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Thursday, August 6, 2009

DEMS and REPS both not happy with Lawmakers and the townhalls will be rockin' during the upcoming Congressional recess
It's going to be a bumpy ride for Lawmakers during their upcoming recess if recent townhalls are any indication of the current mood of voters. Both DEM and REP voters are frustrated with their representatives and are being quite vocal about it...DEM voters don't think Congress is moving fast enough while REPS are shocked at the pace at which the current agenda is being administered.....From Politico:

To watch the news, the only grass-roots action in the health care debate involves opponents shouting down Democrats at town halls and grocery stores. ....But Democrats — especially those who have expressed anything less than full-blown support for the legislation before Congress — are getting back-home pressure from the left, too......On Tuesday, about two dozen activists gathered in front of Democratic Rep. Eric Massa’s office in Pittsford, N.Y., to deliver close to 5,000 petitions from New York voters urging him to support the House health care bill....“We’re here today because we’re a bit confused. Congressman Eric Massa says that he’s a strong supporter of health care reform, yet he’s not going to vote for H.R. 3200,” said Diana Cihak, the head organizer in the region for Citizens Action New York, which is leading the health care campaign for the state as a member of Health Care for America Now, an umbrella group of liberal organizations. ...Massa was one of 60 House Democrats to declare his opposition to the deal struck between leaders and four conservative Blue Dog Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee right before the House broke for recess last week, saying that the compromise went too far in weakening the public option. ...We saw basically the end of the public option” in that bill, Massa said in an interview with POLITICO. “I have said from Day One, I will not support a bill that does not have a strong competitive option in the public sector as a balance to the for-profit private health insurance sector. Now, in very clear black and white, this bill no longer has that. It’s a giant step backwards.”.....Massa has also voiced concern about the proposed surtax on wealthy Americans to pay for the bill and opposed voting on a health care bill before the August recess — two other reasons HCAN and its local allies are targeting him now. ....The Tuesday afternoon press conference included representatives from Local 1170 of Communications Workers of America and the Working Families Party, a state progressive group. Both groups supported Massa’s 2008 bid for Congress — as Rick Sanchez, a CWA member, reminded Massa’s chief of staff as he accepted the stack of petitions. ....“For these groups, the “right thing” means supporting the Democrats’ health care legislation, even if it’s not as strong as some of them would like it to be. ...“If [the public option] is weak, we still need health care reform. He’s got to vote for it,” insisted Phil Dagger, one of the activists. ....Joe Racalto, Massa’s chief of staff, invited the group back to Massa’s district office for a spirited back-and-forth after Tuesday’s event. That meeting led to a second session Wednesday, this one with Massa himself. ...The pressure on Massa is somewhat unusual, as one of his main objections to the current House bill is that the public option doesn’t go far enough. Massa ran for Congress calling for a single-payer universal health care system, a position that helped him win support of progressives and unions. ...But he is not alone in getting pressure from HCAN and other health care proponents.

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