UPDATE: Paul Krugman says to vote “no.” You can tell that to your member of Congress when you call.
Steny Hoyer says he’s only got 68 “yes” votes for the Super Congress so far. The Senate is a lost cause — 70 plus have committed to vote “yes, per ABC News.
Who has taken a position:
Connie Mack – Tea Party-friendly Congressman was on Morning Joe and said he would not vote for the bill. Why does the myth persist that the Tea Party is demanding this? They’re whipping against.
Barney Frank — told me the other day he would not vote for a Super Congress. Today he makes fun of Connie Mack for refusing to vote for it, and that he now supports it. Says he doesn’t know if he’ll be on the Super Congress, but it may be a way to get out of Afghanistan. Who is he kidding? 202-225-5931
Emanuel Cleaver – Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus says that the deal appears to be “a sugar-coated Satan sandwich.” Does that mean he won’t vote for it? 202-225-4535
Kurt Schrader (OR) – will vote yes. “While we’re a very diverse Caucus, at the end of the day, we’re not going to put our ideology ahead of the good of the country.” 202-225-5711
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL) – will vote yes. 202-225-7931
Raul Grijalva – Says he will vote “no.” Since they probably don’t need his vote to get what they need anyway, maybe this time he means it. 202-225-2435
Gwen Moore (D-WI) – “Staff doesn’t know how she will vote.” 202-225-4572
John Duncan (R-TN) – “staffer listened politely but did not know how he was going to vote on the Super Congress business. Claimed he was reading the bill.”
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – “Staff person who answered phone was almost apologetic when she told me that the Senator told MPR this morning that she was a yes vote. Minnesota will be looking for a new candidate.” 202-224-3244
Kathy Castor (D-FL) – “called my Rep, Kathy Castor and suggested that if she really wanted to be re-elected, she might want to vote against this piece of crap. I pointed out that if the “Super” Congress stuff goes through, then there’s apparently no need for regular members of Congress so what would we be paying them to do? The person taking the info was non-committal and said he would pass it on to the Representative.” 202-225-3376
Diane DeGette (D-CO) – “She and her staff are oblivious to what they have done.” 202-225-4431
Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) – “The operator did not know how the Rep. is planning to vote.” 202-225-4865
Sander Levin (D-MI) – “Assistant said the congressman hadn’t made up his mind.” 202-225-4961
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) – “It’s under review and call back later for a response.” 202-225-6335
Robert A. Brady (D-PA) – “The staffer didn’t seem surprised about my opposition of the disastrous deal. She told me that my Representative has not yet decided how he will vote on the bill.” 202-225-4731
Steve Cohen (D-TN) – “Staffer said he had not made up his mind but wanted a balanced approach. I want to poke my eyes with needles. Offered me soothing bromides about CF II and said that Democrats would never vote for major cuts to SS and MM. I countered everything but it was like talking to a very nice wall. It listened, but it just patted me on the head and told me not to worry, this was months down the road and who knows what will happen.” 202-225-3265
Peter DeFazio (D-OR) – “The aide did NOt know how Peter view the Superpooper!!” 202-225-6416
Mark Critz (D-PA) – “The nice staffer I spoke to said they were still looking in to it, and didn’t know yet how Critz would vote, but gave the usual BS about how the congressman supports SS and Medicare.” 202-225-2065
Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) – “I spoke with Ryan, gave my name and identified myself from Portland, OR in US Congressional District 3. I said I oppose a “Super Congress” and that I would not vote for Blumenauer if he votes for this as this is unconstitutional. I also stated I wouldn’t vote for Blumenaur if he votes to cut Social Security and Medicare. He said that it was crazy around there and that I was preaching to the choir He did want to know how the term “Super Congress” came about.” 202-225-4811
Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) – “Person merely took my name and address and said he would be passing my message along to Lujan.”202-225-6190
Michael Capuano (D-MA) – “Response was ‘OK, I will let Congressman Capuano know.’ I also told whoever answered the phone that I know dozens in his district (my neighbors and friends) who may not be able to call but who feel as strongly as I do about killing this bill.” 202-225-5111