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Unhappy Voters Jam Capitol Hill Phone Lines

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posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:00 PM
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Unhappy Voters Jam Capitol Hill Phone Lines


www.cnn.com

Capitol operators tell CNN Radio that phone lines have been jammed for the past two weeks, sometimes prompting busy signals.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, said calls on the sweeping stimulus plan jumped from eight during all of January to hundreds a day now.

In a sampling of 12 Senate offices, half had so many messages that their voicemail boxes were full.

It's because of people like Betty Davidson.

"I'm very upset!" exclaimed the 63-year-old from Laguna Hills, California.
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posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:00 PM
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It takes a lot to get US citizens riled up enough to start calling their representatives in DC to complain to them about the way they are handling things!

I don't remember EVER hearing that so many US citizens were calling Capital Hill that the phone lines were being jammed.

This should be a VERY clear indicator to our representatives in DC as to what their constituents want to happen!

I guess we'll just have to wait and see who they REALLY work for now.

Stimulus Bill passes = big corporation, fails = they actually do work for "the people" who voted them into office.

www.cnn.com
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[edit on 2/5/2009 by Keyhole]



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:05 PM
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I don't ever remember EVER hearing that so many US citizens were calling Capital Hill that the phone lines were being jammed.


Where were you a few months ago when the first $800 Billion stimulus package was being debated? The calls jammed the entire DC exchange, let alone the Capitol Hill switchboard.

I guess everyone has short memories.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:13 PM
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They were this jammed with the "Amnesty Bill".

Hopefully, this so-called stimulus package will enjoy the same fate as that bill did.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:31 PM
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There have been calls to improve the capital hill phone system for years but since they have personel cells to use by the dozens with secret numbers there's no need to improve it and this way it looks like they are being inundated and makes good press. They still do what ever the hell they feel like and the rest of us end up screwed! They don't have to answer the phones or make statements that can come back to haunt them!

Zindo



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:39 PM
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Capitol Hill and the White House always receive lots of phone calls on any controversial issue. It's a good sign insofar as it shows that American voters are participating in the legislative process and care enough to get involved.

It's a very populist thing to oppose the stimulus bill. Many people don't look deeply or carefully at the economic issues involved. I think the bill could use a lot of pruning and fine tuning, but some sort of large stimulus to the economy is, unfortunately, called for.

I am also contacting my representatives in Washington.

[edit on 5-2-2009 by Sestias]



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:41 PM
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The um, wonderful idea that Bush had to turn our port authority to the country of Dubai had a similar reaction. As someone else mentioned, the doomed Amnesty bill did. I recall someone on the hill stating, "What part of No dont we understand?"

Ive called my Senators a few times on this matter, never actually talked to anyone however. Emails arent even getting the auto-reply I am so accoustomed to.

But there is another way to get your voice heard. Instead of calling your Senators DC office to voice your opinion to a machine, call one of their local offices. Every elected official I have ever known keeps at least one office in their home state, and they are staffed most of the time. Staffers tend to send along all constituent complaints on legislation to the DC office on a fairly regular basis, and the more calls they get, the sooner they will alert their partners in DC.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:43 PM
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I have been doing my complains via e-mails, see as we get to spend more time digesting the economical stimulus the more we get to understand what a mistake is and what a unconstitutional act will be.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 09:49 PM
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i predict the passing of this bill, they dont care what we say. we just cast votes, the companies are the ones that make them rich.



posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 04:06 PM
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Down with the stimulus bill. It is nothing but socialism. It stinks.



posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 04:20 PM
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Capital Hill has not updated the phone lines because if they did, this woman would lose her job. Can't do much with one switch board.,








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