Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Keep the heat on!! Don't give up!!

Call! Call! Fax! Fax! Right now the senate is reading aloud a single payer amendment, thanks to Senator Coburn from Oklahoma. They are reading the whole 767 page bill so that the American people can actually hear what most of the Democrat leadership really want, even if they won't admit it.

PS: In case you didn't hear about it, thousands of patriots showed up, yet again, in Washington D.C. yesterday to tell those senators what we want. They staged "government waiting rooms" and stayed in their offices until they got thrown out. Sally, my co-organizer was there. As soon as she gets some video and pictures out, I'll post 'em.

From Tea Party Patriots:

Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,
We are at a critical point in our fight against government run healthcare.

We need to have the same urgency and intensity level that we displayed at the Congressional Town Hall Meetings during the August recess. We must not diminish our fight to defeat the Senate healthcare bill. Many "Blue Dog" Democrats and some GOP Senators have stated that they don't see the same intensity level opposing the Senate Healthcare bill that we displayed opposing the House version. They are beginning to believe that we do not strongly oppose the Senate Healthcare bill. We need to let them know that is not true.

President Obama and the Senate Democratic leadership are pulling out all the stops to pass this Senate Healthcare bill. They are putting enormous pressure on the "Blue Dog" Democrat Senators to pass the bill.

We urgently need you to make phones today and tomorrow to the Senators listed below. Please call their District Office and their D.C. office. Also, please continue to contact your Senator. Forward this to your email lists and ask them to make phone calls.

The latest Rasmussen Poll showed that 60% oppose this healthcare bill.

We need you to make phones calls to the Senators listed below.

Targeted Senators
Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska
DC Office Number: 202-224-6551, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0012

Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4024, DC Fax Number: 202-228-6363

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2023, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6295

Additionally, you may find some these resources helpful as well:

Tea Party Patriots Health Care Talking Points
Why Is Tea Party Patriots Focusing on Health Care

Questions to Ask Your Representative About Health Care

Cloture Process and Timeline
Approximately 6 days minimum, if all time used

· Day 1: Cloture filed on the managers' amendment, the Reid substitute amendment, and the bill (Note: there is a lot of mischief that can happen on Day 1 but that is not included in this memo)

· Day 2: Cloture motions ripen

· Day 3: Cloture vote on the managers' amendment occurs one hour after the Senate convenes
60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the managers' amendment

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later: The up/down vote on the managers' amendment occurs. A majority vote is required to agree to the managers' amendment.

Immediately after the up/down vote on the managers' amendment, the Senate proceeds to the cloture vote on the Reid substitute amendment (as amended by the managers' amendment)

60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the Reid substitute amendment

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later: The up/down vote on the Reid substitute amendment occurs. A majority vote is required to agree to the Reid substitute amendment

Immediately after the up/down vote on the Reid substitute amendment, the Senate proceeds to the cloture vote on the health care reform bill (as amended by the substitute amendment, which has been amended by the managers' amendment)

60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the health reform bill, as amended

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later: The up/down final passage vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, occurs. A majority vote is required to pass the bill, as amended.

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