Were still DREAMING
i know most of you are in the midst of finals, if not are enjoying the comfort of home (if you were able to go home for the holiday).
The DREAM Act is set to be on the Senate Floor either tomorrow Wednesday or Thursday. The Lame Duck Session as of right now is set to be officially over this Friday.
Now, contingent upon the whole Bush tax cuts debate, Congress might have to reconvene next week, which may turn out to be a positive for us, depending on where DREAM falls these next couple of days.
With that, i know the energy is low, and many folks are on the verge of ‘checking out’ for the holidays. we CAN’T let this happen, not just yet. I ask that you continue to make phonecalls to senators in hopes we can still turn some votes over in our favor.
Internally, we have consolidated the target list, please focus your energies on the following Senators:
– Mary Landrieu (LA) 202-224-5824-
Landrieu needs to know undocumented students and families do live in Louisiana! We’ve heard messaging that this isn’t something that “affects her constituents”
– Lisa Murkowski (AK) 202-224-6665
Shunned by Republicans during her fierce Primary fight in Alaska, Murkowski is privately sympathetic with the DREAM Act–let’s tailor to her possible new found “maverick-ness”
– George Voinovich (OH) (202) 224-3353
Retiring from the senate, urge Mr. Voinovich to take a stand on a morally right piece of legislation and to not let party politics dictate a final decision. He’s got nothing to lose voting for DREAM.
– Susan Collins (ME) 202-224-2523
– Olympia Snowe (ME) (202) 224-5344
Both Snowe and Collins have proved allies–when they feel like it–in passing landmark reforms that require Republican support (Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act). Both have expressed no opinion, although some say closer to know. Keeping up the heat for both is needed.
– George LeMieux (FL) (202) 224-3041
With such a large Latino constituency that has been pressing hard for DREAM, Sen LeMieux has stated he’d support the bill—pending increased ‘border security.’
– Kay Hutchison (TX) 202-224-5922
Sen Hutchinson has supported the legislation in the past, so far as receiving an award for her support in 2007 from LULAC. She now says she will vote no, angling around the potential hypocrisy in her voting no would be good.
We can do this folks, we’ll be holding it down here with United We Dream and coalition partners, but nothing is possible without you all. i hope this finds you all well,
Saludos y Adelante,
Víctor George Sánchez Jr.