Great job making calls yesterday to ask your senators to sign on to Senator Gillibrand's letter supporting full funding for global AIDS (PEPFAR and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria). Great news, due to our organizing and lobbying efforts, we have 13 Senators that have signed-on. Senator Gillibrand's office extended the deadline for today. Therefore, we need more Senators to sign-on before the end of the business day. Call you Senators NOW!
Gillibrand, Sanders, Boxer, Akaka, Wyden, Merkley, Whitehouse, Tom Udall, Begich, Mikulski, Durbin, Landrieu, and Lautenberg
This letter is extremely important - it is our best chance this year to get our senators on the record supporting funding for global AIDS. The last day to make calls is TODAY!
Please call your Senators NOW to ask them to sign-on to this Dear Colleague letter showing their support of PEPFAR and the Global Fund in the federal budget. The value of this letter is minimized unless we get lots of senators to sign on.
The call script is below. You can find out their phone number here. You can also call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to get directly connected to your Senator's office. Each state has 2 senators so make sure you call them both. Please let us know how the call went and if they said yes. Don't hesitate to get in touch me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Thanks for all that you do.
May I speak with someone who deals with foreign affairs issues?
My name is ___ and I am a resident of [state name].
I know there is a "Dear Colleague" letter circulating from the office of Senator Gillibrand of New York. Have you seen it?
As a constituent, I am calling to urge Senator ______ to sign it. The letter calls for increases to the U.S. budget for fighting global AIDS, through PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. PEPFAR is a successful foreign aid program, that saves lives, and that increases the U.S. popularity outside of our borders. If you want more information, I have the contact information for Jordan Baugh in Senator Gillibrand's office. His email is Jordan_Baugh@gillibrand.senate.gov. The deadline is TODAY. Will Senator ______ sign on?
[Wait for response. If you are leaving a message, tell her to call you back and leave your phone number.]
How soon will you be able to make a decision about this?
[Get as much info as you can and then say]
Thank you very much and I hope to hear soon that he/she is signing the letter.
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