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Cap and Trade -- Action You Can Take
July 8th, 2009 by Houston Tea Party Society Organizers

Fellow Patriots,

We need your help to mobilize quickly and defeat Cap & Trade. The Senate Energy and Environmental Committees began hearings on Cap & Trade yesterday, and a Senate Committee vote can take place as soon as the end of the week. To prevent the Cap & Taxers from succeeding, we are working with dozens of tea parties all across the country to call Senate Committee members and let them know that if they support this legislation, their jobs will be on the line.

Our goal in Houston is to make 10,000 phone calls between now and Friday. As soldiers in the cause, we need your help! Please call the below list of committee members early and often, American Idol-style. Try to call every committee member every day from now until the vote. Please also forward this email with attachment to all your family members and friends and get them to join in the effort. When you finish your daily phone calls, please email, and let us know how many phone calls you made. Emailing us daily with your numbers is incredibly important, so that we can keep an accurate count and better determine the success of our efforts.
When you make the phone calls, follow the instructions below and attached. You DO NOT have to make phone calls during the day only. Leaving voicemails will be just as effective, and so you can certainly make these calls every evening.

Additionally, we are organizing call parties, where people can meet and greet and make phone calls together over the next few days. Please let us know if you would like to host one of these call parties by replying to Just let us know if you are willing to use your home or business as a location where people can meet and make phone calls. You can set up these call parties informally with friends and neighbors, or we can help publicize it for you. Just let us know if you are available.

Below and attached is information regarding who and how to call:

Step 1: If during work hours, call the Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to one of the below committee members in the Environmental Committee or the Energy Committee, both of which are considering this bill. Calling the Switchboard prevents your phone number from being recognized. If it is evening, use the phone numbers next to the name of each committee member:

Democrat Members
Barbara Boxer, California (202) 224-3553 / (916) 448-2787
Max Baucus, Montana 202) 224-2651 / (406) 657-6790
Tom Carper, Delaware (202) 224-2441/ (302) 856-7690
Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey (202) 224-3224/ (973) 639-8700
Ben Cardin, Maryland (202) 224-4524/410-962-4436,
Bernie Sanders, Vermont[1] (202) 224-5141/802-862-0697
Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota (202) 224-3244 / 612-727-5220
Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island (202) 224-2921 / 401-453-5294
Tom Udall, New Mexico (202) 224-6621/ (505) 346- 6791
Jeff Merkley, Oregon (202) 224-3753/ (503)-326-3386
Kirsten Gillibrand, New York (202) 224-4451/ (212) 688-6262
Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania (202) 224-4254/ (215) 597-7200
Jeff Bingaman, (New Mexico) (202) 224-5521
Byron L. Dorgan (North Dakota) (202) 224-2551
Ron Wyden (Oregon) (202) 224-5244
Tim Johnson (South Dakota) (202) 224-5842
Mary L. Landrieu (Louisiana) (202) 224-5824
Maria Cantwell (Washington) (202) 224-3441
Robert Menendez (New Jersey) (202) 224-4744
Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas) (202) 224-4843
Evan Bayh (Indiana) (202) 224-5623
Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) (202) 224-4822
Mark Udall (Colorado) (202) 224-5941
Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire) (202) 224-2841
Republican Members
Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma (202) 224-4721/ (405) 608-4381
George Voinovich, Ohio 202-224-3353 Local Office- 513-684-3265
David Vitter, Louisiana (202) 224-4623/ 225-383-0331
John Barrasso, Wyoming (202) 224-6441/ 307-261-6413
Mike Crapo, Idaho (202) 224-6142
Kit Bond, Missouri (202) 224-5721
Lamar Alexander, Tennessee (202) 224-4944
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) 202-224-6665
Richard Burr (North Carolina) (202) 224-3154
John Barrasso (Wyoming) 202-224-6441
Sam Brownback (Kansas) (202) 224-6521
James E. Risch (Idaho) 202-224-2752
John McCain (Arizona) 202-224-2235
Robert Bennett (Utah) (202) 224-5444
Jim Bunning (Kentucky) 202.224.4343
Jeff Sessions (Alabama) (202) 224-4124
Bob Corker (Tennessee) 202-224-3344

Step 2: When you call, say only the following: “I oppose The American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009, also known as Cap & Trade.” You should hang up quickly, as this will allow the phone line to open up for other callers. If you are asked for your location, stress that this bill affects everyone regardless of their state.

Step 3: After you and your friends finish making phone calls for the evening, email your totals to

Attached is more information, including how to contact Texas Senators. Thanks again for all your help in making a real difference and helping us reach our 10,000 phone call target! Call early and often!

Houston Tea Party Society Organizers

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