August 8, 2001 – Progress Report

hank you all for your response. To-date almost 10,000 of you have taken the time to add your name and comments to our e-mail campaign.
The first round of e-mail has been sent out to your Senators. The following Senators could not be reached by e-mail so your comments were printed and mailed to them.
Nelson-FL, Grassle-IA, Kohl-WI, Wyden-OR, Boxer-CA,
Clinton-NY, Cleland-GA, Sarbanes-MD, Corzine-NJ,
Akken-VA, Santorum-PA, Cantwell-WA, Warner-VA,
Hollings-SC, Kyl-AZ, Daschle-SD, Wellstone-MN,
Smith-OR
We have sent out the e-mail to your Representatives and are waiting to see how many are returned undeliverable. We will mail your comments to any we do not reach by e-mail.
According to a new study, members of Congress are inundated with so many e-mail messages that lawmakers routinely ignore most of them. Please call or write (using US Mail) Congressmen/Congresswomen and explain our problem to them personally. You can obtain phone numbers and addresses at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov or call the Senate and House Operator at 202/224-3121 (Senate) or 202/225-3121(House).
Because of the e-mail response out of Washington, we have changed the page on our website so that you can print a letter and mail it to your congressmen and congresswomen.
We will print the response we have already received and send them to each of the Senators and Representatives, but we will not be sending out any more e-mails. Individual letters directly from you with your city’s Postmark will have a bigger impact.
We have been in contact with Iowa’s Senators Harkin and Grassley. They and their staff are working to solve this problem. At this time Northwest Airlines are not backing off their decision and the August 15th deadline is fast approaching.
We realize that it is only a matter of time that all airlines will stop carrying day-old poultry if Northwest is allowed to quit.
Associated Press has picked up the story. Some of you may see it in your local papers. We have had a lot of local press coverage, but we need your help to get coverage in your local press. Call your local TV, Radio, and Newspapers and ask them to cover this story and how it affects you. We would be happy to supply any information the press requires. Have them call our toll free number 1-800-456-3280.
We are working with Stephen S. Boynton, Counsel and Lobbyist for the North American Gamebird Association (the pheasant and quail hatcheries). He has been working with a
number of Senate and House Committees to help get legislation passed to force all of the airlines to comply with their U.S. Mail Contract. He said in an Aug. 4 letter sent to several hatcheries nationwide:
“Every attempt has been made to reach an accord with the USPS and the airlines – even with the intervention of Congress – but the airlines and the USPS remain firm. Thus, in my judgment, the matter will only be resolved by legislation, or the threat of legislation, to correct the problem. I have been invited by Congress to draft legislation on the issue and before Congress returns from its August recess, such legislation shall be prepared.”
This has become a true grassroots operation. The circle keeps growing wider as more and more people get involved. Call your congressmen; tell them to support legislation to
force all airlines to live up to their U.S. Mail contract.
Let your voice be heard, it’s the American Way. The fight is not over.

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