Saturday, October 31, 2009

Keep the promise on Weiner Amendment, include Kucinich Amendment in reform bill.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives introduced its healthcare bill. And threw us all under the bus.

No Kucinich Amendment. This amendment would have eliminated a legal hurdle that currently can be used to prevent states from creating their own single payer systems. But this amendment is nowhere in the final bill.

And now the Weiner Amendment may never come to the floor for a vote, despite Nancy Pelosi's promise last summer.

But there's one last chance for the Kucinich Amendment: House leaders can call for a "Manager's Amendment" even when a bill--like this health reform bill--is closed to any other amendments. A Manager's Amendment is a package of individual amendments agreed to by "the managers", the majority and minority member of the House who manage their side's debate on a bill.

Here are the House members to call, with Washington and district office numbers--demand that the Kucinich Amendment be included in the House bill.

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Washington, DC, office (202) 225-4965; San Francisco office (415) 556-4862
  • Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: Washington, DC, office (202) 225-4131; Greenbelt office (301) 474-0119; Waldorf office (301) 843-1577
  • Rep. Henry Waxman: Washington, DC, office (202) 225-3976; Los Angeles office (323) 651-1040
  • Rep. Charles Rangel: Washington, DC, office (202) 225-4365; New York office (212) 663-3900
  • Rep. George Miller: Washington, DC, office (202) 225-2095; Concord office (925) 602-1880; Richmond office (510) 262-6500; Vallejo office (707) 645-1888
And remind Nancy Pelosi to honor her word and allow the Weiner Amendment to go to a floor for debate and vote.

We've come a long way in this fight, and regardless of what happens in the next few weeks in Washington, it will continue--both on the state level for single payer and across the country as we continue to take back our government from corporate rule. We thank you for taking action and urge you to spread the word to friends, family and fellow activists: Make the call today for a Manager's Amendment and for a vote on the Weiner Amendment.

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