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Ask Community Leaders to Champion their Support to Congress

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If it stays on schedule, Congress could start negotiating the budget reconciliation package in the second half of September, 2021. So getting carbon pricing in the budget - and keeping it in - will be our highest priority. Since local leaders have extra clout with MOCs, ask your community leaders (endorsers and non-endorsers) to personally call their members of Congress and identify themselves as a community leader when they call. Local elected officials, business executives and faith leaders can be especially persuasive.

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While we had been focusing on asking community leaders to contact Congress who have already endorsed the EICDA, we are now encouraging you to make this ask of any community leader, regardless of their endorsement status. See below for details.

Why is this important now?

As the budget reconciliation package takes shape our focus is ensuring that carbon pricing is included and stays included. You can help to increase your MOCs support (or reduce their opposition) for carbon pricing by having your local elected officials, business executives, and faith leaders personally call their members of Congress.

Working with other volunteers in your chapter, set a goal for your member of Congress to receive 3-5 calls per week from your community leaders. This will help to keep carbon pricing in the minds of members of Congress, amidst all the other things they must pay attention to. 

Who should you reach out to?

The community leaders you know! Especially community leaders you know who, (1) are concerned about climate change, (2) know members of Congress personally, or (3) will impress their members of Congress. Community leaders who have endorsed climate policy for you in the past are terrific.  Here are some ideas for who to prioritize:

  • Your local elected officials including state legislators, county commissioners and city council members 
  • Your local business owners and company executives, especially large local employers
  • Your local faith leaders
  • Your local economists 
What should you say when you talk to your community leader?

Here's a script for your phone call to your community leader, which includes an example follow-up email template. 

How should your community leader contact congress?

Your community leaders can personally reach their members of Congress in one of the following ways:

  1. Call the Congressional switchboard (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to a congressional office
  2. Find their direct dial phone number on senate.gov or house.gov and call them. 
What should your community leader say when they call?

Script for members of Congress who are Democrats: I’m a community leader and a constituent, and I’m calling to urge you to support and advocate for a carbon price in the reconciliation package. 

Script for members of Congress who are Republicans: I’m a community leader and a constituent, and I’m calling to urge you to enact a federal carbon price to protect U.S. businesses from the EU’s border tariff. 

If your community leader is pressed for time, calling is better than emailing, and pick your most strategic MOC 

How else can community leaders show their support?
  • Post their support on their own social media tagging their members of Congress and the hash tag #PriceOnCarbon
  • Write an op-ed or co-write an op-ed with you or your chapter
  • Write a personal or open letter to their members of Congress
How can I highlight my community leaders' support to inspire others?
  • Write a post on CCL Community’s forums 
  • Post it in your own social media tagging your community leaders and your members of Congress and the hash tag #PriceOnCarbon
  • Write an LTE that cites something climate-related in the news and your community leader's support of carbon pricing as a first step in solving the problem
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Intro & Agenda
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Why Now? Why Grasstops?
(2:03)

How should leaders contact their members of Congress?
(6:38)

How else to highlight support?
(8:15)

Volunteer success stories
(9:50)

Instructor(s)
  • Todd Elvins
  • Robin Paone
  • Mark Welsch
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To skip ahead to a specific section go to the time indicated in parenthesis.

Intro & Agenda
(from beginning)

Why now? Why Grasstops?
(2:03)

How should leaders contact their members of Congress?
(6:38)

How else to highlight support?
(8:15)

Volunteer success stories
(9:50)

Instructor(s)
  • Todd Elvins
  • Robin Paone
  • Mark Welsch
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