Reform Supporters Will Visit Republican Member Offices in Congressional Districts That Voted For President Obama in 2008
Washington, DC – Following passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday, Organizing for America (OFA), a project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), announced today that its volunteers would be called on to drop by the offices of the 32 House Republicans who voted against reform and represent districts won by President Obama in 2008. OFA volunteers are being asked to drop by these offices beginning as early as tomorrow through the middle of next week to remind these members that voters in their districts voted for change last year and urge them to reconsider their position when the House votes again on a final bill later this year. The office visits are being organized online through an email sent to OFA supporters in the 32 Congressional Districts from OFA Director Mitch Stewart. The email can be found at the bottom of this release.
Volunteers and supporters of health insurance reform in these districts will join together in a show of support by visiting member offices to ensure Representatives know their constituents support President Obama’s plan for reform that would achieve three goals; provide more security and stability to people who have insurance; provide more quality, affordable options to those who don’t; and lower the cost of care for American families, businesses, and government.
“Just one year ago, Americans in these congressional districts voted to send President Obama to the White House and these Republican Representatives to Congress. The message was clear in these districts: Americans want change, and they expect their Representatives to work with President Obama and reach across the aisle to help deliver it,” said OFA Director Mitch Stewart.
“Last weekend’s vote on health reform offered a clear choice to these members: Stand with your constituents and support a bill which draws upon ideas from both parties to guarantee Americans secure, affordable health coverage, or stand with the insurance companies and right wing pundits to put politics above doing the right thing. Unfortunately, these Representatives made the wrong choice.”
Organizing for America, a grassroots project of the Democratic National Committee, is committed to supporting President Obama’s agenda for change. Over 2 million people have taken action as part of OFA’s health reform campaign. Since June 6, OFA has held 20,000 events in all 50 states and every congressional district encouraging support for President Obama's health insurance reform plan. On October 20, OFA helped to generate more than 315,000 calls to Congress in a single day, more than three times the initial goal.
The full list of congressional districts and members can be found below;
Reps. Dan Lungren (CA-3), Elton Gallegly (CA-24), Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (CA-25), David Dreier (CA-26), Ken Calvert (CA-44), Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), John Campbell (CA-48), Brian P. Bilbray (CA-50), Michael N. Castle (DE-AL), C.W. Bill Young (FL-10), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), Peter Roskam (IL-6), Mark Steven Kirk (IL-10), Judy Biggert (IL-13), Donald Manzullo (IL-16), Tom Latham (IA-4), Dave Camp (MI-4), Fred Upton (MI-6), Mike Rogers (MI-8), Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11), Erik Paulsen (MN-3), Lee Terry (NE-2), Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2), Leonard Lance (NJ-7), Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Jim Gerlach (PA-6), Charlie Dent (PA-15), J. Randy Forbes (VA-4), Frank R. Wolf (VA-10), Dave Reichert (WA-8), Paul D. Ryan (WI-1), Tom Petri (WI-6).
A little over a year ago, the congressional district you live in voted to send Barack Obama to the White House and Rep. to Congress. The message was clear: Rep. 's constituents want change, and expect Rep. to work with President Obama and reach across the aisle to help deliver it.
Last weekend, Rep. was called upon to do just that, in the historic vote on health reform. The vote offered a clear choice: Support a bill which draws upon ideas from both parties to guarantee 's district residents secure, affordable health coverage without adding a cent to the deficit, or stand with the insurance companies and right wing pundits to put politics above doing the right thing and stand in the way of history. Unfortunately, Rep. made the wrong choice.
Insurance company lobbyists are constantly visiting congressional offices in Washington, and Rep. may be starting to forget the voters back home. There's one last upcoming vote in the House of Representatives before health reform can become law, so there's still time to remind Rep. what your district wants by arranging a visit of your own.
Can you stop by Rep. 's local office, in ? You can use our simple tool to find the office closest to you, and sign up for a time in the next few days to drop by and let someone on Rep. 's staff know that you are counting on Rep. to support health reform in the final vote.