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There are two urgent issues for the week of March 7 - 13, 2021
  1. Support the For the People Act 2021 (S1)
Who to contact:   PA Senators Casey (D)/Toomey (R)
  1. End the filibuster; bring the rule change to the floor 
Who to contact:   Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY) 
PA Senators Casey (D)/Toomey (R)
 
Voting rights, racial equity, climate change, immigration, and many urgent issues are on the line. We must take action to let our legislators know we support S1 and ending the filibuster. Please see the end of this document for additional background information.
 
Call to Action #1: Support the For the People Act

Here’s a script you can cut-and-paste into your Senators' contact link (below) or use as a guide for what to say if you call:  

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm a constituent from [City, Zip Code].  I'm calling to express my support for S.1, the For the People Act 2021 and to urge Senator [NAME] to work to swiftly pass this legislation. Addressing corruption, protecting voting rights, and reforming campaign finance should be bipartisan priorities to make our democracy better for all Americans.
Voters overwhelmingly support this bill. Recent polls show 68% of likely voters approve it, while only 16% oppose it. Support is bipartisan: 70% of Democrats, 68% of Independents, and 57% of Republicans support this bill.
 I urge you to vote in support of what the American people want. Thank you for your time and attention. Please respond to this request by sending an email to (email address) or letter to (postal address).

Please email or call our Senators today.  If leaving a voicemail, please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
 
Senator Pat Toomey  (202) 224-4254
https://www.toomey.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-toomey
 
Senator Bob Casey (202) 224-6324      

https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/
 
Call to Action #2: End the Filibuster. Bring the rule change to the floor.

Here’s a script you can cut-and-paste into Senator Schumer, Casey, and Toomey's contact link (below) or use as a guide for what to say if you call:  
Script for Senator Schumer
Below is a script you can cut-and-paste into their contact link (below) or use as a guide for what to say if you call:
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm a voter from [City, State].  I'm calling to express my support for ending the filibuster. You are the Majority Leader of the Senate and control what legislation gets brought for a vote. Your position demands that you urge all Senators, including Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, to join the majority and work together to swiftly pass this rule change. It is necessary in order to pass the big legislation needed for our government and democracy to work. 
There is bipartisan support among the voters for eliminating the filibuster.  Data for Progress asked voters if they would support or oppose eliminating the filibuster.  53% of voters support eliminating the filibuster.  Voters who self-identify as Democrats support this proposal by a 36-point margin (59 percent support, 23 percent oppose). Voters who self-identify as Republicans, meanwhile, support this by a 27-point margin (56 percent support, 29 percent oppose).
I urge you to bring this rule change to the floor as soon as possible to support what the American people want and what’s needed to get the country on the right track again.
Thank you for your time and attention. Please respond to this request by sending an email to (email address) or letter to (postal address).
 
Please email or call today. If leaving a voicemail, please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
 
Senator Chuck Schumer (202) 224-6542      
https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck
 
Script for Senators Toomey and Casey
Below is a script you can cut-and-paste into their contact link (below) or use as a guide for what to say if you call:
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm a constituent from [City, Zip Code].  I'm calling to express my support for ending the filibuster. I urge to talk with all Senators, regardless of party affiliation, about joining the majority and working together to swiftly pass this rule change.  It is necessary in order to pass the big legislation needed for our government and democracy to work. 

Please email or call our Senators today.  If leaving a voicemail, please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
 
Senator Pat Toomey  (202) 224-4254
https://www.toomey.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-toomey
 
Senator Bob Casey (202) 224-6324      

https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/
 
Additional information to read before making call/email
 
For the People Act of 2021
This bill addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and ethics for the three branches of government.
  • Expands voter registration through automatic and same-day registration and voting access through vote-by-mail and early voting. It also limits removing voters from voter rolls.
  • Establishes independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting.
  • Ensures election security by sharing intelligence information with state election officials, supporting states in securing their election systems, developing a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions, establishing in the legislative branch the National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions, and other provisions to improve the cybersecurity of election systems.
  • Addresses campaign finance, including by expanding the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals, requiring additional disclosure of campaign-related fundraising and spending, requiring additional disclaimers regarding certain political advertising, and establishing an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices.
  • Enforces ethics in all three branches of government by requiring a code of conduct for Supreme Court Justices, prohibiting Members of the House from serving on the board of a for-profit entity, and establishing additional conflict-of-interest and ethics provisions for federal employees and the White House.
  • Requires the President, the Vice President, and certain candidates for those offices to disclose 10 years of tax returns.
 
End the Filiuster
Voting rights. The minimum wage. Racial justice. Climate action. Immigration reform.  All of these key issues in our country are on the line.  In order to win these historic efforts, the Senate must now act to END the Jim Crow filibuster.
As long as Mitch McConnell, or any Senator, is allowed to block ALL progress on nearly ALL legislation in the Senate, the new Congress won’t be able to deliver on any of the change voters demanded last year.
The reason to eliminate the filibuster is simple: if a piece of legislation could win a fair, up-or-down Senate vote, it should get one. A simple majority -- not 60 senators -- is enough to pass legislation, and Senate Republicans’ habitual abuse of the rules shouldn’t change that.
  • Both parties have already made changes to the filibuster in just the past decade. The filibuster isn’t in the Constitution -- and its main historical use was blocking civil rights and anti-lynching legislation. It’s long past time for us to end the Jim Crow filibuster for good.
  • All we need is 50 senators plus Vice President Kamala Harris to eliminate the filibuster - It’s a simple rule change. We’re increasingly likely to get these votes as the abuse of the filibuster escalates:more and more senators are realizing the urgency of ending the filibuster. Just last week, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said it was time to end the filibuster to pass the For the People Act.
  • During a national pandemic and economic crisis, we simply can’t afford to waste weeks and months on procedural delays. We need to act decisively to stop Mitch McConnell's and other Senators habitual abuse of the Senate filibuster.
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