While we were eagerly watching James Comey’s testimony, Senate Republicans were focusing on their goal to deprive 23 million people of healthcare. Senate Speaker Mitch McConnell said he is working to get a vote on the Republican health care bill by July 4, before Congress leaves for August recess. And - get this - they’re trying to bring it to the floor for a vote without any hearings or debate. Our best hope is to ask our senators to delay as much as possible by any means possible. If GOP Senators have to face their angry constituents at home before voting on the bill, they’re more likely to think twice about passing it.
So, we’re suggesting a three-pronged attack, outlined below.
Action 1: Ask Senators Cantwell and Murray to delay business in the Senate as much as possible by any means possible.
My name is [name] calling from [state, zip]. I’m very concerned about Senator McConnell’s plan to push the GOP healthcare bill through without committee hearings or debate. I’m calling to urge Senator [name] to delay Senate business by any means possible, so we have a chance of GOP senators having to face their constituents before voting on this inhumane bill.
Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545
Senator Maria Cantwell
DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400
Action 2: Call the nine GOP Senators who are showing signs of being ambivalent about the healthcare bill. We don’t normally suggest calling outside our own representatives, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Let’s flood their phones with calls!
You can ask for the staffer in charge of healthcare. Below are the senators’ phone numbers and healthcare staffer names.
Cory Gardner(Colorado) (202) 224-5941 Alison Toal
Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) (202) 224-6472 Dana Richter
Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) (202) 224-5824 Matt Gallivan
Susan Collins (Maine) (202) 224-2523 Amy Pellegrino
Dean Heller (Nevada) (202) 224-6244 Rachel Green
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) (202) 224-6665 Morgan Griffin
Dan Sullivan (Alaska) (202) 224-3004 Tyler Roberts
Rob Portman (Ohio) (202) 224-3353 Sarah Schmidt
Tom Cotton (Arkansas) (202) 224-2353 Abigail Welborn
I am calling to urge Senator [name] to vote “no” on the AHCA. The AHCA will cause millions to lose their healthcare and premiums will skyrocket for the poor, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions. Health care should not be a partisan issue.
Action 3: Go through your address book methodically and think of anyone you know who lives in the above 9 states. Get in touch and alert them to the urgency of the situation. Tell them that they can make a difference and literally help save lives if they call their senators and ask them to vote “no” on the ACHA bill.