Friday, March 29, 2013

First votes on immigration reform- we won

The first votes on immigration reform have been cast – and those who think immigrants should be treated fairly have won!  We know there are many challenges ahead but we should take pride in this exciting victory.

Now it’s time to thank the senators who voted NO on Senator Sessions’ anti-immigrant amendment.  PLEASE SIGN ON to this Thank You Letter by COB Wednesday, April 3.

On March 22, all voting Democratic senators, two Independents as well as two Republicans (Collins and Murkowski) voted NO on Senator Sessions’ anti-immigrant amendment to the budget resolution that would have restricted immigrants who obtain legal status from ever qualifying for Medicaid or for subsidies that make insurance more affordable through the ACA.  See more information below. 

As the Senate gets closer to introducing an immigration reform bill that provides a roadmap to citizenship, we need to keep this momentum going!  They need to know their vote mattered now so they remember when it comes up again in immigration reform.

Please share this email, or just the alert below, with your networks!

THANK YOU for your quick action last week urging your senator to vote NO on two harmful immigrant-related budget amendments. With your help, the Senate rejected these attempts by Senator Sessions (R-AL) to harm hardworking immigrant families.

During the Senate’s marathon “vote-a-rama” last week on the budget (S. Con. Res. 8), the Senate defeated, by a vote of 43 - 56, an amendment (#614, previously submitted as amendment #208) by Senator Sessions to deny access to affordable health care for those on the road to U.S. citizenship. The amendment was opposed by all of the Democratic senators voting, along with Senators Collins (R-ME), Murkowski (R-AK), King (I-ME), and Sanders (I-VT).

Senator Sessions’ amendment to deny all tax credits to immigrant working families, even after they earn legal status did not receive floor consideration and was not voted on. 
Please have your organization join with us and sign this Thank You Letter - by COB Wednesday April 3 - to all senators who voted NO on Sessions’ amendment #614.
If your senators voted NOplease also take a moment to call and thank them. Finally, please thank the following senators whose votes were critical to defeating this amendment: Senators Baucus (D-MT), Begich (D-AK), Collins (R-ME), Donnelly (D-IN), Hagan (D-NC), Heitkamp (D-ND),Johnson (D-SD), King (I-ME), Landrieu (D-LA), Manchin (D-WV),McCaskill (D-MO), Murkowski (R-AK), Pryor (D-AR), and Tester (D-MT).

Capitol switchboard:  1-866-220-0044

Sample script: I’m calling to thank Senator ____ for voting against Senator Sessions’ budget resolution amendment #614 that attempted to deny affordable health care to aspiring citizens. We ask for your leadership and support to ensure that Congress creates a road to U.S. citizenship for aspiring citizens, with all the rights, as well as responsibilities, citizenship entails.

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