CONGRESS MUST RECLAIM ITS POWERS – OVERRIDE THE VETO

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…

Congress must oppose Trump’s racism in all its forms – the wall, the Muslim ban, the support for white supremacy – and stand firm against the usurpation of its Constitutional authority. Please tell the Senator to demand that the Majority Leader hold a vote to override Trump’s veto and to push for passage of the Muslim Ban and Asylum Ban Repeal (S246)*.

*Senators Merkley and Wyden have co-sponsored this bill

ACTION Two: CALL YOUR House reps

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SAMPLE SCRIPTs FOR Representatives:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVES BLUMENAUER, DEFAZIO, AND BONAMICI: Congress must oppose Trump’s racism in all its forms – the wall, the Muslim ban, the support for white supremacy – and stand firm against the usurpation of its Constitutional authority. Please tell the Representative to:

  • convince [his/her] Republican colleagues to vote to override Trump’s veto when that matter comes to a vote next week
  • reject Trump’s white supremacy by pushing for passage of the Muslim Ban and Asylum Ban Repeal (HR810)*

*Reps Blumenauer, Bonamici, and Defazio have co-sponsored this bill

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVE SCHRADER: Congress must oppose Trump’s racism in all its forms – the wall, the Muslim ban, the support for white supremacy – and stand firm against the usurpation of its Constitutional authority. Please tell Representative Schrader to:

  • convince his Republican colleagues to vote to override Trump’s veto when that matter comes to a vote next week.  
  • reject Trump’s white supremacy by co-sponsoring and pushing for the passage of the Muslim Ban and Asylum Ban Repeal (HR810).

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN: Congress must oppose Trump’s racism in all its forms – the wall, the Muslim ban, the support for white supremacy – and stand firm against the usurpation of its Constitutional authority. We appreciate the fact that Representative Walden was one of the Republicans who joined the vote to overturn Trump’s attempt to declare a fake emergency to seize the power of the purse from Congress. Please tell him to:

  • convince his Republican colleagues to vote to override Trump’s veto when that matter comes to a vote next week.  
  • reject Trump’s white supremacy by co-sponsoring and pushing for the passage of the Muslim Ban and Asylum Ban Repeal (HR810)

ACTION THREE: FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS

Pass along this action alert, especially to friends in Red states. Tell them to KEEP CALLING!

Background:

#FakeEmergency

#NoRacistWall

#SaveCongress

The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse. But Trump is doing everything he can to seize that power in order to build his monument to racism – the border wall — using money that Congress refuses to give him.  

First, Trump tried to extort his own Republican-led Congress by shutting down the Government for an unprecedented 35 days.  

When that failed and veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress passed the budget, including a pittance for border barriers, Trump declared an “emergency,” citing the National Emergencies Act, claiming that it authorizes him to spend unappropriated funds for his wall.  

Bi-partisan majorities in both houses of Congress voted to revoke the trumped-up emergency, underscoring their resistance to Trump’s power grab. Now we must press the Senate and the House to override Trump’s veto.

The specific intent of Congress in repeatedly denying Trump funds for the wall is clear. That should override any argument that Trump is acting within the authority of the NEA, especially when the “emergency” is so clearly fabricated. The intent of the American people – two-thirds of whom oppose the emergency declaration – is also clear. This creeping authoritarianism must be stopped!

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