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Tell Your House Representative to Support H.Con.Res. 63


President Trump, desperate to distract the American public from the constant turmoil in his White House, has begun promoting his infrastructure plan. President Trump’s plan fails to create jobs by rebuilding bridges and roads. Instead, he would sell off America’s roads and bridges to Wall Street billionaires, political cronies, and even foreign governments—allowing them to double tolls, create new fees, and put billions of our dollars in their pockets.

Trump will need Democratic support to pass an infrastructure bill, so Democrats have leverage here. But few Democrats have staked out a position yet, so our first task is to ask them to endorse the principles that divide a good bill from a bad one.

House Democrats have just introduced House Concurrent Resolution 63, the #MillionsOfJobs principles about what does belong in an infrastructure bill and what definitely does not. We need to call every Democrat in the House and urge them to to cosponsor this resolution supporting a real infrastructure jobs bill and opposing selloffs, tolls, and billionaire giveaways. Over 30 have cosponsored to date.

Sample Call Dialogue

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know [“Representative Hernandez’s”] position on House Concurrent Resolution 63, supporting efforts to enact a jobs and infrastructure package that benefits all Americans, not just billionaires?

Option 1: Supports Resolution

Staffer: Thank you for calling! [“Representative Hernandez”] supports the resolution and opposes President Trump’s infrastructure plan.

Caller: That’s great! Thank you. I’m pleased to hear that [“Representative Hernandez”] will oppose an infrastructure bill that’s full of selloffs, tolls, and billionaire giveaways. If [“Representative Hernandez”] is truly concerned about protecting his/her constituents, will s/he also issue a public statement about why President Trump’s bill is bad for Americans and violates these principles?

Option 2: Opposes resolution/wants to work with Trump on infrastructure

Staffer: Thank you for calling! [“Representative Hernandez”] opposes this resolution and wants to work with President Trump to pass an infrastructure bill that will create jobs in our state.

Caller: That’s terrible. We need a real infrastructure bill, with public investment to create jobs. Why would [“Representative Hernandez”] support the president’s plan to sell off our roads and bridges to his billionaire friends and foreign governments, who will put massive new tolls and user fees on working families in [STATE]?

Staffer: We need to create jobs, that’s the most important thing, and we need to bring in private partners to help.

Caller: That is not true. Trump’s plan amounts to a giveaway for his billionaire friends, and we’ll be paying for it in higher tolls and rising water bills for generations. If [“Representative Hernandez”] wants to support real a infrastructure and jobs plan, he should cosponsor House Concurrent Resolution 63. Will [Representative Hernandez] commit to me, his constituent, that he will cosponsor House Concurrent Resolution 63?

Option 3: Dodges / Has No Position

Staffer: Thank you for calling! I have no idea what his position on infrastructure is, but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

Caller: That’s disappointing, Trump is trying to pass of a massive sell-off and privatization plan as real infrastructure reform, when what we need is a real infrastructure bill, with public investment to create jobs.

Staffer: I didn’t know that but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

Caller: Here’s my concern: [“Representative Hernandez”] should not support Trump’s plan to sell off our roads and bridges to his billionaire friends and foreign governments, who will put massive new tolls and user fees on working families in [STATE]

Will [“Representative Hernandez”] cosponsor House Concurrent Resolution 63, supporting efforts to enact a jobs and infrastructure package that benefits all Americans, not just billionaires?

Staff: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Representative.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when the Representative has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.