Voice of Vietnamese Americans Urges Grassroots Action Taken TODAY
on the Debt Ceiling Issue
Congress, WH Negotiations still ongoing: Senate to hold postponed vote today at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 31, 2011, 12:45 a.m.
There is no new news that VVA can add to the longstanding gridlock issue regarding the national debt limit, whose looming deadline is Tuesday. Still, while world headlines and national media continue to be saturated with coverage and commentary on Congress’s impasse, VVA is taking this fresh opportunity to urge all Vietnamese Americans to take a small yet crucial role in communicating their views TODAY to their elected officials.
Regardless of the chosen medium, constituent communication with elected officials is more productive and influential than silence. Tweets, e-mail, or a simple telephone message are small gestures that are capable of yielding reactions and results. And if done in large numbers, they can yield news-making changes in a possible bipartisan legislation.
We can get past this, and we need to let several key policymakers know that holding the U.S. economy captive is not a game. Thousands of elderly Vietnamese Americans across the country rely on Social Security and Medicare for their everyday and vital needs, and the threat of default will put their, and everyone’s, American Dream in jeopardy.
The New York Times and The Washington Post published editorials on Thursday, July 29, 2011 both underlining that a solution must be reached in a timely fashion next week in the Senate or chaos can and will ensue. “Now the only hope left for avoiding default on Tuesday is for the Senate to piece together a compromise that can pass with bipartisan majorities in both chambers.” (NYTimes.com) “That leaves the Senate, with the straitjacket of its cumbersome procedures that eat up precious time. Given that the House measure is dead on arrival, the focus then shifts to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).” (Washingtonpost.com)
What You Can Do
While Senate and district offices may only be taking voicemail messages this weekend, there are other outlets for communication. You can turn to your social media outlet of choice (Facebook page, Twitter, or e-petition) to contact your Senator now. Urge him or her to:
· Please support the best long-term compromise so Washington does not succumb to the same scramble six months from now.
· Please work efficiently with the procedural floor rules and not against them to waste legislation time.
Find your Senator and his or her contact information here.
If you are tweeting your views, here are some popular, relevant hashtags that are trending on Twitter (see below).
As of Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m. ET, the #compromise hashtag had been used more than 22,000 times and reached 36 million users (followers of accounts using the hashtag), according to social media monitoring company NM Incite.
Also, don’t forget to follow VVA on Twitter @VVANews!