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Thread: Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act

  1. #121
    Quote Originally Posted by beachlover
    I sent a message to Coburn office and also to Sen Boxer & Feinsteins office (my CA senators) asking for help.
    I sent a message to Coburn's office and also to Sen. Burr (NC) asking him to put pressure on Coburn. Also sent message to Sen. Dole's office and left a message on their voicemail box.
    Daniel

  2. #122

    Response from Coburn

    Heard back from Coburn's office. Long story short, after much wrangling and several instances of me saying "Seriously? How ingenuous is THAT?"....because the CDRPA is from long ago, it is one of the only specific-disease-related bills Dr. Coburn is willing to let slide through, IF Sen. Harkin is willing to find a budget offset for it.

    (All together now: Really? How ingenuous is THAT?)

    That, my friends, is a mighty big if. Courtney, seated at the right hand of Go...er I mean Dr. Coburn, says that Harkin's office has refused to this point.

    Who has contacts in Sen. Harkin's office?

    Honestly, I have a feeling we're making a dent. She has never returned my call before. We're all over congress.org. Don't give up!

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    If you live in the United States of America and are SCI, or care in the least for someone affected by paralysis - for GOODNESS SAKE, PLEASE CALL OR WRITE YOUR SENATORS in support of S.1183, the Dana & Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act. Please don't sit on the sideline waiting for someone else to do your work. They can't without your help! YOU can make a big difference by this small act of advocacy. Alternatively, you can quietly sit on your ass while SCI needs are ignored by your government. It's time to be counted. Speak up, Speak Out. Do it NOW!
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  4. #124
    I called Harkin's office and left Coburn's message with them.
    ...it's worse than we thought. it turns out the people at the white house are not secret muslims, they're nerds.

  5. #125
    Sorry guys that I'm so late to the party, I've been holed up with a UTI and pressure sore.... new Minority Whip, John Kyl is the Jr. Senator from AZ. I've called his office for help and called. McCain. Hope no one is holding their breath as neither of my senators have signed on as co-sponsors. BUt, we have to keep trying eh?
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  6. #126

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    That, my friends, is a mighty big if. Courtney, seated at the right hand of Go...er I mean Dr. Coburn, says that Harkin's office has refused to this point.

    QUOTE]

    Yep Betheny, unfortunately there are physicians out there who believe that M.D. is an abbreviation for Minor Deity.

  7. #127
    Quote Originally Posted by IMHopeful
    Keep the letters coming! Check it out, our message is out there for everyone to see. Let's try to get a letter from every state. Copy and paste it to his Health Aide too.

    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/...rslist/?id=483
    thx 4 the link--- (i got confused with the forms too...)
    To: Sen. Tom Coburn

    What can I write to you that will make you understand of the importance this bill for vetrans, children or your neighbor living with paralysis? As a leader, when a city, road, or bridge in your state is disabled or paralyzed you would take steps to remedy the situation and find the means to do so. Why would you oppose a bill helping those 'humans' paralyzed in the nation? I ask you as an American to put aside your prejudices and release the hold on 'The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act".
    Sincerely,
    A Paralyzed American Paralyzed by your 'hold'

  8. #128
    Here is the current list of cosponsors on the Senate side -

    11 states have both Senators cosponsoring the bill.
    They are CA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI and VT

    As of Dec. 17, MN has support from both Senators!

    10 states have a single cosponsor

    • CA – Barbara Boxer - Dianne Feinstein
    • CT – Chris Dodd
    • HI – Daniel Inouye
    • IL – Dick Durbin - Barack Obama
    • IA – Tom Harkin
    • MI – Carl Levin
    • MN – Norm Coleman - Amy Klobuchar
    • MD – Barbara Mikulski – Benjamin Cardin
    • MA – John Kerry - Edward Kennedy
    • NJ – Frank Lautenberg - Robert Menendez
    • NM – Jeff Bingaman
    • NY – Hillary Clinton - Charles Shumer
    • NC – Richard Burr
    • OH – Sherrod Brown - George Voinovich
    • OR – Gordon Smith
    • PA – Robert Casey - Arlen Specter
    • RI – Jack Reed - Sheldon Whitehouse
    • SC – Lindsey Graham
    • SD – Tim Johnson
    • VT – Bernard Sanders - Patrick Leahy
    • WA – Patty Murray

    29 states still have no cosponsors at all!
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  9. #129
    Quote Originally Posted by Chaz19
    thx 4 the link--- (i got confused with the forms too...)
    To: Sen. Tom Coburn

    What can I write to you that will make you understand of the importance this bill for vetrans, children or your neighbor living with paralysis? As a leader, when a city, road, or bridge in your state is disabled or paralyzed you would take steps to remedy the situation and find the means to do so. Why would you oppose a bill helping those 'humans' paralyzed in the nation? I ask you as an American to put aside your prejudices and release the hold on 'The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act".
    Sincerely,
    A Paralyzed American Paralyzed by your 'hold'
    Chaz--excellent argument. Particularly applicable given the attention to the I35W bridge collapse here in Minneapolis. That tragedy happened August 1st and the footings for the new bridge have begun being poured this week on the south side, a mere 4 1/2 months later.

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    Got an email yesterday from Amy Kloubchar (MN) and she stated that the vote for CDRPA was placed on the calendar Aug. 3rd. Why so long for a vote? Is it still on the calendar? How do I find out? Thanks.

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