Be Prepared to Shut Down the Government
Congressional leaders are trying to put together a budget deal to avert a government shutdown January 19th. Now is the time for Democrats to use their leverage and demand action on three critical issues. First, Democrats are demanding protection for DACA recipients and a path to citizenship for them. Second, Democrats are negotiating for a full five years of funding for CHIP, the program that funds health care for nine million children. Third, the situation in Puerto Rico must be addressed more effectively. Half of Puerto Rico is still without power three months after Hurricane Maria. Over 1.5 million people are still without electric power.
Three former Homeland Security officials have urged faster action on DACA. They estimated that Congress would need to pass a bill by January 19th to guarantee enough time for applications to be processed before the March 5th deadline that the Trump administration set. Consequently, Congress needs to include temporary protection from deportation for the DACA recipients while their paperwork is being reviewed and processed. DACA recipients need a clean Dream Act and timely protection from deportation.
Call our Members of Congress:
- Congressman Denny Heck (360) 459-8514
- Senator Maria Cantwell (253)572-2281
- Senator Patty Murray (253)572-3636
Script for Murray and Cantwell:
My name is ____________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling because I want Senator __________ to insist on legislation to protect DACA recipients as part of the budget resolution. DACA recipients will need temporary protection from deportation while this legislation is being implemented. In addition, I want full funding for CHIP and more aid for Puerto Rico. I am asking the Senator to do everything possible including shutting down the government in order to help Dreamers, children and our citizens in Puerto Rico Thank you.
Script for Congressman Heck:
My name is ____________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to ask Congressman Heck to do everything possible, including shutting down the government if necessary, in order to pass legislation that protects DACA recipients. The Dreamers will need temporary protection from deportation while the legislation is being implemented. In addition, I want full funding for CHIP and more aid for Puerto Rico. Thank you.