Neil Gorsuch has made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee with an 11-9 vote along party lines. His next stop: A vote on the full Senate floor.
But enough Democratic Senators have pledged to filibuster that they could successfully prevent his confirmation. That's why GOP Senators have been weighing the "nuclear option" in order to confirm Trump's extreme SCOTUS pick. This would permanently change the rules so that SCOTUS justices could be confirmed with a simple majority (51) instead of 60 votes. This would set the Senate up for even more partisanship in the future.
Tell our GOP Senators: If they can't get the votes they need, then they should change the nominee, not the rules. So even if you've called before, call again. As this will be a lifetime appointment to the SCOTUS, this issue matters as much as, if not more than, health care.
WHO TO CALL:
- Sen. Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130
- Sen. John 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!
Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70018 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.
I'm calling to ask Senator [NAME] oppose use of the nuclear option to confirm Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Regardless of politics, it would set a dangerous precedent for judicial confirmations, and set the Senate up for even more partisanship and divisiveness in the future. Thank you for your time, and for your hard work answering the phones.
You can also remind the Senator that by removing the filibuster, the Senate will block the minority party from having any say in legislation. 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.