Skip to main content has published a whip count of declared positions by Democratic Senators re: CPI.  You can visit their page here:

According to their list, the Senators we need to target are:

Part-way there, or Wavering

·    Sen. Max Baucus (MT)
·    Sen. Mark Begich (AK)
·    Sen. Michael Bennet (CO)
·    Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM)
·    Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA)
·    Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)
·    Sen. Tom Carper (DE)
·    Sen. Bob Casey (PA)
·    Sen. Chris Coons (DE)
·    Sen. Dick Durbin (IL)
·    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
·    Sen. Kay Hagan (NC)
·    Sen. Tim Johnson (SD)
·    Sen. John Kerry (MA)
·    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
·    Sen. Herb Kohl (WI)
·    Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA)
·    Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO)
·    Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ)
·    Sen. Patty Murray (WA)
·    Sen. Bill Nelson (FL)
·    Sen. Ben Nelson (NE)
·    Sen. Mark Pryor (AR)
·    Sen. Harry Reid (NV)
·    Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY)
·    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
·    Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI)
·    Sen. Jon Tester (MT)
·    Sen. Mark Udall (CO)
·    Sen. Tom Udall (NM)
·    Sen. Mark Warner (VA)
·    Sen. Jim Webb (VA)
·    Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)

If your Senator’s name is on the list, please contact him/her ASAP.  

MoveOn’s list also contains the names of Senators who are firmly on our side, and the names of three Senators who are listed as “weak-kneed.”  (Who could have imagined Joe Leiberman’s name being on that list?)

Also, one of the diarists at Democratic Underground pointed out we should recognize the efforts of organizations who are listed on's release.  If you have time, you might contact them to express your gratitude for their efforts.  Many other groups are involved in this effort to prevent SSN, Medicare, and Medicaid from being included in the negotiations between Boehner and the White House and we are grateful for their efforts, AARP, being one of the more prominent entities.  

Organizations who have endorsed's efforts:

Progressives United
US Action
National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Credo Action
Social Security Works
Rebuild the Dream
Campaign for America’s Future
Campaign for Community Change
Action for the Common Good
Democracy for America
Jobs Not War
Color of
Campaign for a Fair Settlement
Working Families
Center for Global Policy Solutions


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  •  Done. (1+ / 0-)
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    The liberty of democracy is not safe if people tolerate growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.---FDR

    by masslib on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 05:18:10 PM PST

  •  Leave it up... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....even if the list is already posted elsewhere. More action diaries, less meta!

    Only suggestion ... Add a link for phone numbers. Here's one: although it only lists DC office numbers.

  •  Not sure why Cantwell's on the list (1+ / 0-)
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    I emailed her a few days ago about CPI and I didn't request a response. I got a reply anyway, in just a few hours. It seems like she wants her position known on this, and I bolded the significant part in the excerpt from her reply to me below.

    I'm not a huge Cantwell fan, but I think she wouldn't go along with Chained CPI, and I'd hope Murray wouldn't either (wrote her also, didn't request and didn't get a reply).

    Still, it never hurts to let them know - strongly - your opinion on this.

    Since 2002 the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been publishing the Chained Consumer Price Index (Chained CPI) as a proposed alternative for the CPI-W.  The Chained CPI uses a formula that accounts for what is known as the "substitution bias" - when higher prices cause people to change buying habits.  Chained CPI would result in lower cost of living increases for Social Security recipients.  I strongly oppose the proposed use of the Chained CPI.   I understand that many Social Security recipients have expenses that differ from those of typical wage earners and clerical workers, and that the proposed Chained CPI would not reflect the actual cost-of-living changes these citizens face.  For example, seniors spend more on health care expenses than the rest of the population and health care expenses have historically increased at a higher rate of inflation.

    The importance of the Social Security program to retirees and disabled Americans cannot be overstated. Since its beginning in 1935, Social Security has prevented millions of seniors from falling into poverty, and it has served as a cornerstone of retirement security for American workers.  We have a responsibility to ensure that Social Security delivers on its promises to current and future retirees. Changes to the Social Security program-how it is financed, how benefits are calculated, or decisions about retirement age-should be designed to preserve and strengthen the financial integrity of the program, and
    should not be a part of deficit reduction decisions.

    As a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee I will continue to work with President Obama and with my colleagues to draft legislation that strikes the right balance in how we collect and spend federal tax dollars so we can leave more than debt to the next generation. I understand that this issue is especially important to you; be assured that I will keep your views in mind as we craft legislation.

    In Soviet Russia, you rob bank. In America, bank robs you.

    by badger on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 09:28:30 PM PST

  •  I have contacted both WA senators (0+ / 0-)

    I got an email from Maria Cantwell stating strongly that she does not support chained CPI. I have not heard back from Patty Murray yet.

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by notrouble on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 10:08:29 PM PST

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