Saturday, April 02, 2011

Yeah, neither the House nor the Senate will Accept any EPA riders, America

Dear Kevin,

Yesterday, nearly 25,000 of you sent a message to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Reid urging them to continue fighting for clean air and oppose any measures in the spending bill that block, weaken or delay the EPA.

Your message was received – LOUD and CLEAR!

Today, Majority Leader Reid said, “Neither the White House or the Senate leaders is going to accept any EPA riders.”

Your collective voices helped ensure that our environmental champions in the Senate stood strong in the face of relentless attacks on the EPA from corporate polluters and their congressional allies. We applaud Majority Leader Reid and other Senate champions for standing tall.

But this fight is not yet over. Big Oil, Dirty Coal and other dirty energy interests are still pushing for anti-environment provisions in the spending bill and in other legislation. We still expect votes in the Senate next week on amendments to gut the EPA.

We’re not going to stop fighting polluters’ attacks – and we need to make sure we have Majority Leader Reid's back. That’s why we’re launching an aggressive campaign over the next three weeks. We’re going to run radio ads and engage in other media outreach in key states – thanking those lawmakers who are fighting for clean air and calling out those lawmakers who side with big polluters. We’re also mobilizing volunteers in targeted congressional districts to attend town hall meetings, make phone calls, and submit letters-to-the-editor.

Donate now to LCV. Help us beat back attempts to rollback vital clean air protections.

As big polluters and their friends in the House and Senate escalate their assaults on important clean air safeguards, we must counter each and every attack. Your support right now will make the difference.

Please make a donation today.

Sincerely,
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Gene Karpinski
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Blogger Kevin Anthony Stoda said...

Tell President Obama and Sen. Reid: Don't appease the Tea Party.
Democrats need to stand up to rightwing bullies
Obama and Reid: Don't cave to the Tea Party

Click here for a sample script and the numbers to call.

Take action now!

Dear Kevin,

On Tuesday, the media began reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama are engaged in secret budget negotiations where the Tea Party's extremist wish list of policy changes are on the table.

According to the AP: "Democrats indicated Tuesday they may be willing to accept Republican-backed curbs on the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulators as part of an overall deal on spending cuts."1

We need to push back on this — hard. And it's not just EPA funding for regulating greenhouse gases and mercury that's purportedly on the table. In these backroom negotiations, Democratic leadership may also be cutting deals around funding for Planned Parenthood, public broadcasting, and a host of other Tea Party targets.

Call President Obama and Majority Leader Reid. Tell them: Don't appease the Tea Party by giving in to their extremist wish list of demands. Click here for their phone numbers and a sample script.

Intoxicated with power and propelled by a Tea Party base, House Republicans are using the threat of a shutdown to hold the needs of everyday Americans hostage until Senate Democrats agree to their extreme wish list of demands.

The worst thing Democrats could do in this situation is appease the very people who are playing chicken with a government shutdown.

We can't allow a repeat of the Bush tax cut debate where the White House and Democrats in Senate lacked the resolve to deal with Republican brinkmanship head on.

Call President Obama and Majority Leader Reid. Tell them: Don't appease the Tea Party by giving in to their extremist wish list of demands. Click here for their phone numbers and a sample script.

Democrats can and must stand their ground and demand a clean budget — one that is free from ideological "riders." But progressive champions in the Senate won't be able to fight if their leadership and the White House preemptively cut a deal with Republicans.

It's breathtaking to think that the Republicans would risk a government shutdown because Democrats won't unilaterally capitulate to their demands for concessions in some of the most intractable ideological wars of our time.

It is simply astounding that the Republicans are willing to bring the entire federal government to a grinding halt unless Congress defunds the Clean Air Act, Planned Parenthood or public broadcasting — all of which are widely popular.

Call President Obama and Majority Leader Reid. Tell them: Don't appease the Tea Party by giving in to their extremist wish list of demands. Click here for a phone number and sample script.

In essence, the Republicans are willing to inflict widespread damage to the American people and the already fragile American economy unless Democrats bow to the Republicans' extreme, ideological demands.

Yet the long history of Democrats caving to the crazy demands of intransigent Republicans has taught Republicans that this is how they win. And not surprisingly, that behavior has only emboldened the Republicans to raise the stakes even more.

We need to stop this vicious cycle. The Republicans are acting like bullies. And like bullies, the only way to deal with them is to take them on.

This is a fight we can win.

Call President Obama and Majority Leader Reid. Tell them: Don't appease the Tea Party by giving in to their extremist wish list of demands. Click here for their phone numbers and sample script.

Thank you for standing up to Tea Party extremism.

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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1"Dems hint at flexibility in budget talks," Associated Press, March 29, 2011

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