Thirteen Democrats in the US Senate voted against their constituents in favor of the pharmaceutical lobby the other night.
I’ve been trying lately to make it easy for those who follow me on Facebook or Twitter or on this blog to put pressure on those senators who are vulnerable in the next election by posting their office phone numbers in one easy-to-look-up place.
Today I’m taking the focus off the Repubs.
Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment that would have made it legal for Americans to purchase prescription drugs from Canada, where prices can be as much as 90% lower for the same drugs produced in the same facilities by the same manufacturers, because lawmakers in the US, at the bidding of Big Pharma lobbyists, have acted for years to keep prices artificially high for Americans.
The amendment was supported by a dozen Republicans, way more than enough for it to pass if Democrats had stuck together. Here are the Dirty Baker’s Dozen we can hold responsible for enabling the continued gouging of their constituents:
Michael Bennett of Colorado, Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Jon Tester of Montana, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Mark Warner of Virginia, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington
Seven of these turncoats have to stand for re-election in 2018. I’m listing them with the phone numbers for their Washington and regional offices.
Tom Carper, Delaware, 202-224-2441, 302-573-6291, 302-674-3308, 302-856-7690
Jon Tester, Montana, 202-224-2644, 406-252-0550, 406-586-4450, 406-723-3277, 406-365-2391, 406-452-9585, 406-449-5401, 406-257-3360, 406-728-3003
Bob Menendez, New Jersey, 202-224-4744, 973-645-3030, 856-757-5353
Martin Heinrich, New Mexico, 202-224-5521, 505-346-6601, 505-325-5030, 575-523-6561, 575-622-7113, 505-988-6647
Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota, 202-224-2043, 701-258-4648, 701-232-8030, 701-225-0974, 701-775-9601, 701-852-0703
Bob Casey, Pennsylvania, 202-224-6324, 215-405-9660, 570-941-0930, 814-874-5080, 717-231-7540, 412-803-7370, 814-357-0314, 610-782-9470
Maria Cantwell, Washington, 202-224-3441, 206-220-6400, 509-353-2507, 253-572-2281, 425-303-0114, 360-696-7838, 509-946-8106
If you live in one of their states, you can apply the kind of pressure that counts to make your voice and opinions matter. Simply call at least one of the phone numbers for your Senator, and leave the message that you’re a constituent, you’re paying attention, you will vote in the Democratic primary in 2018, and your support will be determined by how your Senator stands on the issues that matter to you.
Let them know that you saw how they put the interests of Big Pharma ahead of your own interests, and that if they don’t change their subservience to corporate lobbyists, you’ll be working to defeat them in the 2018 primary election.