Sample Scripts

Calling our congressional representatives is a key strategy to create change – and a proven strategy that worked for the Tea Party. When you call, be brief, respectful, and stick to a single topic. Here are some sample scripts to get you started.

Affordable Care Act

My name is [name]. I am one of your constituents. I am calling to ask Senator/Representative

[_____] to vote no on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the mandates which help to fund it. The ACA has made it possible for 20 million more Americans to get health insurance, and reduced the uninsured rate to the lowest in history. The ACA has put health insurance within reach for 17.6 million people. We should not return to the time when a family was an illness away from bankruptcy, and taxpayers had to pay $75 to $125 billion dollars for uncompensated emergency-room visits. Please tell Senator/Rep [____] to vote NO on repealing the ACA.

American Health Care Act

Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [City, Zip Code]. I’m calling to ask Senator/Representative [______] to oppose the American Health Care Act, or “Trump Care.” The CBO released it’s score saying that 14 million people will lose health insurance by 2018 and there will be 24 million people uninsured by 2026. Tax credits are proposed to replace subsidies based on age instead of income. Nothing in this bill helps low-income, sick, or elderly Americans who need health insurance. This is an unacceptable replacement for the ACA. Please tell Senator/Representative [______] to oppose this bill. Thank you for your time.

TAX CREDITS

Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [City, Zip Code].

I’m calling to express my opposition to the American Health Care Act and the proposal to replace Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act with a tax credit system. This tax credit system will disproportionately benefit the wealthy while leaving lower income people unable to afford healthcare. Please ask Senator/Representative [_____] to oppose this bill. Thank you for your time.

CHOICE Act

Hello, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent of Representative [____] calling from [City, Zip Code]. I am calling to ask the Congressman to stand with American families and against predatory lenders and oppose House Resolution 10, The Financial CHOICE Act. The protections that this bill repeals are crucial and would replace the protections put in place by Dodd-Frank, including repealing the popular Durbin amendment which limits the amount banks can charge for accepting a debit cards. The American people, and our economy are against dishonest financial companies. Please tell Rep [_____] to vote no on the CHOICE Act.

Demand Protection for Transgender Students

Hello, my name is [name]. I am one of your constituents. I’m calling to express my opposition to President Trump’s reversal of Obama’s executive order allowing transgender students use bathrooms based on their gender identities. The real threat to school safety is not transgender students in bathrooms, but allowing discriminatory policies aimed at children and teenagers. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Education (Vouchers)

Hello, my name is [name]. I am one of Senator/Rep [_____] constituents. I’m calling in opposition of HR 610, which would establish federal education block grants and voucher programs while repealing essential rules for healthy school meals. HR 610 would rip money away from public schools and place it in the hands of for-profit, private, and religious schools. School vouchers should not be used as a back door to defund public schools. I would encourage Senator/Representative [_____] to protect our public school funding and healthy school meals by voting against HR 610. Thank you for your time.

Global Warming

Hello, [your name], I am one of your constituents in Idaho. I am concerned about global warming. I don’t believe that Republicans are genuine when they disagree with the scientific consensus that global warming is caused by humans and threatens our planet. Rather, Republicans are aware that the only real way to combat global warming is through progressive policies espoused by Democrats, such as investment in renewable energy and public transportation. It is time to put politics aside and do what is right for our children and grandchildren. We can debate the methods of fighting man made global warming, but we must stop debating its existence. Thank you for listening.

Gun Control

Hello, my name is [name]. I am one of your constituent. I am calling to ask you to vote “no” on rescinding the rule passed by the Obama administration that heightened the scrutiny of mentally impaired individuals who try to purchase a firearm. I am asking you to support expanded background checks to reduce gun violence in the United States, and to close the “gun-show” loophole in our laws that make it too easy for dangerous people to get guns. Background checks are supported by over 90% of all Americans and are a commonsense tool for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. It’s time to end the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Thank you for taking the time to listen.

Investigate Flynn

My name is [Name] and I am a constituent of Representative/Senator [______]. Based on U.S. investigators and national media reports, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had illegal communications with a Russian official before the 2016 election while a member of the Trump campaign. He allegedly discussed easing U.S. sanctions against Russia. I am calling to urge Representative/Senator [_______] to call for an investigation of Michael Flynn and any other Trump surrogates who may have had illegal contacts with Russia during the campaign. Thank you for your time.

Jeff Sessions

Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative [______] from [City, Zip]. I’m calling to request that Senator/Representative [______] call for the resignation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. It is unacceptable for the leading law enforcement official in the country to have committed a crime himself by lying under oath. Thank you for your time.

Medicare for All

 Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from {city, zip code]. I’m calling to urge Representative [Labrador/Simpson] to support HR 676, which would expand Medicare to all Americans. The bill would save billions of dollars while giving every American the chance to get the care they need and live healthy, productive lives. Thank you for your time.

Muslim Ban (New)

Hello, my name is [name]. I am a constituent of Senator/Representative [_____] from [City, Zip Code]. Donald Trump has signed a new executive order banning refugees from six Muslim majority nations. The administration claims that this executive order fixes the constitutional concerns posed by the previous order, but even a study conducted by the Dept. of Homeland Security found that the nationality of an immigrant is a poor measure of terrorism risk. This makes it clear that the EO is not for the purpose of national security. The first version of this order was halted by the 9th Circuit using Trump’s own words as proof that he intended the order to be used to discriminate against Muslims, and this order does the same. Please tell Senator/Representative [_____] to oppose the new order and to focus on real ways to keep our country safe. Thank you for your time.

Nuclear Option

Hello, my name is [name], and I am a constituent from [City, Zip Code]. I am calling to ask Senator [_______] to oppose the “Nuclear Option” to end the filibuster for a Supreme Court nominee, which would permanently damage the integrity and legitimacy of the Supreme Court. Please inform Senator [_______] that I expect him to uphold the filibuster for every Justice that sits on our Supreme Court. Requiring a Supreme Court nominee who is appointed for life to receive a 60-vote majority in the Senate is a vital check-and-balance in our democracy that should not be removed based on the political atmosphere of a single election. I ask the Senator to carefully weight this option, and I will watch what he does. Thank you for your time.

Planned Parenthood

Hello, my name is [name]. I am one of your constituents. I’m calling to ask you to vote NO on any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. If Congress cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, millions of people are left without access to birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and other basic care. Many of them will have nowhere else to go for the care they need. I’m counting on you to do the right thing and stand up for the Planned Parenthood patients in our community and across the country who rely on those health centers. I stand with Planned Parenthood because [insert your own story, if you like]. I expect you to vote against any effort to defund Planned Parenthood and the vital health services they provide. Thank you for your time.

Presidential Accountability Act

Hello, my name is [name]. I am one of your constituents. I’m calling about HR 6340, Rep. Katherine Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act. Clark’s bill would increase our homeland security by ensuring the homeland comes before the president’s personal interests; and it would ensure that the president is not immune from investigation. I’m calling to ask that you support this bill as I believe it is in the best interest of all Americans.

Presidential Tax Transparency Act

Hello, my name is [name]. I am one of your constituents. I’m calling about HR 6340, Rep. Katherine Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act. Clark’s bill would increase our homeland security by ensuring the homeland comes before the president’s personal interests; and it would ensure that the president is not immune from investigation. I’m calling to ask that you support this bill as I believe it is in the best interest of all Americans.

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent [city, zip code].

I am calling today to find out whether [Senator Risch/Senator Crapo] has co-sponsored [HR 305 for House/S 26 for Senate], The Presidential Tax Transparency Act.

IF YES – Great! Please thank Senator James E. Risch for joining a bi-partisan effort to restore transparency to the Executive branch.

IF NO – I strongly urge Senator James E. Risch to work with their colleagues to move this legislation forward.

Thank you for your time today.

REINS Act

Hello, my name is [name]. I am constituent of Senator/Representative [_____] from [City, Zip Code]. I am calling to ask him to vote NO on the the REINS Act. The REINS Act would delay or shut down the development of critical new health and safety protections, obstructing actions that Congress has already mandated by law. It will also effectively shut down the oversight system that protects the public’s health and safety in favor of inaction that pads polluter profits. Thank you for your time.

Russian Intervention in Election

Hello, my name is [name]. I am a constituent in [city, zip code]. I am concerned about the possible foreign intervention from Russia into our presidential election. I am asking that you join your fellow GOP senators and representatives in calling for a full inquiry. This is not a democratic or republican issue. This isn’t about who won or lost the presidential election. Our nation was founded on the principle of free and fair elections, and foreign intervention puts our democracy at risk. History, and voters, will not look kindly on representatives in Congress who looked the other way when a foreign government infiltrated our elections. Thank you for your time and consideration on this issue.

Russian Sanctions

Hello, my name is [name]. I am one of your constituents. I am calling to express my support for the Russia Sanctions Review Act, [S.341 if Senator, H.R.1059 if House Rep]. It is critical to have Congressional oversight for any proposed Russian sanctions relief while so many questions remain open about the Trump Administration’s relationship with Russia. Thank you for your time.

Shield Immigrants from Deportation


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Special Prosecutor

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a citizen in [city, zip code].[IF CALLING DEPT of JUSTICE:] I’m calling to ask Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s involvement with the Trump campaign and the 2016 election. His stated reasons for the firing of Comey make him look like a partisan instrument of the Trump administration and he has lost his credibility to investigate Russia. Thank you for your time and attention.

IF CALLING HOUSE/SENATE]

I’m outraged at the firing of James Comey and I’m calling to urge [REP/SEN NAME] to push for the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s involvement with the Trump team. Dir. Comey’s firing shows the lengths President Trump will go to obstruct an investigation into the truth. This should not be a partisan issue. Please ask [REP/SEN] to consider not just the previous election, but what this will say for future elections if we don’t take foreign interference seriously now. Thank you for your time and attention.
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Support Creation of Independent Commission (HR 356)

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from (city, zip code). I’m calling to ask that Rep. [Simpson/Labrador] support the bipartisan bill H.R. 356, Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would establish an independent commission of 12 non-governmental appointees to fully investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election,  and if necessary, sign a discharge petition to bring the bill to an immediate vote on the House floor. An independent commission is needed as soon as possible to remove the political games that have been hindering the investigation into Russia’s interference in our election. Thank you for your time.

Trump's Conflicts of Interest

Hello, my name is [name]. I am one of your constituents in Idaho. I am concerned about Trump’s many conflicts of interest. Passing control of his business interests to his children is not enough; he needs to completely divest and place his assets in a blind trust. As is, Trump’s many foreign business interests stand to put him in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, and yet, we, the American people still are not yet fully aware of the full depth of his business entanglements because we haven’t seen his tax returns. Congressional Republicans are our best hope for providing checks and balances on Trump. Republicans who blindly accept Trump’s words and actions put our Democracy at risk, and set precedent for future administrations from either party. History, and voters, will reward only those who oppose Trump’s ethical lapses. Thank you for listening.

9-11 Style Commission

Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent of Representative/Senator [____] calling from [City, Zip Code]. I’m calling to request that a bi-partisan, 9/11-style independent commission be established to investigate the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ misleading answers about his personal contact with Russian officials, and the fact that leaders of Congressional intelligence committees are discussing the investigation with the White House, it is imperative that we remove partisan politics from the equation to preserve the integrity of this investigation. Thank you for your time

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