As promised, I tried to contact the Congresspersons sitting on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources who will be deciding the fate of HR 589. Eleven calls – eleven press secretaries away from their desks, out of the office, or speaking on a conference call. I left a lot of messages with only one return call and one lady even hung up on me when I told her she was my employee and I wanted to know her name. In short, I was denied access most likely because so many 99ers have been emailing and calling the members of the committee since we released their names here on From the Trenches.
The one person that did call me back was from Lloyd Doggett’s office. However she became agitated and distressed when I pushed her to answer one simple question. Mind you, she did not even know what the question would be. She gave me the number to the press person for the Democratic side of the Committee and of course I got voice mail.
They have a name for this scenario, it is called regulated press. You see it is not that these press secretaries would be unwilling to speak to me it is just that it would have to be off the record. Hence, I would be talking your business and not be allowed to disclose to you the content of the conversation. They would like me to lead and control you, and I’m sure if I would have cooperated good things would have come my way.
We pay the wages of these press secretaries but they are only willing to talk to the controlled press. This is a blatant denial of equal access under Constitutional law, but as no one in our government enforces Constitutional law I suppose they are of the mind that they can just get away with anything they want. Well I say if they refuse to talk to us they can’t be doing us any good and have left us in a position where we are just going to have to speculate as to what they are up to.
There are eleven members of Congress sitting on the Committee, seven Republicans and four Democrats. The question I wanted to ask the Republicans was, “Do you support unemployment extensions for the 99ers, yes or no?” Seeing as how they even refused to be asked the question I’m just going to speculate that they are dead set against us. As for the Democrats, I wanted to ask them when we could expect a yes or no from the Committee. And as they clearly did not want to speak to me I will speculate that they are going to drag it on for as long as they possibly can before telling us they just couldn’t get it through.
As for Barbara Lee and Bobby Scott, I am going to speculate that HR 589 is nothing more than a reelection ploy for the hard left socialists in our Congress. Think about it, they put on an act in putting forth and sponsoring a bill that they know does not have a snowball’s chance of passing. Then when the election rolls around they call upon us to cancel the votes of the Tea Partiers who will vote their socialist arses out of office if left unchecked. To be honest with you I think they are angry with us as we dared to take the bull by the horns in contacting those on the committee to push our own cause.
In further examining the situation I think it may not be appropriate for one of us to be talking to them and reporting back to the others. In fact it has become my opinion that the people who read this site are in all reality reporters for From the Trenches World Report.
I’m going to give you the numbers to the Democratic press people and the Republican press people for the Committee deciding our issue. If they do not want to give the answers to one of us, let us make them deny all of us personally. Call as a reporter for From the Trenches World Report. The following is a list of the questions that I believe we have the right to have answered.
- When will HR 589 be debated and considered by the Committee.
- When is the soonest we can expect a verdict, one way or the other.
- How many Republicans on the board oppose long term unemployment extensions?
- If HR 589 is refused how do we find out which members of the Committee were in opposition?
- Where can we go to get day by day updates in reference to the progress?
These people are our employees and we have a right to know what is going on every day. Insist on speaking to a press secretary and if they try to blow you off, just keep calling over and over. And if you get a machine keep leaving message after message. That is what I am going to be doing.
The first ones to get answers to these questions shall be dubbed, Reporter of the Day on From the Trenches World Report. We need to inundate them with phone calls, every day, all day long until they agree to let us in what is going on in reference to our business.
House Ways and Means Democrat’s Press – 202-225-4021
House Ways and Means Republican’s Press – 202-225-3625
Or you can just call the Capitol switchboard at 1-866-220-0044 and ask for the above listed office. If they shut down this line, here are some more (I’m not sure all of these work).