The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (H.R. 3110/ S. 1658) has passed in the House only to languish in the Senate for nearly a year. There are now only a few more weeks left in this Congress to get the PUMP Act out of the Senate and on the President's desk, and we need your help to do it.
It's very important that members of the Senate hear from constituents – individuals, organizations, and businesses in their district – urging them to pass the PUMP Act. These calls take 2 minutes and can literally make the difference between a vote making it to the floor or not.
To call simply text PUMP to 747464 and the MomsRising call tool will walk you through the process. You'll be prompted to enter your zip code, and then will be connected with the office of your Senator. If for any reason your call doesn't go through, you'll be redirected to the Capitol switchboard, which will ask you for the name of your Senator. If you don't know, you can ask them to look it up for you by providing your zip code. They'll then connect you to the correct office.
When the receptionist answers, all you need to do is let them know your name, your address, and that you want them to vote yes on the PUMP Act, Senate Bill 1658. If you are part of an organization or business, be sure to mention that too.
Nervous about making the call? We're here to support you! Here's exactly what you can expect.
When you call, you'll be speaking to a receptionist at the office. Their job is to record how many calls are coming in each day about specific bills or policy areas. This is why it is so important that we maintain a high volume of calls going into offices each day until the bill goes to the floor!
When you are connected to the office of your Senator, a receptionist will answer. Let them know your name, your address, and that you want them to vote yes on the PUMP Act, Senate Bill 1658. Or, simply read from the script below:
Hello, my name is [________]. I live in [city, state] and am a constituent of Senator [name]. I’m calling to urge [him/her/them] to support Senate Bill 1658, the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act. This bill will cover 9 million women of childbearing age who don’t currently have protections that would give them time and a private space to pump breast milk at work. This is wrong and must be fixed. Passage of the PUMP Act would make a world of difference for families and I hope you’ll vote yes when it comes to the floor.
You will not be asked questions about the bill or anything else. Reading the script is all you need to do.
Ideally, calls will be made during business hours, but if this doesn't work for you, don't stress! You can call after hours and leave a voicemail. Follow the same instructions to leave your message, and that's it!
Your call will truly make a difference. Please pick up the phone today!
Senior Advocacy & Communications Manager
U.S. Breastfeeding Committee