Coalition for HR 5680 says "big trouble in the House"
The House International Relations Committee passed the bill on June 27, 2006. The bill has shown no movement in the House since that Committee took action.
The Coalition believes the bill has been delayed form reaching the House floor either because of Speakerís Hastertís opposition, or active lack of support for it.
Asked whether H.R.5680 was dead in the House for this year, Prof. Alemayehu stated: ďNot by a long shot. We can still make it happen, but now we have to present our case to Speaker Hastert. I urge all Ethiopian Americans in the United States who support H.R. 5680 to contact the Speakerís office by telephone, fax, email, or in person if possible and make the case to the Speaker that H.R. 5680 is about human rights and democracy and getting political prisoners released. Every one needs to call the Speakerís office as many times as necessary to get the message across. I make a special plea to Ethiopians who live in Illinois, and those in the 14th congressional district in Illinois (Hastertís district), to contact Speaker Hastertís office and make the case for H.R. 5680. Realistically have less than four weeks to move this bill. It is now or never.Ē
Because of the time pressures created by the midterm elections, the Coalition urges H.R. 5680 supporters throughout the United States to contact their individual members of Congress, Republican and Democrats, immediately and without delay, and respectfully ask them to send letters and make calls to Speaker Hastert so that he will allow H.R. 5680 to come to the House floor for a vote.
Requests to Speaker Hastert to allow H.R. 5680 to proceed to the floor for a vote should be made immediately and without delay.
Sample letter/email to Speaker Hastert is posted at the Coalitionís website at: http://www.hr5680.org.
Speaker Dennis Hastertís office may be contacted at the following addresses:
Chief of Staff: Scott Palmer email@example.com
District of Columbia (Congress) Office
Batavia District Office
Dixon Regional Office
Geneseo Regional Office
Coalition membership information and other inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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