March 22, 2017: TrumpCare, Gorsuch
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday that he would try to bring the AHCA to the Senate floor by next week.
- Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing continues today, for what will likely be the final day of hearings.
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he intended to reach a conclusion on healthcare soon, trying to bring the AHCA to the Senate floor by next week. The bill is currently being considered by the House Rules Committee, with debate expected to continue through the afternoon. As of this morning, The Hill reports that 23 House Republicans have committed to voting against the bill, with an additional 6 leaning toward a "no." Notably for the San Diego area, Darrell Issa of California's 49th District said yesterday that he will now support the bill, after having expressed concerns earlier.
Noting that the recent amendment to the bill (as noted in yesterday's update) had substantively changed the bill's costs and effects since it was considered by the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees, Democrat Scott Peters sent a letter in which he and 95 other House Democrats urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to delay the final vote until the CBO can release a new score.
- McConnell vows Senate will take up ObamaCare repeal next week (The Hill)
- Rep. Peters Leads 95 Colleagues to Demand New CBO Score on Republican Healthcare Changes (Peters press release)
- The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on ObamaCare repeal plan (The Hill)
Today is expected to be the final day of confirmation hearings for the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Through the second day of his hearings, major news outlets are reporting that the judge has not made any major missteps. Nevertheless, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee were aggressive in questioning him on workers' rights, abortion, Constitutional originalism, and the use of torture.
- Senate Judiciary Committee hearing (includes live video stream)
- Gorsuch hearings Day 3: Feinstein presses judge on abortion, physician-assisted suicide (Washington Post)
- Gorsuch Says He'd Rule Against Trump if Law Requires It (New York Times)
- 7 Takeaways From Judge Gorsuch's Confirmation Hearing (New York Times)
Conclusion/Call Script Overview
As noted, the final House floor vote on the TrumpCare bill is expected tomorrow. So I strongly recommend calling your representative every day this week and asking her or him to oppose the AHCA. Because my representative has already shown a strong commitment to opposing ACA repeal, I will thank him for that, and instead focus on asking him to take further action toward an investigation of the President's ties to Russia by co-sponsoring H. Res. 186. (See the March 13 update for details on H. Res. 186.)
I will also call my senators and ask them to oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Please note, calls about TrumpCare 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 pushing to get answers from Neil Gorsuch in his hearings yesterday and today. 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 to ask Senator Harris to oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. 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. Thank you."
Script for Calling Scott Peters
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank Congressman Peters for his letter to Speaker Ryan calling for a delay in the TrumpCare vote until a new CBO score can be issued. I strongly oppose the GOP's repeal plan and am counting on Congressman Peters to stand up for us against it. I also wanted to ask again that the Congressman please co-sponsor H. Res. 186. I believe that Congress must do everything it can to ensure that our President has no foreign hold over him, nor that he is using his office to enrich himself, and getting his financial information from the Treasury Department is an important step in that direction. Thank you."