Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Take my hand and say you'll follow me

Chris continues to lead:
Dear Stephen,

Let's get right to it and talk about how we stop retroactive telecommunications immunity from becoming law.

The way I see it, there are three ways to get this provision stripped from the final bill:

1.) The first step would be to make sure the idea doesn't make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- where it will be considered shortly.

If we can get it stripped there, it will have to be offered as an amendment to the overall bill where it will be a lot easier to get 41 votes against retroactive immunity than 41 to sustain my filibuster if necessary.

Take a moment and call up members of the committee, let me know what they said, and join others in tracking our progress in stopping the provision right there.

The other two ways:

2.) If retroactive immunity does make it out of committee, Senate leadership can honor the hold I've placed on any legislation that includes retroactive immunity.

3.) If leadership does not honor my hold, I remain committed to filibustering, and working to get the 41 votes necessary to maintain it.

This has the potential to be a long fight -- so let's build a solid foundation for our effort today by asking members of the Judiciary Committee to vote against any FISA bill that includes retroactive amnesty.

I'd like to see a little more spine, frankly, on these issues. People tell us they want to lead, but a little leadership right now would certainly be welcomed on these questions.

I don't want to, but I'm not afraid to do this alone.


And from Obama, more leadership, by, well, following Chris:
To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.

Time for Hillary and the rest to stop with weasel words and step up to the plate. We on the Progressive Left (as opposed to the LieberDem left) take spying on Americans and telecom amnesty seriously.

In fact, it may even be a deal breaker. Please pay attention, and lead, if you want us to follow. You aren't Pied Pipers, we're not children nor rats. We're sentient beings who care about the direction of our country. And we won't put up with crap from our candidates.

More from Chris Dodd. Links go to pages with Senators' office phone #s:

Individual Senator Rundown

NamePartyStatePositionTake Action
Sessions, JeffRALmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Feinstein, DianneDCAmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Biden, Joseph R., Jr.DDEmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Grassley, ChuckRIAmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Durbin, RichardDILmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Brownback, SamRKSmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Kennedy, Edward M.DMAmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Cardin, Benjamin L.DMDmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Schumer, Charles E.DNYmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Coburn, TomROKmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Specter, ArlenRPAmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Whitehouse, SheldonDRImaybeCALL THEM NOW
Graham, LindseyRSCmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Cornyn, JohnRTXmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Hatch, Orrin G.RUTmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Leahy, Patrick J.DVTmaybeCALL THEM NOW
Feingold, Russell D.DWInoCALL THEM NOW