Indivisible GA Sample Scripts
(Adapted from Indivisibleatx)
Calling our congressional representatives en masse is one of the hallmarks of the Indivisible guide and a proven strategy that worked for the Tea Party. When you call, be brief, respectful, and stick to a single topic. Here are some sample scripts to get you started.
I am one of your constituents. I’m calling to urge you to block the appointment of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. As a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, an association founded to “fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine.” he appears to be diametrically opposed to the very mission of the department he is supposed to lead. As congressman, he has consistently voted against health care legislation designed to help those in need and has proposed legislation that would only benefit the affluent at the cost of the less fortunate. Please block Congressman Price’s appointment. Thank you.
Affordable Care Act
I am calling to ask my Senator to vote NO on the repeal of the ACA and the mandates which help Obamacare function. The ACA has made it possible for 20 million more Americans to get health insurance, and reduced the uninsured rate to the lowest in history, and made health insurance within reach of 17.6 million people. We should not return to the time when a family was an illness away from bankruptcy, and taxpayers had to pay $75 to $125 BILLION dollars for uncompensated emergency-room visits. Please vote NO on repealing the ACA/Obamacare without plans for a replacement.
I’m calling to urge you to block the appointment of Dr. Ben Carson as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Carson himself admits that lacks the experience and expertise necessary for this, or any, cabinet position, and his retrograde statements on fair housing rules are a threat to the civil rights of countless American citizens. Please block Dr. Carson’s confirmation. Thank you.
I’m calling to ask you to vote NO on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary, a job for which she has no relevant credentials or experience. DeVos and her family have pushed policies which have undermined public education in Michigan through the use of vouchers for charter schools. Charter schools create a second failed education system with no accountability and divert much needed funds from public education. Her views pose an unprecedented threat to the public school system as a civic institution. Please vote no on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.
Hello, I am one of your constituents in Georgia. I am concerned about global warming. I don’t believe that Republicans are genuine when they disagree with the scientific consensus that global warming is caused by humans and threatens our planet. Rather, Republicans are aware that the only real way to combat global warming is through progressive policies espoused by Democrats, such as investment in renewable energy and public transportation. It is time to put politics aside and do what is right for our children and grandchildren. We can debate the methods of fighting manmade global warming, but we must stop debating its existence. Thank you for listening.
I am calling to voice my concerns about the selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, and urge you to block his appointment to the Justice Department. Sessions has a long record of racial insensitivity, bias against immigrants, disregard for the rule of law and hostility to the protection of civil rights that makes him unfit to serve as the attorney general of the United States.
Hello. I am calling to ask you to vote No on the confirmation of Mike Pompeo for CIA director. Pompeo has no meaningful experience in espionage. He has advocated for the bulk collection of domestic calling records that violates US citizens’ privacy. He also advocates returning to the use of waterboarding and other ineffective torture techniques, and is against closing CIA black sites. Please vote no and do not confirm Mike Pompeo.
Office of Congressional Ethics
I’m calling about the effort to undermine the OCE known as the Goodlatte* Amendment. If the House dismantles its own ethics office, how can we trust that they have the spine to represent our interests under Trump, whose conflicts of interests present their own ethical dilemmas? As your constituent, I would like to know how you voted on this rule change.
Presidential Accountability Act
I’m calling about HR 6340, Rep. Katherine Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act. Clark’s bill would would increase our homeland security by ensuring the homeland comes before the president’s personal interests; and it would ensure that the president is not immune from investigation. I’m calling to ask that you do your job, as a legislator and an American, and make sure Rep. Clark’s bill passes.
Presidential Tax Transparency Act
I’m calling to voice my support for the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, which would give the public honest insight into the president-elect’s actions, values and foreign business dealings. A president’s tax returns should be a matter of public record; there is no excuse for Donald Trump to play by a different set of rules. Thank you.
I am calling to ask you to vote NO on the the REINS Act. The REINS Act would delay or shut down the development of critical new health and safety protections, obstructing actions that Congress has already mandated by law. It will also effectively shut down the oversight system that protects the public’s health and safety in favor of inaction that pads polluter profits.
Courtesy of Sierra Club
I’m calling to ask my senator to vote NO on the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. I am concerned about Mr. Tillerson’s connections to Russia via ExxonMobil and his offshore company in the Bahamas. Thank you.
Russian intervention in elections
Hello, I am one of your constituents in Georgia. I am concerned about the possible foreign intervention from Russia into our presidential election. I encourage you to join your fellow GOP senators and representatives in calling for a full inquiry. This is not a democratic or republican issue. Our nation is founded on free and fair elections, and foreign intervention puts our democracy at risk. History, and voters, will not look kindly on representatives in Congress who looked the other way when a foreign government infiltrated our elections. Thank you.
Trump’s Conflicts of Interest
Hello, I am one of your constituents in Georgia. I am concerned about Trump’s many conflicts of interest. Passing control of his business interests to his children is not enough; he needs to completely divest and place his assets in a blind trust. Congressional Republicans are our best hope for providing checks and balances on Trump. Republicans who blindly accept Trump’s words and actions put our Democracy at risk, and set precedent for future administrations from either party. History, and voters, will reward only those who oppose Trump’s ethical lapses. Thank you for listening.