Romancing the Phone: Stimulus Package

The Nation is reporting that despite the urgent need for an economic stimulus package and its passage in the House, the Right is leading a massive Senate calling initiative to kill the bill in the Senate

Nonetheless, as Horn reports, “Here in Washington, DC, the word on the street is that the Right is killing us with phone calls to Congress. One congressperson said the calls are running 100 to 1 against the Obama economic recovery plan. The legislation is now on the Senate floor. If Senators perceive that Americans side with Obama in this fight, that will strengthen the power of progressives in the debate and we’ll get a good bill. If, on the other hand, Senators are feeling the heat from conservatives, then our advocates will be weakened and we’ll get a lousy bill. That’s just the way things go on Capitol Hill.”

The perils of civic participation, surely!  So this is the time to respond and spread the following action alert via all available resources:

Progressives need to hit the phones and fast. Call your Senators toll-free at 1-866-544-7573 and demand immediate passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

If talking points are needed for why this bill is a great start to revitalizing our fledgling economy, take a look at The Nation’s breakdown of provisions (c/o Horn at OurFuture.org) and pick one that resonates with you: 

 

**$142 billion for a middle-class tax cut
**$47 billion to extend unemployment benefits
**$16 billion to expand food stamps
**$17 billion in one-time payments to low-income Americans
**$26 billion to expand access to health care
**$87 billion to help states pay for Medicaid
**$24 billion to modernized health information technology
**$46 billion to fix bridges and roads
**$80 billion to improve public education
**$19 billion for school construction
**$14 billion to make college more affordable
**$32 billion for clean energy

Start calling, folks.  We’re not going to get the ball rolling on fixing the economy without your say.

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