Delta Queen supporter Barack Obama

Delta Queen supporter Barack Obama

Presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama has signed on as a sponsor of the Senate bill (S. 3498) submitted by George Voinovich (R-Ohio) yesterday. This gives our effort a terrific boost to have a presidential candidate as a co-sponsor.

 

To provide balance and continue the spirit of bi-partisan support for the Delta Queen – a National Historic Landmark – we now need to urge Presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain to also join S. 3498 as a co-sponsor. 

 

John McCain

John McCain

As a presidential candidate, John McCain needs to hear from everyone to urge his support. Call his campaign at:
202-224-2235
Or fax him a letter at 202-228-2862.

Call now!

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OTHER POSTINGS WILL CONTINUE BELOW THIS ONE
but I’m going to leave this Big News on the top for a while to catch everyone’s attention! 

Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich

Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich

Tuesday, September 16, George V. Voinovich (R-OH), Ohio’s senior senator, introduced legislation (S. 3498) to extend the exemption of the Delta Queen.

In his press release, Senator Voinovich said:

“This legislation is a necessary step towards preserving the legacy of the Delta Queen. The Delta Queen continues to be a source of historic preservation and economic benefit to Ohio and many other states. I have many fond memories of spending time as a passenger on the Delta Queen and I am pleased to have this opportunity to help preserve its wonderful heritage for our children and grandchildren.”

BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT!

Another great detail about the bill submission is that it is receiving bi-partisan support. Co-sponsors include the following Senators:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Barack Obama (D-IL)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Now is the time to contact your Senators and encourage them to join as a co-sponsor for this legislation. If you don’t know your Senator, visit www.senate.gov. If they still need information about the Delta Queen’s safety technology and training, direct them to this link: https://deltaqueen.wordpress.com/deltaqueensafety/

Get involved. To find out how you can help CLICK HERE.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

Delta Queen supporter Barack Obama

Delta Queen supporter Barack Obama

Obama sponsors S. 3498! Contact McCain!

Presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama has signed on as a sponsor of the Senate bill (S. 3498) submitted by George Voinovich (R-Ohio) yesterday. This gives our effort a terrific boost to have a presidential candidate as a co-sponsor.

To provide balance and continue the spirit of bi-partisan support for the Delta Queen – a National Historic Landmark – we now need to urge Presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain to also join S. 3498 as a co-sponsor.  

 

John McCain

John McCain

As a presidential candidate, John McCain needs to hear from everyone to urge his support. Call his campaign at:
202-224-2235
Or fax him a letter at 202-228-2862.

Call now!

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What a terrific day! Not only did we enjoy a wonderful Save the Delta Queen rally hosted by Point Pleasant, West Virginia (a full report on this will be tomorrow’s post), but we learned confirmation of a big step forward in securing the Delta Queen’s exemption.
 

Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich

Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich

Today, George V. Voinovich (R-OH), Ohio’s senior senator, introduced legislation to extend the exemption of the Delta Queen.

In his press release, Senator Voinovich said:
“This legislation is a necessary step towards preserving the legacy of the Delta Queen. The Delta Queen continues to be a source of historic preservation and economic benefit to Ohio and many other states. I have many fond memories of spending time as a passenger on the Delta Queen and I am pleased to have this opportunity to help preserve its wonderful heritage for our children and grandchildren.”

Another great detail about the bill submission is that it is receiving bi-partisan support. Co-sponsors include Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and David Vitter (R-LA).

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Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning

Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning

On the same morning Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning sent his representative John Salyers to attend the Save The Delta Queen Rally in Maysville, Kentucky, the Senator also gave a teleconference interview and made these disappointing remarks about the proposed legislation to continue to allow the Delta Queen to operate:

From the Associated Press:
“They ought to clean up their act before they come and ask for the exemption,” Bunning, R-Ky., told reporters during a conference call Tuesday morning. “I sure don’t want to have the Delta Queen come and burn down and kill however many people…I’m not going to vote for an exemption unless the Delta Queen is fire-worthy,” Bunning said. “What happens if it burns? Who is responsible for that?”

What disappoints me is that Sen. Bunning clearly has no accurate information about the Delta Queen’s safety and yet that did not stop him from making these remarks.

I hope to share with Sen. Bunning more information about the extensive equipment, staff, training, and drills that compose a safety plan on the Delta Queen that has resulted in more than 80 years without a loss of life or significant incident. In 1979, the Secret Service deemed the vessel safe enough for President Jimmy Carter to spend a week aboard with his family.

Vicki Webster (working tirelessly for the volunteer Save the Delta Queen effort) spoke with his press secretary, Mike Reynard, and has forwarded info about the Delta Queen’s safety program. She also invited Sen. Bunning to tour the boat any time that he could.

Just to follow up on this, if you are a Kentucky resident, I encourage you to share your support of the Delta Queen with Senator Bunning:

PHONE: 202-224-4343
FAX: 202-228-1373
MAIL: Senator Jim Bunning
   316 Hart Senate Office Building
   Washington, DC 20510
EMAIL: You also can email him your feelings through his website at this address: CLICK HERE.
Please forward him the following link to information about the Delta Queen’s safety program:
https://deltaqueen.wordpress.com/deltaqueensafety/

Let’s make sure he has all the information to enable them to make an educated decision to Save the Delta Queen.

There is a wonderful editorial about Senator Bunnings lack of support on the Evansville Courier & Press website. It’s a great read. To enjoy it, CLICK HERE.

This situation with Sen. Bunning is a great example of why we all need to make certain that our own representatives are aware of the Delta Queen issue so they are prepared when a reporter questions them AND prepared when the issue comes to a vote!

CLICK HERE to see how you can help.

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As the struggle for Congressional support to allow the Delta Queen to continue to operate continues, let’s get involved!

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Contact your U.S. Congressman and the two Senators that represent your state. Call, write, fax, email, go down during their August break and see them (or their staff) at their office in your district. Congress is up for reelection in November. It’s that time of year when they at least have to act like they care what you think.

Let them know:
• There is a bill to save the Delta Queen in the House (HR3852) and one coming in the Senate.
• Fears that the Delta Queen is unsafe are unfounded. More info HERE.
• Any possibility of Union influence impacting the exemption is unacceptable.
• If they have any questions to contact me at www.DeltaQueenHistory.com. I am glad to find answers to their questions. I will gladly come to Washington and meet or give a presentation.

Thank you for your interest and support in Saving the Delta Queen.

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Here’s some recent positive developments on the legislative front.

HOPE: LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

LATE BREAKING NEWS
On August 2, Vicki Webster of the Save The Delta Queen Campaign issued a press release announcing that after Congress reconvenes after Labor Day, Ohio Senator George Voinovich will introduce legislation to continue the Delta Queen’s exemption. That same day, a representative from Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter’s office came to visit the Delta Queen in Pittsburgh. I gave Stan Caldwell a tour of the boat and he had very positive things to say about the future possibilities to Save the Delta Queen.

We all look forward to watching this American drama unfold.

Will Voinovich develop a strategy and garner enough support to push the exemption through?

Will the Delta Queen be purchased by new owners committed to saving her and continuing her cruise operation?

Will individual Americans collectively voice their concern and support to lawmakers and corporate owners in such a chorus that history can be changes?

Stay tuned…

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The Delta Queen needs Congressional legislation to be allowed to continue to operate. The historic boat also has been offered for sale. Tough times. But I will continue to look for the more hopeful developments.

HOPE: MEDIA COVERAGE

The Delta Queen’s struggle has received significant media coverage including The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Louisville Post-Dispatch, The Pittsburgh Review-Tribune, National Public Radio, a recent profile on FOX NEWS with Britt Hume, and much more, including dozens upon dozens of local papers, radio and television.

Of course, we need more. We need to pursue every possible contact and opportunity. We need help delivering an alert to the situation and education about the issue to individuals (voters!), organizations, chambers of commerce, visitors centers, municipalities, and Congressional representatives across America.

We need a big voice. We need a talk-show host like Oprah Winfrey or Ellen Degeneres. Even as polarizing as he can be, Rush Limbaugh right now might get the issue some attention. He’s from river town Cape Girardeau and he might enjoy an opportunity to vilify James Oberstar since he’s a Democrat. In a much more positive tone, I’d love to see Garrison Keillor do a show about (or from) the Delta Queen. What about Hal Holbrook, the quintessential Mark Twain? Jimmy Carter rode the boat back in August 1979 and often is a voice of reason. Volunteer efforts to contact and involve persons like these have as yet been unsuccessful. But somebody out there knows how to make it happen. It’s a great story of the struggle to save an American icon, the last remnant of a remarkable chapter in American history as it fights for survival against corporate indifference, economic challenges, a Congressional struggle that at the least includes a misunderstanding of the boat’s safety, and includes the additional drama of partisan politics, and alleged Union influence.

Check back for frequent additions of links to media coverage about the Delta Queen’s plight. Also check the “Media Coverage” category on the side.

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