Our representatives march to the beat of their own drummer, but we must make it clear to them that those drums come to them courtesy of us, the people. We hope to keep you apprised of some of the new proposed legislation in Congress on this page and encourage you to call your representatives today to weigh in on the issues.
Alert! March 19, 2010
You knew it. I knew it. We all knew it. Rumors from Capitol Hill intimated that Congress would probably postpone the vote on this debacle of a healthcare reform bill until after Easter. But lo and behold, just as we suspected, they were in fact only rumors to encourage us to let our guards down. But none of us believed it, and congratulations to all of you who have kept those cards and letters streaming to Washington. Keep it up.
As of right now, that vote is set for this Sunday, March 21 at 2. p.m. The House still doesn’t have enough votes to pass this bill through the Slaughter Rule (That’s the rule where they shred the Constitution and rewrite it to meet their needs at any given moment.) but Nancy Pelosi is twisting every arm and cutting every deal behind closed doors to make it happen.
In a preliminary analysis, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says this bill will cost $940 billion over the next ten years to provide six years of benefits. Wait until they do an in-depth analysis. And insurance premiums will double by the year 2020. So, if you’re paying $10,000 for insurance now, you’d better save your pennies to pay $20,000 in ten years. Then we have the moral issues of tax funded abortions and end of life panels for the elderly. Those are only three problems with the many others this bill has.
For the complete text of the bill and the fixes, click on http://www.rules.house.gov/bills_details.aspx?NewsID=4606 and see if you can read that whole monstrosity in 72 hours. Plus you’ll get to see Louise Slaughter’s smiling face, the author of the dreaded Slaughter Rule.
The bill is bad. The process is perverted. And if this passes, we still have one chance in November to take our country back. But don’t let up now. Keep their phones ringing and keep filling their e-mail boxes. Let them hear from you. Then pray that these people in Washington who claim to represent us will truly do so.
Alert! March 18, 2010
Congress is still trying to jam the Healthcare Reform bill through via an end run around the Constitution. If they use the Slaughter Rule, and vote for the changes only, they may think that they’re off the hook. However, the revisions contain a clause that states that if they vote for these changes, then they’re also voting to accept the Senate bill.
This is a direct attempt on the part of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to abdicate their responsibilities and rule by edict rather than legislative process. Nobody wants to admit voting for this bill, so they’ll just vote for the “improvements.” Little do they realize how closely the American people are watching. We will know who voted for this and we will remember in the voting booth in November.
And don’t believe them when they say they’ll put off this vote until after Easter. Remain vigilant and act today. I urge you all to contact every representative and every senator that you can—TODAY. Tell them how you feel and remind them of the oath they took to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Thanks for all your help and support,
Rick Tate, President
Davis Mountains Trans-Pecos Heritage Association
For our West Texas area, we have several representatives and their contact information listed below. You can find other representatives at http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml and members of the senate at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=IL
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Senator John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
West Texas Office
3405 22nd St, Suite 203
Lubbock, TX 79410
Phone: 806/472-7533 (Lubbock)
Fax: 806-472-7536 (Lubbock)
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
284 Senate Russell Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4304
SBOE District 1
Mr. Renee Nunez
District Address: P.O. Box 23206
El Paso, TX 79932
U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, 19th District
1026 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
1400 North FM 1788, Room 1104
Midland, Texas 79707
The Honorable Ciro Rodriguez
23rd Congressional District
2458 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515