Campaign 2010

Oct 01, 2007

Troy, Michigan Mom Plays Key Role in “Putting Children First” Ad Campaign

DCCC Press

Oct 1, 2007

Troy, Michigan Mom Plays Key Role in “Putting Children First” Ad Campaign

Troy, Michigan resident, Lisa Matzenbach, a mother of a chronically ill child on SCHIP – the State Children’s Health Insurance Program – recorded calls about her Congressman, Joe Knollenberg, and six other Republicans who recently voted against SCHIP. The calls are part of the DCCC’s “Putting Children First” campaign targeting eight Republicans who are standing lock step with President Bush against children’s health care.

“Lisa is helping us go district by district to tell Republicans and President Bush to stop obstructing progress and start putting children first,” said DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen. “Republicans who continue to vote in lockstep with President Bush and against children will be held accountable.”

The calls encourage local residents to call their Member of Congress and change their vote against the bipartisan SCHIP bill which was passed by Congress will provide 10 million American children with affordable health insurance. SCHIP is supported by 49 governors. Despite this broad bipartisan support, President Bush said he will veto the SCHIP bill. To override Bush’s veto, 15 Republicans in the House would have to change their votes.

Lisa’s calls will be made in the following districts: Steve Chabot (OH-01), Thelma Drake (VA-02), Tom Feeney (FL-24), Sam Graves (MO-06), Joe Knollenberg (MI-09), Randy Kuhl (NY-29), and Tim Walberg (MI-07).

The Text of the Call Follows

“I am Lisa Matzenbach calling on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“My daughter, Liane, has a chronic illness. Even though I work full time, I can’t afford her care without SCHIP – the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“Congress recently passed legislation to provide SCHIP health care to over 10 million uninsured American children.

“But, Congressman Joe Knollenberg and President Bush are against providing more than 118,500 Michigan children access to the health care they desperately deserve.

“Please call Joe Knollenberg at (248) 851-1366 and tell him it’s time he put our children first.”