Did you call your senator? Call him or her again.

February 20, 2010 at 2:54 am | Posted in health, senate | 1 Comment
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February 20-25:  Call Your Senator Week!

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As you may have heard, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) has written a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asking that Reid “bring for a vote before the full Senate a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules.” He’s circulating it to other senators for their signatures. [TPM reports as of 3/1/10 30 senators have signed the letter or issued statements indicating their support for passing a public option through reconciliation.  I only have 28 on my running list — who did I miss?]

I was heartened to read Friday morning that Senator Jean Shaneen (D-NH) was the 18th to sign it, so I spent some time phoning to encourage Democratic senators to sign the letter.

Imagine my delight to learn Friday evening that Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) announced he has signed the letter as well.

If your senators haven’t signed the letter, give them a call. Short and sweet: “Please sign Senator Michael Bennet’s letter urging leadership to pass a public option via reconciliation. Thanks.”

It really only takes a minute. Even if you have already called your state’s senators about health care reform, call them again. And phone those listed below and let them know you appreciate their support of the public option.

UPDATE: Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) makes twenty. According to TPM, the Senator Michael Bennet’s (D-CO) letter also has 119 signatures from House members.

TPM asked Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) if he and other public option supporters would recruit more signatories to the letter, Whitehouse was non-committal. “It’s a matter of continuing interest,” he said. “Whether adding signatories to the letter is the means by which that interest gets expressed, I’m kind of open on that.”

Have you phoned your senators yet?

FURTHER UPDATE: The White House will back passage of health care reform via reconciliation if the GOP attempts a filibuster.

ADDITIONAL FURTHER UPDATE: Three more signatures have been added, bringing the total to 23: Senators Daniel Inouye (HI), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Tim Johnson (SD).

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) is the 24th signatory.

Democratic senators who are signatories:

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    1. Michael Bennet (CO)
    2. Jeff Bingaman (NM)
    3. Barbara Boxer (CA)
    4. Sherrod Brown (OH)
    5. Roland Burris (IL)
    6. Ben Cardin (MD)
    7. Dick Durbin (IL)
    8. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
    9. Al Franken (MN)
    10. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
    11. Daniel Inouye (HI)
    12. Tim Johnson (SD)
    13. John Kerry (MA)
    14. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
    15. Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
    16. Patrick Leahy (VT)
    17. Carl Levin (MI)
    18. Robert Menendez NJ)
    19. Jeff Merkley (OR)
    20. Barbara Mikulski (MD)
    21. Patty Murray (WA),
    22. Jack Reed (RI)
    23. Bernie Sanders (VT)
    24. Chuck Schumer (NY)
    25. Arlen Specter (D-PA)
    26. Debbie Stabenow (MI)
    27. Tom Udall (NM)
    28. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)

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