Readers here have reported the same thing.
I work for a company that employs 10’s of thousands of people — mostly in red and purple states. I didn’t work the last few days of this past week — so I’m just learning about a memo they sent us that essentially tells us we could lose our jobs if HCR passes on Sunday — so we should call our representatives and tell them to vote “no.”
Please, please tell your Reps’ staff that this is going on. All Republicans have is fear, but don’t underestimate that. Fear is incredibly effective when pros wield it.
Phoned my Rep., Sheila Jackson Lee’s office again this morning. Staffer was thrilled to hear from someone for the bill and said they were being swamped with calls from people screaming at them against the bill. Reiterated that they really appreciated the call.
Phoned Solomon Ortiz’s office. He’s not my Rep, but I’ve got connections in his district, so I didn’t feel completely unreasonable calling. Told the staffer I was for the bill and the staffer was completely taken aback and said, “Wait, you’re for the bill?” I laughed and said, yes, and I asked if there was a decision from Congressman Ortiz on his vote. Staffer said Ortiz was in a meeting and nothing was certain yet (I’ve read he’s leaning Yes). I asked if they’d been getting swamped with “No” callers and staffer said yes and it was really, really nice to get a call supporting the bill, and not to be yelled at. We had a very pleasant chat.
What I took from all that is that the “Vote No” types are burning up the phone lines. Staffers are tired of being yelled at. Please call and offer support for the “Vote Yes” side. The staffers are so appreciative of it and it’s important the Yes constituents make themselves heard.