Tuesday, May 16th - Continuing the Call to withdraw consent and filibuster
Tell our Senators to withdraw consent and filibuster
I think the biggest question we get with regards to Indivisible is, why call if our members of Congress are so good? Well of course, there's lots of reasons to always call, but the point is well taken. Our members of Congress are largely excellent and more often than not do the right thing regardless.
However, there's usually that next step our members of Congress can take, and in this case there's a BIG next step our Senators can take. There's a concept of withholding consent (primer on withholding consent), a Senate procedure which takes only one Senator (all Senators must agree to give consent in order for it to be granted). Why not have Senator Durbin, who has been amazing in fighting for a Russian investigation, be the Senator to take the first step? We just need to ask him to do so.
From the Indivisible document on withholding consent:
How the Senate really works: unanimous consent. The rules of the Senate ensure that individual senators have immense power to interrupt the regular course of business. For example, Senators have the power to speak their minds on the floor, raise points of order and other motions, call for votes and quorum calls, and offer amendments, among other things.
Because of this wide leeway given to individual senators, the only way the majority can ensure the Senate’s day-to-day business runs smoothly is by asking for the “unanimous consent” (UC) of all senators to operate. Under normal circumstances, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate negotiate “unanimous consent agreements” that set the schedule for and structure of debate on the Senate floor and waive pesky procedural hurdles. These UC agreements basically just mean “We’re all going to agree to shut up so we can get stuff done today.”
Then there's the filibuster. We need to ask both our Senators to lead the way and agree to filibuster any legislation that comes their way until a special prosecutor is appointed. It's playing real hardball and it's time for Democrats to do so.
This is a real influence we can have on a Democratic Senator, but only if we call and call.
Action: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and tell them to withhold consent and filibuster all legislation until am independent investigator is put in place.
Script for Durbin: Hi, my name is ____________ and I am a constituent of Senator Durbin. I'm calling to thank the Senator for his strong stance on demanding an independent investigator. But now I'm asking the Senator to take the next step and both withhold consent and filibuster all legislation that comes through until an independent special prosecutor is put in place to investigate Trump's involvement with Russia. We need Senator Durbin to use every means possible to force this to happen.
Script for Duckworth: Hi, my name is ____________ and I am a constituent of Senator Duckworth. I'm calling to ask the Senator to both withhold consent and filibuster all legislation that comes through until an independent special prosecutor is put in place to investigate Trump's involvement with Russia. We need Senator Duckworth to use every means possible to force this to happen.
Again, this is no joke. This is a constitutional crisis. We have to call and we have to call all week. It only takes one Senator to withhold consent and Senator Durbin or Duckworth can lead this effort.
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