Monday, September 28, 2009

Finance Committee Harassment Time!

Okay, as McJoan says over at DailyKos, (and Jane says at FDL) if you live in any of the following states, you've got phone calls to make:

Contact info for all Dem Senators on Finance is below the fold. The focus should be on Baucus, Nelson, Conrad, Lincoln, and Carper. But if you live in any of the states represented by the Senators below, calls to them certainly won't hurt, as well as "thank you" calls to Rockefeller and Schumer.

Max Baucus MT (Committee Chair)
Phone: (202) 224-2651
Fax: (202) 224-9412

John Rockefeller WV
Phone (202) 224-6472
Fax (202) 224-7665

Kent Conrad ND
Phone: (202) 224-2043
Fax: (202) 224-7776

Jeff Bingman NM
Phone: (202) 224-5521
TDD (202) 224-1792
Toll Free (in NM) 1800-433-8658

John Kerry MA
Phone (202) 224-2742
Fax (202) 224-8525

Blanche Lincoln AR
Phone: (202) 224-4843
Fax: (202) 228-1371

Ron Wyden OR
Phone: (202) 224-5244
Fax: (202) 228-2717

Charles Shumer NY
Fax: (202) 228-3027
TDD: (202) 224-0420

Debbie Stabenow MI
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4822
TTY: (202) 224-2066

Maria Cantwell WA
Phone: 202-224-3441
Fax: (202) 228-0514
TTD: (202) 224-8273

Bill Nelson FL
Phone: (202) 224-5274
Fax: (202) 228-2183

Robert Mendez NJ
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4744
Fax: (202) 228-2197 fax

Thomas Carper DE
Phone: (202) 224-2441
Fax: (202) 228-2190

Some of these people are supporters, like Rockefeller. That's a good thing. They're right to do so. So if you live in, say, West Virginia, please make a point of calling up Rockefeller's people and tell them that you support his stance. Positive reinforcement is as important as negative reinforcement.

Now, for those who need a bit of encouragement, I'd go beyond the magic phrase ("If you don't support a public option, I'll devote every spare moment and dollar I have to your primary opponent") to highlighting these key things, also from Kos:

The only groups that the public option is really unpopular with are insurance companies and hardcore Republicans. Well, guess what? Corporations don't vote, and the core Republicans weren't going to vote for Dems anyway. They're irrelevant.

The people that do matter support a public option. That's the bottom line.

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