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Senator Smith voted against budget cuts for the poor

Let him know we're watching and we appreciate his vote. He went against his own party on this one.
Dear MoveOn member,

As you've heard, this week Democrats and moderate Republicans were able to
block a no-holds-barred campaign by the radical Republican leadership to
pass their reverse Robin Hood budget.

In the House of Representatives the Republican leadership invoked a
procedural rule actually called "martial law" to delay the vote until 5:00
AM. When the votes were tallied we were six votes away from winning--and
six Democrats were absent.

In the Senate the vote was 50-50, and Dick Cheney had to fly back from
Afghanistan to break the tie. But Democrats were able to make a few key
changes, blocking the bill from taking effect and sending it back to the
House of Representatives for a final vote next year--this time in the
light of day.

Sen. Smith stood up and voted against the reverse Robin Hood budget--officially
known as "budget reconciliation." Please take a moment to thank them for
this vote. It's important that Sen. Smith knows that constituents are
following votes on these issues and will respond.

You can write Sen. Smith directly here to thank him for voting against
"budget reconciliation.":

 http://gsmith.senate.gov/webform.htm

Or you can call Sen. Smith to express your oppinion directly, at:
Senator Gordon Smith
Phone: 202-224-3753
District Offices:
Bend: 541-318-1298
Eugene: 541-465-6750
Medford: 541-608-9102
Pendleton: 541-278-1129
Portland: 503-326-3386


Working together, progressives have managed to block this devastating
attack on American families for more than a year--despite being out of
power in all three branches of government. It's a real lesson that the
people can still have the final say in our Democracy.

Happy holidays,

--Ben Brandzel, MoveOn.org Political Action
Friday, December 23, 2005

P.S. As a refresher here's how the proposed budget cuts would affect real
people, according to the non-partisan Congressional budget office:1

o Health care costs go up: Poor, elderly, and handicapped Medicaid
recipients would be forced to pay over $10.1 billion over 10 years in
increased fees for basic services.
o Health care coverage goes down: Many beneficiaries could lose access
to various medically necessary services, including therapy services,
personal care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and crutches.
o Largest cuts to student loans in history: The budget proposal would
slash $12.7 billion from student loans, saddling millions of students
with additional debt and putting a college education out of reach for
countless others.
o Basic family services slashed: The budget plan would cut 255,000
children from low-income families off of child care, and cuts to child
support enforcement would cause needy families to loose $8.4 billion
in unrecovered payments.

And all of these cuts only partially pay for $60 billion in new tax breaks
for the wealthy. That's why it's called the 'Reverse Robin Hood'
budget--robbing from the poor to pay back the rich.

Sources

1. For more information about the impact of the proposed cuts in the final
budget reconciliation proposal, please see the report from the Center for
Budget and Policy Priorities.  http://www.cbpp.org/12-18-05bud3.htm

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homepage: homepage: http://gsmith.senate.gov/webform.htm

right... 25.Dec.2005 15:28

Expat

And let's also "thank" him for his vote on drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.

While We Are At It 25.Dec.2005 17:03

Vic

Dont forget to thank him for his unconditional support of Israel..like this Aug. 23 when he stated that "Israel comes first". Even though he avoided military service during the Vietnam war (had better things to do ) , he knows that no Israeli family should have to deal with the loss of a child in war when there are plenty of American kids that can do the fighting and dying for them. He has seen his AIPAC contributions go up 600% the last two years...evidently the Israelis appreciate his unconditional support also. When the Israeli army was rampaging through the Jenin refugee camp murdering civilians , it was Gordon Smith and Joe Lieberman that introduced the resolution that basically gave Ariel Sharon a green light to kill as many Palestinian families as he wanted to...and the peace of mind that no matter what they did , the checks would still be rolling in. Gordon Smith is a traitor. Fuck him.

Eff Gordon Smith 25.Dec.2005 23:52

Maxx

Eff Gordon Smith. He is nothing but a corporatist/fascist phony. He acts like a moderate, but when push comes to shove his 'moderate' votes always seem to fail to the radical republicans. IOW the radical republicans spring him loose when they know they do not need his fascist vote to pass. Cynical bastard that Gordon Smith is I would not even thank him if he wiped my arse and I think he deserves a solid f*** you from every Oregonian. I urge everyone I know to vote against this fascist.

Eff Gordon Smith, two 26.Dec.2005 00:23

Maxx

I forgot to mention that I was drafted and served during Vietnam so if any radical republican fascist want to question MY patriotism I am willing to meet them at a pub of their choosing to discuss it. Effing paper patriots, flag lapel wearing phonies need not reply.

Is Smith beginning to see the light? 26.Dec.2005 02:40

g.d. dem

I give Oregon Senator Gordon Smith credit for breaking with the Republican leadership and voting against the infamous budget reconciliation act on December 21 -- thus creating the 50-50 tie that forced Cheney to have to fly in to cast the tie-breaker. Smith was joining four other Republicans who have consistently been opposed to the draconian budget cuts.

Smith basically voted earlier for the cuts, back on April 28, when the conference report came from the House for approval by the Senate, and again on November 3, (Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005 ), when 5 Republicans joined the Democrats and one Independent, but Smith stayed with the Republican majority. If Nelson of Nebraska had not defected and Corzine had voted, the opposition would have had 49 votes back in November -- and that could have become a 50-50 tie if Smith had switched over for that vote.

We have to wonder what changed from November to December. Could the WTO trade issue, impinging on the matter of American sovereignty, have been the deciding factor in Gordon Smith deciding that he could not continue to go along with the Republican leadership in the Senate?

About the trade issue, check out --

"Yet another Xmas present for American workers"

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/12/330904.shtml

ugh 26.Dec.2005 09:26

max

yes, our congressional system is finally beginning to see the light! and it only took a couple of hundred years. Now however, things are starting to look up. lets all give our false representatives a hearwarming hug when they accidentally vote as their constituents would.