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Urgent Action Needed: Call Your Senators Today

March 13, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

EMERGENCY ACTION:
It’s urgent: Please, you have to call your Senators!

     It is urgent that Congress takes at least initial action NOW to protect people as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold. Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin are working on a bill. We don’t yet know how much of the good steps in the House bill* will survive. We need: immediate paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, nutrition aid, more Medicaid funds for states, free testing and treatment, and protections for health care and other workers.
     The Senate must hear the loud voice of constituents saying WE NEED THESE PROTECTIONS NOW. If we’re silent, more dangerous delay.
   
This is a first step. We need to make sure it puts the needs of low-income and vulnerable people first.

Two easy options to call:
 
Thanks to MomsRising and Indivisible, there are two phone numbers you can use to reach your senators. They each have suggested messages you can use, or use what’s below.
Here are MomsRising’s numbers: Text COVID19 to 747464 or call 1-844-633-2048
Here’s the link for Indivisible’s line: : Click here to connect directly to your senators' offices.

“Hello, my name is ______ and I am from [city/town]. This is urgent: Please tell Senator _____ to vote for the House coronavirus bill NOW – it protects people most in need and so protects all of us. Immediate paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, nutrition aid, more Medicaid funds for states, free testing and treatment, and protections for health care and other workers are essential. The House bill is a necessary start – you must do more [add example], but please vote for this now. “
This is a true national emergency – you know that. Congress must do a lot more than this bill, but this must pass now. If there ever was a time for you to speak up, it’s now.

*The House bill, H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, it itself a first step. Here’s a summary.
 
Coalition on Human Needs
www.chn.org

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