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[UPDATED 3/21/2010 - LEO]
The health care reform voting does not begin until mid-afternoon on Sunday and a few votes are still up for grabs. Following are the list of Congresspeople who we should keep calling to make sure that we win this historic victory on Sunday!
Brian Baird - Washington (Vancouver, Olympia) - (202) 225-3536
Paul Kanjorski - Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Mount Pocono) - 202-225-6511
John Tanner - Tennessee (Union City, Jackson, Millington) - 202-225-4714
Earl Pomeroy - North Dakota (Bismarck, Fargo) - (202) 225-2611
Lincoln Davis - Tennessee (Columbia, Jamestown, Rockwood) - 202.225.6831
Marcy Kaptur - Ohio (Toledo) - (202) 225-4146
Mike Michaud - Maine (Bangor, Lewiston, Presque Isle, Waterville) - 202-225-6306
Bill Foster - Illinois (Batavia, Dixon, Geneseo) - (202) 225-2976
Kathy Dahlkemper - Pennsylvania (Erie) - (202) 225-5406
Chris Carney - Pennsylvania (Clarks Summit, Shamokin, Williamsport) - (202) 225-3731
Steve Driehaus - Ohio (Cincinnati) - (202) 225-2216
Stephen Lynch - Massachusetts (Brockton, Boston) - 202-225-8273
Rick Boucher - Virginia (Abingdon, Pulaski, Big Stone Gap) - 202-225-3861
Loretta Sanchez - California (Garden Grove) - (202) 225-2965
Dan Lipinski - Illinois (LaGrange, Oak Lawn, Chicago's southwest side) - (202) 225 - 5701
Joe Donnelly - Indiana (South Bend, LaPorte, Michigan City, Kokomo) - (202) 225-3915
Marion Berry - Arkansas (Jonesboro, Cabot, Mountain Home) - (202) 225-4076
Jerry Costello - Illinois (Carbondale, Belleville, E. St. Louis, Granite City, Chester) - (202) 225-5661
Nick Rahall - West Virginia (Beckley, Bluefield, Huntington, Logan) - (202) 225-3452
Solomon Ortiz - Texas (Corpus Christi, Brownsville) - (202) 225-7742
Alan Mollohan - West Virginia (Morgantown, Wheeling, Clarksburg, Parkersburg) - (202) 225-4172
There's a lot of grumbling about liberals always having to make all the concessions, most recently on health care reform, while the Blue Dogs don't have to make any and still the focus continues to be on them and their needs and not on us and ours. It's not fair.
But let's face it, the group that most wants something -- in this case, us -- is naturally in a weaker position than the group for whom this isn't as much a priority. The Blue Dogs are happy enough to walk away from this. We aren't. That's a huge difference.
Below are Rep. Lipinski's office numbers.
Keep calling and faxing all the number even if you get busy signals.
708-424-0853 (Oak Lawn)
The vote is this weekend! Call & fax Lipinski immediately!
Courtesy of the Campaign for Better Health Care
The HCR bill currently being considered in the House is not all we wanted -- far from it -- but it's a good first step.
Pass. The. Damn. Bill.
Event organized by Health Care for America Now (HCAN Illinois) at the Chicago Temple
But he thinks as well. (Yeah, I know, scary stuff.)
WBBM Radio went on and on last Sunday about the protest at Addison and Western against 'redlight' cameras. You'd think a million people had shown up. With all that air-time, you'd think they could have interviewed a pedestrian or two for an alternative perspective.
But no -- which is kind of strange since last time I checked, we're living in a major metropolitan area where walking and taking public transportation are by necessity important facts of life.
This morning, once again, NPR ran with the story -- this time from Arizona and once again, apparently they didn't bother to interview a pedestrian either.
What's the problem here? Are they afraid of some dedicated foot-walker sounding off on how sick and tired they are of drivers who don't abide by the law, who don't know what it means to slow down and yield to pedestrians? I have a feeling there's quite a few people who wish there were more of those cameras not less -- only the Media is too lazy or incompetent to ferret them out.
We're all relieved to know that Bubba's going to be okay but I couldn't help notice that the guy's only 63. That's still two years till Medicare kicks in. Imagine if he didn't have health insurance.
Pass. The. Damn. Bill. Now.