Whip the Super Congress

Call your member of Congress and ask if they will vote for a Super Congress to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits

 


» Call your member of Congress now.

Update II: Even Dennis Kucinich won’t say he’s voting against the bill.

Update: Rules Committee just voted that it will be a closed rule (no amendments) vote tonight, with 1 hour of debate.  What happened to “all amendments, all the time” Boehner?

Valerie Jarrett was just on MSNBC saying that the President had “saved Social Security and Medicare.”

Chuck Todd says “interest groups are trying to kill this deal so they moved the vote up.”  In other words, they’re not happy about your calls.

I’m told that MoveOn and the PCCC will be joining soon, sending out emails asking members to call their member of Congress and oppose this deal.  No wonder House leadership pushed the vote to tonight.  After the vote, members of Congress will immediately leave town for 5 weeks so they won’t have to face the wrath of the aftermath, per Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC.

Henry Waxman (D-CA) – Huffpo’s jbendery just tweeted he is on the fence. 202-225-3976

Nita Lowey (D-NY) – Micah Sifry sends a message indicating he called his representative, Rep. Nita Lowey. His tweet indicates the office is getting mostly calls urging her (mod-lib Dem, Westchester NY) to vote against the deal. 202-225-6506

Mike Doyle (D-PA) “staffer didn’t know how he was going to vote. When I asked which way Doyle was leaning, he clicked into stump speech mode. ‘The Congressman is upset that there isn’t more shared sacrifice, etc, etc’” 202 225-2135

Jim Gerlach (R-TN) – “was told that the bill came in late last night and he was reviewing it and when he made a decision he’d post it on his website.”

Gary Ackerman (D-NY) – “He’s studying it.  They don’t have the text of the bill yet (?!!)  Asked about that- they said they were working on what has been reported, just like we are. (??!!!)  He is “concerned” about attempts to cut SS, Medicare.  Wishy-washy.  Would not commit to anything.” (How can Gerlach have the bill and Ackerman not?) 202-225-2601

Gary Peters (MI) is “still reviewing the bill” and doesn’t know how he will vote. I told them that if he votes for this bill (that includes the treasonous Super Congress which got a snide snicker from the aide), it will be result in me voting against him. He did not snicker at that. 202-225-5802

DeFazio (D-OR): “No idea” how he’ll vote. Which suggests to me that he’ll vote for it, or maybe wait until his vote doesn’t matter and then vote “no.” In other words, I’m not optimistic about DeFazio. 202-225-6416

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) – “His staffer said Earl was “reluctant” to vote for it. Said Earl was unhappy about the entire process. Used the term “hostage-taking.” Unfortunately, Earl has made semi-recent comments to The Oregonian about the “need to cut entitlements” and mentioned Social Security. So I’m not optimistic about him, either.” 202-225-4811

David Wu (D-OR)  – The staffer said he did not indicate how he would vote, but that she would relay any message. I acknowledged his “last vote” and his problems, and asked him to exit gracefully by voting this deal down, since it would cause great hardship for me and millions of other people.  I also went to his office in Portland personally on the Day of Action about 12 days ago, right before his scandal broke, and delivered a letter to a staffer there.

Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) – “I have just called Marcy Kaptur. Her staffer was nice and heard my point, and said that the Congresswoman is undecided on the vote.”

Karen Bass (D-CA) — “MSNBC just said she would vote for it.  After that sterling appearance on CSPAN last week about how we have to protect Social Security and Medicare. Does she think the President has “saved” them too?

Whip the Super Congress

Call your member of Congress and ask if they will vote for a Super Congress to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits

 


» Call your member of Congress now.

Update II: Even Dennis Kucinich won’t say he’s voting against the bill.

Update: Rules Committee just voted that it will be a closed rule (no amendments) vote tonight, with 1 hour of debate.  What happened to “all amendments, all the time” Boehner?

Valerie Jarrett was just on MSNBC saying that the President had “saved Social Security and Medicare.”

Chuck Todd says “interest groups are trying to kill this deal so they moved the vote up.”  In other words, they’re not happy about your calls.

I’m told that MoveOn and the PCCC will be joining soon, sending out emails asking members to call their member of Congress and oppose this deal.  No wonder House leadership pushed the vote to tonight.  After the vote, members of Congress will immediately leave town for 5 weeks so they won’t have to face the wrath of the aftermath, per Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC.

Henry Waxman (D-CA) – Huffpo’s jbendery just tweeted he is on the fence. 202-225-3976

Nita Lowey (D-NY) – Micah Sifry sends a message indicating he called his representative, Rep. Nita Lowey. His tweet indicates the office is getting mostly calls urging her (mod-lib Dem, Westchester NY) to vote against the deal. 202-225-6506

Mike Doyle (D-PA) “staffer didn’t know how he was going to vote. When I asked which way Doyle was leaning, he clicked into stump speech mode. ‘The Congressman is upset that there isn’t more shared sacrifice, etc, etc’” 202 225-2135

Jim Gerlach (R-PA)“was told that the bill came in late last night and he was reviewing it and when he made a decision he’d post it on his website.”

Gary Ackerman (D-NY) – “He’s studying it.  They don’t have the text of the bill yet (?!!)  Asked about that- they said they were working on what has been reported, just like we are. (??!!!)  He is “concerned” about attempts to cut SS, Medicare.  Wishy-washy.  Would not commit to anything.” (How can Gerlach have the bill and Ackerman not?) 202-225-2601

Gary Peters (MI) is “still reviewing the bill” and doesn’t know how he will vote. I told them that if he votes for this bill (that includes the treasonous Super Congress which got a snide snicker from the aide), it will be result in me voting against him. He did not snicker at that. 202-225-5802

DeFazio (D-OR): “No idea” how he’ll vote. Which suggests to me that he’ll vote for it, or maybe wait until his vote doesn’t matter and then vote “no.” In other words, I’m not optimistic about DeFazio. 202-225-6416

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) – “His staffer said Earl was “reluctant” to vote for it. Said Earl was unhappy about the entire process. Used the term “hostage-taking.” Unfortunately, Earl has made semi-recent comments to The Oregonian about the “need to cut entitlements” and mentioned Social Security. So I’m not optimistic about him, either.” 202-225-4811

David Wu (D-OR)  – The staffer said he did not indicate how he would vote, but that she would relay any message. I acknowledged his “last vote” and his problems, and asked him to exit gracefully by voting this deal down, since it would cause great hardship for me and millions of other people.  I also went to his office in Portland personally on the Day of Action about 12 days ago, right before his scandal broke, and delivered a letter to a staffer there. 202-225-0855

Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) – “I have just called Marcy Kaptur. Her staffer was nice and heard my point, and said that the Congresswoman is undecided on the vote.” 202-225-4146

Karen Bass (D-CA) — “MSNBC just said she would vote for it.  After that sterling appearance on CSPAN last week about how we have to protect Social Security and Medicare. Does she think the President has “saved” them too? 202-225-7084

Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) – “My representative here in Hawaii is Colleen Hanabusa. Her staffer said she’s “in caucus” and no decision has been made, He requested I give my opinion, which surprised me. I said VOTE HELL NO!!!!! 202-225-2726

William Keating –  Yes, staff took my statement and concerns, asked for my mailing address for a response. 202-225-3111

Gary Ackerman – The representative who answered the phone said he has not made up his mind yet and is going over the bill as we speak.

Frank Pallone, Jr. The person who answered the call stated that the Congressman does not presently have an official position on the bill. I advised of my opposition and that of others in the district and that we would withold support in the next election. I was told ‘I will pass that along.’

Henry A. Waxman -Young staffer answered the phone and said she would pass along my message that I am strongly against establishment of the “super congress” and any “changes” or cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. I said I hope that Rep. Waxman is still standing strong against any cuts as he has stated a couple of weeks ago. 202-225-3976

John Kline (D-MN) –  “was told that my concerns are noted and that the message will get to Rep. Kline.”  202-225-2472

Donna F. Edwards (D-MA) – The woman who answered said she does not know at this time how Donna Edwards will vote.  202-225-8699

Tim Holden (D-PA)  –  I spoke with a member of his office staff and expressed my concern and disgust at the country being subjected to theeconomic terrorism of the tea party. I said I wanted him to convey to my Representative my desire for him to vote NO on the Super Congress.He said he would let Rep Holden know my wishes. 202-225-5546

Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) –  Didn’t use the script; wanted to sound like a real concerned citizen.  Said he has not informed staff about his position yet and can’t say. Said they would call with an update if I left my name and phone number, so I did. 202-225-5871Gary Peters (D-MI) –   He is still considering his position. I gave my name and address and told them that I was opposed to the bill. 202-225-5802

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) – Says he hasn’t had enough time to decide.  202-225-4811

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) –  Got a recording. Left a message. 202-225-4965

Previous whip counts:
Whip the Super Congress: Head Count #1

 

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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