March 20, 2017: TrumpCare, Gorsuch, Russia
- The House Rules Committee will meet on Wednesday to consider the AHCA. A full floor vote is expected on Thursday.
- Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court began in the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
- FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee today that the FBI is investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The House Rules Committee meets Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM EDT (7:00 AM PDT) to consider the American Health Care Act ("TrumpCare"). A final vote on the House floor is expected some time on Thursday, though stiff opposition means that the vote could happen late into the evening.
At present, according to reporting from The Hill, 17 House Republicans have committed to voting against the bill, with an additional 8 leaning against it and 12 more unclear in their support. With a majority of 44 seats in the House, no more than 21 Republicans can defect and still pass the bill (a bill which ties in the House does not pass). Additionally, at least three senators (Collins of Maine, Heller of Nevada, and Paul of Kentucky) have committed to opposing the bill in its current form.
- This week: House GOP faces make-or-break moment on ObamaCare (The Hill)
- The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on ObamaCare repeal plan (The Hill)
- Indivisible "Save the ACA" resource page
Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court began today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. In her opening remarks, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein noted women's rights, campaign finance, voting rights, gun control, and workplace discrimination as topics of particular concern to be examined in the hearing. Feinstein particularly noted Gorsuch's dissent in the TransAm Trucking v. Administrative Review Board case before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in which Gorsuch argued that the trucking company should be allowed to fire a driver for abandoning his cargo for his own safety. She also noted his apparent opposition to federal agencies' ability to implement regulations in cases like Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch. Feinstein also expressed concerns over Gorsuch's possible intentions to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision.
Although it remains to be seen the degree to which Senate Democrats will oppose Gorsuch's nomination, at least one Senator--Richard Blumenthal of Connecticutt--has stated that he will use all available tools to block Gorsuch, particularly if Gorsuch cannot demonstrate his commitment to judicial independence.
- Senate Judiciary Committee hearing (includes live video stream)
- Nomination materials (includes written questionnaire from Judiciary Committee)
- Garland's Name Is Frequently Invoked at Gorsuch Hearing (New York Times)
- Feinstein opening remarks
- TransAm Trucking v. Admin. Review Bd. (10th Circuit decision)
- Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch (10th Circuit decision)
- The roots and limits of Gorsuch's views on Chevron deference (SCOTUSblog)
- Lawmaker: Dems prepared to use 'every tool' to block Gorsuch (CNN)
- Neil Gorsuch fact sheets (Alliance for Justice)
FBI Director James Comey appeared before an open hearing in the House Intelligence Committee today, and publicly confirmed that the FBI is conducting an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including any connection between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian intelligence. Comey also rejected the Trump's claims that the Obama administration had wiretapped him.
- Hearing on Russian active measures investigation (House Intelligence Committee)
- Live video stream
- FBI investigating possible collusion between Russia, Trump (The Hill)
- Comey Confirms F.B.I. Investigation of Russian Election Interference, Links to Trump Campaign (New York Times)
Conclusion/Call Script Overview
Today I will be calling both of my Senators and asking them to oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.
I will also call my Congressman and ask him again to support an investigation into Trump's foreign connections by co-sponsoring H. Res. 186. I'll also thank him for his continued opposition to TrumpCare.
Because of the imminent House floor vote on TrumpCare, I strongly urge all Americans to contact their House Representatives and ask them to oppose the AHCA. Calls are especially important if you are represented by one of the following Republican House members:
- Justin Amash (MI-3): (202) 225-3831
- Mark Amodei (NV-2): (202) 225-6155
- Lou Barletta (PA-11): (202) 225-6511
- Dave Brat (VA-7) (202) 225-2815
- Mo Brooks (AL-5): (202) 225-4801
- Ken Buck (CO-4) (202) 225-4676
- Steve Chabot (OH-1): (202) 225-2216
- Paul Cook (CA-8): (202) 225-5861
- Warren Davidson (OH-8): (202) 225-6205
- Charlie Dent (PA-15): (202) 225-6411
- Scott DesJarlais (TN-4): (202) 225-6831
- Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8): (202) 225-4276
- Tom Garrett (VA-5): (202) 225-4711
- Louie Gohmert: (TX-1): (202) 225-3035
- Paul Gosar (AZ-4): (202) 225-2315
- Darrell Issa (CA-49): (202) 225-3906
- Walter Jones (NC-3): (202) 225-3415
- Jim Jordan (OH-4): (202) 225-2676
- John Katko (NY-24): (202) 225-3701
- Peter King (NY-2): (202) 225-7896
- Steve King (IA-4): (202) 225-4426
- Raúl Labrador (IN-1): (202) 225-6611
- Leonard Lance (NJ-7): (202) 225-5361
- Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2): (202) 225-6572
- Tom MacArthur (NJ-3): (202) 225-4765
- Thomas Massie (KY-4): (202) 225-3465
- Tom McClintock (CA-4): (202) 225-2511
- Thomas Massie (KY-4): (202) 225-3465
- Mark Meadows (NC-11): (202) 225-6401
- Bruce Poliquin (ME-2): (202) 225-6306
- Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48): (202) 225-2415
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27): (202) 225-3931
- Mark Sanford (SC-1): (202) 225-3176
- Claudia Tenney (NY-22): (202) 225-3665
- Daniel Webster (FL-11): (202) 225-1002
- Rob Wittman (VA-1): (202) 225-4261
- Ted Yoho (FL-3): (202) 225-5744
- David Young (IA-3): (202) 225-5476
- Don Young (AK-1): (202) 225-5765
If you are not from California, you can find contact information for all U.S. Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
If you don't know who your Representative in the House, you can look it up here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Script for Calling Dianne Feinstein
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank Senator Feinstein for her strong opening remarks in today's hearing on Neil Gorsuch. I believe that Gorsuch's record on women's rights, worker's rights, immigrants' rights, LGBTQ rights, and the environment are all deeply concerning, especially considering that Supreme Court Justices serve for life. I don't believe we can afford to have a Justice like Gorsuch on our highest court, and I would like to ask Senator Feinstein to please oppose his nomination as strongly as possible. Thank you."
Script for Calling Kamala Harris
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling because the confirmation hearings on Neil Gorsuch started today, and I believe that Gorsuch's record on women's rights, worker's rights, immigrants' rights, LGBTQ rights, and the environment are all deeply concerning, especially considering that Supreme Court Justices serve for life. I don't believe we can afford to have a Justice like Gorsuch on our highest court, and I would like to ask Senator Harris to please oppose his nomination as strongly as possible, if it should make it to the Senate floor. Thank you."
Script for Calling Scott Peters
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling because Director Comey's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee today underscores the urgent need for Congress to do everything it can to ensure that a full investigation into the President's finances and connections to foreign businesses and governments. I noticed that Congressman Peters still hasn't co-sponsored H. Res. 186, and I want to ask him again to please do so. I also want to thank the Congressman for repeatedly speaking out on the GOP's disastrous healthcare bill, and to make sure that he will continue opposing it in Thursday's floor vote. Thank you."