Along with 40 or 50,000 of my closest friends, we rocked the House of Represenatives today! Starting at noon on the West Lawn, we could be heard by the legislators inside as we listened to speakers that included John Voight and President Obama's own second cousin who is a physician. Several congressmen who spoke commented that we could be clearly heard inside when we chanted "Kill the Bill!" At 2:30 we moved to the House Office Buildings where the chanting continued as congressmen crossed the street from their offices to the Capital.
Later, the crowd completely surrounded the Capital building and marched around continuing the chants of "Kill the Bill!" A crowd formed at the southeast corner of the Captial. Some of the conservative congressmen came out and began addressing the crowd. Someone from the crowd provided a bull horn and they stood on the steps and one after another addressed and updated a crowd of probably 5,000. One of the congressmen noted that it was the first time he had ever seen the Capital surrounded just like the walls of Jericho!
While we were outside, the Rules Committee was trying to meet on the 4th floor to decide how to handle debate before the vote on Sunday. The crowd was so loud outside that the Speaker eventually abandoned the meeting because they could not hear. During the day, House Leadership abandoned the Deem and Pass approach. Thanks to the Patroits chanting "Kill the Bill!", "You Lie!", and "Nancy!" We may have changed the course of history.
Thanks to all for the calls and e-mails. Several of the congressmen reported that we were making a difference, not only in moral support for them but in changing the direction of the legislation and the undecided as well.
We will be back at 11:00 AM Sunday morning for the next round. We are expecting a vote at around 2:00PM and as of 3:00 today the whip count had the yes votes at 214 and the no votes at 217.
Keep the lines burning all day Sunday. This will not be over until November!