From Alan Grayson:
This is becoming ridiculous.
A month ago, the Senate voted against the "Fast Track" trade giveaway bill. But the job thieves didn't give up - they held another vote, a week later. Thanks to some mumbo-jumbo regarding currency manipulation, 13 Democrats switched sides, and Fast Track passed the Senate.
Two weeks ago, the House voted against the Senate's Fast Track bill or, more specifically, the "trade assistance" part of the bill. But the job thieves didn't give up - they held another vote, a week later. Thanks to some mumbo-jumbo regarding trade assistance, 28 out of 188 House Democrats voted in favor of Fast Track, which sent it back to the Senate, minus trade assistance. (For the names of those House Democrats, see our last e-mail.)
Are you starting to see a pattern here? The job thieves are relentless. So we have to be relentless-er than they are. We need to be just as tireless, steadfast, resolute, persevering, unflagging and indefatigable as they are - more so. We can't give up.
Which means that we need to hit the phones. Again.
Reproduced below, for whatever purposes you deem fit, are the names, addresses and URLs of 13 Senators who really, really ought to hear from you. And here is what they should hear, here:
(1) Our trade debt stands at eleven trillion dollars ($11,000,000,000,000.00). That's more than $35,000 for every human being in America - including you. "Fast Track" would pave the way for new trade bills that would increase that. How are we ever going to pay that money back?
(2) Fast Track applies to whatever the Executive Branch calls a trade agreement, even if it has nothing to do with trade.
(3) Fast Track unconstitutionally restricts Congress from holding hearings, conducting investigations, debating a bill and offering amendments - basically, its job. In fact, it could restrict each House Member to only 83 seconds of debate.
(4) No other bills get this special treatment - not bills on taxes, or Social Security, or defense, or transportation, or healthcare. Nothing.
(5) Fast Track applies to trade bills that the Executive Branch hasn't even released to the public.
(6) None of the "standards" that Fast Track sets for trade agreements is enforceable - not one single standard.↓ Story continues below ↓
Tell them "NO" on Fast Track! Call or e-mail - just do it. Below is a list of every Senate Democrat who voted to let Fast Track steamroll over us, a month ago. Pick one, pick them all, and MAKE THEM LISTEN.
Rep. Alan Grayson
Cantwell, Maria - (D - WA)
511 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Carper, Thomas R. - (D - DE)
513 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Feinstein, Dianne - (D - CA)
331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510