Are They Listening?
What More Can We Do?

Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,

Local Coordinators from around the country are constantly asked, "Are we making a difference? Why don't they listen to us? We had 2 million people in DC and they still voted for Health Care in the House, what more can we do?" The answer is yes, we are making a difference!!

The Senate still has not voted on Cap and Trade and their goal was for that to be law by now. The Senate is working furiously to pass government takeover of health care by the end of the year now. But, the kicker is, the Senate and House Leadership expected this bill to be out of Congress (both the House and the Senate) before the August recess. We held them off and stalled the vote. The House vote was so close that had less than 5 Congressmen voted differently it would not have passed. The Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid still does not have the votes lined up. Many elected officials fear that voting contrary to the wishes of their constituents voiced in the Tea Party movement will result in them losing their next elections.

We have become vigilant and we are recruiting others to do so as well. Together, each and everyone of us is making a difference.

You asked us to change tactics and many of you have offered suggestions on those tactics. The National Coordinators are working with Local Coordinators from around the country to respond to those requests. You will immediately see some of the changes below in this week's Passion to Action To Do List. You will see other changes as the Local Coordinators from around the country continue to hammer out plans for 2010 and beyond.

One thing we are asking you to do that is different this week is to call not just the Targeted Senators and your own Senators but also the Senate Minority Leadership (see list of phone numbers below). Erick Erickson from explains why it is important that the Republican minority fight the government takeover of health care in the Senate with everything they have. We implore you to take the time to read this article in Redstate. To defeat this bill which will take away our liberty, we need Republicans to step up to the plate and exercise their rights in the Senate as much as we need the targeted Senators to vote no on the bill.

Last week, we received calls saying that inside the Senate Office Buildings, the Senators and staffers have not heard from us saying we want do not want the bill to pass. Apparently, some staffers on the Hill think that we only objected to the House Health Care bill and not the Senate Health Care bill. From what we are gathering, many of the Senators in the minority need to know that we support them. They need to be encouraged to stand up and fight. They seemingly do not have the courage and conviction to do what is right because it is the right thing to do on their own. They need us to give them that courage. This week we are going to give it to them.

Passion to Action Weekly To Do List

Sunday, December 13, 2009

•Donate the cost of a night out at the movies. We do not have billionaires like liberal George Soros backing us. $50 donations from average Americans like you are what keep us afloat.

•If you have not yet filled out the Tea for Three Survey, do so today. We need to know what you want Tea Party Patriots to do to plan for the future.
•Forward this email to at least 3 people who do not get it already. They can be friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. Ask them to sign up here to get on our email list.
•If you decide to come to DC and need a place to stay, here are a few options:

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2.Tea Party Patriots at Savoy Suites
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Monday, December 14, 2009

•12:00 noon eastern time Moment of Silence Use this time to pray for our country and that our elected officials have the courage to represent us, We the People. Use the time to contemplate the sacrifices that have been made for our Constitution and liberty and to contemplate what eternal vigilance means. Consider what it is worth to you to insure that future generations enjoy the same liberties we enjoy today.
•5:00 PM - For those in DC, we will meet to Prep for Government Waiting Rooms. Use this form to RSVP.
•ALL DAY: Call the Senate Minority Leadership (contact information listed below) and tell them to fight to stop the health care bill.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
•8:45 AM For those in DC, meet at Upper Senate Park (click for map) to break into groups and go into the Senate Office Buildings to talk to our Senators for Government Waiting Rooms

•1:30 PM for those in DC, Senate Emergency Call Rally in Upper Senate Park, hosted by Americans for Prosperity and others (details below).

•ALL DAY If you can go to your 2 Senators' local district offices, do so. If you cannot personally visit, make phone calls and send faxes to DC and the local district offices. Ask your Senators to vote NO on the health care bill. If your Senator is already voting no, ask the Senator to exercise every single parliamentary procedure in the Senate to stop this bill. Tell them you personally and on behalf of other Tea Party Patriots from around the country support their no vote and their actions to stop the bill.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
•Call the Targeted Senators (listed below) and tell them to vote no on health care. Remind them that our country was founded out of frustration over high taxes and inadequate representation. Remind them that between 51 - 56% of Americans do not want this bill and they represent us, We the People.
•Host or attend a Tea Party Patriots Boston Tea Party Anniversary Candlelight Vigil (details below).

Thursday, December 17, 2009
•Repeat the calls to the Senate Minority Leadership telling them to do what it takes to stop the bill.
Friday, December 18, 2009

•Call the Targeted Senators again and tell them to vote no on health care. Remind them that between 51 - 56% of Americans do not want this bill and they represent us, We the People.

Targeted Senators

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4843, DC Fax Number: 202-228-1371

Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska
DC Office Number: 202-224-6551, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0012

Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5824, DC Fax Number: 202-224-9735

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4041, DC Fax Number: 202-224-9750

Sen. Michael F Bennet, Colorado
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5852, DC Fax Number: 202-228-5036

Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2353, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0908

Sen. Robert Byrd, West Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-3954, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0002

Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4024, DC Fax Number: 202-228-6363

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2023, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6295

Sen. Jon Tester, Montana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2644, DC Fax Number: 202-224-8594

Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-3004, DC Fax Number: 202-224-2354

Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5623, DC Fax Number: 202-228-1377

PriceWaterhouseCooper released an independent study of the Senate Finance Committee version of the government takeover of health care bill. The study showed that American family's budgets will be severely impacted by the bill and that health insurance premiums will increase dramatically. You may wish to read the study and use this as supporting documentation when you contact the Senators. Additionally, you may find some these resources helpful as well:
Tea Party Patriots Health Care Talking Points
Why Is Tea Party Patriots Focusing on Health Care
Questions to Ask Your Representative About Health Care

Senate Minority Leadership
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2541, DC Fax Number: 202-224-2499

Assistant Senate Minority Leader John Kyl, Arizona
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4521, DC Fax Number: 202-224-2207

Senate Republican Conference Chair Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4944, DC Fax Number: 202-228-3398

Senate Republican Party Conference Secretary Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-6665 DC Fax Number: 202-224-5301

Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair Sen. John Thune, South Dakota
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2321 DC Fax Number: 202-228-5429

2 Senators NOT in Senate Leadership But Have Been Leading the Way to Stop Government Takeover of Health Care:

Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-6121, DC Fax Number: 202-228-5143

Sen. Tom Coburn, MD, Oklahoma
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5754, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6008

You are the heart and soul of the Tea Party Movement. Thank you for promoting the causes of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets with us!

Your Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Team,
Debbie Dooley, Mike Gaske, Kellen Giuda, Ryan Hecker, Jenny Beth Martin, Mark Meckler, Sally Oljar, Diana Reimer, Billie Tucker, and Dawn Wildman

Jenny Beth Martin ([email protected], 770-878-1550)
Dawn Wildman ([email protected])
Mark Meckler ([email protected])
Diana Reimer ([email protected])

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