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Stand Up and Fight, Call your Representative TODAY!

  • Subject: [cg] Stand Up and Fight, Call your Representative TODAY!
  • From: "Betsy Johnson" betsy@bgjohnson.com
  • Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 11:22:15 -0500

 (apologies for cross-postings)
Dear Friends,

There's no time to lose! Please call your Congressperson TODAY and ask
them to VOTE NO on the budget reconciliation bill! 

The leadership in the House of Representatives still does not have
enough votes to pass the terrible budget reconciliation bill, which
slashes a reported $50 BILLION from the budget, and would make deep cuts
in Food Stamps and nutrition, agricultural conservation, and many other
vital programs that affect us all. At the same time, they are also
trying to move a bill that would make a reported $70 billion in tax cuts
for the wealthy. More pressure is needed to make sure that this bill
does not pass. In the next few days, the House leadership will try to
make deals with moderate Republicans to win their votes, and they need
to hear from YOU that no matter what deals are offered, they still must
vote NO. 

You can call your Representative toll-free at 800-426-8073* on Thursday,
Nov. 17. Using this toll-free number, you can call the Capitol
Switchboard and ask to be connected to your member of the U.S. House of
Representatives (and if you're not sure who your member is, tell them
you don't know, and they will identify your Representative and connect
you). If the toll-free number does not work, you can call the Capitol
Switchboard directly at 202.224.3121.

Once you're connected to your Representative's office, you can either
tell them to vote NO in your own words, or use the following script:
"My name is _______________ and I live in (your town/city). I would like
Representative [name] to vote NO on the reconciliation bill to cut
billions in services to vulnerable people and the environment, including
Food Stamps, conservation measures, and supports to farmers. These cuts
are the wrong priorities. Vote against cuts that hurt our nation and
vote against more unfair, unwise, and unaffordable tax breaks for the

At a strategy meeting attended by numerous organizations, House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi said that if the budget reconciliation bill fails to
pass, the tax cuts will likely fail to pass as well. This makes our
efforts now doubly important. She also said that the House leadership
may keep Representatives here through Saturday, so they can twist as
many arms as possible and vote over the weekend. While the House
Democrats are at the moment holding strong on their commitments to vote
NO, moderate Republicans are beginning to sway. Please call today! Make
your voice heard!

Steph Larsen
Policy Organizer, CFSC

PS. Thank you so much for your efforts in the past, and for your
continued support of nutrition, agriculture, and anti-hunger issues.
Together, we can win this fight!

*This toll-free number is provided by the American Friends Service
Committee, who welcomes groups to circulate and use the toll-free number
in support of the non-partisan budget goals without linking the alert to
a website soliciting donations or actions which may be used to support
partisan lobbying or work.

Stephanie D. R. Larsen
Policy Organizer
Community Food Security Coalition
110 Maryland Ave. NE Suite 307
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.543.8602
Email: Steph@foodsecurity.org

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