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Your call:  Express your outrage over withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

Find your representative:
Senator Rubio (202) 224-3041, (904) 398-8586;
Senator Nelson (202) 224-5274, (904) 346-4500

President Trump has made the decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord despite overwhelming opposition from nearly every direction: a majority of American voters support the agreement and nearly every country in the world—195 in total—have signed the landmark accord; Elon Musk has resigned as advisor to Trump’s business council; even shareholders at Exxon Mobil have called for greater and focus on the costs of climate change, signaling that investors want fossil fuel companies to move toward a low-carbon economy.

Withdrawing from the agreement will at best damage U.S. competitiveness as other countries take the lead in the global transition to clean energy. It will also do serious damage to U.S. strategic interests around the world by alienating U.S. allies and undermining U.S. policy priorities. And all of that isn’t even touching on the impact that pulling out of the deal will have on climate change.

Your script:
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from __________.

I’m calling to express outrage that President Trump has chosen to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. For the sake of our economy, health, and national security, the United States must continue to lead the global fight against climate change. I expect [SEN/REP NAME] to publically denounce Trump’s decision.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Call Representative Rutherford before breakfast!

Tell Rutherford No!

This new bill offers $8 billion to states supposedly to cover funding for pre-existing conditions.

  • States would need $330 billion to cover all folks with pre-existing        conditions.
  •  States are not required to use this money for high risk pools.
  •  Money would be available to states that waive pre-existing conditions forcing more states to leave millions of people vulnerable.
  • Funding ends in 2026
  • 84% of people aged 50-64 have pre-existing conditions
  • Better than 50% of Americans have pre-existing conditions
  • $8 billion is less that 1% of the total cuts that this bill would make to the current ACA funding.

This bill also threatens Medicaid home and community based services for people with disabilities. It ends Medicaid expansion which now includes people with mental health disorders and drug abuse disorders.

It also allows for the return of annual and lifetime limits which affect not only people with ACA but folks with employer provided plans.