Tell Our Senators: Don’t Go Nuclear!

We’ve been working week after week with our friends from Nashville Indivisible to let Senators Alexander and Corker know we expect them to actively resist the Trump agenda.

Now, we can get a big win – and we need their help. Senator McConnell is threatening to use the “nuclear option” to end the Senate filibuster. His desperate move comes as 41 Senators have now announced they will support a filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Here’s more on what you can do NOW from Nashville Indivisible:

1)      Call Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander NOW to Preserve the Senate Filibuster for Supreme Court Nominees

We have a solid chance this week to stop Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and to preserve Senate Democrats’ ability to filibuster bad Supreme Court nominees in the future – but we have to act now.

Under current Senate rules, the Republican majority has to muster at least 60 votes to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the event of a Democratic filibuster.  Senate Democrats already have enough commitments to block Gorsuch from reaching 60 votes because of his extreme right-wing track record.

But instead of calling for Trump to nominate a different candidate who could attract genuine bipartisan support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has threatened to blow up the Senate rules to push through Gorsuch with only a simple majority vote.

This is all the more outrageous because the only reason there is a Supreme Court vacancy to fill is that Mitch McConnell refused even to hold a hearing last year on President Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland for this seat.

The vote on McConnell’s so-called “nuclear option” could come as soon as Wednesday, with the final vote on Gorsuch scheduled for Friday.

We need to convince only three Republican Senators to block McConnell’s plan, and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is one of about 10 Republican Senators who have expressed doubts about the wisdom of abolishing the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

This is the chance for Nashville Indivisible activists to make a huge difference!  Please call U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander immediately to urge that they VOTE AGAINST any attempt to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, or to place Neil Gorsuch on the Court with fewer than 60 Senate votes.

Please call Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander ASAP at the phone numbers provided below.  Please call both Senators – but especially Corker.  Please also visit the national Indivisible website here to find more information about this critical issue.
 

Lamar Alexander:     Bob Corker:  
Washington DC: 202.224.4944   Washington DC: 202.224.3344
Nashville: 615.736.5129   Nashville: 615.279.8125
Chattanooga: 423.752.5337   Chattanooga: 423.756.2757
Jackson: 731.664.0289   Jackson: 731.664.2294
Knoxville: 865.545.4253   Knoxville: 865.637.4180
Memphis: 901.544.4224   Memphis: 901.683.1910
Tri-Cities: 423.325.6240   Tri-Cities: 423.753.2263

 

 

 

 

2)      Weekly Action Event:  Demand that Senators Corker and Alexander Reject Mitch McConnell’s “Nuclear Option” – and then Hold Town Hall Meetings during April Recess

Tuesday, April 4, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Corner of West End Ave. & Murphy Road

April recess is just around the corner, and Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have been dodging Tennessee voters for too long!  We will hold a demonstration at this busy intersection outside their Nashville district offices during lunch hour traffic to focus on two demands:

First, Corker and Alexander must stand up against Mitch McConnell’s plan to ram through Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court by rejecting any attempt by McConnell to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.  Second, Corker and Alexander need to hold Town Hall meetings during April recess to discuss their votes on this and other critical issues with Tennessee voters.

We need to know, do Senators Corker and Alexander work for Tennessee voters or for Mitch McConnell?

Please bring appropriate signs and letters to the Senators if you can, but most of all please show up!  Nashville Indivisible activists have a chance to stop Donald Trump from packing the Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues for decades to come, but we need to make crystal clear to Corker and Alexander that we expect them to side with Tennesseans on this issue.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

 

For more on how you can stand up and fight back against the dangerous Trump agenda, follow @TNCitizenAction


 

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