Constituents to Tillis: We Demand You Support an Independent investigation into Russian Interference in the Election, and Oppose the Republican Health Care Bill
(Charlotte, NC) On Friday, community leaders, concerned citizens, and allies will rally outside of Sen. Thom Tillis’ office to demand the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, and to make clear their outrage over the House of Representative’s bill to repeal the Affordable Act, and expectation that Senator Tillis opposes it when the Senate takes up health care reform.
“Americans supported an independent investigation before Comey’s firing. Now people everywhere are demanding it,” said Pat McCoy, Executive Director of Action NC. “The American people deserve and respect the truth, and it is irresponsible and un-American at this point for Thom Tillis and any other Senator to oppose the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to ensure that politics and partisanship does not come before the truth and our national interest.Read more
GOP Repeal Bill Strips Health Care from Millions to Finance $600 Billion Tax Giveaway to Corporations, Wealthiest
Below is a statement from Kevin Rogers, Policy Director of Action NC, on the House vote to pass the American Health Care Act:
“Today’s vote is a shameful display of partisan politics at its worst. Despite unprecedented outrage from constituents, House Republicans voted to take health care away from over one million North Carolinians, abandon Americans with pre-existing conditions, slash Medicaid, and raise health care costs for all families to give over $600 billion in tax breaks to the very wealthy and the big insurance and drug companies.Read more
Tomorrow marks Donald Trump’s first 100 days as President. When it comes to health care, Trump’s first 100 days have been about breaking every single promise he made on his way to the White House.
For starters, Trump said, “We’re going to have insurance for everybody.” But that’s not true. Under the House Republican bill that Trump supports, 52 million Americans will be without insurance in 2026.
Trump also said that, “there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” but the GOP plan will cut $880 billion from Medicaid alone.Read more
Despite overwhelming public opposition to their plans to repeal health care, which have been rejected by people in town hall meetings across the country and poll after poll, Republicans keep trying to take away our health care with a bill that is so bad, they have exempted themselves from it. Just like the last plan, it raises costs and cuts coverage and now it guts protections for people with preexisting conditions.
Here’s exactly what the latest version of the Republican health care repeal plan does:Read more
7 Federal Reserve Presidents and Governor to Meet with Charlotte leaders in Jackson Hole
Officials to field questions in unprecedented on-the-record session with 120 community leaders
Six Federal Reserve Presidents and one Governor have accepted the invitation of Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George to meet with leaders from the Fed Up coalition for an on-the-record discussion of Fed monetary policy and governance just before the start of the annual Policy Symposium that she hosts in Jackson Hole, WY. Action NC, a community organizing and issue advocacy group based in Charlotte, is one of the participating organizations and will have 10 members and staff present at the meeting.
Fed Up members will ask questions about the officials’ views regarding the appropriate path of interest rates in the coming years and their opinions about reforming the Fed’s structure in 2017.
The session represents a significant step forward for the Fed Up coalition, which has for two years been campaigning to ensure that the experiences and opinions of working class people of color play a central role in the thinking of Federal Reserve decision-makers.Read more
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Kevin Rogers, 919.862.4009, firstname.lastname@example.org
Action NC statement on the passage of HB 2
"This bill is legalized discrimination, plain and simple."
(Raleigh, NC) Moments ago, the North Carolina House hurriedly passed HB 2, designed to nullify protections afforded to transgender people in Charlotte. But HB 2 goes further than that, mandating that state law supersedes all local ordinances concerning wages, employment, and public accommodations. It would also restrict single-sex public restrooms and locker rooms in publicly run facilities to people of the same sex on their birth certificate.
“We have been down this road before in North Carolina,” said Kevin Rogers, Policy Director for the advocacy group Action NC. “It’s been only a year since North Carolina’s divisive and discriminatory Amendment One was struck down, and we are again facing the specter of legalized discrimination in our state, propagated through the extremism of the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly .”
This bill is legalized discrimination, plain and simple. To add insult to injury, the bill was introduced, “debated”, and passed in a single day. It is now heading to the Governor’s desk for approval.Read more
For the 61st time since 2011, Congressional Republicans are moving legislation to undermine and dismantle key elements of the Affordable Care Act.
Yes, you read that correctly. But believe it or not, this time will be (at least a little) different.
First, this will be the first time Republicans will use the budget process known as “reconciliation” to advance repeal. Using a budget reconciliation bill prevents Democrats from filibustering the legislation in the Senate, meaning only 51 votes are needed for passage in expedited debate.Read more
A new survey shows that the majority of likely voters in five key battleground states – Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia – believe the Affordable Care Act is here to stay (64%) and that Congress should work to improve the law (71%).
The survey, which was released by Community Catalyst and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), found that likely voters prefer a candidate who will work to improve the law over one who would repeal it (55% vs. 40%). Most agreed elected officials should “stop wasting time” trying to repeal the law (58%) and instead focus on a variety of improvements to lower the cost of care.
“These research findings confirm what we continue to hear over and over across North Carolina. People are frustrated with repeated efforts to repeal the ACA. It’s time to recognize that the law is here to stay.” said Kevin Rogers, Policy Director for Action NC. “We need to move forward to find ways to continue to lower health care costs for people and address issues such as high co-payments and escalating drug prices.”Read more
El Miércoles 16 de Septiembre, el representante estatal Harry Warren anunció que no seguirá adelante su proyecto de ley HB-328, el cual devolvería el privilegio de manejar a la población indocumentada de Carolina del Norte.
Según el representante, “el proyecto de ley no está muerto”. Afirmó él que quizás se discutirá de nuevo en la sesión corta que se inicia en Mayó del año que viene.
Para muchos, esto fue un día triste. Para los demás, esto significa una oportunidad para pedir algo mejor.Read more
If you've been following the ongoing budget battles at the North Carolina General Assembly, you may have seen the term TABOR, or Taxpayer Bill of Rights, as it relates to tax proposals from the Senate.
A bill of rights for taxpayers sure sounds good, but what is it really?
A Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) is a tax and expenditure limit scheme applied at the state level. It purports to "limit" government growth, but is designed to ultimately shrink state and local government capacity to provide services. These efforts may be called something else, especially in the wake of the disastrous effects in the only state where it's been tried, but TABOR by whatever name:
- is a constitutional amendment
- restricts revenue or expenditure growth to the sum of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus population change
- requires tax revenues in excess of the amount set by the limitation formula to be returned to taxpayers in the form of a tax refund
- requires voter approval to override the revenue or spending limits (in other words, another full-blown statewide ballot campaign)