In light of Doug Jones’ incredible victory yesterday in Alabama, the fight over the GOP tax bill has become even more winnable.
BUT: Mitch McConnell and the rest of the GOP have continually shown their disdain for democracy and the sanctity of our elections when it suits them. They will likely do everything they can to get the bill through before Jones can be seated.
So, a simple and forceful demand to be made, whether you attach it to another issue you call about or focus on it alone, is that our senators join the calls to DELAY ANY VOTE ON THE TAX BILL UNTIL JONES IS SEATED.
There’s a great precedent for this: the same thing happened during the Obamacare debate, which is quoted in the sample script below.
Let’s bring it.
Who To Call: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I’m an active voter from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from.].
I'm calling to ask the Senator to agree to delaying any vote on the tax bill until the new senator from Alabama is seated, just like back in 2010 when there was a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts and both parties and the president agreed to a delay.
You may recall that the Democrats were attempting to pass the Affordable Care Act and Mitch McConnell said, “I think the majority has gotten the message: no more gamesmanship here, no more lack of transparency, let's honor the wishes of the people of Massachusetts and move forward with policy.” [Mitch McConnell, Politico, 1/20/2010]
The Democrats agreed when Jim Webb, the former Democratic Senator from Virginia said, “I'm not going to participate in any more health care votes until Senator Scott Brown is sworn in.”
Likewise, the President concurred, saying “Here's one thing I know and I just want to make sure that this is off the table: The Senate certainly shouldn't try to jam anything through until Scott Brown is seated.” [President Barack Obama, ABC News, 1/20/2010]
You all have agreed in putting the interests of the people first before. Please do it again. Please do not vote on the tax bill until Senator Doug Jones has been seated.
Thank you for your time and attention.