I blogged last week about the Jobs For Americans bill that President Obama has put out, saying that it's one of the most important pieces of legislation that we have.
Of course, being the practical-minded person that I am, I thought the best way to figure out for myself how it's faring is to get a list of Congressmembers, and to mark off who's in support and who's not. Here's that whip count, with lots of info missing.
Finding out Congressmembers' positions on controversial legislation can be difficult. If they're not on board with the bill, calling the legislator's office is like calling and asking for their bank account number. The voice on the phone gets suspicious and hard, asks for your name, says they don't know, they have to ask someone else, can I transfer you to voicemail, no one here knows that information, why do you want to know, are you writing for publication, and spell that please?
Anyway, I looked for some info on the NY Congressional delegation. It's after the jump. I think it's fair to say that, of those I contacted, not many are on board yet. What are they waiting for? Don't they know that jobs are the #1 issue for Americans now? More info on the NY Congressional delegation after the jump.
Both Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have come out in favor of the jobs bill. The rest of the Congressional delegation is all over the map. I've included their contact info, in case you'd like to do some digging of your own. Let me know what you find out.
NY01 Tim Bishop D 306 Cannon House Office Building 202-225-3826 631-289-6500 EmailWebsite He's on board, supports the jobs bill. Good job, Congressman Bishop!
NY02 Steve Israel D 2457 Rayburn House Office Building 202-225-3335 631-951-2210 EmailWebsite His office wasn't sure, gave me his press secretary's voicemail, I sent her an email, waiting to hear back.
NY03 Pete King R 339 Cannon House Office Building 202-225-7896 516-541-4225 Email Website His office said he hasn't taken a position yet, and is "open" to new ideas, but he supports Speaker Boehner all the way. I think that's a no, don't you?
NY04 Carolyn McCarthy D 2346 Rayburn House Office Building 202-225-5516 516-739-3008 EmailWebsite Her office really didn't know. I left my number and they said they'd call back.
NY05 Gary Ackerman D 2211 Rayburn House Office Building 202-225-2601 718-423-2154 EmailWebsite They didn't know yet, either.
NY06 Gregory W. Meeks D 2234 Rayburn House Office Building 202-225-3461 718-327-9791 EmailWebsite Enthusiastic supporter! Two thumbs up!!
NY07 Joseph Crowley D 2404 Rayburn House Office Building 202-225-3965 718-779-1400 EmailWebsite His office didn't know. :(
NY08 Jerrold Nadler D 2334 Rayburn House Office Building 202-225-5635 718-373-3198 EmailWebsite They didn't know
NY09 Bob Turner R 2104 Rayburn House Office Building 202-225-6616 718-318-9255 EmailWebsite He just got elected (Anthony Weiner's old district), so they're still unpacking boxes and said to call back when they get chairs and desks. He's a Tea Party guy, so I wouldn't hold your breath.
NY10 Edolphus (Ed) Towns D 2232 Rayburn House Office Building 202-225-5936 718-855-8018 EmailWebsite Congressman Towns is supporting the legislation. Excellent!
NY11 Yvette D. Clarke D 1029 Longworth House Office Building 202-225-6231 718-287-1142 EmailWebsite Not a clue.
There's another 18 Congressional Districts in New York, but I'm out of time, so watch for part two of "NY Delegation Gets Its Act Together."