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    Lamar AlexanderTN) - (202) 224-4944 -
    The Senator as working on his own African American bill at the time it was voted on - staffer did not know if he was going to cosponsor or not.

    A constituent called Lamar Alexander's office and asked why he didn't co-sponsor the lynching bill. The staffer said Alexander had already co-cponsored a resolution for Black History Month and therefore did not have to sponsor another pro-Black resolution.

    Robert Bennett (R-UT) - (202) 224-5444 -
    He gave support for it on the floor, but did not cosponsor it. Staffer did not know why he did not cosponsor it. Staffer did know that he was not going to cosponsor it, he felt his support on the floor was enough.

    Thad Cochran (R-MS) - (202) 224-5054 - Staffer does not know why he didn't cosponsor the resolution, but he does support it. Unknown if he will cosponsor.

    John Cornyn (R-TX) - (202) 224-2934 -  Staffer says he voted in favor of the resolution, and spoke in favor of it on the floor. Staffer doesn't know if he will cosponsor it or not.

    A Call to Cornyn's Office -I just got off the phone with a staff member handling the anti-lynching resolution.  According to this staff member, he was told that Senators are unable to retroactively co-sponsor this particular resolution.  Is this true?  Does anyone know?
    From Sen. John Cornyn's office: He supported the apology. He read the following into the record: "Mr. President, I wish to associate myself with the articulate and poignant remarks of the junior Senator from Tennessee. He is absolutely right, of course, that the era of widespread lynching in our nation's history is deplorable. And he is right that we must look to the future, to ensure that such crimes are never again allowed to occur.
    There are different ways to acknowledge those times when Americans have failed to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. The Senator from Tennessee quotes Maya Angelou, who once wrote, ``History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.'' Indeed, let us learn from the past, and look forward with such courage. "

    Michael Crapo (R-ID) - (202) 224-6142 - Staffer did not know anything about the recent lynching resolution - I passed on my questions and concerns.

    Michael Enzi (R-WY) - (202) 224-3424 -

    Chuck Grassley (R-IA) - (202) 224-3744 -
    I just called Grassley's office and they said he signed on.

    Judd Gregg (R-NH) - (202) 224-3324 -

    Orrin Hatch (R-UT) - (202) 224-5251 -

    Kay Hutchison (R-TX) - (202) 224-5922 -
    I don't know why she has not cosponsored, I'll pass your comments on to her.

    From Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's office: Staff did not go to Sen. Hutchison with a recommendation to sponsor, since she has a practice of only co-sponsoring measures she had a role in crafting. She supported the resolution. She has a commitment to African-American causes, as evidenced by a speech Tuesday morning -- the day after passage of the apology -- to leaders of historic black colleges. She has a sensitivity on the subject, as evidenced by her attendance at the funeral of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper. (I checked the record, and she appears to have been the highest-ranking public official there.) She did NOT sign on as a co-sponsor after the fact, despite what some media outlets put out.

    Jon Kyl (R-AZ) - (202) 224-4521 -

    Trent Lott (R-MS) - (202) 224-6253 -

    Richard Shelby (R-AL) - (202) 224-5744 -

    John Sununu (R-NH) - (202) 224-2841 -

    Craig Thomas (R-WY) - (202) 224-6441 -

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