Update on Action Alert: Restoring Habeas

Bump and Update: It looks like it will be a stand-alone bill. A reader just wrote in:

FYI-- Congresswoman, Rep. Kathy Castor, (D-FL-11th) who serves on both the Armed Services Comm. AND is the only freshman on the powerful Rules Committee which makes decisions about moving bills forward, met with Armed Services Chair Ike Skelton early this morning and they have decided to file a stand alone bill to restore habeas corpus rather than put it in the Defense Authorization Bill.

I spoke to her Chief of Staff personally, and he said she promises to work to move the bill along, so everyone will have to vote up or down on restoring habeas, and we'll all know by their vote where exactly everyone in Congress stands on restoring habeas.

Original Post: 5/8/07

Via McJoan at Daily Kos and Matt Stoller:

I'm told there's an outside shot that House Democrats on the Armed Services Committee will put a restoration of habeas corpus into the Defense Department Authorization Bill being marked up tomorrow and Thursday. Apparently Chairman Skelton has the votes but there are concerns about whether to have this fight now.


Now's the time to let them know that this is something that we elected them to get done. There's a bit of fear that this vote could put freshmen members at risk, though I don't really know why as the data on this isn't compelling and the attack ads just didn't work in 2006.

The most important members to contact are Ike Skelton, antiwar freshmen, and members of the Armed Services Committee. Pelosi and Hoyer would be good too. Each link below goes to that member's email form, and their phone numbers are to the right. I've only included Democratic members of the committee since the decision on whether to make a vote will be made within the party - the full list of Armed Service members is here.

Call and ask them to restore habeas corpus and put it in the Defense Department Authorization bill. This is an especially important message to deliver to freshmen members who have the moral credibility of having been in elected in 2006 in the teeth of Republican fear-mongering.


Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (202) 225-4965

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, (202) 225-4131

Armed Services Committee Democrats
Ike Skelton, Missouri, Chairman, 202-225-2876

John Spratt, South Carolina, 202-225-5501

Solomon P. Ortiz, Texas, (202) 225-7742

Gene Taylor, Mississippi, 202 225-5772

Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii, (202) 225-2726

Marty Meehan, Massachusetts, (202) 225-3411

Silvestre Reyes, Texas, (202) 225-4831

Vic Snyder, Arkansas, 202-225-2506

Adam Smith, Washington, (202) 225-8901

Loretta Sanchez, California, 202-225-5859

Mike McIntyre, North Carolina,  (202) 225-2731

Ellen O. Tauscher, California,  (202) 225-1880

Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania, (202) 225-4731

Robert Andrews, New Jersey, 202-225-6501

Susan A. Davis, California, (202) 225-2040

Rick Larsen, Washington, (202) 225-2605

Jim Cooper, Tennessee, 202-225-4311

Jim Marshall, Georgia, 202-225-4311

Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam, (202) 225-1188

Mark Udall, Colorado, (202) 225-2161

Dan Boren, Oklahoma, (202) 225-2701

Brad Ellsworth, Indiana, (202) 225-4636

Nancy Boyda, Kansas, (202) 225-6601

Patrick Murphy, Pennsylvania, (202) 225-4276

Hank Johnson, Georgia, (202) 225-1605

Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire,(202) 225-5456

Joe Courtney, Connecticut, (202) 225-2076

David Loebsack, Iowa, 202.225.6576

Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, (202) 225-5614

Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania, (202) 225-2011

G. Giffords, Arizona, (202) 225-2542

Elijah Cummings, Maryland, (202) 225-4741

Kendrick Meek, Florida, 202-225-4506

Kathy Castor, Florida, (202)225-3376

Please rip this list off and spread it far and wide.

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    my call's been made -- check! (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by the rainnn on Wed May 09, 2007 at 09:45:14 AM EST
    i just spoke for five
    minutes with rep. ike
    skelton's staff
    , on the
    urgency of habeas restoration. . .

    the earnest young gentleman there
    said they are being "deluged",
    yes, deluged(!) with calls in favor
    of full habeas restoration!

    way to go, talkleft, fdl, and
    all others noting this today!

    ditto on that (none / 0) (#5)
    by conchita on Wed May 09, 2007 at 10:13:22 AM EST
    called pelosi and hoyer as well.

    And of the Republicans... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ben Masel on Tue May 08, 2007 at 11:43:42 PM EST
    it's worth contacting Bartlett (MD) and Jones (NC)

    Wow. I'm impressed. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Pneumatikon on Tue May 08, 2007 at 11:49:07 PM EST
    One psycho comes in and shoves good ole HC out the door and our congressmen are reduced to sneaking it back in. Pathetic.

    thanks for the heads up. (none / 0) (#3)
    by msobel on Wed May 09, 2007 at 07:49:36 AM EST
    posted at http://bouldercountydems.org/2007/05/tell-congress-to-restore-habeus-corpus.html

    please send me any actions you think any dem would be interested in,  need sponsoring org, and web page for action.

    links must be in html format or they skew the site (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Wed May 09, 2007 at 11:04:21 AM EST
    particularly long ones.

    Great, they want to make it easier (none / 0) (#6)
    by andgarden on Wed May 09, 2007 at 10:38:20 AM EST
    for the President to veto.