is from Roy Beck’s latest e-mail to NumbersUSA members. Of course you don’t have to be a member to make calls. Here is
with phone numbers of U.S. senators. Here is
with phone numbers of congressmen.
THE AMNESTY VOTES ARE FINALLY SET TO HAPPEN—WEDNESDAY, IN THE HOUSE & SENATE
The moment of truth is here. And the truth is that the only thing stopping the triumph of amnesty on Wednesday will be the vigorous direct opposition from citizens like you. Pres. Obama has thrown the full power of the White House behind passing the DREAM Act amnesty by deploying virtually every Cabinet secretary to lobby, as well as activating his massive, national grassroots organization with its nearly unlimited spending power.
Hundreds of thousands of citizens like YOU created enough of a firestorm to win anti-amnesty votes several times in 2007—and to keep the votes from occuring since then.
It only works if every one of you does something—now.
If enough of you respond fully and immediately, this could be the last time we have to fight an amnesty for years—or we could lose at the last minute, and 10 years of beating back the amnesties would be lost in an instant.
MOST LIKELY SCENARIO RIGHT NOW
In the House, leaders want to vote first because it is assumed the best chance of passing an amnesty is in the House. This could happen late Wednesday morning or in the afternoon. They want to build momentum for the Senate to take up the amnesty perhaps Wednesday evening.
If the amnesty fails in just one of the chambers, WE win.
Generally, Speaker Pelosi would not schedule a vote on a bill that she doesn’t believe she can get the 218 votes to pass it.
Does that mean she has assurance of 218 YES votes? I don’t think so. But she must be close. And she figures that if she holds the vote Wednesday she can force enough on-the-fence Democrats to take her side. Your job is to pull those Democrats over to the NO side.
Our road to victory depends on holding all but about 6 of the Republicans as NO votes and to get about 45 Democrats to vote NO.
About 75 Democrats are still in play. I’ll be coming to you about them Tuesday morning.
In the Senate, we have better prospects of winning. In the House, they only need 50% plus one vote to pass the amnesty. But in the Senate they have to get 60% of the 100 votes.
Incredible pressures are being exerted on Republican Senators who have supported the DREAM amnesty in the past to do so again. Thus far, only Senators Lugar of Indiana and Bennett of Utah has committed to a YES. But at least 10 other Republicans need a lot of your support to vote NO, even though we feel relatively good about most of them. If they are your Senators, you will get an alert Tuesday morning.
We also are continuing to exert as much pressure as possible on about a dozen Democratic Senators who are up for re-election in 2012 and have shown a distaste for amnesty at some time in the past.
YOU HAVE HELD OFF AN AMNESTY FOR JUST SHORT OF 2 YEARS AGAINST INCREDIBLY BAD ODDS—DON’T LET VICTORY SLIP AWAY AT THE LAST MINUTE.
THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE (i.e. 700,000 FAXES IN THE LAST MONTH).
THANKS FOR WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO NOW.
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