Tues, Jan 31, 2017
*Update: Senate Dems from the Finance Committee and Health + Human Services Comm are currently boycotting the hearings of Mnuchin + Price. Feinstein has voted NO on Sessions. More to come...*
We close out the month of January with an undoubtably yuuuge day. Numerous Senate committee hearings, fallout from the Yates firing/Bannon takeover/Muslim + Refugee Ban, and, tonight, SCOTUS nom announcement. Cool. We're ready, ash*les.
Last night the folks behind the Indivisible Guide held a nationwide conference call w/ over 25k people on it, along with leaders from several major orgs (ACLU, etc). They suggest TWO Actions intended to get Senate Dems to use procedural Senate maneuvers to slow down/STOP business as usual until the Muslim + Refugee Ban is overturned: Withholding Consent and "No Justice, No Bills". If your Senator has opposed the Ban, the next step is DEMANDING THAT SENATORS COMMIT TO *WITHHOLD CONSENT* ON SENATE BUSINESS UNTIL THE BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED, AND REFUSE TO HEAR ANY LEGISLATION UNTIL IT'S LIFTED.
"There's no reason that the Senate should be conducting business as usual while our basic values are under attack. Senators have powerful tools to delay and stop legislation, and they should be using them. If your Senator has taken a stance against the Muslim and refugee bans, that's great—but they can do more. Here's the script to let your Senator know that you want them to do everything in their power to stop this odious ban.
1) IF YOUR SENATOR OPPOSES THE MUSLIM BAN:
"Good morning/afternoon. I’m calling about President Trump’s Executive Order to halt refugee admissions and ban citizens from several Muslim countries from entering the U.S. I'm glad that Sen _____ opposes this ban, but we want a STRONGER stance. Will the Senator commit to withhold consent on Senate business, including scheduling votes on nominees, until the ban has been lifted, and committing to filibuster any bill that comes to the floor UNLESS it’s a bill dedicated to ending this ban? Will s/he commit to do this?"
2) IF YOUR SENATOR HAS NOT TAKEN A STANCE
Call and ask which side of history the Senator would like to be on.
3) Calls are hard to do right now b/c EVERYONE IS CALLING. Remember: Every Senator has a DC office and MULTIPLE State field offices, so call them all. And, at this point, *every attempt to communicate is worthwhile!* Meaning: if you can't get through on the phones, email! FAX! SHOW UP AT THEIR OFFICES!
"Thank you for your opposition to the unconstitutional, unAmerican Muslim and Refugee Ban. I'm writing to ask you to take the STRONGEST STANCE POSSIBLE in order to ensure that the America we know and love, and our democracy, remain intact. You have seen the protests filling streets, airports, and Congressional offices—we will NOT stand for this, and we ask YOU to do everything in your power as our elected official. PLEASE COMMIT to withhold consent on Senate business, including scheduling votes on nominees, until the ban has been lifted. PLEASE COMMIT to filibuster any bill that comes to the floor UNLESS it’s a bill dedicated to ending this ban. We, your constituents, expect nothing less than these bold and dramatic actions right now. Thank you."
4) UPDATE: IF YOUR SENATOR IS ON THE FINANCE COMM OR THE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICE COMM, THANK THEM FOR BOYCOTTING THE PRICE/MNUCHIN HEARINGS AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE EXPECT THIS KIND OF RESISTANCE TO CONTINUE!