Tuesday, March 28th - More Gorsuch, this time with feeling

Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth about Gorsuch

Okay, so I was giving our Senators the benefit of the doubt with yesterday's daily action. However, it's time to step things up. I called Senators Durbin and Duckworth yesterday, asking what their position was on the Gorsuch nomination. There's response:

Durbin - The Senator believes the nominee should be held to the 60 vote standard but has not formed an opinion on either 1) which way he will vote or 2) whether he will vote for cloture.

Duckworth - The Senator has not formed an opinion on anything

This doesn't really cut it. These two are supposed to be the ones fighting for us. It's time to step up the calls and get them to make a decision and put out a statement. Our Senators, especially Senator Durbin, should be the leaders on this issue. So here's the deal:

Action: Call and ask Senators Durbin and Duckworth what their position is on Gorsuch. If they don't have a position, let them know this is unacceptable. Here's a sample conversation. It's time to really get into it with them. 

Senator Durbin - 312-353-4952
Senator Duckworth - 312-886-3506

UPDATE: Senator Durbin has released a statement indication that he is going to vote NO on Gorsuch. Great job putting the pressure on! He still needs to explicitly commit to voting no on cloture and to be a vocal opponent to this nomiation going forward. Continue to apply pressure on Senator Duckworth.

UPDATE #2: Senator Durbin has committed to voting no on cloture. We called and he listened.  Great job everyone! Still no statement from Senator Duckworth, so keep calling.

 

Sample Conversation: Hello, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of Senator _________. Could you please let me know the Senator's position on the Gorsuch nomination?

<<assuming still no position>>

The Senator has no position on which way he/she will vote? Or which way they will vote on cloture? Okay, well I don't find that acceptable and I'd like to ask the Senator to vote no on both Gorsuch and ending the expected filibuster. Every Supreme Court nominee should be held to a 60 vote standard and, if they can't get 60 votes, then they need to nominate someone else. 

Additional point to make if you're feeling it: With the President under investigation for collusion with Russia, it would be wrong to allow him to make a lifetime appointment. Especially given the standard set with the Republican's treatment of Merrick Garland.

If you aren't comfortable with having a conversation, that's okay! Lots of us hate to talk on the phone. But please call and just get out the following statement and keep it simple. It all helps and keeps their phone lines busy!

Script: Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of Senator _________. I'm calling to ask the Senator to support a filibuster of Neil Gorsuch's appointment. Beyond that, I'm asking the Senator to vote no on cloture and require Gorsuch to get 60 votes for a nomination. I'm asking the Senator to push hard for this and be a strong voice in opposition to the Gorsuch nomination.

Senator Durbin - 312-353-4952
Senator Duckworth - 312-886-3506

Jason Rieger