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Suggested Actions on Cap & Trade H.R. 2454 / 2998

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**UPDATED July 7, 2009**
Quick Summary of Suggestions Included Here:
  • People are urged to contact their elected officials in Federal, State, and local office
  • Cite the responses to constituents from Congressmen and Senators
  • Contact members of the relevant committees in the Senate who will handle the bill
  • Try to get boots on the ground
Contacting Your Senator:
Options to look up contact information
Senator Contact LookupYou can find any Senator’s DC mailing address and telephone number, including a fill in message form on the U.S. Senate website.
Congress Contact InfoContacting the Congress for your US Senators and District House Rep. by address.
Vote SmartProject Vote Smart does a zip code search and displays your U.S. Senators, House Rep., governor, state legislators, and statewide elected officials like Treasurer.
Why contacting your state and local officials is important:
  • This bill directly supplants state and local laws in many, many ways.
  • Large financial burdens are placed on state and local governments
  • States, by way of the Governors and State legislators will deal with much of the fall out dictated by this bill
  • States and municipalities will be penalized for non-compliance
  • States, by way of the Governors and Legislatures need to, for once an for all, draw lines around how much more they will allow the Federal government to encroach on the sovereignty of their states
For some bullet points on how the bill encroaches on State and local governments, click HERE (link coming soon)
Making Contact With Elected Officials:
  • Find an event or meeting at which you could make personal contact with the elected official whom you’d like to discuss the bill. If so, have some information ready, such as THIS FLYER (link coming soon), which has bullet points, referenced to the bill that you can hand them.
  • The most effective is in person, directly with the official.
  • Second most effective is in person with the official’s staff.
  • Next most effective means are those that “make the most noise in their offices”, in the following order snail mail letter, fax, phone call, email.  Mailed letters are only effective if there is enough time to send them.
If you are using mail, we suggest including a pink slip, which you can read about HERE.
Another suggested action, proposed by Pat of Florida is to use points from letters written by Congressman who voted “NO” on Friday, such as this one from Rep. Vern Buchanan:

I wanted to let you know that today I voted against the bill, which would kill jobs, hurt the economy and raise energy costs for every family in America.

This flawed legislation would create a new bureaucracy to oversee the government’s mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is another government over-reach on the heels of unwarranted bailouts, reckless spending and spiraling debt.

By imposing tough new requirements and increased costs on manufacturers, the bill puts American companies at a competitive disadvantage with manufacturers in other countries like China, India and Mexico. The bill would drive jobs overseas as our country struggles to climb out of a deep recession.

The last thing we need in the midst of a deep recession is higher costs for consumers and small businesses.

The 1,200-page bill was still being rewritten hours before it was voted on by the House.

Washington is broken, and nowhere is this more evident than in the fact that complicated, far-reaching legislation was brought to the floor when no member could possibly have read it ahead of time.

Although the bill passed the House, I am hopeful it will be carefully reviewed and modified by the Senate in a bipartisan fashion.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of any assistance to you in the future.

Vern Buchanan
Crista Huff of Colorado made the follow excellent suggestions in her email newsletter:
Take additional action! Call your closest friend/relative on a fixed income, and talk to them about their food, energy & product prices going up.  Encourage them to contact their Congressman and Senators.  Google their Senators’ phone numbers first, so you’re ready to walk your loved one through this process.  These phone calls are very simple, but they can be intimidating to someone who’s never done this before.

Take even more action! Forward this to people on your email list who are motivated to make the calls: business people, scientists, conservative voters, workers from struggling companies and people on fixed incomes.
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HR 2454 / 2998 Comments on Potential for the Bills Passage

**UPDATED July 9, 2009**

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Click the picture to read the Washington Post article
Click the picture to read the Washington Post article

July 9, 2009:

According to a Washington Post story today, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer announced that the Cap & Trade bill (HR 2454) will not come up for a vote until after the August recess.

July 7:
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The comment below from Sen. Inhofe was made on Friday, July 26
Inhofe Says ‘Cap And Trade’ Dead
Passing President Obama’s “cap and trade” energy program would cost the average Oklahoma family $3,200 a year, Sen. Jim Inhofe said Friday, but he’s confident the measure will be killed in the Senate no matter what happens in the House of Representatives.