Thursday, November 8, 2007

Action Plan: Cheney Impeachment Resolution

The Democratic Activist
(Note: this post has been updated, here.)

Of the 38 members of the House Judiciary Committee (HJC), 23 are Democrats, 15 are Republicans.

The Dems on the HJC voted to support the resolution 14 to 9. That's 61% of the Dems on the committee -- a MUCH higher percentage than among all House Dems (that's encouraging).

However, we still need 6 more Dems to have a majority of committee members who will vote to move H. Res. 799 (the new version of H. Res. 333, the original Cheney impeachment resolution introduced by Kucinich back in April that's now before the HJC) through the committee process and on the full House.

So, our job is to convert 6 of 9 recalcitrant Dems on the committee.

Here's a list of the Dems on the HJC, showing how they who voted to on the motion to table the Cheney impeachment resolution (a "Nay" vote indicates support for the resolution; a "Yea" vote indicates opposition to it; those Democratic reps who voted "Yea," against the resolution, are in bold, and are the ones we need to concentrate on):


Adam B. Schiff - (D) California, 29th

Anthony D. Weiner - (D) New York, 9th

Artur Davis - (D) Alabama , 7th

Betty Sutton - (D) Ohio, 13th

Brad Sherman - (D) California, 27

Debbie Wasserman Schultz - (D) Florida, 20th

Hank Johnson - (D) Georgia, 4th

Howard L. Berman - (D) California, 28th

Jerrold Nadler - (D) New York, 8th

John Conyers, Jr. - (D) Michigan, 14th

Keith Ellison - (D) Minnesota, 5th

Linda T. Sánchez - (D) California, 39th

Luis Gutierrez - (D) Illinois, 4th

Maxine Waters - (D) California, 35th

Melvin L. Watt - (D) North Carolina, 12th

Rick Boucher - (D) Virginia, 9th

Robert C. Scott - (D) Virginia, 3rd

Robert Wexler - (D) Florida, 19th

Sheila Jackson Lee - (D) Texas, 18th

Steve Cohen - (D) Tennessee, 9th

Tammy Baldwin - (D) Wisconsin, 2nd

William D. Delahunt - (D) Massachusetts, 10th

Zoe Lofgren - (D) California, 16th


Action Plan:

The easiest way to do contact congressional representatives (in the House or Senate) is to call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at:
, and ask to speak to the office of a particular congressperson or senator.

Here's what you can do:

1. Contact House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (either by calling the Capitol Switchboard number below, or by calling his Washington D.C. office number: 202-225-5126), expressing support for Cheney impeachment resolution H. Res. 799 and demanding that Congressman Conyers make passing this resolution the committee's top priority, hold a hearing on the resolution as quickly as possible, and work hard to swiftly move the resolution out of committee and on to full debate and consideration by the entire House.

2. Contact each Democratic member of the HJC who voted "Yea" to table H. Res. 799 in opposition to the Cheney impeachment resolution (names in bold in list of Democratic committee members, above), express your own ardent support of the resolution, and insist that recalcitrant Democrats on the committee fully and enthusiastically support the resolution and its quick passage to full debate and consideration by the entire House (you might also want to contact all the "Nay" voters to applaud them for their support of the Cheney impeachment resolution, and the office of Rep. Dennis Kucinich to thank him for his courage and commitment in authoring and presenting the resolution to congress).

3. Contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Steny Hoyer (call the Capitol Switchboard number, above) to express your support of the Cheney impeachment resolution and demand that they obey the will of a solid majority of Americans and the vast majority of Democrats to immediately impeach Dick Cheney, to put impeachment back on the table where it belongs, and to energetically work as leaders of the Democratic Party to see that Cheney and other criminals in the currently administration are removed from office and held fully accountable before the law.

4. Contact your own representative in the House (click here to find your representative's name and web site), express your fervent support of the Cheney impeachment resolution, urge him or her to co-sponsor the resolution to impeach Dick Cheney, and ask him or her to lobby members of the HJC to work hard to advance the resolution swiftly through the committee and on to the full House.

5. Contact national mass-media outlets and request full coverage of this important news story (click here to go to a page listing addresses, phone numbers, and live email links to major U.S. news outlets). has their own action page (click here) with additional ideas and ways to further the cause of impeachment.

Be creative!

Add to this list of action items by including your own ideas and links in comments to this post, so others can benefit from them.


Carrying out the full action plan above requires that you make 12 short phone calls.

12 calls to the Capitol Switchboard takes about 15 minutes. Committed individuals could easily do it on their lunch break, using their cell phones (not at all a difficult or onerous task, for those who really care). In addition, you can quickly and easily send email messages to your congressperson and senators, Speaker Pelosi, the HJC, and a letter to your nearest daily newspaper in support of the Cheney impeachment resolution by clicking here.

Activists should implement the action plan each day, till the resolution is moved to a hearing, and until we get public commitments to support the Cheney impeachment resolution from HJC Chairman John Conyers and at least 6 more Dems on the HJC.

Direct action is only half the battle, though. The other half is enrolling others in the fight.

In addition to making these critically important calls yourself, it is VERY IMPORTANT that activists email a link to this page and the information it contains to as many people as possible, with an short explanation of the crucial issue at hand and a request for their own active involvement at this critical time.

Letters to representatives are also extremely effective, more so even than phone calls ... though they do, of course, take more time to generate and mail. Please consider writing a short letter template, and then printing out and mailing a separate copy of your letter to each of the HJC members who voted "Yea" to table H. Res. 799 (for mailing addresses, click here to go to the HJC main page, then click on a member's name to go to that representative's web site and contact page). Make clear your unequivocal support for Cheney's impeachment, and that your continued support of the Democratic Party, financially and otherwise, depends on Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee acting speedily and decisively to move the Cheney impeachment resolution through the committee to the full House.

Although most House members only accept email messages sent through the contact page of their web sites from zip codes within their home districts, HJC Chairman John Conyers can be contacted directly via email at the following address:

Letters to Chairman Conyers can be addressed to:

Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515

Click here to read the text of the Cheney impeachment resolution, and here to view supporting documents.

Dick Cheney, in addition to conceiving and committing the high crimes outlined in the impeachment resolution, is the man most responsible for the insane plan to attack Iran, probably timed to occur next spring or summer, before the election ... which Republicans fear they're otherwise almost sure to lose.

Are the American people ready for another outrageous, ridiculous, felonious, wasteful war based on greed, deceit, and power-madness?

Are we as a people and as individuals willing to lose America to a budding dictatorship, risk the advent of WW3, and ignore the most fundamental principles of American democracy ... by leaving criminals like this in office one day longer?

This is it. We actually have a real chance to impeach Dick Cheney.

It's now, or never. Time to move. It will take work. But we can do it.

Please forward this information to as many people as possible, make calls and send letters yourself, and urge others to do the same.

(Click here to read the update to this post.)

Thank you.

Pass it on.
The Democratic Activist


  1. Chris, This is great! And just in time for me as I have run out of energy and caught a cold. I'll be directing readers of my blog to your excellent blog.
    Thanks so much.

  2. Great job, Chris. I'll send people here for a really well thought out action plan re H.R. 799.

  3. I've been trying, unsuccessfully, to get through to the office of HJC Chairman John Conyers since Wednesday (today is Friday). Nothing but busy signals. I did manage to get a phone message to him on Tuesday, 11/6, the day the Cheney impeachment resolution was tabled and sent to the HJC. But it's been just impossible since then ... constant busy signals, both on his direct line, and when transferred from the main Capitol Switchboard.

    For others who may be experiencing the same frustration, know that this is a tremendously good sign! Conyers is apparently being deluged with supportive calls for the Cheney impeachment resolution.

    If you can't get through to Conyers, write him a good, old-fashioned letter. A personal letter counts much more than a mere phone call, anyway. Also try calling Pelosi and Hoyer. Wouldn't if be great if we jammed their phones, too! Then, call your own congressperson, and insist that they co-sponsor the resolution, if they haven't already, or thank them for doing so, if they have.

    It's working, people ...

    Keep it up!

  4. Thanks to Janie Sheppard, here is the contact information for the 9 Democratic representatives on the House Judiciary Committee who voted to table H.R. 799.

    1. Howard Berman, CA-28
    Congressman Howard L. Berman
    2221 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-4695
    Fax: (202) 225-3196
    Congressman Howard L. Berman
    14546 Hamlin Street, Suite 202
    Van Nuys, CA 91411
    Phone: (818) 994-7200
    Fax: (818) 994-1050

    2. Frederick Boucher, VA-9
    2187 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    1 Cloverleaf Square,
    Suite C-1
    Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219

    3. Artur Davis, AL-7
    208 Cannon H.O.B.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    (202) 225-2665 (phone)
    (202) 226-9567 (fax)
    20th Street North
    Suite #1130
    Birmingham, AL 35203
    (205) 254-1960 (phone)
    (205) 254-1974 (fax)

    4. William Delahunt, MA-10
    2454 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Fax: 202-225-5658
    146 Main Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601
    Toll-Free: 800-870-2626
    Fax: 508-790-1959

    5. Zoe Lofgren, CA 16
    Washington, D.C. Office
    102 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-3072
    Fax: (202) 225-3336
    635 N. First Street, Suite B
    San Jose, CA 95112
    Phone: (408) 271-8700
    Fax: (408) 271-8713gt Office
    102 Cannon House Office Building0515
    Pone: (202) 225-3072
    Fax: (202) 225-3336

    6. Jerry Nadler, NY-8 - (in charge of the subcommittee that is assigned the impeachment resolution)
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler
    2334 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Tel. 202-225-5635
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler
    445 Neptune Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11224
    Tel. 718-373-3198

    7. Linda Sanchez, CA-39
    1222 Longworth Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    17906 Crusader Ave. Suite 100
    Cerritos, CA 90703

    8. Debbie Wasserman Schultz - (D) Florida, 20th
    118 Cannon H.O.B
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: 202-225-7931
    Fax: 202-226-2052
    10100 Pines Blvd.
    Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
    Phone: 954-437-3936
    Fax: 954-437-4776

    9. Adam B. Schiff - (D) California, 29th
    326 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington D.C. 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-4176
    Facsimile: (202) 225-5828
    87 N. Raymond Ave. #800
    Pasadena, California 91103
    Phone: (626) 304-2727
    Facsimile: (626) 304-0572

  5. Oops ... the Cheney impeachment resolution is not "HR 799," as reported earlier in this post, but rather "H. Res. 799 (I've just corrected the text of all posts on this subject to reflect this fact).

    To read the full text of the impeachment resolution:

    1. go to:;

    2. enter "H. Res. 799" (without the quotes) into the field titled "Search Bill Text;"

    3. select "Bill Number" (immediately below the search field);

    4. click the "Search" button.