Roughly, the recent developments have another Dem on the Committee, Robert Wexler, who is not one of the six Committee cosponsors of the legislation, asking for this bill to go forward and for there to be hearings. That means seven of 23 Dems are confirmed to be for further action on this resolution.
Conyers has expressed a “we’re really busy doing the work of the Committee” noncommittal response, and another Dem has said no, won’t do it. That leaves 14 Dems plus Conyers to convince, and with pressure from the weak Dem leadership to kill Res 333, the only way to attempt to keep it alive and have effect is for us constituents to put our own pressure. I’ve already called Rep. Delehunt (no indication yet on where he stands) at (202) 225-3111, but I am not in his district, so my voice has less impact than yours (still doesn’t hurt, and all MA should call to let him know we are watching him). I will also be calling Conyers as the Committee Chair to allow these hearings (which is NOT impeachment!) to take place, his number is (202) 225-5126. Remember, be polite.
As far as I can tell, to offset the rubber-stamp Republicans who will likely all vote to kill Res. 333 (there are 17 of them) we only need 18 of the 23 Dems. With 7 on board, that’s 11 yeses of the 15 wafflers, (14 wafflers if one wants to defy a reluctant Conyers, which is too bad, I thought he was cool and a little rebellious). If we can turn the tide, at worse case, we lose by a little but we make the White House SWEAT. Or have hearings that don’t result in impeachment (how that could happen I don’t know, there’s too much wrongdoing). These situations would at least be SOMETHING, considering we got nothin’ – we keep bending and scraping to the administration’s will, and the Democrats are suffering electorally for it. I ask, what about the PEOPLE’S will??