NumbersUSADEAR OPPONENTS OF THE SENATE AMNESTY BILL,Thu Jun 28, 2007 01:57
From: Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA
Date: Wednesday 27JUN07 3:30 p.m. EDT
Your specialty phone calls this aft and Thurs. morn can still make a difference
DEAR OPPONENTS OF THE SENATE AMNESTY BILL,
We're still five votes short of winning in tomorrow's cloture vote -- but we are close on turning around a dozen more votes our way. Right now, it is possible that we won't get a one of them. So, the outcome is totally up in the air. You the voters of these Senators' states will make the difference.
AN APPEAL TO THOSE OF YOU WITH SPECIAL TIES TO A SENATOR
1. Are you part of the elites or establishment in your community?
2. Have you given any donations to either of your Senators' campaigns in the past?
3. Do you have any kind of relationship with the Senators, members of their staff, local leaders of his/her political party, or somebody who does?
Although most of us are part of the broad public (that tends to be overlooked by Senators), I know that out of 437,000 activist NumbersUSA members, some of you in every state have some special connections.
For those of you who do, I appeal with greatest urgency for you to use every means at your disposal to call your Senator or staff person or political party leader -- this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow morning.
We are already hearing from a number of you with these kinds of connections who are making contact. And the effect is powerful.
You cannot overestimate the power of your calling and saying, "I've been a friend for years .... " or "I'm a financial supporter" or something of that kind and then talk about your great concern for the political future of this Senator, as well as for your state, if S. 1639 goes through.
If you call staff or party leaders, there is a high degree of probability that your message will get through to the Senator before the vote -- if you have some personal connections to talk about and trade on.
One of you called me this morning and talked about having a one-on-one phone call with a Senator who voted YES yesterday on the amnesty cloture. That Senator seemed gravely troubled to hear the deep opposition to the bill from somebody who was a real supporter of his.
A number of old Washington pundits have commented lately -- and I heard this at an anti-amnesty strategy meeting on the Hill at breakfast this morning -- that when the Establishment all lines up for something, it always wins.
That generally is true. But we are on the verge of something unprecedented, if we can win tomorrow. What will make a real difference if these Senators can see that not all the Establishment is lined up on the other side. For all their arrogance, most Senators tend to give Establishment figures in their state as much weight as the ones in New York, California and Washington who run the national scene.
TAKE YOUR ACTIONS
ACTION 1: Phone Your Senators
Senate Switchboard: 202-224-3121
All phone numbers and addresses for your state's two Senators:
All DC and local phone numbers for all Senators:
2. ACTION 2: Fax Your Senators
IF YOU DON'T HAVE SPECIAL CONNECTIONS BUT WANT TO MAKE A SPECIAL PHONE CALL
Our lobbying team is going from office to office all day and then swinging back around to catch changes as they happen. What they are hearing over and over in some of these offices is that their bosses wouldn't mind finding a way out of this mess and vote NO to get their constituents off their back.
Here is what I want you to consider and then start making phone calls to DC and locally ...
If you have been a supporter of a Senator and sincerely like the Senator on other issues, call and say that. Speak in a concerned tone -- not an angry tone. Talk about how while you disagree with the Senator's thought that this bill deserved a chance for debate on the floor, you can understand that to be an arguable position.
But note that the process today is not a debate and is not an amendments process. Instead, amendments are routinely being tabled before any real debate. It is clear that this is a closed process.
Tell the staffers that the Senator has every option now of telling powerful supporters of the bill that the process was just too flawed to move forward and that the voters are overwhelmingly against it.
MOST IMPORTANT REPUBLICAN SWING SENATORS TO CALL
We don't appear to have promises from any of the following Senators, yet.
They are the ones who voted NO and helped kill the Kennedy/Bush amnesty early this month but who voted YES on cloture yesterday to allow this bill back on the floor.
Some of these may look impossible, but our lobbyists say every one of these could turn back to NO tomorrow (after all, they voted NO earlier this month).
Alaska: Sen. Ted Stevens, Sen. Lisa Murkowski
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may want to help the rather small contingent of NumbersUSA activist in this state.
Arizona: Sen. Jon Kyl
Idaho: Sen. Larry Craig
Kentucky: Sen. Mitch McConnell
Maine: Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Olympia Snowe
Minnesota: Sen. Norm Coleman
Mississippi: Sen. Trent Lott
Missouri: Sen. Kit Bond
New Hampshire: Sen. Judd Gregg
Nevada: Sen. John Ensign
North Carolina: Sen. Richard Burr
Utah: Sen. Bob Bennett
Virginia: Sen. John Warner
MOST IMPORTANT DEMOCRATIC SWING SENATORS TO CALL
Voted NO earlier this month but YES on cloture yesterday.
Sen. Pryor, Mark (DEM)
217 Russell Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510
500 President Clinton Avenue,
Little Rock, AR 72201
Sen. Boxer, Barbara (DEM)
Washington, DC 20510
600 B Street - Suite 2240,
San Diego, CA 92101
1130 O Street,
Fresno, CA 93721
1700 Montgomery Street - Suite 240,
San Francisco, CA 94111
201 North E Street - Suite 210,
San Bernardino, CA 92401
501 I Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
312 North Spring Street - Suite 1748,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sen. Bingaman, Jeff (DEM)
Washington, DC 20510
118 Bridge Street - Suite 3,
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Loretto Town Centre,
Las Cruces, NM 88001
105 West Third Street - Suite 409,
Roswell, NM 88201
625 Silver Avenue SW. - Suite 130,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
119 East Marcy - Suite 101,
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Sen. Webb, James (DEM)
Russell Senate Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20510
222 Central Park Ave.,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
3140 Chaparral Drive,
Roanoke, VA 24018
507 East Franklin Street,
Richmond, VA 23219
THE GOOD ONES -- MOST NEED YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT TO RESIST SPECIAL INTEREST AND WHITE HOUSE LAST-MINUTE LOBBYING
These Senators voted NO against the amnesty cloture yesterday.
Keep thanking them and reminding them why this bill must die.
Sanders,Bernie (VT) -- Independent
Hutchison,Kay Bailey (TX)
Thanks to all of you who have already responded to our nearly two dozen separate fax and phone action alerts that we've sent out in various groupings since the Senate voted yesterday to reconsider the Kennedy/Bush amnesty bill (S. 1639).
Check out your customized Action Buffet corkboard to be sure you have done all you can do to influence the Thursday vote.
I hope you have been consulting our home page at www.NumbersUSA.com throughout the day and evening as our legislative team has kept you informed of every step as it has happened.
MEANINGLESSNESS OF THE AMENDMENT VOTES
On our Senate Vote Day Page on the website, you will not see our customary listing of NumbersUSA positions on the amendments. Rosemary sent out a statement to all Senate offices yesterday explaining our position:
Because the amendment process is a sham and because no
amendment could improve S. 1639 enough to make it worth
supporting (even if the amendment could survive a rigged
conference), neither NumbersUSA nor Americans for Better
Immigration will be taking a position on any amendment or
scoring the vote on any mendment. Thus, your votes on
amendments will not be able to make up for a "yea" vote
NumbersUSA and our sister organization, Americans for Better Immigration, will score today's cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the immigration bill as if it were a vote on final passage of the underlying bill. While we normally would not give a procedural vote the same weight as a vote on passage, it should be apparent to all that such action is warranted in this case for the following reasons:
In its consideration of the underlying bill, the Senate has bypassed normal procedure at every turn-no hearings on the bill were held; no committee ever considered it; the amendment process was stifled by a cloture vote;
The underlying bill, with its instant amnesty for illegal aliens, its unenforceable "guest" worker program for low-skill cheap labor, and its meaningless triggers, has already been debated on the Senate floor and, knowing that the vast majority of Americans opposes the bill, 50 Senators voted to let it die;
The bill has been resuscitated at the insistence of President Bush, who promises to hold enforcement hostage to amnesty, and the handful of Senators who drafted it behind closed doors only to once again bypass regular order, stifle any real debate, and ram it down America's throat;
The amendment process being orchestrated by Senate leadership and the bill's drafters is a sham*-the drafters have rigged the process by allowing only those amendments they hand picked to be offered and Senators Reid and Kenedy have made clear that, in the unlikely event that any amendment they oppose is passed, they will simply strip it out in conference;
In their desperation to convince 60 Senators to ignore their constituents and pass this bill, White House officials have been on the Hill attempting to buy votes for cloture; and
In order to ensure that the Senators who represent the American people on this issue will not have a chance to change the outcoe purchased by the White House, the majority party intends to use a procedural tool-the clay pigeon, designed to protect the rights of the minority party-to shut out the bill's opponents.
For these reasons, your vote on cloture today will be scored and will be given the same weight as a vote on the underlying amnesty bill.
For the rest of your career, your constituents will see your vote reflected in your profile at http://profiles.numbersusa.com/ and in your immigration grade at http://congressgrades.com/reportcardintro.html.
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