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A new chance for the Delta Queen (updated)

Mar 30, 2008

UPDATE: It became obvious that the House Leadership will not be helpful in any way, so we’ve decided to change our strategy, now traing to get the exemption fo the Delta Queen through US Senate. Please read more about this here:


Let’s act quickly — there is a new chance to get the exemption for the Delta Queen for vote to the House of Representatives. We need to contact the House of Representatives’ Leadership and ask them to put the exemption on the suspension calendar as a stand-alone bill (see details below).

There is still no date for the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill in the House. The Committee on Rules correspondingly hasn’t decided about the amendment for the Delta Queen yet, too.

The House Leadership — namely Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip James Clyburn — can bypass the Transportation Committee (and their chairman Rep. James Oberstar) as well as the Rules Committee (even if they don’t approve the amendment to the Coast Guard bill) and send H.R. 3852 directly to the Floor as a stand-alone bill on the suspension calendar. That’s what we’re going to ask them to do right now!

While we’re all waiting for the Coast Guard Bill to move forward, let’s get active again and contact the House Leadership:

  • Contact all three members of the House Leadership and ask them to put the bill “H.R. 3852” directly the floor as a stand-alone bill on the suspension calendar.
  • Stress the fact that this has always been a non-partisan issue and that it needs to remain one.
  • If you have copies of resolutions from your local city council or similar, please attach these to your faxes to the House Leadership (even if you have already sent copies to Congressman Chabot or to your own Representatives).
  • Please keep in mind that fax is still the best way to reach them quickly, but you might send e-mails in addition; two out of the three will accept email from people who are not in their districts.

The Hon. Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-0100
Fax: (202) 225-4188
Web page to send emails from:

The Hon. Steny Hoyer
House Majority Leader
H-107 Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3130
Fax: (202) 226-0663

The Hon. James E. Clyburn
House Majority Whip
United States House of Representatives
H-329, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 226-3210
Fax: (202) 225-9253
Web page to send emails from:

In parallel to that, one of our supporters will deliver printed copies of the online petitions (more than 1,200 entries) and more than additional 2,700 signatures collected by other members of the Delta Queen support team directly to the offices of the House ledership members in Washington, D.C. this week.

This is another great chance to get the exemption for the Delta Queen. Please, continue to support our campaign, even if you did send faxes, made phone calls, collected signatures before. Let’s keep up steam until we have the exemption for our beloved steamboat, the Delta Queen.


9 Responses to “A new chance for the Delta Queen (updated)”

  1. Thomas Kreif Says:

    As requested I sent my e-mails using a modified version of the sample letter. The Delta Queen, a part of American history, must be saved.

    Thomas Kreif

  2. Nancy Ginter Says:

    I just returned from my 20th cruise on the riverboats. Please, please keep the Delta Queen on the river. She is a vital part of our history, but also, a key to future generations learning the rich history of steamboats and the contribution they made to our country.

  3. Nancy Vodrey Dahl Says:

    The Delta Queen has been a part of my family’s past for as long as I can remember, and we all would like it to remain a part of our future!!! My children and grandchildren should have the pleasure of experiencing this wonderful adventure just as we have, not to mention the future generations of ALL families. We need to save the DQ just as we need to save ALL of our American heritage.

  4. Judy Duarte Says:

    I am delighted to see that we are still alive on the Delta Queen question. I have e mailed the two that I could & am sending a letter to the third one. I grew up on the Ohio with the sound of the caliope & the steam wistle in my ears & finally got to take a trip on the DQ last year. I want to go again!! We must save her!!!!

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  6. Judith B. Levin Says:

    My sister supports this campaign and I am trying to help her– it is important to save this National Treasure.

  7. Mrs. Bettie Russo Says:

    I have sent, faxed, phoned,and emailed until I think I can do no more….then I see my beloved Delta Queen in my mind and know I must continue. Many envelopes have been unopened and returned from people who claim to be supporters of the bill.
    We must continue to fight for the Queen and pray the God have mercy on her soul. We must preserve this cherished part of American Culture for our future generations. I will shed many more tears until I know our Grand Dam is safe. Please help?

  8. Terrell E Magee Says:

    Please help send H.R. 3852 directly to the Floor as a stand-alone bill on the suspension calendar. The Delta Queen is such a great part of our American Heritage it would be a disgrace to allow Her demise due to Congressional inactivity. Sincerely, Terrell Magee

  9. Allen Strange Says:

    I spoke personally with Brad Elsworth this oast week. I asked him about his vote on the delta Queen issue. he asked me to contact oebersworth on the matter. It seems that the DQ is not going to survive this time around. Even cats and Judy Garland only have so many lives. sorry.