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Daily Action: Tell Dems Not to Roll Over on the Omnibus


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 urge the senator/congressperson to stand up for progressive priorities, and use her/his leverage to stop Republicans from including increased funding for immigration enforcement and border security in the omnibus spending bill. We all know the omnibus can't pass without Democratic votes, because so many far-right Republicans will vote against it. It's bad enough that   Democrats haven't fought harder for DACA and farmworker protections in recent months. And it's bad enough that Republicans believe Democrats won't force them to deal with gun violence prevention measures such as an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks, "Fix NICS" and a ban on bump stocks this year. Please don't roll over so easily on this omnibus just because the member believes a blue wave is coming in November. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Congress once again needs to pass a spending bill to avert a government shutdown, and it must do so by Friday. Republicans hope this spending bill that will cover the nation's finances through the rest of the fiscal year ending September 30 -- in fact, they view this bill as the last piece of major legislation they plan to complete before the midterm election! In other words, if they get this done, they believe they'll be able to avoid acting on gun violence, the Dreamers, healthcare or any of the other major issues currently before the American people.

Republicans and Democrats have finalized most of the details for this omnibus spending bill, but they’ve put off some of the most controversial issues until the very end. Republicans want more money for immigration enforcement and a border wall, in particular -- while some Democrats have railed against their party's failure to gain concessions on progressive priorities. If negotiators fail to reach a compromise, Congress may need to pass a "CRomnibus" (a Continuing Resolution funding the entire government for a few days or weeks) to avert a shutdown while giving itself additional time to work a longer-term bill.