Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Webb Amendment Up For Vote Soon

The Webb Amendment to the defense authorization bill is up for a vote soon. If all that sounds familiar, you're right. It's been up for a vote before and been shadow-filibustered - as in the Republicans threatened to filibuster and the Senate leadership folded. If you live in the states of one of these Senators, please call their offices and ask them to vote in favor of it, and also vote in favor of cloture. They're thought to be considering support for the amendment:

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) NAY
DC: 202-224-6665
Anchorage: 907-271-3735

George Voinovich (R-Ohio) NAY
DC: (202) 224-3353
Cleveland: (216) 522-7095

Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina) NAY
DC: 202-224-6342
Raleigh: 866-420-6083

John Warner (R-Virginia) NAY
DC: (202) 224-2023
Roanoke: (540) 857-2676

Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) NAY
DC: 202-224-2541
Louisville: 502-82-6304

Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) NAY
DC: 202-224-4254
Harrisburg: (717) 782-3951

It might also be nice if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heard from you. Once again, it's time to make the Republicans earn their filibuster.

The Firedoglake link has toll free phone numbers and other information.

UPDATE (Sept. 20): Never deviating from the pattern of rejecting laws that actually make this a fairer society, this Senate rejected the Webb amendment 56 to 44. I've updated this list above to show which of the "fence sitters" went over to the dark side. A "yea" vote means a vote to end cloture, which would have allowed the bill to be voted on. As you can see, all of them grabbed for their black capes and respirators.

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