Support the proposal announced by Rachel Maddow last night.
Petition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:
"Any Democratic senators who support a Republican attempt to block a vote on health care reform should be stripped of their leadership titles. Americans deserve a clean up-or-down vote on health care."
Rachel Maddow broke some amazing news last night on MSNBC:
"Two major powerbrokers on the left "are encouraging a Senate strategy in which the leadership would revoke chairmanships and other leadership positions from any Democrat who sides with a Republican filibuster to block a vote on health reform."
We'll deliver the petition signatures to Harry Reid next week after a big news conference in front of the Senate.
What does this proposal mean? In general, it means Democrats need to be Democrats!
Republicans are planning to use the Senate "filibuster" procedure to block a vote on health care reform. But if all Senate Democrats stick together, a clean up-or-down vote will take place.
This means 51 votes -- not "60 votes" -- would be needed to pass reform. And winning a public health insurance option would be very likely.
Which senators would feel pressure from this proposal? All the senators who are siding with the insurance companies and opposing the public option: Max Baucus (D-MT), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are some examples.
Let's send a clear message: It's not OK for Democratic senators to join with Republicans to block a vote on health care. Period.
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
--Adam Green, Stephanie Taylor, Aaron Swartz, Evan Miller, Michael Snook, and the PCCC team