06/01/2015 01:43 pm ET Updated Jun 01, 2016

Call These People, and Make Them Listen

Under the First Amendment, you have the right to petition your government to redress your grievances.

Now would be a good time to do that. Today.

According to public reports, the 18 Democratic Members of Congress listed below are leaning in favor of voting for "Fast Track," legislation that would prevent Congress from debating or amending whatever the Executive Branch calls a "trade bill." As a public service, we provide you their office phone numbers.

Rep. Ami Bera (Calif.) - 202-225-5716
Rep. Jim Costa (Calif.) - (202) 225-3341
Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.) - (202) 225-2161
Rep. Mike Quigley (Ill.) - (202) 225-4061
Rep. John Delaney (Md.) - (202) 225-2721
Rep. Brad Ashford (Neb.) - (202) 225-4155
Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) - (202) 225-3461
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) - (202) 225-4811
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.) - (202) 225-0855
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.) - (202) 225-5711
Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) - (202) 225-4311
Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas) - (202) 225-1640
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) - (202) 225-8885
Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) - (202) 225-4376
Rep. Gerry Connolly (Va.) - (202) 225-1492
Rep. Rick Larsen (Wash.) - (202) 225-2605
Rep. Derek Kilmer (Wash.) - (202) 225-5916
Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) - (202) 225-5506

Call one; call them all. Call as many as you want. Exercise your constitutional right to redress your grievances. Make them listen.

(By the way, the system is rigged so that you can't send them an e-mail unless you are a constituent. So you have to call.)

Here are some things that you might explain to them about this bad bill:

(1) Our trade debt stands at eleven trillion dollars ($11,000,000,000,000.00). That's more than $35,000 for every human being in America - including you. "Fast Track" would pave the way for new trade bills that would increase that. How are we ever going to pay that money back?
(2) Fast Track applies to whatever the Executive Branch calls a trade agreement, even if it has nothing to do with trade.
(3) Fast Track unconstitutionally restricts Congress from holding hearings, conducting investigations, debating a bill and offering amendments -- basically, its job. In fact, it could restrict each House Member to only 83 seconds of debate.
(4) No other bills get this special treatment -- not bills on taxes, or Social Security, or defense, or transportation, or healthcare. Nothing.
(5) Fast Track applies to trade bills that the Executive Branch hasn't even released to the public.
(6) None of the "standards" that Fast Track sets for trade agreements is enforceable -- not one single standard.

Alternatively, you can just say that you're tired of Middle Class America getting hosed. But whatever else you say, make sure you say this:

NO on Fast Track!


Rep. Alan Grayson