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This week I called Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ), urging them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. Senator Rubio has already said he’ll vote for the bill, and his staffer thanked me for my call with about the level of sincerity you’d expect from someone who isn’t at all interested in what you said. The other senators’ staffers were both more polite and seemed more interested, even when I said I wasn’t from their states. They were fielding calls from across the country and the conversations were very brief. But my sense was that they appreciated the feedback, no matter whence it came.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced yesterday that he does not support the bill “right now,” and Sen. Collins said it was “very difficult” to see herself voting for it. That makes two definite GOP ‘No’ votes (Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain) and two probably ‘No’ votes. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is also wavering – per the Washington Post link above – and Sen. Murkowski seems to be leaning toward ‘No,” despite hundreds of millions of dollars in sweeteners for Alaska.
Regardless, please keep calling this week. This won’t be over until Democrats retake the Senate, House, and/or White House. So we must be as committed as Republicans are stubborn.
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