West Suburban Patriots

an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL

ACTION ITEMS for this week 7/12-7/16

LEGISLATIVE ALERT! NEED TO MELT THE PHONES!

July 12, 2010

Latest Intel: 3:00 pm pst

Scott Brown and the Maine twins (Snowe and Collins) have said they'll vote yes for fin-reg. That puts it at 59, so they're just waiting for Byrd's replacement. We need to get an email out to folks to kick it into high gear calling those three + Grassley who is on the fence. Those three Repubs are going to give me more gray hair, I swear. Also, Maria Cantwell was a no, but they got her to switch to yes. We need to get out the info from Heritage about how it allows for taxpayers to keep bailing corps out, including Fannie and Freddie among other things.

There are four major items that require our attention as Congress returns from their recess starting Monday, July 12. This is a long email, but it is divided into sections for easier navigation. Use the links provided to navigate between sections.


DISCLOSE Act, S.3295

1. Call your own Senators and ask them to vote NO

2. Call the following target Senators and ask them to vote NO

Scott Brown (R-MA)

http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-4543, (F) (202) 228-2646

Boston: (T) (617) 565-3170, (F) (617) 723-7325

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-5344, Toll free (800) 432-1599, (F) (202) 224-1946

Auburn: (T) (207) 786-2451, (F) (207) 782-1438

Augusta: (T) (207) 622-8292, (F) (207) 622-7295

Bangor: (T) (207) 945-0432, (F) (207) 941-9525

Biddeford: (T) (207) 282-4144, (F) (207) 284-2358

Portland: (T) (207) 874-0883, (F) (207) 874-7631

Presque Isle: (T) (207) 764-5124, (F) (207) 764-6420

Toll free in Maine: (800) 432-1599

Susan Collins (R-ME)

http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.EmailIssue&CFID=42880122&CFTOKEN=39747274

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-2523, (F) (202) 224-2693

Augusta: (T) (207) 622-8414, (F) (207) 622-5884

Bangor: (T) (207) 945-0417, (F) (207) 990-4604

Biddeford: (T) (207) 283-1101, (F) (207) 283-4054

Caribou: (T) (207) 493-7873, (F) (207) 493-7810

Lewiston: (T) (207) 784-6969, (F) (207) 782-6475

Portland: (T) (207) 780-3575, (F) (207) 828-0380

Ben Nelson (D-NE)

http://bennelson.senate.gov/email-issues.cfm

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-6551, (F) (202) 228-0012

Omaha: (T) (402) 391-3411, (F) (402) 391-4725

Lincoln: (T) (402) 441-4600, (F) (402) 476-8753

NE Nebraska: (T) (402) 209-3595, (F) (866) 789-6460

Central Nebraska: (T) (308) 293-5818

Western Nebraska: (T) (308) 631-7614

Financial Regulation bill, S.3217

1. Call your own Senators and ask them to vote NO

2. Call the following target Senators and ask them to change their votes on the financial regulation bill from yes to NO

Target Senators for Financial Regulation bill, S.3217

Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (recently changed her NO vote to a yes)

maria_cantwell@cantwell.senate.gov

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-3441, (F) (202) 228-0514

Seattle: (T) (206) 220-6400, (F) (206) 220-6404

Tacoma: (T) (253) 572-2281, (F) (253) 572-5879

Spokane: (T) (509) 353-2507, (F) (509) 353-2547

SW Washington: (T) (360) 696-7838, (F) (360) 696-7844

NW Washington: (T) (425) 303-0114, (F) (425) 303-8351

Central Washington: (T) (509) 946-8106, (F) (509) 946-6937

Russ Feingold (D-WI) (says he’s voting no, but may be pressured into voting yes)

http://feingold.senate.gov/contact_opinion.html

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-5323, (F) (202) 224-2725

Middleton: (T) (608) 828-1200, (F) (608) 828-1203

La Crosse: (T) (608) 782-5585, (F) (608) 782-5802

Wausau: (T) (715) 848-5660, (F) (715) 848-5488

Milwaukee: (T) (414) 276-7282, (F) (414) 276-7284

Green Bay: (T) (920) 465-7508, (F) (920) 465-7729

Scott Brown (R-MA)

http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-4543, (F) (202) 228-2646

Boston: (T) (617) 565-3170, (F) (617) 723-7325

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-5344, Toll free (800) 432-1599, (F) (202) 224-1946

Auburn: (T) (207) 786-2451, (F) (207) 782-1438

Augusta: (T) (207) 622-8292, (F) (207) 622-7295

Bangor: (T) (207) 945-0432, (F) (207) 941-9525

Biddeford: (T) (207) 282-4144, (F) (207) 284-2358

Portland: (T) (207) 874-0883, (F) (207) 874-7631

Presque Isle: (T) (207) 764-5124, (F) (207) 764-6420

Toll free in Maine: (800) 432-1599

Susan Collins (R-ME)

http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.EmailIssue&CFID=42880122&CFTOKEN=39747274

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-2523, (F) (202) 224-2693

Augusta: (T) (207) 622-8414, (F) (207) 622-5884

Bangor: (T) (207) 945-0417, (F) (207) 990-4604

Biddeford: (T) (207) 283-1101, (F) (207) 283-4054

Caribou: (T) (207) 493-7873, (F) (207) 493-7810

Lewiston: (T) (207) 784-6969, (F) (207) 782-6475

Portland: (T) (207) 780-3575, (F) (207) 828-0380

Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

http://grassley.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-3744, (F) (202) 224-6020

Cedar Rapids: (T) (202) 224-3744, (F) (202) 224-6020

Council Bluffs: (T) (712) 322-7103, (F) (712) 322-7196

Davenport: (T) (563) 322-4331, (F) (563) 322-8552

Des Moines: (T) (515) 288-1145, (F) (515) 288-5097

Sioux City: (T) (712) 233-1860, (F) (712) 233-1634

Waterloo: (T) (319) 232-6657, (F) (319) 232-9965


Forced unionization of public employees bill, S.3194 (a.k.a. S.Amdt.4174)

They are trying to attach it to the Iraq/Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations bill, tying it to funding our troops abroad.

1. Call your own Senators and ask them to vote NO if this gets added to any bill

2. Call the following target Senators and ask them to vote NO if this gets added to any bill

Judd Gregg (R-NH)

http://gregg.senate.gov/contact/

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-3324

Concord: (T) (603) 225-7115

Manchester: (T) (603) 622-7979

Portsmouth: (T) (603) 431-2171

Berlin: (T) (603) 752-2604

Mike Johanns (R-NE)

http://johanns.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorJohanns

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-4224, (F) (202) 228-0436

Lincoln: (T) (402) 476-1400, (F) (402) 476-0605

Omaha: (T) (402) 758-8981, (F) (402) 758-9165

Kearney: (T) (308) 236-7602, (F) (308) 236-7473

Scottsbluff: (T) (308) 632-6032, (F) (308) 632-6295

Scott Brown (R-MA)

http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-4543, (F) (202) 228-2646

Boston: (T) (617) 565-3170, (F) (617) 723-7325

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-5344, Toll free (800) 432-1599, (F) (202) 224-1946

Auburn: (T) (207) 786-2451, (F) (207) 782-1438

Augusta: (T) (207) 622-8292, (F) (207) 622-7295

Bangor: (T) (207) 945-0432, (F) (207) 941-9525

Biddeford: (T) (207) 282-4144, (F) (207) 284-2358

Portland: (T) (207) 874-0883, (F) (207) 874-7631

Presque Isle: (T) (207) 764-5124, (F) (207) 764-6420

Toll free in Maine: (800) 432-1599

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EMailLisa

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-6665, (F) (202) 224-5301

Fairbanks: (T) (907) 456-0233, (F) (907) 451-7146

Anchorage: (T) (907) 271-3735, Toll Free: 1-877-829-6030, Toll Free Fax: 1-877-857-0322

Matsu: (T) (907)376-7665, (F) (907) 376-8526

Ketchikan: (T) (907) 225-6880, (F) (907) 225-0390

Kenai: (T) (907) 283-5808, (F) (907) 283-4363

Susan Collins (R-ME)

http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.EmailIssue&CFID=42880122&CFTOKEN=39747274

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-2523, (F) (202) 224-2693

Augusta: (T) (207) 622-8414, (F) (207) 622-5884

Bangor: (T) (207) 945-0417, (F) (207) 990-4604

Biddeford: (T) (207) 283-1101, (F) (207) 283-4054

Caribou: (T) (207) 493-7873, (F) (207) 493-7810

Lewiston: (T) (207) 784-6969, (F) (207) 782-6475

Portland: (T) (207) 780-3575, (F) (207) 828-0380

Ben Nelson (D-NE)

http://bennelson.senate.gov/email-issues.cfm

Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-6551, (F) (202) 228-0012

Omaha: (T) (402) 391-3411, (F) (402) 391-4725

Lincoln: (T) (402) 441-4600, (F) (402) 476-8753

NE Nebraska: (T) (402) 209-3595, (F) (866) 789-6460

Central Nebraska: (T) (308) 293-5818

Western Nebraska: (T) (308) 631-7614

Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) Discharge Petition to repeal Health Care legislation, H.R.4792

Call the included list of Reps. as many times as you can until November and ask them to sign it, after all, it’s just a vote. What are they afraid of?

1. Call your own Representative and urge him/her to sign on

2. Call the target Representatives who have not signed it yet and urge them to sign on


General contact info

1. Find out who your own Senators are and their contact info here: http://www.opencongress.org/people/senators.

2. Find out who your own Representatives are and their contact info here: http://www.opencongress.org/people/representatives

a. If you need to know which district you live in first, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_congressional_districts


DESCRIPTIONS, TALKING POINTS & LINKS ABOUT EACH ITEM

DISCLOSE Act, S.3295

This monster of a bill hits right at the heart of our 1st Amendment rights. In a nutshell, this bill will legally stifle the dissent and voice of the newly formed liberty-minded groups just in time for November's elections. Surprised? Check out these links:

Article from Heritage Foundation: http://blog.heritage.org/?p=36480

Article from Reason.com: http://reason.com/archives/2010/06/02/undisclosed-interests

Press Release from Sen. McConnell: http://bit.ly/bSZwpB

Article from SFGate: http://bit.ly/bZXNLe

Points to discuss

Bans on independent expenditures by government contractors from 90 days before the primary all the way through the general election, even those that win contracts via competitive bidding - HOWEVER - the ban does not apply to public-sector employee unions or government grant recipients

Prohibits corporations from pre-election political speech if 20 percent or more of their equity is owned by foreign nationals or investors - HOWEVER - the prohibition does not apply to international unions like SEIU and other international activist groups like GreenPeace

When allowed to speak, if corporations mention a candidate in their ads, they could come under investigation by the FEC for unauthorized "coordination" with a campaign - HOWEVER - this will most likely affect small groups with limited legal knowledge and resources and will most likely chill their political speech

Requires such over-the-top "disclosure" that an average 30-second ad on TV will now be forced to use 10-15 seconds of time just talking about who is behind the ad - even the ACLU says this will have a chilling effect on political speech

Requires the disclosure of the names of people who donate to an organization if the organization put out a political ad, even though the people have nothing to do with conception, creation, or publication of the ad

A two-tiered system of campaign-finance laws and 1st Amendment protections, one for the big guys, and one for everybody else

The only groups exempt from these speech-stifling laws are 501(c)(4) organizations with members in all 50 states, numbering more than 500,000 overall, that have been in existence for ten years and receive 15 percent or less of their funds from corporations. Does that describe your tea party group? Probably not. Watch out.

A few ways this will affect you and your group personally:

You will have to be extremely careful about any email alerts you send out regarding what you say, if you mention a candidate's name, and when you send it

You may have to disclose all of your donors' names to the FEC

You will have to make sure you are following the "stand by your ad" requirements if your group published any sort political communication

Again, you will have to be very careful about the timing of your advocacy communications as they will limit the timeframe that you are allowed political speech

The bottom line? This bill has passed the House and we must stop it in the Senate.

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Financial Regulation bill, S.3217

This bill cements into place the “too big to fail” corporations that leave taxpayers on the hook yet again, over and over, and they do nothing to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It also allows unelected “regulators” to decide who wins and who fails. Check out these links:

Articles from the Heritage Foundation: http://bit.ly/9uPa1o and http://bit.ly/cGm0Xz

Article from HotAir.com: http://bit.ly/cI027i

Article from FreedomWorks: http://bit.ly/csud4s

The New York Times states, "’The bill, completed early Friday and expected to come up for a final vote this week, is basically a 2,000-page missive to federal agencies, instructing regulators to address subjects ranging from derivatives trading to document retention. But it is notably short on specifics, giving regulators significant power to determine its impact.’ In other words, this law is going to be continually rewritten by federal bureaucrats for years to come. And the continued uncertainty it will create is just the beginning of it’s faults...”

Points to discuss

Permanent bailout authority

Trusting the same regulators that failed last time

Brand new innovation killing regulators

Micromanaging the market

Fannie and Freddie forever (This is possibly the most egregious part - they refuse to protect taxpayers from Fannie and Freddie's "risky behavior.")

Mandates that all regulatory agencies with economic jurisdiction hire employees based on gender and race

The bottom line? This bill has passed both the House and the Senate and we are only waiting for the Senate to pass the conference committee bill, which is the House/Senate compromise. Once it passes it gets signed into law by the President.

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Forced unionization of public employees bill, S.3194 (a.k.a. S.Amdt.4174)

The bill mandates that state and local governments enter into collective bargaining agreements with their public safety employees and provides minimum collective bargaining standards for state and local police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians personnel.

Currently there are at least 15 states (if not more) that ban collective bargaining (unions) for public employees. Why? Because those unions are one major reason why so many states are broke. It’s why NJ Governor Chris Christie is taking on public employee unions. Don’t let Congress slip this bill into any other bill. Their main goal is to secure more dues payers for SEIU and other major progressive issue supporters and politicians.

Article from National Right to Work: http://bit.ly/blTyMB

Article from State Budget Solutions: http://bit.ly/aE8ATp

Article from Weekly Standard: http://bit.ly/d5MTkS

Points to discuss

Grants every police officer, firefighter, and emergency medical technician at the state or local level the right to form and join a labor union

Directs local governments to recognize the employees’ labor union

Requires local governments to collectively bargain over hours, wages, and the terms and conditions of employment other than pensions

Requires states and municipal governments to establish an impasse resolution process

Requires that state courts enforce the rights established by this mandatory collective bargaining bill

Directs every state — even if that state currently recognizes employee collective bargaining rights — to conform to federal regulations around mandatory collective bargaining within two years of the bill’s effective date and without regard to state or local laws.

The bottom line? States cannot afford any more public employees or their unions! Now is the time to cut back on these items, not add more of them! This bill also violates states’ rights to make their own decisions about unions and collective bargaining.

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Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) Discharge Petition to repeal Health Care legislation, H.R.4792

Nancy Pelosi will not allow a vote on repealing Obamacare, but there is a way around her. It is called a Discharge Petition and we need 218 representatives to sign it in order to bring it to the floor for a vote.

Right now there are 109 of the necessary 218 signatures. We must pressure all Republicans to sign it and as many Democrats as possible - after all - it is only to allow a vote. President Obama repeatedly called for an “up or down vote” during the initial health care battles, and the American people deserve an up or down vote now on whether or not to repeal Obamacare.

Those who do not sign the Discharge Petition are unwilling to allow a real vote (unlike the method by which Obamacare was passed - through Reconciliation) and can then be held responsible in November.

The bottom line? Force Reps. to choose, one way or the other, so constituents know where they stand when it comes time to vote. All Republicans voted against the health care legislation and 39 Democrats voted against it. They should ALL now sign this discharge petition.



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