Rep. Julia Brownley:
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Congresswoman Brownley's in _______________, California. I am calling to urge her to vote against a budget deal today, unless Paul Ryan agrees to hold a vote on legislation protecting the Dreamers during the coming weeks. No matter this spending bill's ultimate fate, the congresswoman must stand with her own constituents today -- including the thousands of Dreamers who live in our district, and the strong majority of us who support them. If Congresswoman Brownley has their backs today, we will proudly have her back in November. Thank you!
Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are expected to vote today on a spending compromise that would avert another government shutdown, which will begin at midnight if the bill doesn't pass. The Senate is expected to pass it this afternoon -- but it faces more uncertainty in the House, where far-right Republicans disapprove of its increases in domestic spending. Meanwhile, most Democrats are angry that House Majority Leader Paul Ryan has refused to guarantee a vote on legislation to protect the young immigrants known as Dreamers, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did last month.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a dramatic show of support for the Dreamers with her filibuster-style marathon speech yesterday. Still, she is not whipping her fellow Democrats to oppose today's spending bill, leaving each to make her/his own decision. Even if enough Democrats end up supporting the bill to keep the government open, it is important to the high number of Dreamers in California's 26th district -- and the vast majority of her constituents who support them -- that our congresswoman, Julia Brownley, follow Rep. Pelosi's lead and vote against the spending bill. This gesture of protest will show her constituents that Brownley will keep fighting for Dreamers, and that Democrats will hold the moral high ground if Republicans refuse to stop the coming harassment and deportations of immigrants who hold no connection to the countries to which they'd be sent.