Call of the Day: Hold Your Senator Accountable for the Nuclear Option

Last week the GOP voted along party lines to deploy the "nuclear option" in order to confirm Trump's extreme SCOTUS pick. This permanently changes the rules so that justices to the highest court in the country can now be confirmed with a simple majority (51) instead of 60 votes, greatly increasing the chance the Supreme Court will be filled along partisan, party lines instead of by consensus. If you disagree with this action, let them know!

Who: Sen. Bill Cassidy AND Sen. John Kennedy  

Where: Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130

Kennedy -  DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and BATON ROUGE OFFICE: (225) 930-9033

 Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample script:  

Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.

I'm calling to let Senator [NAME] know that I am disappointed that he voted to destroy the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Regardless of politics, this vote and the refusal to grant Garland even a hearing set a dangerous precedent for judicial confirmations. I expect my Senators to support the institutional norms of the Senate and will continue to follow how he votes on the floor.

Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.

You can also remind the Senator that by removing the filibuster, the Senate will block the minority party from having its say, leading to a dangerous precedent. This is something that they may want to keep in mind for the day their party is no longer in the majority in the Senate.