I know, like us, many of you are heartbroken about the passing of our beloved RBG, and we’re all a bit panicked about what comes next. I’ve decided that rather than be consumed with anxiety and anger towards those who will not respect her final “fervent” wish (and their own earlier promises), I will do whatever I can to forestall a vote to fill her seat until after the January inauguration. Action always feels better than fear… Are you with me??
HERE’S MY PLAN:
1. MAKE DAILY PHONE CALLS to these Senators who might possibly find their spines and resist ramming through a replacement for our beloved RBG. Where's the respect for her decades of brilliant service?
I have found that the D.C. message boxes are sometimes full, so please call their other office locations if that’s the case (or call both!).
HERE ARE THEIR OFFICE NUMBERS:
Lisa Murkowski – D.C. 202-224-6665, Alaska 907-271-3735
Mitt Romney – D.C. 202-224-5251, Utah 801-524-4380
Susan Collins – D.C. 202-224-2523, Maine 207-622-8414
Martha McSally – D.C. 202-224-2235, Arizona 602-952-2410
Cory Gardner – D.C. 202-224-5941, Colorado 303-391-5777
Chuck Grassley – D.C. 202-224-3744, Iowa 319-363-7179
Lamar Alexander – D.C. 202-224-4944, Tennessee 615-736-5129
Pat Roberts – D.C. 202-224-4774, Kansas 316-263-0416
Lindsay Graham – D.C. 202-224-5972, South Carolina 864-1417
We must also put pressure on our own California Senators. It's reported that Senator Feinstein cannot be counted on to get into this fight, so I'm calling her office, too. And although I truly believe Senator Harris is totally onboard, she's got a lot on her plate at the moment! So, since they are both on the Senate Judiciary Committee, let's call them both and encourage them to work hard to forestall the selection of a new Justice until after the January Inauguration. These are OUR Senators, and we are their Constituents; they need to know we expect them to work for us.
Dianne Feinstein - D.C 202-224-3841, San Francisco 415-393-0707
Kamala Harris - D.C. 202-224-3553, San Francisco 415-981-9369
CALL EVERY DAY. BE POLITE. Say, “I respectfully urge the Senator to refuse to vote on a new Supreme Court Judge until after the January Inauguration. Voting in the Presidential election has already begun. It is the right and fair thing to do, and it was the final ‘fervent’ wish of this beloved American giant that she not be replaced until the the new President is installed. It's shameful that before Justice Ginsburg is even buried Republicans are rushing to replace her; and according to all polling, it is not what the majority of Americans want. It will not be good for our country.”
And even if/though Murkowski, Collins and Romney SAY they won't vote, don't stop calling them; the pressure on them from McConnell will only intensify! My beloved Dad was an attorney with a tremendous respect for the law; I know he'd be aghast and enraged by this rush to replace RBG (and so many other things going on right now). He worked frequently in D.C. and told me that calling IS EFFECTIVE because elected officials do want to know which way the wind's blowing.
If you haven't done it before, don't worry, you won't be speaking directly to the Senator, nor will you be engaged in a lengthy conversation where you'll have to defend your position. Either you will simply leave a message or an Aide will answer and basically note your position.
To make it easier to quickly make the calls, I created a new "Contact" for each of the 9 Senator’s D.C. office numbers and put RBG in front of the Senator’s last name; that way, they’re all grouped together in my iPhone contacts.
2. BUY & MAIL POSTCARDS to the offices of these senators, quoting back to them their own words from 2016 regarding filling a vacancy in an election year. Do it as often as you can!
Senator Mike Lee
361A Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“We think that the American people need a chance to weigh in on this issue, on who will fill that seat. They’ll have that chance this November and they oughta have that chance.”
Senator Lindsey Graham
290 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait to the next election.”
Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would be saying that even if it were a Republican President.”
Senator Ron Johnson
328 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“ In a very unique moment in time, eight months before an election where the American public will decide the direction of the country, why not let the American people decide the direction of the Supreme Court...Let the American people decide.”
Senator Cory Gardner
354 Russell Senate Office Bldg Washington DC 20510 -
“Our next election is too soon and the stakes are too high; the American People deserve a role in this process as the next Supreme Court Justice will influence the direction of this country for years to come.”
Senator John Barrasso
307 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg Washington, DC 20510 -
“The American people will soon decide our next president. That person should get to choose the next Supreme Court nominee. Give the people a voice and let them chart the course for the court and the country.”
Senator Pat Toomey
248 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“With the presidential election fewer than 8 months away, it is wise to give the American people a more direct voice in the selection and confirmation of the next justice.”
Senator John Thune
511 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“Since the next presidential election is already underway, the next president should make this lifetime appointment to the supreme court.”
Senator John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“This is really about an important principle. It’s important to allow the voters, in choosing the next president of the United States, make that decision and make sure their voice is heard rather than just 100 members of the Senate.”
Senator Tom Cotton
124 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“In a few short months, we will have a new president and new senators who can consider the next justice with the full faith of the people… Why would we squelch the voice of the populace? Why would we deny the voters a chance to weigh in?”
Senator Steve Daines
320 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510
“The Senate should exercise its Constitutional powers by NOT confirming a new SCOTUS Justice until Americans have their voices heard.”
Senator Rob Portman
448 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“I believe the American people should have a voice in this debate. This is a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, and I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in.”
Senator David Perdue
320 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“I believe the decision to not hold a hearing for a Supreme Court nominee this year is a wise course of action in the midst of a presidential election.”
Senator Ted Cruz
404 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.”
Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 -
“There hasn’t been a vacancy created in a presidential election year filled in 80 years… so this vacancy will not be filled this year. We will look forward to the American people deciding who they want to make this appointment through their own votes.”
3. DONATE WEEKLY to the crucial upcoming Senate races. It’s easy through ActBlue, and it doesn’t have to be a lot.
- Amy McGrath
- Sara Gideon
- Jaime Harrison
- Mark Kelly
- John Hickenlooper
- Cal Cunningham
- Doug Jones
- Jon Ossoff
- Theresa Greenfield
- Steve Bullock
Read more about these races: https://www.vox.com/21403958/most-competitive-senate-races-2020
4. CHECK VOTER REGISTRATION!
Encourage everyone else to do so, too, and VOTE EARLY!
DON'T GIVE UP. EVERYTHING IS AT STAKE.