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“Tomnibus” Bill Set For Cloture Vote This Afternoon

The Senate will vote on cloture on S. 3297 this afternoon around 4 pm ET. As Kagro says, this cloture vote will show how many pals Sen. Coburn has lined up behind his constant obstructionism.

We’d like to help make that as few as possible.

So please, take some time and call your Senators and tell them to vote FOR cloture on S. 3297 and also to vote in FAVOR of the bill itself, which will be scheduled for vote later in the week if cloture passes. You can find more information at MyDD, the Senate Democratic Caucus blog on health bills blocked and judiciary/law enforcement bills blocked, and at CQ, with a bill summary here. Kagro has some procedural information for today’s vote here as well.

One of the bills included in the "Tomnibus" (as the NYTimes is calling it) is the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Bill. The YouTube gives you some history on Emmett Till (Part II is here).

It should go without saying that brutality based on the color of someone’s skin should not just get swept under a white sheet. Don’t let Tom Coburn get away with this — call your Senators today.

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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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