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July 11, 2005

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Friends,

We have recently learned that both the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees will mark up USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization legislation this week. A floor vote in the House is expected the week of July 18th. Now is the time to tell your representative to protect civil liberties!

Some proponents of the PATRIOT Act are already pointing to the terrorist attacks in London as further justification for suspending the protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. While we all abhor these acts of terror, neither the recent attacks nor the September 11, 2001, attacks render our Bill of Rights obsolete. Please call, email, and fax your House member as often as possible this week to express your concern about threats to civil liberties (see our talking points below). If your representative voted in favor of Rep. Bernie Sanders' Freedom to Read Amendment to the SSJC Appropriations bill (see vote results at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll258.xml), or is a co-sponsor of any liberty-restoring bills (see below), please thank him or her.

Please check the lists below to see if your House member is on either the Judiciary or Intelligence Committee. These representatives in particular need to hear from their constituents. If your House member is not on either of the lists, look up his or her contact information at http://www.house.gov. To send an email, go to http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/bordc/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=960.

Talking Points

Urge your representative to:

  • restore personal privacy;
  • restore due process;
  • respect First Amendment rights to assemble and to petition (criticize) the government;
  • limit the definition of "terrorism" to violent crimes perpetrated on human civilian targets for political gain;
  • prohibit all authorized prisoner abuse;
  • restore respect for the rule of law;
  • decrease government secrecy; and
  • respect the balance of power between the branches of government.

When we learn about the content of the reauthorization bills in the House and Senate, we will send out more detailed talking points.

Co-Sponsors of Liberty-Restoring Bills

Use these links to find out if your representative is a co-sponsor of any of the following bills. If so, please thank him or her for taking action to defend civil liberties.

House Judiciary Committee

Alabama

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-6), Phone: (202) 225-4921, Fax: (202) 225-2082

Arizona

*Rep. Jeff Flake (R-6), Phone: (202) 225-2635, Fax: (202) 226-4386

Rep. Trent Franks (R-2), Phone: (202) 225-4576, Fax: (202) 225-6328

California

*Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-28), Phone: (202) 225-4695

Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-24), Phone: (202) 225-5811, Fax: (202) 225-1100

Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-49), Phone: (202) 225-3906

*Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-16), Phone: (202) 225-3072, Fax: (202) 225-3336

Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-3), Phone: (202) 225-5716, Fax: (202) 226-1298

*Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D-39), Phone: (202) 225-6676, Fax: (202) 226-1012

*Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-29), Phone: (202) 225-4176, Fax: (202) 225-5828|

*Rep. Maxine Waters (D-35), Phone: (202) 225-2201

Florida

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-24), Phone: (202) 225-2706, Fax: (202) 226-6299

Rep. Ric Keller (R-8), Phone: (202) 225-2176, Fax: (202) 225-0999

*Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-20), Phone: (202) 225-7931, Fax: (202) 226-2052

*Rep. Robert Wexler (D-19), Phone: (202) 225-3001, Fax: (202) 225-5974

Illinois

Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-6), Phone: (202) 225-4561, Fax: (202) 225-1166

Indiana

Rep. John N. Hostettler (R-8), Phone: (202) 225-4636, Fax: (202) 225-3284

Rep. Mike Pence (R-6), Phone: (202) 225-3021, Fax: (202) 225-3382

Iowa

Rep. Steve King (R-5), Phone: (202) 225-4426, Fax: (202) 225-3193

Maryland

*Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8), Phone: (202) 225-5341, Fax: (202) 225-0375

Massachusetts

*Rep. William D. Delahunt (D-10), Phone: (202) 225-3111

*Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-5), Phone: (202) 225-3411, Fax: (202) 226-0771

Michigan

*Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-14), Phone: (202) 225-5126, Fax: (202) 225-0072 - Ranking Member

New York

*Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-8), Phone: (202) 225-5635

*Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D-9), Phone: (202) 225-6616

North Carolina

Rep. Howard Coble (R-6), Phone: (202) 225-3065, Fax: (202) 225-8611

*Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-12), Phone: (202) 225-1510, Fax: (202) 225-1512

Ohio

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-1), Phone: (202) 225-2216, Fax: (202) 225-3012

South Carolina

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-4), Phone: (202) 225-6030, Fax: (202) 226-1177

Tennessee

Rep. William L. Jenkins (R-1), Phone: (202) 225-6356, Fax: (202) 225-5714

Texas

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-1), Phone: (202) 225-3035, Faz: (202) 225-5866

*Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18), Phone: (202) 225-3816, Fax: (202) 225-3317

Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-21), Phone: (202) 225-4236, Fax: (202) 225-8628

Utah

Rep. Chris Cannon (R-3), Phone: (202) 225-7751, Fax: (202) 225-5629

Virginia

*Rep. Rick Boucher (D-9), Phone: (202) 225-3861, Fax: (202) 225-0442

Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-4), Phone: (202) 225-6365, Fax: (202) 226-1170

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-6), Phone: (202) 225-5431, Fax: (202) 225-9681

*Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-3), Phone: (202) 225-8351, Fax: (202) 225-8354

Wisconsin

Rep. Mark Green (R-8), Phone: (202) 225-5665, Fax: (202) 225-5729

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-5), Phone: (202) 225-5101 - Committee Chairman

House Intelligence Committee

Alabama

*Rep. Robert E. (Bud) Cramer, Jr. (D-5), Phone: (202) 225-4801, Fax: (202) 225-4392

Rep. Terry Everett (R-2), Phone: (202) 225-2901, Fax: (202) 225-8913

Arizona

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-1), Phone: (202) 225-2315, Fax: (202) 226-9739

California

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-50), Phone: (202) 225-5452, Fax: (202) 225-2558

*Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-14), Phone: (202) 225-8104, Fax: (202) 225-8890

Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-24), Phone: (202) 225-5811, Fax: (202) 225-1100

*Rep. Jane Harman (D-36), Phone: (202) 225-8220, Fax: (202) 226-7290 - Ranking Member

Florida

*Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-23), Phone: (202) 225-1313, Fax: (202) 225-1171

Illinois

*Rep. Ray LaHood (R-18), Phone: (202) 225-6201, Fax: (202) 225-9249

Iowa

*Rep. Leonard L. Boswell (D-3), Phone: (202) 225-3806, Fax: (202) 225-5608

Kansas

Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-4), Phone: (202) 225-6216, Fax: (202) 225-3489

Maryland

*Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-2), Phone: (202) 225-3061, Fax: (202) 225-3094

Massachusetts

*Rep. John Tierney (D-6), Phone: (202) 225-8020, Fax: (202) 225-5915

Michigan

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-2), Phone: (202) 225-4401, Fax: (202) 226-0779 - Chairman

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-8), Phone: (202) 225-4872, Fax: (202) 225-5820

New Jersey

*Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-12), Phone: (202) 225-5801, Fax: (202) 225-6025

New Mexico

Rep. Heather Wilson (R-1), Phone: (202) 225-6316, Fax: (202) 225-4975

New York

Rep. John McHugh (R-23), Phone: (202) 225-4611, Fax: (202) 226-0621

Texas

*Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-16), Phone: (202) 225-4831, Fax: (202) 225-2016

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-13), Phone: (202) 225-3706, Fax: (202) 225-3486

Virginia

Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-1), Phone: (202) 225-4261, Fax: (202) 225-4382

*indicates representatives that voted in favor of the Freedom to Read Amendment to the SSJC Appropriations bill