Saturday, March 12, 2011

Who's who to reach in Congress about High-Speed Rail

This is a list of Senators and Congressmen that have considerable influence in shaping the direction of funding for or against high-speed rail.  They need to hear from all of us.  If you oppose high-speed rail, please tell them.

This information came to me by way of Mike Akita, a recently discovered colleague and correspondent.  Let me also say that this list is far from complete and we will be providing additional names of members of Congress in the next several days.

I'm a big believer in phone calls or snail mail on paper.

Here is what Mike says about this:

These are the most influential Republicans/Tea Party 
legislators in Senate andHouse to contact.  
You can't really email them unless you provide 
a zip code and address showing you live in their 
congressional district.

At this point, with the House Legislation introduced 
to strip all current, unspent, and future federal funding 
for CAHSR project, the lobbying needs to happen in 
the Senate, where Obama will try to keep some form 
of federal funding going for HSR nationally, which 
apparently only leaves CA or the eastern Corridor 
between NY and Boston - which Mica prefers.  
Lobbying of Mitch McConnell and the Senators will be key.

US Senator Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541
Ranking Republican in Senate, Minority Leader

US Senator Rand Paul 202-224-4343
Newly-Elected Tea Party/Republican Deficit Hawk & on Sunday News Shows re
Reducing Deficit

US Senator Mike Lee 202-224-5444
Newly-Elected Tea Party/Republican Deficit Hawk

US Senator Marco Rubio 202-224-3041
Newly-Elected Tea Party/Republican Deficit Hawk

US Speaker John Boehner  (202) 225-6205
Ranking Republican in the House, Speaker of House

US Congressman Jeff Denham (202) 225-4540
Ranking Republican with oversight over CA HSR project in House; Subcommittee on
Railroads; Committee on Transportation

US Congressman John Mica(202) 225-4035
Ranking Republican on Transportation Committee

US Congressman Bill Shuster 202-225-2431
Influential Republican; Committee on Transportation; Subcommittee on Railroads

US Congressman Kevin McCarthy (202) 225-2915
Highly Influential Central Valley Republican; Introduced US Legislation to Strip
all federal funding for CAHSR project and divert to Hwy 99

US Congressman Darrell Issa 202-225-3906
Influential CA Republican highly critical of CAHSR costs and project; seeks to
end project