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Please Continue Making Calls To Restore Habeas


UPDATE:  Please keep calling.  I am told the cloture vote has been scheduled for 10:30 am ET on Wednesday — as in tomorrow.

Thanks so much to everyone who has been making calls this morning to support S.Amend. 2202 — the Restore Habeas Corpus Act.  More information here.  We need to keep those calls to every single Senator going today.  Your help is needed, because a vote is schedule for as early as tomorrow on this.

I’m hearing that the switchboard is tied up, so I’m providing this link:  through it you can find direct dial numbers for every Senator on the Hill.  Also, you can try the following toll free numbers to connect you with the switchboard:

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

Every single Senator needs to hear from their constituents today. Word is that Sen. Lindsey Graham has threatened to mount a filibuster of this bill — nice way to stand up for basic human rights, there, Huckleberry — so it is essential that your Senators hear from you today. Cloture has been filed on the Amendment — so we need 60 votes to move it forward. Here are some Senators that I’m hearing could use some extra persuasion today, because it looks like the vote on cloture is coming up as early as Wednesday (as in tomorrow):

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Sen. John Warner (R-VA)
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN)
Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH)
Sen. John Sununu (R-NH)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO)
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

All of the above have been designated as on the fence, potentially wobbly, or not taking a position as yet, and need an extra nudge, please. Thanks again for all the effort, gang.

UPDATE:  The whip count tool is operational — you can take a peek here.  Thanks to Sens. Dodd and Leahy for putting this together.

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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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