Call your Representative!

I’ve signed up with several organizations, so I get multiple "action alerts" in my inbox every week, urging me to email or call elected officials about some issue or another.  After a while, in spite of my good intentions, I find myself tuning them out, tired of the constant alarmism and feeling like my input isn’t going to matter anyway.  I suspect many of you feel the same way.

But I just sent off an email to my Representative, and I’m going to urge anyone reading this to do so as well.  Congress is in the middle of considering a massive budget reconciliation bill that has all sorts of nasty surprises tucked away in it.  Some of these are purely designed to save money by cutting programs that mostly serve the poor (Food Stamps, Child Support Enforcement, Medicaid), while others are included because the reconciliation act is a "must-pass" bill and can’t be filibustered in the Senate, so it’s a good way to force through things that couldn’t pass as stand-alone proposals (like drilling in ANWR). 

The House was supposed to vote on it today, but the Republican leadership postponed the vote because they didn’t think they had enough votes to win.  They’re going to spend the weekend trying to cut deals and twist the arms of moderate Republicans to get them to go along.  (For once, the Dems are standing united.)  So it’s critically important that Representatives, especially those moderate Republicans, hear from their constituents about this bill.

So here’s a bunch of useful links:


2 Responses to “Call your Representative!”

  1. EdgeWise Says:

    That’s great, but unless you live in a district with competetive elections (very rare) or have a moderate representative that can actually be swayed by public outrage (not quite as rare), your expressed opinion doesn’t matter. In those cases, your donations are your only voice in the federal government. How can I tell Rep Mike Rogers, (Michigan, 8th) that I wish he’d always vote the opposite of how he does? I’m never going to support him, but my vote doesn’t matter due to uncompetetive districting. I’m better off sending money to organizations that can influence the few competetive elections in the country.

  2. jackie Says:

    I’m in the middle of action-alert burn-out myself, partially because my Senator (Mikulski) and Representative (Elijah Cummings) ALWAYS vote exactly the way I want them to, and while they are very responsivve to my emails, I feel like I’m just preaching to the choir.

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