This action can be taken in multiple ways:

1.) You can write and/or call your members of Congress (moc) to protest the cutting of the OVERALL budget to the EPA.

2.) You can write and/or call your moc to protest SPECIFIC cuts to the EPA budget. Like cutting funding to the Chesapeake Bay initiatives by -93%.

3.) You can write and/or call the Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations AND the subcommittee chairs of the departments most affected by these massive EPA budget cuts, like the Energy and Water Subcommittee.

Unfortunately, as Virginians, we can’t write emails to anybody chairing on the Appropriations committee because the congressional zip code checker throws you out if you’re not in the moc’s district. You can write letters, but be advised that it takes two weeks for reps to receive them. The postal mail is the slowest method for contacting members of Congress because all postal mail must be scanned for security purposes. Remember anthranx?

Therefore, phone calls seem like the best option for this action in terms of the critical and time sensitive nature of these budget cuts!

Feel free to send letters after you’ve made your phone calls. Once you have one letter written, it’s easy to cut and paste subcommittee names and chairs into them. It would be good for all of these MOC to have written copies of our comments but the phone calls are a must.

PHONE SCRIPT (YOUR MOC):

My name is _____. I’m a constituent of moc. My home address is _____ and my email address is _____. I want to hear back from _____ regarding his position on my comments today. ( If staffer says it might not happen, remind them that this is the forum that your moc chose for town hall meetings and you expect a response!)

Comment:

I’m calling today because I’m alarmed at the massive cuts to the budget of the EPA!

The EPA must be properly funded and staffed to ensure that the Agency will continue to fulfill its role as the protector of human health and the environment.

I want to ensure that sound science is the basis for decisions about environmental protection.

I want the EPA to continue to be able to protect the environment so future generations of Americans do not inherit a polluted country and planet that threatens their health and survival.

(Insert here your specific grievance(s) but say it’s only one of many that you’re are concerned about!) ex.
Is representative _____ aware that funding for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, our country’s largest estuary, is being cut from $73 million to $5 million, which is a reduction of 93% ! If money is his/her only concern, what about the effects these devastating cuts will have on the state of Virginia’s economy! We have seafood, recreation and tourism to consider when considering the budget for keeping the Chesapeake Bay clean.

Will Representative/Senator _____ commit to protecting the EPA? I want to hear back from Representative/Senator _____ about where he stands on fully funding the EPA.

Thank you.

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LETTER SCRIPT: (Feel free to use entirely or cut and paste. It’s best to make your letter slightly different)

Representative _____,

Please stop this ill advised attack on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The White House is proposing to slash a quarter of the EPA’s budget, targeting climate-change programs and those designed to prevent air and water pollution like lead contamination. President Trump’s planned cuts to the EPA would slash its workforce by almost 3,000 employees and its budget by $2 billion.

The EPA must be properly funded and staffed to ensure that the agency will continue to fulfill its role as the protector of human health and the environment. I want to ensure that sound science is the basis for decisions about environmental protection.

I want to ensure that the EPA continues to be able to protect the environment so future generations of Americans do not inherit a polluted country and planet that threatens their health and survival.

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut funding for the brownfields industrial site cleanup program by 42 percent to $14.7 million!

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to reduce funding for enforcing pollution laws by 11 percent to $153 million!

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut the budget which protects citizens living and visiting our beaches by cutting or eliminating beach water quality testing.

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut the budget which protects citizens from diesel emissions, protection which has been responsible for almost all progress in addressing cancer-causing diesel soot, a major air pollution source.

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut the budget for protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Funding for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, our country’s largest estuary, is being cut from $73 million to $5 million, which is a reduction in funding of 93% If money is your only concern, what about the effects these devastating cuts will have on the state of Virginia’s economy! We have seafood, recreation and tourism to consider when considering the budget for keeping the Chesapeake Bay clean.

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut the budget of protecting the Puget Sound. Funding for restoration work in the country’s second-largest estuary would be cut from $28 million to $2 million.

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut the budget of protecting The Great Lakes. Funding to combat algae blooms, invasive species and other water pollution problems in the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes would be cut from $300 million to $10 million. Nothing is more important than fresh water.

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut the budget of
the EPA climate protection program on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases! Methane contributes to global warming and this budget cuts the program by 70 percent to $29 million! Methane is more harmful to our atmosphere and global warming than carbon! This is a scientific fact!

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut the budget of environmental education. The EPA spends $8.7 million annually on programs to educate children, but under this budget it would be cut to $555,000. Shall we send our children into the future ignorant of the pollution all around them or without the mindset to keep it clean? Do you have children?

It is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of Americans to cut the budget of
research on endocrine disruptors. The EPA’s work studying chemicals that can interfere with the body’s reproductive and developmental systems is nearly being eliminated, dropping from $7.5 million to $445,000. This is shameful!

I want to know if the 2018 proposal to cut the EPA’s overall budget by 25 percent to $6.1 billion and staffing by 20 percent to 12,400 is part of a broader effort to fund increased military spending? Increased military funding that I do not agree with!

President Trump’s EPA budget cuts deeply into programs like climate protection, environmental justice and enforcement. As a citizen, tax-payer and voter, I demand that the EPA be properly funded and staffed to at least FY2016 funding levels.

Will you commit to protecting the EPA? I want to hear back as to where you stand on fully funding the EPA.

Since you have chosen to communicate with me only through emails and phone calls instead of attending a public town hall meeting, I expect to hear back from you with comments on each point I have raised in this letter.

Sincerely,

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Let’s save the EPA. Write emails and call today!

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Contact your House of Representatives and Senators (All of them):

Representative Bob Goodlatte
WASHINGTON:
2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5431
HARRISONBURG
70 North Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
(540) 432-2391
ROANOKE
10 Franklin Road SE
Suite 540
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 857-2672
STAUNTON
117 South Lewis Street
Suite 215
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 885-3861
https://goodlatte.house.gov/
Email:
https://goodlatte.house.gov/contact/

Senator Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON:
231 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-4024
RICHMOND:
919 East Main Street, Suite 970
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 771-2221
ROANOKE:
611 S. Jefferson Street, Suite 5B
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 682-5693
http://www.kaine.senate.gov/
Email:
https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact

Senator Mark Warner
WASHINGTON:
703 Hart Senate office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2023
RICHMOND:
919 E. Main Street
Suite 630
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 775-2314
ROANOKE:
110 Kirk Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 857-2676
http://www.warner.senate.gov/
Email:
http://www.warner.senate.gov/contact

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If you’re a friend outside of our local congressional district of CD06, you can look up your members of Congress here:

Contact your House of Representatives and Senators:
https://www.congress.gov/members

Congressional Switchboard:
(202) 224-3121

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Write to the moc reps responsible for allocating money in Congress.

Appropriation Representative’s serving as Chairs for various Subcommittees that are being hurt by EPA cuts to budget.

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
D.C. Office:
2306 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3011
(202) 225-5034
New Jersey Office:
30 Schuyler Place, Second Floor
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 984-0711
https://frelinghuysen.house.gov/
https://frelinghuysen.house.gov/issues/
Email won’t work with our zip code
Email Link:
https://frelinghuysen.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=29&sectiontree=10,29

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Subcommittee:
Chairman: Rep. Robert Aderholt, Alabama
DC Office:
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4876
Cullman Office:
205 4th Ave. NE
Cullman, AL 35055
Phone: (256) 734-6043
Email won’t work with our zip code
https://aderholt.house.gov/contact-robert
https://aderholt.house.gov/
https://aderholt.house.gov/issues

Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee:
Chairman: Rep. John Culberson, Texas
DC Office:
2161 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2571
Houston Office:
10000 Memorial Drive Suite 620
Houston, Texas 77024
Phone: (713) 682-8828
http://culberson.house.gov/
http://culberson.house.gov/issues/
Email won’t work with our zip code
http://culberson.house.gov/contact/

Defense Subcommittee:
Chairwoman: Rep. Kay Granger, Texas
DC Office:
1026 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5071
Ft. Worth Office:
1701 River Run Suite 407
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 338-0909
http://kaygranger.house.gov/
http://kaygranger.house.gov/issues
Email won’t work with our zip code
http://kaygranger.house.gov/contact-kay

Energy and Water Subcommittee:
Chairman: Rep. Mike Simpson, Idaho
DC Office:
2084 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5531
Boise Office:
802 West Bannock, Suite 600
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 334-1953
http://simpson.house.gov/
http://simpson.house.gov/issues/
Email won’t work with our zip code
http://simpson.house.gov/contact/

Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee:
Chairman: Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma
2467 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6165
2424 Springer Dr.
Suite 201
Norman, OK 73069
Phone: (405) 329-6500
https://cole.house.gov/
https://cole.house.gov/issues
Email won’t work with our zip code
https://cole.house.gov/contact/email

Legislative Branch Subcommittee:
Chairman: Rep. Kevin Yoder, Kansas
DC Phone: (202) 225-2865
http://yoder.house.gov/contact/offices/washington-dc-office
DC Office:
2433 Rayburn
Washington, DC 20515
Kansas Office:
7325 W. 79th St.
Overland Park, KS 66204
Phone: (913) 621-0832
http://yoder.house.gov/
https://yoder.house.gov/search/node/Issues
Email won’t work with our zip code
https://yoder.house.gov/contact/email-me

State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee:
Chairman: Rep. Hal Rogers, Kentucky
D.C. Office:
2406 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4601
Somerser Office:
551 Clifty Street
Somerset, KY 42503
(606) 679-8346
(800) 632-8588 (toll-free)
https://halrogers.house.gov/
Email won’t work with our zip code
https://halrogers.house.gov/email
https://halrogers.house.gov/issues

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee:
Chairman: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
DC Address:
440 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4211
Florida Address:
8669 NW 36th Street, Suite 100
Doral, FL 33166
phone: (305) 470-8555
http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/
Email won’t work with our zip code
http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/contact-mario

Chair, U.S. House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies
Chairman: Rep. Ken Calvert, California
DC Office:
2205 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-1986
District Office
400 S. Vicentia Avenue, Suite 125
Corona, CA 92882
(951) 277-0042
http://calvert.house.gov/
Issues: http://calvert.house.gov/issues/
Email won’t work with our zip code
Email: http://calvert.house.gov/contact/

Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
Rep. Nita M. Lowey, New York
D.C. Office
2365 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-6506
White Plains District Office
222 Mamaroneck Ave., #312
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 428-1707
https://lowey.house.gov/
Email won’t work with our zip code
https://lowey.house.gov/contact/email

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
Address:
H-305, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2771
Email:
https://appropriations.house.gov/contact/contactform.htm

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White House Email:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact#page

House Appropriations Committee, Democrats
1016 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C. 20515
(202) 225-3481
No Email

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NOTES:

CONGRESSIONAL HURDLES

The Republican-led Congress would have to approve any EPA cuts. Some of the cuts are unlikely to pass as they are popular with both Democrats and Republicans. Congress would be unlikely to approve a proposal to cut all staff in a diesel emissions program, for example.

Scott Pruitt, the new head of the EPA, told U.S. mayors on March 2nd that he would make a priority of cleanups of industrial and hazardous waste sites and improving water infrastructure, even as the White House proposed severe proposed cuts to those programs.

“In this budget discussion that is ongoing with Congress that is just starting, there are some concerns about some of these grant programs that EPA has been a part of historically,” Pruitt said.

“I want you to know that with the White House and also with Congress, I am communicating a message that the brownfields program, the Superfund program and the water infrastructure grants and state revolving funds are essential to protect,” Pruitt said.

A state air pollution expert said the program cuts, if enacted, would harm some of the people most at risk from particulate and lead contamination.

“Any of these programs where they’ve cut air pollution or water pollution is going to have a direct effect on inner cities,” said Bill Becker, director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

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Here are 42 of President Donald Trump’s planned EPA budget cuts
By Rob March 2, 2017

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/03/here_are_42_of_president_donal.html

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