Net Neutrality: Crunch Time
It’s time to hit the phones, everyone. I am told that the Senate Commerce Committee will be doing bill mark-up today, and that the net neutrality vote will be pushed off until probably Tuesday.
And that we are one vote short at the moment for killing the Stevens bill in the Committee.
Yep, that’s right: one vote. So here are the Senators on the bubble:
John McCain (AZ): (202) 224-2235; Fax: (202) 228-2862
Trent Lott (MS): (202) 224-6253; Fax: (202) 224-2262
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX): 202-224-5922; 202-224-0776 (FAX)
Olympia J. Snowe (ME): (202) 224-5344; FAX (202) 224-1946
Gordon H. Smith (OR): 202.224.3753; Fax: 202.228.3997
George Allen (VA): (202) 224-4024; Fax: (202) 224-5432
Bill Nelson (FL): 202-224-5274; Fax: 202-228-2183
Maria Cantwell (WA): 202-224-3441; 202-228-0514 – FAX
Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ): (202) 224-3224; Fax: (202) 228-4054
E. Benjamin Nelson (NE): Tel: (202) 224-6551; Fax: (202) 228-0012
Mark Pryor (AR): (202) 224-2353; Fax: (202) 228-0908
Please contact all of them and let them know how you feel about net neutrality. Please, if you are a resident of their state, make it a point to call or fax today, and every day, until the vote.
Here’s the math on this:
There are 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats on the committee…we need 12 votes to win. If all the Dems (including Pryor and Ben Nelson) plus Snowe go our way, we are at 11…clearing the way for any one of Smith, McCain, Allen, Lott Hutchison to be the final vote that puts us over the top.
Here is a listing of the full committee membership, phone and fax numbers — we cannot take any vote for granted, so if you have the time, hit every member of the committee.
This is not a given, not by a longshot, but if we can kill this bill in Committee, that’s a fantastic outcome for us. So please, take some time today and make a few phones calls or send out some faxes. Thanks so much!
PS — Things do not look good for Jane’s mom this morning. Please keep Jane and her family in your thoughts and prayers — they are going to need them over the next couple of days.
UPDATE: Thanks to reader Dune Messiah (great SF series, btw, if you haven’t read any Herbert!) for the reminder on this. You can call toll free at 1-888-355-3588 to the Capitol switchboard, and they will transfer you to any Senate or House office. (Meant to include this in the post, but I just got off the phone with Jane and am still thinking about her and her family.)
UPDATE #2: Per reader lotus (should have spelled this out clearly, sorry!) — you are FOR S. 2917, WITHOUT AMENDMENT (the Snowe/Dorgan bill).
UPDATE #3: Also, don’t forget — if you can’t get through on the DC lines, try a local office. You can google the names of the Senators and their websites always have local offices listed, too.
UPDATE #4: Sorry this posting has been so scattered everyone — got on the phone with Jane as I was working on it, and my heart is with her at the moment and not as in the game as usual. Should have spelled this out more clearly — a few of the folks listed above (Snowe, for one) are supposedly firm votes, but they have waivered on other votes altogether too frequently in the past for my comfort level. So I’ve kept them on the "please call" list so they continue to hear support for net neutrality. I figured we’d better be on the safe side…