portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reposts united states

economic justice | government

Tell House Reps. to vote no on budget reconciliation bill

One final chance to stop massive budget cuts aimed at the poor.
Your voices carried the day to stop the Patriot Act. Your voices carried the day in stopping destruction of the ANWR. And your voices have one last chance to stop the cruelty budget if you speak out now.


Today in the Senate, Dick "The Grinch" Cheney flew in just long enough to break a 50-50 tie, further gutting lifeline services for the poor while they plough full steam ahead with abolishing all tax responsibility for the wealthy. This is a battle that should have been won in the House already, but for 6 Democrats who didn't even bother to show up for the vote. Because there were some minor concessions made in the Senate, we have one final chance to reverse this heartless budget if you call your House member at 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641 and submit the action page at

ACTION PAGE:  http://www.emailtocongress.com/no_cruelty.htm

Remember that all members of the House must face reelection next year. In this season when some are complaining about a war to take Christ out of Christmas, we ask again, "Who would Jesus starve?" Consider these words:

"I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." (Matthew 25:43-45)

And yet here we have a bill which will take AWAY food from the hungry, rob medicine from the sick, and steal clothing intended for those who are already naked. What should be the judgement for those who do such things? Perhaps you already know the next verse. Words of true compassion can be found in all faiths. Make the call and send a message to Congress and tell them to show some compassion for a change.

ACTION PAGE:  http://www.emailtocongress.com/no_cruelty.htm

homepage: homepage: http://www.emailtocongress.com/no_cruelty.htm

It's worth a e-mail 25.Dec.2005 21:26

g.d. dem

The Senate vote was actually on a "Motion to Concur in House Amdt. To S. 1932, With an Amdt. Work, Marriage, and Family Promotion Reconciliation Act of 2005". (That's official from the Clerk of the House at house.gov website.) So, it isn't clear that any further action by the House is needed for the legislation to go to the White House for Bush's signature.

On December 19, the House voted on the Budget Reconciliation joint congressional resolution, ("On Agreeing to the Conference Report"), and the resolution passed 212-206. (Vote # 670) In that vote, there were NO DEMOCRATS voting for the cuts. Democrats were joined in their opposition to the cuts by the one Independent and by 9 Republicans. 10 Republicans and 6 Democrats are listed as not voting.

It appears from these numbers that there never was much of any chance to defeat the cuts in the House because of a Republican majority that is large enough to enact them. In the case of Vote # 670, the Republicans could have called in 6 of their 10 non-voters for an unbeatable all-Republican absolute majority. There just hasn't been enough pressure on moderate Republican representatives -- except that there is always plenty of pressure from the big $$$ Republican lobbyists, the RNC and the White House.

The only member of the Oregon delegation who voted for the cuts is Walden, the ONLY Republican representative from Oregon. Now there's a guy who will say anything to the public but is a dependable tool of the White House when it comes to voting. Still, it could be worth a call or e-mail. Who knows? -- maybe Walden's soul can be saved!

If anyone does try talking sense to any Republicans, remember that the budget thing included a surrender of American sovereignty on the WTO ("Byrd amendment") issue. You would think that Republicans would care a little about that!

For more on the WTO angle, check out "Yet another Xmas present for American workers" --


g.d. dem 25.Dec.2005 22:46

George Bender

According to news accounts the Senate made some changes in the budget reconciliation bill, so now it has to go back to the House for one more vote.

This has been hard to follow.

Thanks to George Bender 26.Dec.2005 02:48

g.d. dem

Thanks for that info. So, let's pile on! The votes in the House haven't been extreme, and some (so far not enough) Republicans have been coming over to the side of decency and democracy.

Thanks for correcting me. (You're damn right this has been hard to track!)