Dear Congressperson, why have you not co-sponsored HR620 re Tahmooressi?

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.

HR 620 States the following :

“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:

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HR620 Tahmooressi

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.

Update

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.

Contact Congress (emails and phone numbers) for those advocates and/or Congressmen not on twitter

Many thanks to Olivia Hammar for doing the research for this post.

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CONTACT CONGRESS ON BEHALF OF SGT. ANDREW TAHMOORESSI

We have asked you to circulate a petition to President Obama and gather at least 100,000 signatures.  You’ve done that.  While we are awaiting his (hopeful) response we feel we must help Andrew on many fronts.  With that in mind, we are once again asking for your assistance.  It is time for all citizens to contact their elected representatives.  Some of you are familiar with doing this and others may not be.  Fear not, we will walk you through the process.

1)      Find your representatives.  Every citizen has one U.S. Congressperson and two Senators.  We ask that you write, call and possibly tweet all of them.

For starters, enter your zip code on this site, hit enter and it will bring up both your Congressperson and two Senators http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

You now have your three representatives.  Click on the name of the first representative and it will take you to all of his/her contact information.  Included you will see their DC Address, phone number, Fax number, email contact form, their website information (which generally includes their Facebook page) and, their twitter user name.  You will also see choices for their local office contact information.  It is up to you whether you choose to contact their D.C. office or their local office, or both.

Next, return to the homepage (above).  Click on your next representative and repeat the above steps.  Finally, return to the homepage, click on your third representative and repeat.

Now, draft your correspondence or phone your representative.  It is unlikely you will reach your representative directly but, you can try.  If not, please leave a message for them.

Finally, you may choose to tweet or Facebook them.  Most of Congress is on twitter and/or Facebook.

The most effective channels of communicating with Congress, in order, is as follows:

1)      A “Snail Mail” letter.  These letters are logged and recorded and must be responded to.

2)      An Email letter.  These letters are also supposed to be logged but it is not as traceable as a “snail mail” letter.  Also, tech is not perfect.

3)      A phone call.  We suggest calling both the D.C. office and the local office of all three of your representatives.

4)      A tweet.  It HAS happened that a tweet to a representative has been responded to but, there is no requirement or guarantee that they will respond.

5)      A Facebook post.  The problem with this is that most members of Congress have their FB set so that you can only comment on a post that they have put up.  It is the least effective method of communication and one that will likely not be seen or responded to.

All of that said, if you can, we suggest doing ALL of the above.

What to say?  That is entirely up to you.  We can only offer suggestions.  When writing, the subject line should be “Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, imprisoned in Mexico.”   We suggest you stay on point.  Do not bring other factors (ie illegal immigration to the U.S. and or Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl) into the discussion.  Ask for their help.  You want them to intercede and help free Sgt. Tahmooressi.  Ask them to please contact Secretary of State John Kerry.  Be concise, stick to facts. Do NOT make threats.  Be professional and courteous.  Keep it brief.  This is an effort to elicit help from Congress and the State Department on behalf of Sgt. Tahmooressi, not a letter to air all of your grievances.  You may wish to do that in a separate letter and, we encourage that if you so choose.  Our elected officials represent us and this is a proper and appropriate request.

A sample could be “Sgt. Tahmooressi has been in a Mexican Prison for over two months for a wrong turn into Mexico”… etc.

You may wish to include your contact information and request a return phone call or email etc.  Let’s slam the phone lines, crash the servers and jam the Fax lines.

This is a major “CONTACT CONGRESS” push.  If you’ve no idea what to say, please message the Facebook page for Sgt. Tahmooressi here and someone will assist you.

https://www.facebook.com/freeusmctahmooressifrommexicanjail

Finally, post this link on your Facebook page, tweet it, email it.  Let’s get everyone involved in this.  Send it to any person or entity that you may know that can be of assistance.  Once done, please post on the Facebook page (above) what you have done as it encourages others to act as well.  Let’s do this!

On behalf of the Tahmooressi family and our entire effort to free Andrew, thank you.

I am on twitter at @hipEchik

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