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Thursday, September 20, 2007

ACTION ALERT: DREAM Act Could Come Up Thursday

There's a good chance the DREAM Act amendment (now numbered SA 2919) to the Defense Department authorization bill for fiscal year 2008 (HR 1585) will be introduced on the Senate floor Thursday during debate.

If the amendment gets attached to this "must pass' appropriations bill it is guaranteed to go through.

But we must make sure it passes the floor vote and becomes part of the legislation.

The wingnuts are out in force once again trying to kill this amendment.

They have mobilized their army of flying monkeys and instructed them to relentlessly continue to contact the Senate through calls, faxes (supplied free via Numbers USA) and e-mail.

During the last round of Immigration Reform legislation, the wingnuts flooded the Senate with over a million faxes from Numbers USA alone … not to mention the millions of phone calls and e-mails sent by flying monkeys mobilized by wingnut talk radio and TV personalities .

And they are trying to do it again

DON'T ALLOW THE FLYING MONKEYS TO KILL THE DREAM ACT


Starting 9 AM Thursday morning start calling, faxing and e-mailing.

CALL AS MANY OF THE 80 SENATORS WHO HAVEN'T OFFICIALLY COME OUT AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT AS POSSIBLE


20 Senators have come out officially opposing this amendment so far…so don't any waste time on them if you're only going to make a few calls.

Alabama: Sessions; Shelby
Georgia: Chambliss; Isakson
Kansas: Roberts
Kentucky: Bunning; McConnell
Louisiana: Vitter
Mississippi: Lott
Missouri: Bond
North Carolina: Burr; Dole
Oklahoma: Coburn; Inhofe
South Carolina: DeMint; Graham
South Dakota: Thune
Tennessee: Alexander; Corker
Wyoming: Enzi


Here's a narrower list of swing votes who could vote for the amendment, but easily go the other way under wingnut pressure:

Sen. Baucus (D–MT) (202) 224–265
Sen. Hatch (R–UT) (202) 224–5251
Sen. Graham (R–SC) (202) 224–5972
Sen. Cornyn (R–TX) (202) 224–2934
Sen. Coleman (R–MN) (202) 224–5641
Sen. Bennett (R–UT) (202) 224–5444
Sen. Gregg (R–NH) (202) 224–3324
Sen. Snowe (R–ME) (202) 224–5344
Sen. Specter (R–PA) (202) 224–4254
Sen. Domenici (R–NM) (202) 224–6621
Sen. Ensign (R–NV) (202) 224–6244
Sen. Hutchison (R–TX) (202) 224–5922
Sen. Murkowski (R–AK) (202) 224–6665
Sen. Sanders (I–VT) (202) 224–5141
Sen. Smith (R–OR) (202) 224–3753
Sen. Stevens (R–AK) (202) 224–3004
Sen. Voinovich (R–OH) (202) 224–3353
Sen. Warner (R–VA) (202) 224–2023

The wingers are concentrating on the following Senators who they think they will be able to sway, some are clearly winger-leaning...some are not, but have made the winger "hot list" anyway. These Senators are targeted for massive winger effort :

Alaska: Murkowski, Stevens
Arkansas: Pryor
Colorado: Allard
Florida: Martinez
Idaho: Crapo
Indiana: Bayh
Iowa: Grassley, Harkin
Kansas: Brownback
Louisiana: Landrieu
Maine: Collins
Michigan: Stabenow
Minnesota: Coleman
Mississippi: Cochran
Missouri: McCaskill
Montana: Baucus, Tester
Nebraska: Nelson (Ben)
Nevada: Ensign
New Hampshire: Sununu
New Mexico: Bingaman, Domenici
North Dakota: Dorgan
Ohio: Brown, Voinovich
Oregon: Smith
South Dakota: Johnson
Texas: Cornyn; Hutchison
Utah: Hatch
Vermont: Sanders
Virginia: Warner, Webb
West Virginia: Byrd, Rockefeller
Wyoming: Barrasso

The original, stand alone, bill (s.774)introduced last spring by Dick Durbin had 25 co-sponsors(+), but only 5 of those co-sponsors have pledged guaranteed support(*) so far for the new amendment. Additionally Salazar[CO] and Brown[OH] have pledged support(*).

Those who haven't guaranteed support need to be contacted also. Don't assume any vote is "in the bag" until the actual vote occurs.

Sen Hagel, Chuck [NE]+
202-224-4224
Sen Lugar, Richard G. [IN]+*
202-224-4814
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT]+
202-224-4242
Sen Obama, Barack [IL]+
202-224-2854
Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT]+
202-224-4041
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA]+*
202-224-3841
Sen Kerry, John F. [MA]+
202-224-2742
Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI]+
202-224-5323
Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY]+
202-224-4451
Sen Bayh, Evan [IN]+
202-224-5623
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ]+
202-224-4744
Sen Murray, Patty [WA]+
202-224-2621
Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA]+
202-224-3553
Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA]+
202-224-3441
Sen Salazar, Ken [CO]*
202-224-5852
Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT]+
202-224-2823
Sen Bill Nelson [FL]+*
(202) 224-5274
Sen Harry Reid [NV]+*
202- 224-3542
Sen Richard Durbin [IL]+*
202- 224-2152
Sen. Sherrod Brown [OH]*
202-224-2315
Sen Jeff Bingaman[NM]+*
202-224-5521
Sen. Joseph Biden[DE]+
202-224-5042
Sen Larry Craig[ID]+
202-224-2752
Sen Mike Crapo[ID]+
202-224-6142
Sem Tom Harkin[IA]+
202-224-3254
Sen Edward Kennedy[MA]+
202-224-4543
Sen John McCain[AZ]+
202-224-2235
Sen Sheldon Whitehouse[RI]+
202-224-2921

HERE'S A COMPLETE LIST OF THE ENTIRE SENATE WITH PHONE, FAX, AND WEBSITE INFORMATION

PLEASE CONTACT AS MANY SENATORS WHO HAVE NOT COMMITTED AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT AS POSSIBLE

DON’T LIMIT CALLS TO JUST YOUR OWN SENATORS

TRY TO FAX FIRST – UNTIL MACHINES RUN OUT OF PAPER

THEN CALL – IF LINES ARE BUSY, MOVE ON AND CALL SOMEONE ELSE, THEN GO BACK

THEN GO TO WEBSITES AND SEND E-MAILS



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