Individuals concerned about the “American’s Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009” health care reform proposal introduced by the House Democratic Leadership earlier this week should target their input on the Democrats in Congress most likely to listen to those concerns. In the House of Representatives, these members likely are the “Blue Dog Democrats” in the House. Read about Blue Dog Democrats here.
The fiscal conservatism of Blue Dog Democrats makes them more likely to listen to concerns about the cost and other concerns relating to the health care reform bills touted by the Democrat Leadership in the House and Senate. In fact, many Blue Dog Democrats already are speaking out about their concerns about the cost and other aspects of the Bill.
Contact from voters and contributors in their districts and others could make a major difference in the ability that the House Democrat Leadership needs to pass their Bill. Immediately contacting these members and getting others – particularly voters and contributors in the districts that elect these members – is one of the most important steps that concerned Americans can do to position their concerns to be heard.
For most concerned voters, telephone or fax contact is the best means to convey these messages. To minimize spam, most members only accept e-mail submitted through their website links. Security concerns can delay receipt of written correspondence for weeks.
For persons interested in making their voices heard and sharing information with others who wish to do the same, the following contact information may be of interest:
The number of the Capital Switchboard is 202-224-3121.
The Blue Dog Leadership Team and there telephone and fax numbers are:
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration
Telephone: 202.225.2801 , Fax: 202.225.5823
Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
Telephone: 202-225-4031, Fax: (202) 226-6866
Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA-03), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
Telephone: 202-225-4031, Fax: (202) 226-3944
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11), Blue Dog Whip
Telephone: 202-225-6401, Fax: (202) 226-6422
The Blue Dog Members and their telephone numbers are :
Altmire, Jason (PA-04),(202)225-2565
Arcuri, Mike (NY-24), (202)225-3665
Baca, Joe (CA-43),(202)225-6161
Barrow, John (GA-12), (202) 225-2823
Berry, Marion (AR-01), (202) 225-4076
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02), (202) 225-3631
Boren, Dan (OK-02), (202) 225-2701
Boswell, Leonard (IA-03), (202) 225-3806
Boyd, Allen (FL-02), (202) 225-5235
Bright, Bobby (AL-02), (202) 225-2901
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18), (202) 225-6131
Carney, Christopher (PA-10), (202) 225-3731
Chandler, Ben (KY-06), (202) 225-4706
Childers, Travis (MS-01), (202) 225-4306
Cooper, Jim (TN 5th), (202) 225-4311
Costa, Jim (CA 20th), (202) 225-3341
Cuellar, Henry (TX 28th), (202) 225-1640
Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. (PA 3rd), (202) 225-5406
Davis, Lincoln (TN 4th),(202) 225-6831
Donnelly, Joe (IN 2nd), (202) 225-3915
Ellsworth, Brad (IN 8th), (202) 225-4636
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ 8th), (202) 225-2542
Gordon, Bart (TN 6th), (202) 225-4231
Griffith, Parker (AL 5th), (202) 225-4801
Harman, Jane (CA 36th), (202) 225-8220
Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (SD At Large), (202) 225-2801
Hill, Baron P. (IN 9th), (202) 225-5315
Holden, Tim (PA 17th), (202) 225-5546
Kratovil, Frank Jr. (MD 1st), (202) 225-5311
McIntyre, Mike (NC 7th), (202) 225-2731
Marshall, Jim (GA 8th), (202) 225-6531
Matheson, Jim (UT 2nd), (202) 225-3011
Melancon, Charlie (LA 3rd), (202) 225-4031
Michaud, Michael H. (ME 2nd), (202) 225-6306
Minnick, Walt (ID 1st), (202) 225-6611
Mitchell, Harry E. (AZ 5th), (202) 225-2190
Moore, Dennis (KS 3rd), (202) 225-2865
Murphy, Patrick J. (PA 8th), (202) 225-4276
Nye, Glenn C. (VA 2nd), (202) 225-4215
Peterson, Collin C. (MN 7th), (202) 225-2165
Pomeroy, Earl (ND At Large), (202) 225-2611
Ross, Mike (AR 4th), (202) 225-3772
Salazar, John T. (CO 3rd), (202) 225-4761
Sanchez, Loretta (CA 47th), (202) 225-2965
Schiff, Adam B. (CA 29th), (202) 225-4176
Scott, David (GA 13th), (202) 225-2939
Shuler, Heath (NC 11th), (202) 225-6401
Space, Zachary T. (OH 18th), (202) 225-6265
Tanner, John S. (TN 8th), (202) 225-4714
Taylor, Gene (MS 4th), (202) 225-5772
Thompson, Mike (CA 1st), (202) 225-3311
Wilson, Charles (OH-06), (202) 225-5705
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