Let's review: Last fall, as Congress headed toward a budget deadline, Donald Trump decided to eliminate protections for Dreamers, undocumented Americans who were brought to the U.S. as children. The backlash was swift, so Trump told Congress to come up with a solution that would protect these immigrants from deportation, and both Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell pledged that they would.

Fast forward to December. Unable to reach a budget deal, Democrats and Republicans voted to extend funding by one month so that they could come up with a bipartisan deal that would fund the military, border security, children's health insurance, protect the Dreamers, and more. In a meeting with Republicans and Democrats, Trump reiterated that he "was relying on people in the room" to deliver a bipartisan proposal and that he'd "take the heat" to pass it.

Cue bipartisan proposal. Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham brought a solution that would increase border security, fund children's health insurance, provide a fix for Dreamers..the whole kit and kaboodle. But then Trump watched Fox News, listened to C+ Santa Monica Fascist Stephen Miller, and rejected the proposal because it allowed too many brown and black people from “shithole countries” to stay in America.
Trump's decision has left us on the brink of a shutdown. There is a bipartisan proposal on the table that at least 56 Democrats and Republicans in the Senate support. Fearful of pissing off Trump, Republicans are trying to pass another short-term funding bill and want to blame Democrats if it fails. Not surprising.

So let's be clear: If Majority Leader McConnell puts the bipartisan compromise supported by Lindsey Graham and 6 other Republicans on the floor, we could avoid a shutdown. But Democrats are not going to bail them out by passing a short-term bill that accomplishes nothing and breaks the promise that both parties made to Dreamers.

 

Call Your Senator at 202-224-3121.

Then tell us where your Senator stands.

We’ll be keeping count here: 

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Not sure how to do it? Do you sometimes feel awkward on the phone because you can’t see how your jokes are playing? Follow this script, so you don’t screw it up:

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CALL SCRIPT

Hi, my name is [your name]. I’m wondering what the Senator’s stance is on funding the government. Specifically, I want to know whether the Senator will pledge to only vote for a budget deal that funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program and protects the DREAMers. What is [his/her] stance on that? 



IF THEY AGREE: Thank you. This is really important, and I’m glad that the Senator knows that these people are worth the fight.



IF THEY DISAGREE: Please let the Senator know that I’m extremely disappointed in that position. Fighting for our kids’ rights to stay healthy, or their right to stay in the only country they’ve ever known is a worthy fight. We should take this stand now. I sincerely hope they change their mind. 

LOOK! A LIST.
MILLENNIALS LIKE LISTS.

Without the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):

9 million children (12% of all children in America) and 300,000+ pregnant women will lose health coverage.

Coverage under CHIP that normally costs an average of $158 per child annually will increase to $871 annually.

Routine doctor and dental visits for beneficiaries will no longer be free, forcing parents to decide if their children are “sick enough” to warrant a costly visit to a doctor.

Without Dream legislation for undocumented children:

Nearly 700,000 immigrants who have called America home since the age of 6, on average, will no longer be able to work or receive financial aid for education in America.

The health care and educational sectors will suffer losses of thousands of employees. Nearly 1/5 of DACA beneficiaries work in those fields.

America will lose $460.3 billion in economic output over the next decade, with Medicare and Social Security contributions dropping by $24.6 billion.

American employers face $6.3 billion in unnecessary turnover costs to recruit, hire and train more than 700,000 new employees.