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Call For Action: Call Your Senators To Thank Them For Their Continued Opposition To SCOTUS Nominee

We want to thank Senators Gillibrand and Schumer for their continued opposition to the Trump SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch.

Even if seemingly repetitive, these calls are very important: we want to keep the pressure up. Your call will strengthen Schumer’s and Gillibrand’s hand so that they can convince more colleagues to stay strong against this awful pick.

Action: Call & Tweet Senators Gillibrand and Schumer on Trump SCOTUS Nomination

Background

Many of you will recall that we previously took action on the Gorsuch SCOTUS Nomination in late January — we urged Senators Gillibrand and Schumer to oppose ALL Trump SCOTUS nominees. This effort, joined with the efforts of others, slowed down the Gorsuch nomination; now we need to urge our Senators to stay strong in opposing this nomination and to urge their colleagues to do so as well.

In a prior email, we discussed why we took this position, as well as our opposition to this particular nominee. We included a quote by E. J. Dionne (Washington Post, February 1, 2017), that urged a firm stand:

The Rubicon was crossed with Garland. . . . . There comes a time when the only way to stand up against future abuses is to insist that there will be no reward for the abuses that have led us to this point.  If not now, when?

We must never forget, nor allow anyone else to forget, that our democracy has been hijacked, first by Republican obstructionism while President Obama was in office, and now as the result of a tainted election. If ideologically conservative judges are appointed to fill any vacancies on the Supreme Court, this hijack will last for decades.

If you are a new member of Hudson Valley Strong, or if you want review the background information again, read our previous call for action and extensive background material on this issue here.

Sample Call Script for Senator Gillibrand

I’m [name], a constituent of Senator Gillibrand living in [town, zip code]. I’m calling to thank Senator Gillibrand and to let her know she has my full support for her principled opposition to the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Her opposition is also important because, as we all know, this seat would not be vacant if Republicans had not stolen it by refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

You can also post this script as a comment to her at FB.

Sample Call Script for Senator Schumer

I’m [name], a constituent of Senator Schumer living in [town, zip code]. I’m calling to thank Senator Schumer for his strong statement of guiding principles and strategy concerning Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I call upon Senator Schumer to oppose Gorsuch’s appointment and to do everything in his power to block it. My objections are based not only on Gorsuch’s corporatist conservative ideology, but also because this seat would not be vacant if Republicans had not stolen it. Their raw power grab, in wanton disregard of our cherished democratic processes, must not be rewarded.

You can also post this script as a comment to him at FB.

Sample Tweets to Both Senators Schumer & Gillibrand

@SenSchumer @SenGillibrand Oppose Gorsuch as SCOTUS: we need a Justice to help people, not corps. No to bosses making wmn’s health decisions

@SenSchumer @SenGillibrand Oppose Gorsuch as SCOTUS: no reward to Rs for obstructing Garland

NUMBERS TO CALL – DC & Local Office Phone Numbers are here.

Additional information

New York Times Editorial: Neil Gorsuch Faces the Senate:

Here’s a good question for Judge Neil Gorsuch, who sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for the first day of his confirmation hearings to be a Supreme Court justice: Why are you here?

There’s only one honest answer: “I shouldn’t be.” . . .

Neil Gorsuch may be qualified for the Supreme Court, but there’s little doubt that he would be among the most conservative justices in the court’s modern history, with negative consequences for workers’ rights, women’s reproductive freedom, politics uncorrupted by vast sums of dark money, the separation of church and state, the health of the environment and the protection of the most vulnerable members of society. If Judge Gorsuch is confirmed, his views will be driving decisions into the middle of the 21st century.

Mark Gitenstein, who was chief Democratic counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1981 to 1989, advises in We don’t need a truce in the judicial nomination ‘war.’ The Bork fight shows why:

Retired federal judge James Robertson regrets his role in helping to defeat Judge Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987 because, he wrote, it kicked off a “Thirty Years’ War on judicial appointments.” I’m sorry Robertson regrets his conduct. I do not. I served as chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Bork hearings, and I remain proud of my part in helping to defeat the nomination. . . .

What the Bork fight did inaugurate is a period of thirty years of close scrutiny of a nominee’s approach to critical constitutional controversies and whether that approach is acceptable to the American people. Thus, President Trump’s nominee, federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, should be questioned thoroughly by the committee on his jurisprudence. His opinions should be carefully examined by staff and senators. If senators are concerned about what Gorsuch says or even by his refusal to answer questions, they should vote accordingly.

The worst thing they could do would be to preemptively abandon their constitutional role by declaring a “truce.”

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