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Literally, they're milling around, they might be at the Capitol all night, they're checking their phones—this is a moment your tweets can make a genuinely huge difference.
Check this list for the House Democrats. Tweet at them individually and thank them for standing strong for Dreamers:…
Write tweets like this. Easy! Fun! Takes two seconds!
Do something I forgot in my last tweet: use #NoDreamNoDeal. Which sets up another easy thing you can do: Click on that hashtag and retweet other peoples' messages to Reps. That takes only *one* second!
Here's what's going on. @NancyPelosi's been asking for one thing—something few understand: a commitment from Paul Ryan for a vote on Dreamer protections using Queen-of-the-Hill rules—meaning, vote on lots of bill, and whatever gets the most votes, wins. Brilliant ask. Here's why:
Pelosi's ask is for a vote on the Hurd-Aguilar bill—Dreamer + border security, a better bill than the Senate is likely to produce—plus whatever other bills Ryan wants. Under QotH rules, H-A would get the most votes, and pass. Then conference w the Senate.…
If the House bill is to the left of the Senate bill, it's possible conference could generate something actually decent. If it doesn't, Ds could still vote down the result. This is much better Ryan passing something Stephen Miller-ish to be reconciled w a compromise Senate bill.
It all depends on what happens tonight. Dems have to hold strong. And Republicans have to decide to accept an actual small-d democratic vote in the House on Dreamer protections. They're not answering their phones. But many are addicted to Twitter just like you are. So, tweet 'em.
Do you have a...
* Moderate Republican Rep? Tweet to ask him/her to urge Ryan to make a deal with Pelosi for a DACA vote
* Hard-right R Rep? Tweet to say "VOTE NO! STAND STRONG"
* Dem? "Vote no! #NoDreamNoDeal! Stand strong!"

List of Rs:…
We'll wake up tomorrow and find out what the hell happened.

If Ryan can find enough Rs to vote for the budget caps deal, it passes. If too many Ds cave & vote with Ryan, it passes. But if left & right both oppose, Ryan will face a choice. & he might opt for a Dreamer vote.
Ryan has an easy out here. He's been kinda sorta saying he'll have a vote of some kind. All he has to do is slide one step over and agree to have a Queen-of-the-Hill rules vote on Hurd-Aguilar. He can say it's not even a change in his position. OK, sure.

The key to this whole thing is House Dems holding their courage tonight. Normally, I'd urge you to call, but the action tonight will most likely take place over the next 5-6 hours, and nobody's answering office phones. So, tweet up a storm.
I've been asking House Dems to urge their colleagues to check their Twitter mentions. There's not much else for them to do right now. Your power is now in your thumbs. Tweet your members of Congress!
I live in DC, which means I have no voting Rep, but I'm from Madison, WI, and I'm proud to say that my great Congressman, @MarkPocan, is DEFINITELY standing strong on #NoDreamNoDeal tonight. Co-chair of Progressive Caucus. Thanks, for standing strong, Mark!
Here it is: the Democratic demand. @SpeakerRyan, you've lost your own caucus, so you need Democratic votes. Here's how to get them. Easy peasy. Your move.
Wondering if members of Congress are really online and paying attention tonight? Here’s one—and he says his colleagues are still listening and coming over to our side:
The great folks at @MiFamiliaVota are tweeting individually at the most critical swing House Ds right now. Follow them, go to their timeline, and RT all their tweets—and write your own to the same folks. Here’s one:
Woke up to wrenching news. In the middle of the night, when they didn’t have to look them in the face, Congress failed Dreamers. 240 bipartisan votes. 73 Democrats shut out the voices of Dreamers and traded away their power.

Thanks to everyone who’s been fighting. We fight on.
Republicans are, of course, the heart of the problem. If Dems controlled the House, I’m still confident they’d pass Dream in a heartbeat. But Dems *don’t* control the House, and you have to play the cards you’ve got. Dems just folded on holding out for a Dream commitment. Shame.
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