Dear We The People: If you have this blog in hand, please tweet, email and/or call all of the members of this committee who have not co-sponsored (signed) HR620. The twitter handles are indicated below and there is also a “Contact Congress” link for those representatives or supporters who are not on twitter By doing so, you resolve as I do, that you stand with Andrew and you will not rest until he is free. If you have any questions, please contact me on twitter at @hipEchik or Olivia Hammar at @HammarOlivia , or comment on this blog post.
Major Update: There will be a hearing on Sgt. Tahmooressi’s case on 10/1/14 and make no mistake, our social media army made this happen! Thank you all. The hearing is essentially the next step is passing the resolution. It provides a public forum for testimony. That said, we still need as many members of the House of Representatives to sign so please, keep it up!
Dear Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee :
As you know, HR620 has been introduced but not co-sponsored by all members of your committee. Please see the roll call as of September 7, 2014 below. We the people do not understand why at least all members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs have not co-sponsored this resolution. Additionally, please note that Fernando Benitez, Sgt. Tahmooressi’s lawyer, has indicated that passage of this simple resolution may hold weight with the Mexican judge and expedite his release. There are no sanctions against Mexico included in this resolution and frankly, we are befuddled as to why we cannot get a simple resolution signed and passed. There is compelling evidence that Sgt. Tahmooressi simply made a wrong turn into Mexico that fateful night and yet all of our efforts to help him have been for naught. To date, Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi has been imprisoned in Mexico for more than 5 months. As the days and then months have gone by, Sgt. Tahmooressi has become increasingly despondent over his imprisonment. He desperately needs medical care for his PTSD incurred while he was honorably serving our Nation as a two tour combat Marine. Indeed, his PTSD is the reason Sgt. Tahmooressi came to San Diego as he was not getting the care from the V.A. in his home State of Florida that he was told he could get at the La Jolla V.A. Health Center. We are once again appealing to you to co-sponsor HR 620, a politically benign resolution, that may well help Andrew gain his freedom. If there is a reason why each of you will not co-sponsor this, please indicate why. Sgt. Tahmooressi’s next court appearance is tomorrow, September 9th, 2014 and we would like to present the judge with as many signatures as we have and as we can gain today. This has become an urgent matter and we plead with you to co-sponsor, put the bill on the suspension calendar and pass this resolution.“H.Res.620 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Mexico should immediately release United States Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi and provide for his swift return to the United States so Sgt. Tahmooressi can receive the appropriate medical assistance for his medical condition. “
Please see the tweet from Sgt. Tahmooressi’s lawyer indicating that passage of HR620 could expedite his return home:
These Members have already co-sponsored
Update Steve Stockman – R – TX has signed. Thank you Rep Stockman
Update Scott Perry – R – PA has signed. Thank you Rep Perry
Update Edward Royce – R- CA – Chairman has signed. Thank you Rep Royce.
Update: Tulsi Gabbard – D – HI has signed! Thank you Rep Gabbard
Update: Jeff Duncan – R – SC has signed! Thank you Rep Duncan.
Juan Vargas – D – CA – has signed! Thank you Rep. Vargas
Ami Bera – D – CA – has signed! Thank you Rep. Bera
Curt Clawson – R -FL – has signed! Thank you Rep. Clawson
Doug Collins – R – GA – has signed. Thank you Rep. Collins
Joseph P Kennedy – D – MA – has signed. Thank you Rep. Kennedy
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – R – FL
Dana Rohrabacher – R – CA
Ted Poe – R – TX
Edward Royce – R- CA – Chairman
Matt Salmon – R – AZ
Tom Marino – R – PA
Mo Brooks – R – AL
Paul Cook – R – CA
Randy Weber – R – TX
Ron DeSantis – R – FL
Mark Meadows – R – NC
Ted Deutch – D – FL
Albio Sires – D – NJ
Chris Smith – R-NJ
23 members have not co-sponsored
Sean Duffy – R – WI – @RepSeanDuffy
Eni Faleomavaega – D – American Samoa (No Twitter) See Contact List Below
Brad Sherman – D – CA – @BradSherman
Gregory W Meeks – D – NY @GregoryMeeks
Gerald E. Connolly – D – VA @GerryConnolly
Brian Higgins – D – NY – @RepBrianHiggins
Karen Bass – D – CA – @RepKarenBass
William Keating D – MA – @USRepKeating
David Cicilline – D – RI – @DavidCicilline
Alan Grayson – D – FL – @AlanGrayson
Bradley Schneider – D – IL – @RepSchneider
Alan S Lowenthal – D – CA – @RepLowenthal
Grace Meng – D – NY – @RepGraceMeng
Lois Frankel – D _ FL – @RepLoisFrankel
Joaquin Castro – D – TX – @JoaquinCastrotx
Eliot Engel – D – NY – Ranking Member – @RepEliotEngel
Steve Chabot – R – OH – @RepSteveChabot
Joe Wilson – R – SC – @RepJoeWilson
Michael T McCaul – R – TX – @McCaulPressShop
Adam Kinzinger – R – IL @RepKinzinger * Veteran. Air Force Pilot. Still serving in the Guard. What say you Rep Kinzinger ?
Tom Cotton – R – AK – @RepTomCotton
George Holding – R – NC @RepHolding
Ted Yoho – R – FL – @RepTedYoho
To each of you that have not co-sponsored, again I ask why not? This is not a complex bill nor one that would cause any of you political harm in the upcoming mid-term elections. Frankly, it causes me to wonder about this 113th Congress when we the people cannot even elicit a response on such a simple matter. As the wife of a combat Marine veteran, I know more than a bit about the struggles Sgt. Tahmooressi is going through. That said, I cannot possibly know how Sgt. Tahmooressi must feel to have his Country seemingly abandon him when he fought so honorably for her.
For the sake of relative brevity, I shall leave this as is. I close with this appeal. On the week of the 13th anniversary of 911, with many of us worried about our Nation’s security, I cannot fathom the thought of Sgt. Tahmooressi spending this anniversary of the very attack that precipitated him going to war languishing in a Mexican prison. I Stand With Andrew and I will not rest until he is free. You can assume that everyone who sends, tweets, and emails this to you resolves the same.
Please co-sponsor this resolution and feel free to contact me on twitter at @hipEchik or Olivia Hammar at @HammarOlivia if you have any questions, concerns, or comments. Thank you, Semper Fi and God Bless and Protect these United States of America.
Many thanks to Olivia Hammar for doing the research for this post.