Dear Marriage Supporter,
Next Tuesday, July 12th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR), chaired by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), will hold a hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).
That this hearing has been scheduled is a testament to your hard work, and the efforts of countless other of NOM's supporters and allies, who have kept up pressure on the OGR committee and its chairman to ensure this bill gets the attention it deserves. We furnished over 100,000 faxes to members of the OGR committee from concerned citizens through our Fax for FADA program—and it worked!
Now, we need to move on to the next steps. It is critical that the OGR committee take the additional action of "marking up" this bill, a requirement of Congress so that it can be sent to the House floor for a vote.
So, I am asking you to do two things today:
- Sign our petition urging OGR to mark up FADA; and then,
- Call the committee and its members to voice your support for this critical bill.
FADA enjoys wide support in Congress: there are 171 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, 23 of whom are on the OGR committee. We are confident that this bill will succeed in committee, but we need to push so that the OGR members take action now and don't delay the full floor debate and vote that this important legislation requires.
We need to collect as many signatures as we can, as quickly as possible, and deliver them to the OGR committee so that they can see the wide support that religious liberty and the protection of our First Amendment rights enjoys among the American people.
Even if you participated in the Fax for FADA campaign, it is imperative that you add your signature to this petition today urging that the OGR takes additional action on this bill and mark it up so that it can be put before the House for a vote.
After you've signed the petition, I hope you'll take the additional step of calling the OGR committee office and notifying the staffers of your support for FADA and your demand that the bill be marked up as soon as possible. Let's keep that line busy! And if you have additional time, please call at least one of the individual members of the OGR and make your voice heard there as well. If your own Representative is on the committee, please call him or her both in Washington and in the district office. Here's a listing of the relevant contact information:
|OGR Committee Representative||Phone Number|
|OGR Committee Office||202-225-5074|
|Jason Chaffetz (R-03) UT (Chairman)||202-225-7751|
|Justin Amash (R-03) MI||202-225-3831|
|Rod Blum (R-01) IA||202-225-2911|
|Ken Buck (R-04) CO||202-225-4676|
|Buddy Carter (R-01) GA||202-225-5831|
|Ron DeSantis (R-06) FL||202-225-2706|
|Scott DesJarlais (R-04) TN||202-225-6831|
|John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-02) TN||202-225-5435|
|Blake Farenthold (R-27) TX||202-225-7742|
|Paul A. Gosar (R-04) AZ||202-225-2315|
|Trey Gowdy (R-04) SC||202-225-6030|
|Glenn Grothman (R-06) WI||202-225-2476|
|Jody Hice (R-10) GA||202-225-4101|
|Will Hurd (R-23) TX||202-225-4511|
|Jim Jordan (R-04) OH||202-225-2676|
|Cynthia Lummis (R-ALL) WY||202-225-2311|
|Thomas Massie (R-04) KY||202-225-3465|
|Mark Meadows (R-11) NC||202-225-6401|
|John L. Mica (R-07) FL||202-225-4035|
|Mick Mulvaney (R-05) SC||202-225-5501|
|Gary Palmer (R-06) AL||202-225-4921|
|Steve Russell (R-05) OK||202-225-2132|
|Michael R. Turner (R-10) OH||202-225-6465|
|Tim Walberg (R-07) MI||202-225-6276|
|Mark Walker (R-06) NC||202-225-3065|
Finally, please forward this email to your friends and family using the buttons below, and urge them to take action as well. Share this message on social media, too: Tweet and post to Facebook your support for #FADA so that we can collect as many signatures as possible.