Action 154: We May Be Uninsured By the End of Summer
While all eyes were on the Comey testimony, Senate Republicans have been quietly trying to fast-track the AHCA bill through, with little to no transparency.
Sen. McConnell has invoked Senate Rule 14, which allows the bill to bypass committee, and thus without debate, go straight to a floor vote. No committee debates and no public hearings, mean that we, and most likely many Senators will know very little about what's actually in the bill when it gets voted on. McConnell has been working hard, behind closed doors, to get the 51 votes needed to pass the bill. He may even resort to pulling VP Pence in to break a tie, if necessary.
And if McConnell has his way, the bill will be voted on by July 4th, before Congress goes into August recess. That is less than a month to reach out to all our senators, and make sure they stand strong against this repeal. We need to make sure at least 4 Republican Senators are a solid NO vote. Whip list below!
- CALL these Republican Senators below if they represent you and pass on to family and friends in these states:
Probably A No Vote
Lisa Murkowski (AK) 202-224-6665
Susan Collins (ME) 202-224-2523
On the Fence
Dean Heller (NV) 202-224-6244
Jeff Flake (AZ) 202-224-4521
Ted Cruz (TX) 202-224-5922
Mike Lee (UT) 202-224-5444
Rand Paul (KY) 202-224-4343
- CALL your Senator even if not mentioned above, Democrat and Republican alike. We need to get back to making noise about the AHCA!
USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
I am calling to express my deep concern that the AHCA bill will be fast-tracked through Senate without being fully debated and reviewed in committee. Please do not make the same mistake as the House by approving a bill that few congresspeople read or understood, and that leaves 23 million Americans uninsured. Our health and lives cannot be gambled with for the sake of political primacy. If you truly represent us, your constituency, then you will vote NO on AHCA.