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FISA Moving Forward

March 13, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

The House is going to vote later today on their updated FISA bill, which does not contain telecom immunity. Despite near-unanimous opposition from House Republicans and the President, it is probably going to pass. But a group of conservative, Blue-Dog Democrats, big enough to swing the vote, still haven’t said where they stand.

McJoan at Daily Kos put together this list — call them if you feel strongly one way or another (they control the vote):

  • Rep. Leonard L. Boswell, D-Iowa — Phone: (202) 225-3806, Fax: (202) 225-5608
  • Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark. — Phone: (202) 225-4076, Fax: (202) 225-5602
  • Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark. — Phone: (202) 225-3772, Fax: (202) 225-1314
  • Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. — Phone: (202) 225-2611, Fax: (202) 226-0893
  • Rep. Robert E. “Bud” Cramer, D-Ala. — Phone: (202) 225-4801, Fax: (202) 225-4392
  • Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill. — Phone: (202) 225-3711, Fax: (202) 225-7830
  • Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C. — Phone: (202) 225-6401, Fax: (202) 226-6422
  • Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. — Phone: (202) 225-2823, Fax: (202) 225-3377
  • Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla. — Phone: (202) 225-5235, Fax: (202) 225-5615
  • Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif. — Phone: (202) 225-6161, Fax: (202) 225-8671
  • Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla. — Phone: (202) 225-2701, Fax: (202) 225-3038
  • Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn. — Phone: (202) 225-4714, Fax: (202) 225-1765
  • Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah — Phone: (202) 225-3011, Fax: (202) 225-5638
  • Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn. — Phone: (202) 225-4311, Fax: (202) 226-1035
  • Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn. — Phone: (202) 225-6831, Fax: (202) 226-5172
  • Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind. — Phone: (202) 225-4636, Fax: (202) 225-3284
  • Rep. Tim Holden, D-Pa. — Phone: (202) 225-5546, Fax: (202) 226-0996
  • Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La. — Phone: (202) 225-4031, Fax: (202) 226-3944
  • Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan. — Phone: (202) 225-2865, Fax: (202) 225-2807
  • Rep. Christopher Carney, D-Pa. — Phone: (202) 225-3731, Fax: (202) 225-9594
  • Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio — Phone: (202) 225-6265, Fax: (202) 225-3394


Final passage of a FISA bill is still a long way off. If the House bill passes today, it will go back to the Senate once Congress returns from their two-week Easter recess. The Senate will probably attach a telecom immunity provision to it, sending the two versions of the bill to a rocky reconciliation process. Then, of course, there’s President Bush who has said he will only sign a FISA bill that contains immunity.

Talking Points Memo has more on the bill and its prospects moving forward.

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