**UPDATED July 8, 2009**
Last week, a number of Tea Party organizers and grassroots leaders from various states participated in a conference call and worked together to compile information quickly to deal with the rather surprising news that the Cap & Trade bill, previously thought to be indefinitely stalled, was going to the House floor for a vote.
We were able to get information out through a lot of information quickly. It is more than unfortunate that the bill did pass, but all the efforts across the country appeared to have some impact; clearly some members of Congress felt the heat; the vote was closer than expected.
This bill is not guaranteed to become law. There seem few breaks these days when considering the absolute toxic waste coming out of Washington, D.C., but we have one at this very moment; Congress is on a holiday break.
It is difficult to determine precisely when, but by all accounts, the Senate will take up this bill either immediately upon returning to D.C. or shortly thereafter, which by the Congressional calendar is July 6.
Updated July 7: It was discovered today that a Senate rule requires that the committee in charge of the bill must be notified one week in advance of a floor vote. As of 5:00pm central time on 7/7/09, no notice had been given to the EPW Committee. To read more about EPW, click HERE.
That means we have a little time, and I do mean a little, to read the 300 pages that were inserted by way of the “one amendment” that was approved at 3:30am June 26, the same day as the vote.
We convened another conference call on Monday evening to determine how best to go about defeating this bill. We decided to divide the 300+ pages of changes up into sections among those willing to read and summarize and to aggregate that information in one place. We will reconvene tonight to check our status and see if there is anything else that can and should be done.
People have less time to do their “‘reading assignments” than previously hoped; it took much of Tuesday to nail down a separate file of the 300+ pages. These pages were integrated into the rest of the bill, which is now 1200 pages in length.
In addition to reading the changes, we also agreed to consolidate information once again. I have been sent a lot of good information and I will be posting it here.
Updated: Another conference call was held July 7. Jim of TX had done some work over the weekend to break the bill down to a more digestible form. Several people offered to help in this process.
In addition, a number of additional action steps were discussed, which can be found on the “Suggested Actions” post, linked below.
Due to the fact that this is a large quantity of information, I will be breaking the information into categories.
The links to these categories will go live as I get them done.
Bill Versions and Process on House Rules Site
Note: The above link for some reason as of July 7 didn’t include the 1,428 page version passed by the House on June 26
PDF of the 309 Pages Added:
Analyses of HR 2454 to date of which we are aware:
Summaries of HR 2454 prior to the Amendment process
News Stories By Subject
Interesting Sites for additional research not included in any summaries (as of July 9) or containing additional information:
Includes videos, forums, newsfeeds, articles and book lists.