HOW TO TAKE ACTION:

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Fill out the blanks and read the script when the staff answers the phone or leave a voice message. Repeat tomorrow.

SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME], I am a voting constituent living in [CITY/TOWN] and my zip code is [ZIP CODE #].

I’m calling to urgently ask [YOUR SENATOR’S NAME] support increasing the funding on the proposed $36.5 billion emergency supplemental package. Preliminary estimates by Moody’s Analytics indicate that the damages in Puerto Rico alone are approximately $95 billion. Proposing $36.5 billion for hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, California, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico is irresponsible and unacceptable.

In recent days, almost a dozen senators from both sides of the aisle have committed to advocate for additional funds. Will [YOUR SENATOR’S NAME] support increasing the funding on the emergency supplemental package?

Thank you for your time.”

BACKGROUND:

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $36.5 billion emergency supplemental package. The request is broken down into: $18.67 billion to continue funding FEMA’s operations of which up to $4.9 billion may be transferred to the Community Disaster Loan Program for direct loans to assist local governments with liquidity, $16 billion for the National Flood Insurance Program, $1.27 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and $576.5 million for the Forest Service. These funds would be distributed amongst Texas, Florida, California, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The bill is now being evaluated by the U.S. Senate.

According to the Fiscal Oversight Board for Puerto Rico, a preliminary report from Moody’s Analytics suggested that the damages caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could be approximately $95 billion. Twenty-six days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, almost a dozen Senators – from both sides of the aisle – have seen in person the devastation caused in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Amongst them, Senators Richard Blumenthal, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ron Johnson, Tim Kaine, Cory Gardner, Bill Nelson, and Marco Rubio. Many of them have committed to advocate for additional emergency supplemental funds for Puerto Rico. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote early this week on this bill.

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