Actions 10/9 and 10/10

Lots of repeats, because lots of bills we support need an extra push—and at Indivisible Somerville, we don’t give up.

Monday

Passing the ACCESS (Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State) bill, H.536/S.499—which guarantees coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and supplies, including sterilization, without a copay—is even more critical, now that the Trump administration has gutted the ACA requirement for employer health plans to pay for birth control. For more information on the bill, see this guide from NARAL.

Let’s urge our our legislators to pressure the chairs of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, where the bill is under consideration, to report ACCESS out favorably as soon as possible so that it can go to the floor for a vote. Three Somerville/Cambridge legislators are members of the committee—Senator Sal N. DiDomenico and Representatives Marjorie C. Decker and Christine P. Barber.


Tell Congress to lift the Jones Act for Puerto Rico. The 3.5 million Americans there needs help, and the Jones Act is a major obstacle to their receiving aid in a timely, cost-effective way. It levies tariffs, fees, and taxes on foreign registry vessels, and the extra costs get passed on to the Puerto Rican consumer. Trump’s 10-day exemption has already expired, so let’s use this tool from Our Revolution, complete with talking points and phone numbers, to tell our congressional representatives to remove this impediment to Puerto Rican recovery.


Tuesday

Thanks to public pressure, several major environment bills—including increasing the Massachusetts renewable energy mix (H.2700, S.1880), carbon pricing (H.1726, S.1821), and removing the solar net metering cap (H.2706)—had positive hearings, with an outpouring of support from citizens and members of the legislature. They’re all sitting in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy now, waiting to be reported out.

It’s time to contact our legislators and ask them to pressure the committee chairs to report the bills out favorably and bring them to the floor for a vote.

SCRIPT: Hello my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY] to ask the [senator/representative] to pressure the chairs of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to report out favorably several environment bills whose hearings showed overwhelming support. The bills I’m concerned with are H.2700, S.1880, S.1821, H1726, and H.2706. I appreciate your support in moving along these important protections for our environment.

For extra credit, you might call the committee chairs themselves, Senator Michael J. Barrett (617-722-1572) and Representative Thomas A. Golden (617-722-2263).


Let’s ask our friends and family members in other states to tell their legislators to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a successful program with wide congressional and popular support, which Congress nevertheless allowed to expire on September 30. CHIP provides health insurance, and thus health care, to nearly 9 million children nationwide through federally funded, state-administered block grants, and some states have already begun to run short of funds. Direct your friends to the Indivisible Team’s CHIP page, where they’ll find information about when their states’ funds will run out, as well as a script for calling Congress.