As Jane announced earlier, the Blue America PAC, along with several other blogs/groups, is stepping into the breach to try to push the SCHIP votes over the top for a veto override. Why? Because America’s children deserve actual care, and not a bunch of pandering, hollow words of faux compassion and little, to no, real action from George Bush other than a big, fat “no help for you.”
The Bush veto of the bipartisan compromise SCHIP bill was as cynical a political maneuver as they come — pandering to the worst elements of his wingnutty-conservative base while throwing common sense and decency out with the bathwater. As Howie says, these are the Dems in need of a serious nudge:
— Jim Marshall (D-GA)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-6531; Macon, GA Office 1-877-464-0255; Tifton, GA Office (229)556-7418.
— Baron Hill (D-IN)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-5315; Jeffersonville, IN Office (812)288-3999; Bloomington, IN Office (812)336-3000.
— Gene Taylor (D-MS)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-5772; Bay St. Louis, MS Office (228)469-9235; Gulfport, MS Office (228)864-7670; Ocean Springs, MS Office (228)872-7950; Hattiesburg, MS Office (601)582-3246; Laurel, MS Office (601)425-3905.
— Bob Etheridge (D-NC)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-4531; Raleigh, NC Office (919)829-9122 or 1-888-262-6202; Lillington, NC Office (910)814-0335 or 1-866-384-3743.
— Mike McIntyre (D-NC) –Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-2731; Lumberton, NC Office (910)735-0610; Fayetteville, NC Office (910)323-0260; Wilmington, NC Office (910)815-4959; Bolivia, NC Office (910)253-0158.
If you live in the district of any of these members of Congress, please contact them and tell them to vote for SCHIP and the kids who need healthcare in their districts. Chris Bowers at OpenLeft runs the numbers on all of this, and John Amato at Crooks and Liars is asking for your help as well.
As Digby says:
There’s a lot of talk these days, and books being written, about what it means to be a majority party Democrat living under the Big Tent. It requires coalition building and compromise and negotiation, for sure. But there are some issues that are so fundamental to what being a Democrat is, by definition, that if you don’t support them, you aren’t one. Health care for kids is one of those things — it’s simply not negotiable.
If you can spare a donation, we’d sure appreciate it for Blue America PAC. Any amount — from $5 to $500 and up — can help with this, as we try and push this forward. The DCCC is doing calls for Republicans who failed to vote the will of their constituencies on this. We didn’t think these DINOs should be left out.
Howie put together a list of targeted GOP House members. The vote on SCHIP is scheduled for October 18th. Please contact these folks between now and then and voice your support for SCHIP. We’ll be doing more on this as the week goes on, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up as to who needs an extra nudge. More from the LA Times, the Charlotte Observer, and the WaPo. The NYTimes has a patently offensive take, calling SCHIP a “wedge issue” for Democrats — no, sorry, it’s a moral issue for at risk children with bi-partisan support. Try again. Especially when you have folks like John Dingell weighing in that a veto-override is possible — we have momentum to build on with this, and we ought to use every bit of it to push health care for these children through.
Beerfart Liberal got a great LTE into the Orlando Sentinal on the issue — kudos! (And remember, you can send yours in as well — here are some helpful hints — every letter counts on this one, gang.) And Bill Scher has the rundown on the weekend GOP lie fest on the talking head shows — useful information here.
(Photo via DownWithTyranny. Too perfect.)