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Capitol Hill Phone Lines Jammed

We’re still hearing stimulus as-is supporters like Chuck Schumer claim that “Americans are overwhelmingly for” the bill.

Has he checked in with his office lately? Or are New Yorkers completely different from everyone else?

The recent debate over the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus plan and revelations of tax problems by three Obama administration appointees have voters angrily jamming phone lines on Capitol Hill to air their frustrations to their elected representatives.

Their reactions are putting pressure on Congress and benefiting watchdog groups on both sides of the political aisle.

Capitol operators tell CNN Radio that phone lines have been jammed for the past two weeks, sometimes prompting busy signals.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, said calls on the sweeping stimulus plan jumped from eight during all of January to hundreds a day now.

In a sampling of 12 Senate offices, half had so many messages that their voicemail boxes were full.

The article doesn’t say precisely what those callers are angry about, so I suppose callers could be angry that the bill hasn’t passed yet. But the article also quotes Americans for Tax Reform and Citizens Against Government Waste describing an influx of interest.


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