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CALL. YOUR. SENATOR.
The official #jamthelines event ended August 4, but there is NEVER a bad time to call.
Everyone who wants the FPUC extended is calling their Senators through call parties that are planned throughout the country. Join over 26 million others in demanding the Senate take action and #ExtendFPUC. Tag us and we'll feature you on our socials: @ExtendPUA.
HOW DO I DO IT?
Read the info on this page to make sure you're ready to go and you have all the tips and tricks you need.
Get your friends in a Zoom room (optional).
Find your Senator's number (necessary).
Pop out your phone and dial your Senator (make sure to read below for script suggestions).
If you call during “office hours,” you MAY get through to an aide. They will take down your name, zip code, and issue.
If you do not get through to a person you will leave a voicemail. Make sure this voicemail includes your name, zip code, and a clear message on what you want the Senator to do. You can use our script here.
Follow it up with a tweet.
WHAT DO I SAY?
A legislative assistant will answer your phone call. If you call after hours, leave a voicemail. The assistant is tallying the feedback they receive. The more often they hear about an issue, the more likely it is that it will make it to the Senator. Keep your call short and concise so more people can get through!
"Hello. My name is (your name) and I am a constituent from (your zip code).
I am concerned about the dire economic and social consequences of the FPUC expiring.
I am calling to demand Senator (your Senator’s name) support extending the $600 FPUC IN FULL until at least January 2021, or until the pandemic is over.
I also encourage them to push legislation that fully supports all people in this time of need with compassion.
(Next bit is optional, get specific ->) This includes expanding the PUA to those currently excluded, supporting state agencies to pay out backlogged claims, hazard pay and protections for front-line workers, arts relief, healthcare relief, rent and mortgage relief, and long term small-business and venue support.
Thank you for your hard work!”
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
26 million people are currently surviving on the $600 FPUC. Even more than that are unemployed and not receiving help at all. We need the $600 in full extended until the pandemic is over. We also need PUA expanded to those who have been excluded.
The House passed the HEROES Act, which extends and expands these benefits. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, refused to bring the bill to the floor. McConnell did NOTHING until this Monday (after the supplement had already expired in most states) to propose his plan, which knocks the supplement down to $200 while trying to implement a 70% wage replacement (capped at $500) by October. Experts agree that this is an impossible task for states’ systems.
This is an issue that affects People directly. This does not affect Congresspeople, corporations, businesses, unions, or the like. The people with easy access to the Hill are not going to get this passed. This doesn't benefit them. If we don't do it, it does not happen. This disproportionately affects communities that often get left behind by this gov't. If you have a voice, speak. up. for. Everyone.
THIS IS JUST ABOUT THE FPUC $600?
No, while the $600 is our primary concern, we also have to speak up about the full mission, which includes:
Extending the FPUC $600 in full until the pandemic is over
Expanding the PUA to those excluded
Supporting state agencies to pay out backlogged claims
Hazard pay and protections for frontline workers
Rent and mortgage relief
Long term small business support
The FPUC already expired. Calling yields an immediate response.
Someone in a Senator’s office is supposed to tally every call they receive on an issue.
We need to call the Republican Senators, especially in KY, SC, OH, FL, NC, PA, WI, AZ, ME and tell them that this supplement is necessary and we support it.
Disclaimer: Although #MitchBetterHaveMyMoney is the sentiment, you should still call your own Senators. Offices rarely tally any comments that aren’t paired with a constituent zip code. You can rage tweet the shit out of McConnell though. We do.
IS THERE ANY POINT IN CALLING DEMOCRATS?
Yes! The Republicans are starting to concede to public pressure (they went from not supporting an extension of the FPUC at all to extending it by $200). They are movable. We need to call the Democrats to make sure they stand strong on the full $600. There is no room for compromise in a global pandemic.
WHY DON'T WE JUST GET A JOB?
COVID cases are higher now than they were when the Cares Act passed. It is not safe to work.
There are no jobs to go back to. According to the EPI, there were still nearly 15 million fewer jobs in June than in February. And according to CNN a total of 3.7 million unemployed Americans’ previous jobs are gone for good.one for good.
Even jobs that may come back are not able to, until the pandemic subsides. Restaurants and travel are at a small percentage of their usual job capacity and live entertainment is gone completely.
State UI rates are abysmal. They are meant to hold a person over while they are finding a new job, not in a time when people are not able to go to work.
The $600 was agreed up bipartisanly in the CARES Act because it makes up the difference between the average stage UI rate ($370) and the average income of unemployed individuals ($970). It was meant to provide people a livable wage. Those that are making more on UI because of the $600, previously had a job that wasn’t providing a liveable wage.
The $600 has kept the economy in motion during a global pandemic. The people receiving it are spending it on rent, utilities, health insurance, medicine, and groceries. This means people don’t suffer AND the economy keeps functioning. Any reduction will hurt the economy.
WHY $600? CAN'T WE DO LESS?
Get your friends, neighbors, colleagues together on zoom sometime between 12 and 4 and take turns calling your Senators while getting to spend time together. You can also host an open party (we can help promote) so people don't have to call alone. Theme them if you want!
CAN YOU THROW A PARTY FOR PEOPLE IN ANY ONE OF THESE STATES?
KY, SC, OH, FL, NC, PA, WI, AZ, ME
Those Senators are our biggest targets and if you can’t call them yourself, you can help their constituents reach out.
Have you heard about #JamTheLines? Thousands of people are calling their Senators to jam up the Senate phone lines in support of extending FPUC. #JamTheLines #MitchBetterHaveMyMoney @ExtendPUA #SaveThe600
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Hey Capitol Hill... you are about to HEAR from us. You may even want to hire a few more staffers for the lines; I’ve heard there are some people looking for jobs. #JamTheLines #SaveThe600 @ExtendPUA #ExtendFPUC
TWEET THE HILL
TWEET THE PRESS
MOM! Look, I know I should've called sooner but I'm dialing my Senator day and night to #ExtendFPUC. You should, too! #JamTheLines #MitchBetterHaveMyMoney @ExtendPUA #SaveThe600
TWEET YOUR MOM
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#MitchBetterHaveMyMoney isn't just an AWESOME hashtag, it's also a National Day of Action happening on August 6. Check out more on the event here.