[Ed. We’re pinning this to the top today. Keep the pressure on, the bill is not dead, yet. Fresher posts below. — TG]
I was shocked yesterday when I heard McConnell had postponed the vote on the BCRA until after the 4th of July Holiday. This proves once again that phone calls work.
After yesterday’s dreadful CBO report and flood of opposition by key Republican Senators, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the vote until after the July 4th break.
This is a victory, but a small and shaky one. Think of it more as an opportunity. Right now two factions of senators have declared their opposition.
On the “it’s not pure enough or cruel enough side,” we have Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Ron Johnson and Mike Lee.
On the “it’s too mean but you might be able to sweeten the bitter pill” side, we have Senators Collins, Murkowski, Moran, Portman and Heller.
Karoli Kuns (Read more at the link.)
Good Job! I offer my thanks to everyone who made the calls to the D and R senators. Please feel free to give yourself a pat on the back for me, but don’t for an instant think we’ve won anything other than a brief respite in the assault on our health care by the R’s.
The battle is far from over:
McConnell and Ryan will prove to be relentless in their efforts to take away our health care and feed us to the insurance industry. The only thing that is certain is that they will stop at nothing, using every dirty trick in the book to deny us health care, and give tax cuts to the wealthiest people in the history of humanity.
I would not put it past McConnell to pull a fast one and put his Tax Cut bill up for a vote on Friday in violation of procedure.
This is only a brief respite. You can be certain they are regrouping. They will be relentless. They will try again, and again and again and again.
We can not afford to drop our guard for an instant, nor can we afford to let up on the pressure we’ve placed on our R Senators and Congressional Representatives.
We need to keep making the calls every single day. We can not stop because they will not stop. We must be as determined, as focused and as relentless as they are. We cannot allow them to gain the upper hand by thinking we have won anything other than a chance to fight again another day.
It’s only an advantage if we use it:
Today we have a clear advantage. We must use it.
We must keep the pressure on the Senatorial R’s, and we must expand our efforts to include our Congressional Representatives.
Calling your Congressional Representative right now as well as your Senators going forward is a strategic move that will get us out ahead of the R’s in the Senate. The Senate’s bill must go back to the House for approval we must begin to undermine the support for that bill right now.
A call to action:
The stakes are high and no one can help us. We must help ourselves.
- Call your Senators and Congressional Representatives, both D and R.
- Support the D’s
- We, you and I, your sister, brother, uncle, cousin, ex, SO, nieces and nephews are the backbone of the Democratic party. The politicians cannot stand without our constant support.
- Do you job, be their “spine”
- Demand the R’s vote against Trumpcare
- You’re not wasting your time calling the R’s. You’re “putting on the heat.”
- Keep pushing
- Push harder.
- Support the D’s
- Please make three calls each day this week.
- Leave VM’s at 4:00 AM or at 11:30 PM
- Make a call during your morning and evening commute.
We need your voice. We need your commitment. We need your strength.
We can win this battle. Keep fighting as though your life depended on it because it does.
Update: They. Will. Not. Stop.
The words of W weren’t a malapropism, they were a declaration: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
After scrapping their plan to hold a health-care vote this week, Senate Republican leaders’ new goal is to get their party together around a new policy outline by Friday, so they can send that plan to the Congressional Budget Office over the July 4 recess and vote once they return.
Will it work? It’s true that McConnell is a legislative MacGyver — always able to make something out of nothing at the last minute. And it helps that he has about $200 billion at his disposal to help bring more votes on board. And yes, this is almost exactly what happened in the House, so don’t read too much into one canceled/postponed vote.
Update 2: Protest – You’re doing it right.
Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has not had a town hall meeting with constituents in 456 days and counting. Despite a record number of calls and visits from constituents, Sen. Gardner has been missing in action when it comes to Colorado. Even though he was one of the 13 male senators tapped by Mitch McConnell to create this disaster of a bill, he claimed as late as last week that he hadn’t even seen the bill. Even with the knowledge the Congressional Budget Office says 22 million will lose their health care insurance and the Medicaid cuts would be devastating, Sen. Gardner says he’s “still on the fence”:
As for the report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which on Monday found the loss of insurance for 22 million Americans would come with a $321 billion reduction to the federal deficit over roughly the next decade, Gardner said he hadn’t finished reading it but that he wanted a second opinion.
“We need to see some analysis outside of CBO because I think there is some information that we’ve got to get from the (insurance) marketplace as well,” Gardner said.
[Ed. Does that information include how many zeros are on your check, Senator? O-]
Some of the Coloradans who have the most to lose, both from a health and financial standpoint, are Colorado’s disabled citizens who rely on Medicaid. In a bold protest launched Tuesday, they showed up at Sen. Gardner’s office and refused to leave, spending the night and carrying on their protest today. They hadn’t planned on an overnight visit, but the situation changed once they got to the office:
Please, don’t leave the weakest among us to fight alone. Lend them your strength, your endurance, your ability to stand for those who cannot.
Make the calls, please.