A Special Appeal: Stop the Fast Track Permit Deal

A Call for Action from UUs for Social Justice to Stop Environmentally Damaging Legislation – Act Today 

What we are doing:

  • Calling your Senator’s offices to apply grassroots pressure for needed environmental and climate justice legislative activity
    • Opposing the Schumer-Manchin fast-track permit deal
  • Urging your Senator to stop supporting Manchin’s proposal

Why we are doing it:

  • Following up on Hill intelligence that Senators Schumer (and your local Senator) need to hear from constituents on this matter; and in particular, recognition that Chuck Schumer is Majority Leader
  • This is a key time to train their attention back on issues that should be resolved:
    • Most lame-duck session office-level analysis is expected to occur Nov.14th – Dec. 2nd;
    • Focused negotiations between Dec. 5th – 9th, the 6th is a key date (i.e. start of whipping votes)
    • With expected legislative activity the week of Dec. 12th – 16th,
    • An expected stop for the holidays/in-state work by December 23rd
  • The Senate should quickly nix the Permit-deal, so the two chambers can proceed to any reconciliation process between the House and Senate vehicles on the NDAA and Omnibus.
  • As through much of the 117th Congress, the Senate is expected to drive the process in the Lame-duck.

Action Hour Call-in Information

We have listed your Senator’s DC number with their name, however, if you encounter an error or wrong number, you can always phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

  • These numbers were tested earlier in the week and worked, however many offices disable direct contact with front desk staff or message systems, with no warning or as a matter of policy.
  • More often than not, general public callers can get through to Duckworth and Durbin

Always be polite, even in disagreement, remember we are representing UUSJ, UUMFE, and UUs writ large.

Directions:

  1. Call the DC 202 line, of your Senator, speak to a person, or leave a message
  2. Consider calling other Senators – no need to leave your town or address, but you can do that
  3. There are notes to assist with the call following the Senator contact information.

List:

  • Barrasso, John (R-WY) – (202) 224-6441
  • Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] – (202) 224-5852
  • Blackburn Marsha (R-TN) – (202) 224-3344
  • Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT) – (202) 224-2823
  • Blunt, Roy [R-MO] – (202) 224-5721
  • Booker, Cory A. (D-NJ) – (202) 224-3224.
  • Boozman, John (R-AR) – (202) 224-4843
  • Braun, Mike (R-IN) – (202) 224-4814
  • Brown, Sherrod (D-OH) – (202) 224-2315
  • Burr, Richard (R-NC) – (202) 224-3154
  • Cantwell, Maria (D-WA) – (202) 224-3441
  • Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] – (202) 224-6472
  • Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] – (202) 224-4524
  • Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE] – (202) 224-2441
  • Casey, Jr., Robert P. (D-PA) – (202) 224-6324
  • Cassidy Bill (R-LA) – (202) 224-5824
  • Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] – (202) 224-2523
  • Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] – (202) 224-5042
  • Cornyn, John [R-TX] – (202) 224-2934
  • Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] – (202) 224-3542
  • Cotton, Tom (R-AR) – (202) 224-2353
  • Cramer, Kevin (R-ND) – (202) 224-2043
  • Crapo, Mike (R-ID) – (202) 224-6142
  • Cruz, Ted (R-TX) – (202) 224-5922
  • Daines, Steve (R-MT) – (202) 224-2651
  • Duckworth, Tammy (D-IL) – (202) 224-2854
  • Durbin, Richard J. (D-IL) – (202) 224-2152
  • Ernst, Joni (R-IA) – (202) 224-3254
  • Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] – (202) 224-3841
  • Fischer, Deb (R-NE) – (202) 224-6551
  • Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (D-NY) – (202) 224-4451
  • Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] – (202) 224-5972
  • Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] – (202) 224-3744
  • Hagerty, Bill (R-TN) – (202) 224-4944
  • Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] – (202) 224-3324
  • Hawley, Josh (R-MO) – (202) 224-6154
  • Heinrich, Martin (D-NM) – (202) 224-5521
  • Hickenlooper, John W. [D-CO] – (202) 224-5941
  • Hirono, Mazie K. (D-HI) – (202) 224-6361
  • Hoeven, John (R-ND) – (202) 224-2551
  • Hyde-Smith, Cindy (R-MS) – (202) 224-5054
  • Inhofe, James M. (R-OK) – ​​(202) 224-4721
  • Johnson, Ron (R-WI) – (202) 224-5323
  • Kaine, Tim (D-VA) – (202) 224-402
  • Kelly, Mark [D-AZ] – 202-224-2235
  • Kennedy, John Neely (R-LA) – (202) 224-4623
  • King Jr., Angus S. (I-ME) – (202) 224-5344
  • Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] – (202) 224-3244
  • Lankford, James (R-OK) – (202) 224-5754
  • Leahy, Patrick (D-VT) – (202) 224-4242
  • Lee, Mike (R-UT) – (202) 224-5444
  • Lujan, Ben Ray (D-NM) – (202) 224-6621
  • Lummis, Cynthia M. (R-WY) – (202) 224-3424
  • Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] – (202) 224-3954
  • Markey, Edward J. (D-MA) – (202) 224-2742
  • Marshall, Roger (R-KS) – (202) 224-4774
  • McConnell, Mitch [R-KY] – (202) 224-2541
  • Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) – (202) 224-4744
  • Merkely Jeff (D-OR) – (202) 224-3753
  • Moran, Jerry (R-KS) – (202) 224-6521
  • Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] – (202) 224-6665
  • Murphy, Christopher [D-CT] – (202) 224-4041
  • Murray, Patty (D-WA) – (202) 224-2621
  • Ossoff, Jon (D-GA) – (202) 224-3521
  • Padilla, Alex [D-CA] – (202) 224-3553
  • Paul, Rand (R-KY) – (202) 224-4343
  • Peters, Gary C. (D-MI) – (202) 224-6221
  • Portman, Rob [R-OH] – (202) 224-3353
  • Reed, Jack (D-RI) – (202) 224-4642
  • Risch, James E. (R-ID) – (202) 224-2752
  • Romney, Mitt [R-UT] – (202) 224-5251
  • Rosen, Jacky (D-NV) – (202) 224-6244
  • Rounds, Mike (R-SD) – (202) 224-5842
  • Rubio, Marco (R-FL) – (202) 224-3041
  • Sanders, Bernard (I-VT) – (202) 224-5141
  • Sasse, Ben [R-NE] – (202) 224-4224
  • Schatz, Brian (D-HI) – (202) 224-3934
  • Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] – (202) 224-6542
  • Scott, Rick (R-FL) – (202) 224-5274
  • Scott, Tim (R-SC) – (202) 224-6121
  • Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] – (202) 224-2841
  • Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL) – (202) 224-5744
  • Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ] – (202) 224-4521
  • Smith, Tina (D-MN) – (202) 224-5641
  • Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) – (202) 224-4822
  • Sullivan, Dan (R-AK) – (202) 224-3004
  • Tester, Jon (D-MT) – (202) 224-2644
  • Thune, John [R-SD] – (202) 224-2321
  • Tillis, Thomas [R-NC] – (202) 224-6342
  • Toomey, Patrick [R-PA] – (202) 224-4254
  • Tuberville, Tommy (R-AL) – (202) 224-4124
  • Van Hollen, Chris (D-MD) – (202) 224-4654
  • Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] – (202) 224-2023
  • Warnock, Raphael G. (D-GA) – (202) 224-3643
  • Warren Elizabeth (D-MA) – (202) 224-4543
  • Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI) – (202) 224-2921
  • Wicker, Roger F. (R-MS) – (202) 224-6253
  • Wyden, Ron (D-OR) – (202) 224-5244
  • Young, Todd [R-IN] – (202) 224-5623

Here is a suggested message for your calls:

Hi, I’m a volunteer with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry For Earth.  As an American [if relevant: and your constituent in [TOWN], I am deeply concerned about our environment and the harsh realities of climate change.

I urge Senator [NAME] to oppose any version of the Manchin permit deal, in any vehicle.

In my view, this permit deal would fast-track dangerous fossil fuel projects that threaten our climate and communities, right at the time when we need to be phasing out such projects.

[If speaking to a live person: Do you know how the Senator plans to vote on this issue?]

[If calling a local office: I just want to be sure policy staff in D.C. really get the message on this.]

Based on the values of my faith, I implore Senator [NAME] to act on the realities of our climate situation with prudence and compassion.  I call on Senator [NAME] to stop this permit fast-track deal and protect our communities, our voices, and our climate.

Thank you.

Optional – add one: Please tell the Senator, Chief of Staff and Legislative Director – certainly the policy staff:

  • I feel, responsible stewardship of our good-green-earth is a moral issue and shows care for our local communities. It is also wise business practice when taken seriously.  Please act prudently.
  • I feel permit reform should go through a traditional deliberative process, rather than a side deal. Americans should have the chance to weigh in on permit reform in a way that accounts for both technical and community concerns. Congress should craft any permit proposal, not accept a side deal.
  • I feel that this permit deal was designed by and for the fossil fuel industry to make it easier and faster to get permits for fossil fuel projects. It shortens the amount of time the public has to weigh in on how a project may harm them and makes it more difficult for the public to challenge those harmful projects in court. I believe that runs counter to our democratic process.

Thank you.

 

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