From the Austin American Statesman yesterday.
By Tim Eaton | Thursday, March 18, 2010, 03:46 PM
The pressure is on.
Now that a vote on the health care bill seems imminent, members of Congress are being bombarded with calls by constituents asking (and sometimes demanding) that their member vote a certain way.
Just try to get through to your member’s main number in Washington. The lines have been jammed much of today.
Interest groups on both sides of the debate are directing people to let their congressmen and congresswomen know how they feel about the health care bill.
And now, the campaign of Gov. Rick Perry is getting in on the action.
Perry is planning on hosting a conference call tonight at 7 p.m. to talk the people who live the congressional districts of four undecided Democrats.
Perry will be calling tens of thousands of registered voters who live the districts of: Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo; Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio; Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, and Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso. (He won’t be calling into Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s district, even though the Austin Democrat still hasn’t decided how to vote.)
Catherine Frazier, the deputy press secretary for the campaign, said the governor will talk about the high cost of the plan and how it is bad policy. The Texas Association of Business and the Texas Medical Association also will be involved.
Perry is not bothering to call Republican’s districts. They all seem to be lined up and ready to oppose the bill.
One of the groups pushing for the bill is the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a non-profit advocacy group for low- and middle-income Texans.
The group is asking voters to call their members of Congress and urge them to vote for the bill.
“We are on the verge of a monumental advance in access to good, affordable care for Americans, and an opportunity to make this degree of progress may not come around again for another generation,” the group said in an email.
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In addition to the conference calls to thousands of voters in the targeted Democrat’s districts the Governor has posted on his campaign website the names and numbers of the targeted Democrats so Texans can call them and make their voices heard.
The time has come to express your rights and remind the federal government that it was created to serve the states and the people, not the other way around. We must stop the government takeover of our healthcare system. One-size-fits-all mandates from Washington will not fix our healthcare industry, which needs tort reform as a start to bringing down costs.
Today, we are asking you to call these Texas representatives and ask tell them to vote “NO” on Obamacare. Together, let’s make Washington listen to what the people actually want.
District 25: Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Texas office: (512) 916-5921
Washington Office: (202) 225-4865
District 16: Rep. Silvestre Reyes
Texas office: (915) 534-4400
Washington Office: (202) 225-4831
District 23: Rep. Ciro Rodriguez
Del Rio office: (830) 774-5500
Eagle Pass office: (830) 757-8398
Fort Stockton office: (432) 336-3975
N. San Antonio office: (210) 561-9421
S. San Antonio office: (210) 922-1874
Washington Office: (202) 225-4511
District 27: Rep. Solomon Ortiz
Coastal Bend office: (361) 883-5868
Rio Grande Valley office: (956) 541-1242
Washington Office: (202) 225-7742
District 28: Rep. Henry Cuellar
Laredo office: (956) 725-0639
Mission office: (956) 424-3942
Rio Grande City office: (956) 487-5603
San Antonio office: (210) 271-2851
Seguin office: (830) 401-0457
Washington Office: (202) 225-1640
Previously the Governor suggested he would consider invoking states’ rights under the 10th amendment to resist the healthcare bill which would be “disastrous” for Texas.
By DAVE MONTGOMERY
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be “disastrous” for Texas.
Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as “Obama Care.” But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a “number” of states might resist the federal health mandate.