July 24, 2013
IMPORTANT UPDATE: You can STILL take action on NSA, Egypt, and Syria
By Jim Babka

We reported yesterday that the House Majority leadership buckled to public pressure to allow  votes on cutting NSA surveillance funding and aid to Egypt.

We learned after the Chronicle was sent that …

  • These votes are scheduled for TODAY, not yesterday as we reported, and...
  • There is ALSO a vote on cutting off military intervention in Syria

If you didn’t have the chance to act yesterday...

There is still time!

Please take immediate action to push these amendments to victory. We’re told that victory is a definite possibility in all three cases.

For instance, even Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the man who introduced the Patriot Act and REAL ID, believes the NSA has broken the law.

Meaning, even one who DISagrees with us on key issues, agrees about the NSA . And...

A growing number in Congress have grown weary of the constant assault on our civil liberties at home and endless interventions abroad.

In addition, the White House is so afraid of losing on the NSA amendment that they have actually issued a statement opposing it. We think it is telling that they would comment on this one amendment out of the scores that are being offered. We take this as another sign that victory is possible, if you keep up the pressure.

In close votes, we can nudge enough members in our direction to achieve victory.

But it’s NOT guaranteed, which is why we urge you to...

Please send your instructions to Congress using our Cut Spending campaign.

You can use the following for your personal comments . . .

Support the following amendments to the defense appropriations bill . . .

- Stop funding for the NSA’s surveillance of the American people (Amash-Conyers Amendment 101)

- Stop funding of military action in Syria (Radel Amendment 102)

- Stop foreign aid to Egypt (Massie Amendment 105)

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Then, IF your Representative is a Republican, please do ONE MORE THING...

Make a note of his or her phone number before you hit the send button on this letter. We also provide the phone number in your Downsize DC Toolbox.

Use the instructions in the letter above, as your “script.”

Calls are even more valuable because of the urgency of the vote!

Also, you will receive a copy of your written message to Congress via email. Please forward it to your friends and ask them to take immediate action using our system. Make sure you give them the link to the Cut Spending campaign:

Thanks for your support. Please act quickly.

Jim Babka
President, Inc.

P.S. Even if you can’t call until this afternoon, please do so.

P.P.S. Lots of other groups are working with us in this effort. Last night, Downsize DC signed a coalition letter encouraging Republican House members to vote for the Amash Amendment. It’s not available yet as we send this Action Item, but it will be posted on our blog, later today.

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