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Sen. Reid: Actions Speak


Call Sen. Harry Reid today and tell him to do his job and make the Senate Republicans stand and filibuster.  He can be reached at 202-224-3542 in DC and 702-388-5020 in Nevada.  For reasons why this is important, see here.

Another way to send a message to Harry Reid that leadership and having a spine are not mutually exclusive:  sign the petition that the Campaign for America’s Future.  From CAP:

Senator Reid. Like you, we’re frustrated that a conservative minority continues to obstruct reforms that most Americans support. We think it’s time this minority pays a price for thumbing its nose at the American people. We urge you to bring essential reforms to the Senate floor, and KEEP them there until this minority yields, or takes deserved heat for obstructing progress. We pledge to help you stand up to the conservatives standing in the way of progress!

Tell Harry Reid to do his job — make Republicans stand up and filibuster. If they are going to obstruct, they should do it in the full sunlight for everyone to see — not just what they are doing but what they are obstructing as well.

As Chris Bowers points out, it’s a lot of legislation that is important to the public:

January 17, Reid Amendment to Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007: a bill to provide greater transparency in the legislative process.

January 24, Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007: a bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.

February 5, A bill to express the sense of Congress on Iraq: disapproving of the troop escalation in Iraq.

February 17, A bill to express the sense of Congress on Iraq: disapproving of the troop escalation in Iraq (again).

April 17, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007: an original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2007 for the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Intelligence Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.

April 18, Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007: a bill to amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for fair prescription drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries.

June 11, No confidence vote on Alberto Gonzales: a joint resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the American people.

June 21, Baucus Amendment to CLEAN Energy Act of 2007: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for energy advancement and investment, and for other purposes.

June 26, Employee Free Choice Act of 2007: A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes.

July 11, Webb Amendment to the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2008: to specify minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

If the Republican party continues to be the Party of Obstruction, then they should pay a public price for it. Every damn day until they get to work and stop playing political games with the public’s business. 

UPDATE:  Meant to include these toll free numbers that katymine put together for calls to the Hill:

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

And if you have some spare time today, please also call your Senators and tell them to support S. 185 and S. 2022 on habeas restoration — S.2022 is the amendment that will be voted on likely tomorrow as an add-on for the defense bill, and the text is the same as S.185 which was passed by the Judiciary Committee.  Every vote counts on this one, so please make calls in support of it today!  Bob Geiger has more here.

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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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