to the chaos on a daily basis -- including Thursday morning, with a tweet suggesting Republicans shouldn't even include CHIP in a short-term deal.