Friday, March 2 - Call on Rauner to Sign Gun Dealer License Bill / Save Public Service Loan Forgiveness / Save Wall Street Reform

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Governor Rauner to sign SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act

    • Governor Rauner | Springfield: 217-782-0244 | Chicago: 312-814-2121

  • Action 2: Tell your rep to vote against the House Higher Education Reauthorization Act (the PROSPER Act) to save public service loan forgiveness.

  • Action 3: Call on our Senators to protect Wall Street Reform:

    • Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

 

Action 1: Call on Governor Rauner to sign SB 1657

On Wednesday, the landmark Gun Dealer Licensing Act passed through the Illinois House with strong bipartisan support. This lifesaving bill is now on the governor’s desk!

This historic victory will help stop illegal firearms from flowing into communities across Illinois. Success was achieved thanks to broad, bipartisan support among legislators, an alliance of more than 130 organizations in the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, and like-minded residents across Illinois who flooded their State Representatives and State Senators with thousands of emails, social media posts and phone calls urging them to put the safety and well-being of children ahead of the gun lobby.

All that is left is for Governor Rauner to sign this bill into law. He is receiving pressure from the NRA to veto, so we need to keep his phone ringing with our calls.

Call Governor Rauner | Springfield: 217-782-0244 | Chicago: 312-814-2121

Script: Hi, my name is [name], and I’m calling from [zip code] to ask the Governor to sign SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing bill without delay. This bipartisan bill is an important step to stemming the tide of gun violence in Illinois. I am counting on the Governor to do the right thing and sign this bill without delay. Thanks.


Action 2:  Save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The public service loan forgiveness program is a Bush era reform, enacted in 2007. Under PSLF, public or nonprofit employees make monthly loan payments tied to their income level; after 10 years of payments, the government forgives the rest of their federal student loan balances.

PSLF creates incentives for motivated and committed individuals to pursue careers in public service. The program has become an important tool for attracting and retaining talented individuals to work in critical jobs within their communities: as educators, firefighters,  librarians, nurses, social workers, prosecutors, legal aid attorneys, and so many other professionals.

The House Higher Education Reauthorization Act (the PROSPER Act; H.R. 4508) dismantles public service loan forgiveness for current students interested in serving their communities in public interest job by eliminating eligible loans and necessary repayment plans. Call your reps and tell them to vote NO on H.R. 4508.

Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code] with Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to vote no on H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act. This bill will dismantle the public service loan forgiveness program and drastically curtail the number of educators, social works, nurses, and other vital public servants in our community. Thank you!

 

Action 3: Stop the GOP from Unravelling Wall Street Reform

On the heels of a huge giveaway to the rich and corporations with the #GOPTaxScam, Senate Republicans are trying to gut the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law with their own version of Wall Street de-regulation, the deceivingly-titled “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155).” Learn more about the bill here.

Current law requires any bank larger than $50 billion be subject to certain standards. But this bill would quintuple that threshold to $250 billion. That means two dozen of the country’s largest banks—that together received $47 billion in TARP “bailout” funds—would escape the oversight intended to prevent another financial crisis.

This bill would also exempt the vast majority of mortgage lenders from new data collection requirements passed after the subprime crash—leading to an information vacuum that will hurt communities of color. Additionally, a number of key consumer protections put in place by Dodd-Frank to protect everyday homebuyers against the predatory behavior of banks are repealed or eroded by this bill.

Proponents of this bill—Democrats included—say this bill is about helping the community banks and credit unions in their state. But this legislation goes far beyond that, favoring banks over people and allowing the same risk in our financial system that the Wall Street reform law eliminated—risk that caused the financial crisis.

Tell Senators to vote no on the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155).”

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a Chicago constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible. I’m calling today to ask {PERSON} to oppose bill S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The bill puts us at risk of another financial crisis, it erodes consumer protections, and it allows racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked. Considering the huge handout Wall Street just got from the tax bill that Congress just passed, banks really don’t need the playing field tilted further in their favor.

 

 

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