Tell Obama: Veto attacks on EPA funding


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Call the White House: President Obama must tell Congress he'll veto attacks on the Clean Air Act

Call now. Obama can stop attempts to block EPA funding.
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Call the White House at (202) 456-1111.

Sample script: "Hi, my name is [YOUR FIRST NAME] and I am calling to ask President Obama to uphold his commitment and tell Congress he will veto any legislation that strips the Clean Air Act of its authority to limit climate pollution."

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Dear Friend,

Today, Congress will likely pass a Republican spending bill that puts the Clean Air Act on the chopping block.

Their proposed continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through the fiscal year includes massive cuts to the EPA, and blocks the Clean Air Act's authority to set limits on carbon pollution.

Top administration officials have said, as recently as two weeks ago, that Obama would veto any bill that takes away the Clean Air Act's climate authority.1 But Congress needs to hear it directly from the President.

Can you call the White House and ask President Obama to tell Congress he'll veto any spending bill that undermines the Clean Air Act?

Here's the number to call and a sample script:

Number: (202) 456-1111 (Lines close at 5 pm EST)

Script: "Hi, my name is [YOUR FIRST NAME] and I am calling to ask President Obama to uphold his commitment and tell Congress he will veto any legislation that strips the Clean Air Act of its authority to limit climate pollution.

After you call, click here to tell us how the call went.

On Tuesday, the Obama Administration issued a statement that the President would veto the spending bill if it undermines "critical priorities" or "national security"2 — but didn't indicate if the Clean Air Act's climate authority was included as a deal breaker.

The President needs to explicitly affirm this commitment ASAP.

To avoid government shutdown, the final bill must be passed by March 3rd. And as the House debates this bill, Senate Democrats are already working on their version.

While a much different bill will likely emerge from the Senate, the inclusion of provisions to defund the Clean Air Act is a possibility. Conservative and coal-state Democrats like Jay Rockefeller are actively working to delay the EPA's climate authority, and more progressive Senators facing re-election, like Sherrod Brown and Debbie Stabenow, are still on the fence.

If Obama doesn't draw a line in the sand, Senate Democrats could cave. But if the President makes his support explicit, he'll encourage Senate Democrats to stand up for the Clean Air Act, and can veto the law if they fail to do so.

Please call the White House and urge the president to make explicit his commitment to veto attacks on the Clean Air Act. Then click here to let us know how it went.

Thanks for working to protect clean air.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Obama administration threatens climate veto," Politico, February 2, 2011
2. "White House vows veto if GOP spending bill undermines national priorities," Daily Kos, Feb 15, 2011

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