Monday, May 22, 2006

Senate Amnesty: Who to Call

by Roy Beck

The final vote on S. 2611 will occur this week.
There really is not a minute to waste.
Please make some phone calls this morning.
If at all possible and there is a Senator's office in your local area, visit it -- TODAY or TUESDAY!

The outcome will be determined by whether the 195,000 registered faxers with NumbersUSA step forward first thing this morning with an incredible response of phone calls and personal visits to the Senators' offices ... and keep it up until the vote is finished sometime later this week.

We have to persuade 41 Senators to vote NO on "cloture" on the giant S. 2611 amnesty bill. (See below for more explanation and how it is entirely possible for us to do this.) It is fairly clear that the only thing that can move most of the Senators is for them to believe that there is a true uprising happening in their states and that they may have to respond.

We can't win this fight unless several Democratic Senators start to get spooked about whether their Party could lose its chance for a Senate majority this fall if the public sees the Democrats as the champions of amnesty. Please look through the lists below and determine which Democratic offices you feel you could best help impress about the gravity of their political situation.

As you will see in the lists below, several Democrats have broken with their Party and are among the top leaders on this issue in the Senate. When you call other Democrats, you may want to mention the names of the Democrats who are taking such a strong stand for the American worker and enivronment. Remember that you can call all Senators in their DC offices by using the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

The 100 Senators are grouped below by their likelihood of voting against the giant S. 2611 amnesty bill. The only thing that matters this week is persuading 41 Senators to vote against cloture on S. 2611.

(Cloture allows the final vote to take place. While a bill can pass with 51 votes in the final tally, the Senate can be forced to have to pass a cloture vote to even allow the final vote. The cloture vote requires 60 votes. If votes for cloture fall short, a bill is killed by virtue that the final vote has not been authorized). These should be sure votes to oppose final bill which will include amnesty for at least 10 million illegal aliens.
But anything can happen at the end. It is up to those of you in the states of these Senators to make sure that they absolutely are guaranteed to vote against S. 2611 later this week. Mainly, you will want to praise them for their vote FOR Vitter and for generally voting in favor of security, in favor of American workers and in favor of some stability in the quality of life of your communities. We have to keep all 33 of these if we are to hope to stop S. 2611: Sessions (R-AL),Shelby (R-AL), Kyl (R-AZ), Allard (R-CO), Chambliss (R-GA), Isakson (R-GA), Crapo (R-ID), Grassley (R-IA), Roberts (R-KS), Bunning (R-KY), McConnell (R-KY), Vitter (R-LA), Lott (R-MS), Bond (R-MO), Talent (R-MO), Burns (R-MT), Nelson (D-NE), Ensign (R-NV), Burr (R-NC), Dole (R-NC), Coburn (R-OK), Inhofe (R-OK), Santorum (R-PA), DeMint (R-SC),Thune (R-SD)
Cornyn (R-TX), Hutchison (R-TX), Bennett (R-UT), Hatch (R-UT), Allen (R-VA), Byrd (D-WV), Enzi (R-WY), Thomas (R-WY).

The following 3 are a bit shakier because they voted the wrong way on 2 or 3 of the 9 most important amendments: Shelby (R-AL), McConnell (R-KY), Bond (R-MO).

If we can keep all 33 on our side, we still will need 8 more NO votes on cloture on S. 2611 in order to stop the bill. Those 8 must come from the lists that follow.
Most Promising Possibilities: Stabenow (D-MI, Sununu (R-NH), Domenici (R-NM), Conrad (D-ND), Dorgan (D-ND), Alexander (R-TN), Frist (R-TN).

Tougher to Snag: Landrieu (D-LA), Smith (R-OR), Wyden (D-OR).

These will be tough to get. But if we don't get a couple of these, it is doubtful we can get the 41 votes. Without these, we would have to get NO votes out of all but one in the pools above: Collins (R-ME), Snowe (R-ME), Coleman (R-MN), Cochran (R-MS), Gregg (R- NH).

There is no solid reason why any of these Senators should be voting for a massive amnesty and doubling of importation of permanent foreign workers: Murkowski (R-AK), Stevens (R-AK), Lincoln (D-AR), Prior (D-AR), Nelson (D-FL),Dayton (D-MN), Baucus (D-MT), Voinovich (R-OH), Johnson (D-SD), Warner (R-VA), Rockefeller (D-WV).

The Republicans in this groups have essentially promised that they will vote only the way that Sen. McCain (R-AZ) votes. And the Democrats are taking their vote cues from Sen. Kennedy (D-MA): McCain (R-AZ), Lugar (R-IN), Brownback (R-KS), Hagel (R-NE), DeWine (R-OH), Specter (R-PA), Chafee (R-RI), Graham (R-SC),Lieberman (D-CT),
Kennedy (D-MA), Kerry (D-MA).

These are Senators who have sent nearly every signal that they do not believe it likely that massive new flows of foreign workers could hurt any Americans: Salazar (D-CO), Dodd (D-CT), Biden (D-DE), Carper (D-DE), Martinez (R-FL), Akaka (D-HI), Inouye (D-HI), Durbin (D-IL), Obama (D-IL), Mikulski (D-MD), Sarbanes (D-MD), Reid (D-NV), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Menendez (D-NJ), Bingaman (D-NM), Reed (D-RI), Jeffords (I-VT), Leahy (D-VT), Cantwell (D-WA), Murray (D-WA), Feingold (D-WI), Kohl (D-WI).

These 8 Senators don't present enough hope to be listed in the Pools of possibilities up above, but they show a spark of interest in protecting Americans from the floods of foreign workers. If you are in their states, do all you can to help them feel that voting NO on S. 2611 is the right thing to do politically -- even if they can't understand why it is the right thing to do for your state:
Boxer (D-CA), Feinstein (D-CA), Craig (R-ID), Bayh (D-IN), Harkin (D-IA), Levin (D-MI), Clinton (D-NY), Schumer (D-NY).

Please make as much difference today as you can.