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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…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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