Call Your LEgislators.
Ring, Ring. Pandemic Phone.
1. Find your Senator or Congressperson's Number.
Use our Database to do it
Want to call their local office? Those phone numbers are here.
2. Use one of our scripts
Calling is easy and low pressure.
A staff member will answer your phone call or you will be sent to leave a voicemail.
Keep your call short and concise so more people can get through and BE KIND to these staffers, even if they work for a Senator that it not being kind to us. Kindness goes a long way in getting them to listen and actually send along the message. Make sure you read this script and fill in the blue bits before calling!
"Hello. My name is (your name) and I am a constituent from (your zip code/city) calling with ExtendPUA.org.
Thank you so much for taking my call.
(We strongly encourage you to insert a sentence or two about your personal story here. What was your job? What is your situation due to the lack of the $600 or any additional federal support August-December? How much you receive in UI? What are you losing/what will you lose? How much debt are you in? Why wasn't December relief enough?)
I, and millions like me, need more relief to survive. Due to the expiration of the FPUC $600, the 5 months of government inaction that followed, and the complete lack of direct aid, millions of us are in trouble without a retroactive or more robust solution for unemployed and underemployed workers. The Senator (or Congressperson) should support the American Rescue Plan and also make it more robust for constituents. We need:
all unemployment programs extended AT LEAST through September;
AT LEAST $400 FPUC;
tax cancellation for all UI and PUA payments;
and a direct payment or tax credit to all affected workers that compensates for the lack of retroactive jobless assistance from August-December.
Americans will not survive the debt incurred in this pandemic if our government does not do more than this Rescue Plan. I need to see the Senator (or Congressperson) advocate for these changes to the bill or as standalone legislation publicly.
Thank you for listening. I really appreciate you getting this message to the Senator (or Congressperson).
USE OUR TALKING POINTS DOC TO SUPPORT YOUR DEMANDS
We also have talking points and separate specific scripts targeted specifically to Democrats and Republicans, including a specific script to Pelosi and Schumer.