Supporting Asks

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An ask is just what it sounds like: asking a member of Congress (MOC) to do something you want. This document goes over our primary ask, which we want to be brought up in all lobby meetings. It also offers a menu of secondary bills that are complementary to the Energy Innovation Act that can be a supporting ask and could provide stepping stones to gaining support for our primary ask.

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For 2021's November Lobby Week CCL is providing the three following supporting asks. To see a one-page description of each bill, download any of the supporting asks by clicking on any of the "download" buttons below. 
  • Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021 (S.1251/H.R.2820)
    • (House ask only; already passed the Senate)
  • Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies and Ecosystems (RISEE) Act (S.2130)
    • (Senate ask)
  • Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act (S.2950 / H.R.5508)
    • (House and Senate ask)
Growing Climate Solutions Act One-Pager Growing Climate Solutions Act One-Pager (.pdf)(updated 11/03/21)71 KB
RISEE ActRISEE Act(.pdf)(updated 11/03/21)63 KB
 FOREST Ask FOREST Ask (.pdf)(updated 11/09/21)63 KB

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What is a supporting ask?

You should always be clear that what you want is our primary ask. While some of you may have made a supporting ask your primary ask in years past, this is the first Lobby Day where CCL is recommending making a supporting ask your primary ask for Republican offices. We are in unusual political circumstances, and we are adjusting our guidance to you to match it.

After making the primary ask and subsequent discussion, it may make sense to make a supporting ask. Getting legislation passed is a complicated, coalition-building process in which lots of smaller steps must happen before we get a law. Many members of Congress may be willing to support other bills that fit into the broader picture of addressing the climate crisis and are complementary to a carbon price, and these could be stepping stones toward support for bringing the U.S. in line with the rest of the developed world.

In December 2020, the U.S. House and Senate passed a massive omnibus package. The package includes the major provisions from three of CCL’s “supporting ask” bills from December Lobby Day: the BEST Act, the USE IT Act, and the Climate-Ready Fisheries Act. In September 2021, Congress agreed upon a bipartisan infrastructure package that includes provisions from two of CCL’s “supporting ask” bills used in June 2021: The Hope for Homes Act and the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act. The inclusion of these measures in both the larger omnibus package and bipartisan infrastructure package shows that CCL’s volunteer lobbying has an impact. This is a powerful reminder of why CCL supports other bipartisan climate bills- because we can make a difference.

Bills supporting bipartisan climate action

CCL has identified three bipartisan bills that have been introduced in the 117th Congress that could be useful supporting asks. Our primary objective in promoting these bills is to encourage bipartisanship on climate in Congress. The bills all have cosponsors of both parties, all are complementary to a strong carbon price, and all address policy issues that a carbon price does not.  This list is not exhaustive; if there is a bill your group would like to use as a supporting ask that is not on this list, please contact CCL’s Senior Director of Government Affairs, Ben Pendergrass, at ben@citizensclimate.org. Use your best judgment when deciding whether you want to make one or more of these bills a supporting ask. If any of them are a source of conflict within your group, please pick a different supporting ask.

Related Trainings
  • Working With Congress Training Series
  • Note: If your member is already a cosponsor of the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act, then focus on thanking them, finding out what support they could use in the district for this action, and perhaps how they could help recruit other sponsors or support the bill publicly. The How To Work With Existing Cosponsors training page provides more recommendations.
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