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?)
While I appreciate that some relief was passed in December, it was not enough for millions of us to survive. I need the Senator (or Congressperson) to Save Our Workers and publicly demand that further relief is passed. That relief should be retroactive, robust, and worker-focused. It should include:
PUA and PEUC extended with additional weeks until the crisis is over;
PUC extended at $600;
robust healthcare and rent relief;
and a direct payment to all unemployed and underemployed workers that compensates for the lack of retroactive payments for the last 6 months.
The Senator (or Congressperson) should support President Biden's robust relief plan and ask that retroactivity be added to it. Americans will not survive the debt incurred in this pandemic if our government does not provide some compensation for their lack of action throughout the fall of 2020. We needed an unemployment boost through the entirety of the crisis (and we should have had monthly direct payments.)
We need relief now that is retroactive and robust. It should be your office's top priority. We need you.
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.