April 3, 2017: Neil Gorsuch

Overview:

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote today on whether to advance the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. Senator Feinstein announced this morning that she will oppose the nomination.

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Details/Context:

Neil Gorsuch:

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote today on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. If, as expected, the Committee votes to advance his nomination, the nomination will then go before the full Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to file a motion of cloture which will likely be voted on Thursday, setting up a final confirmation vote on Friday.

This morning, Senator Feinstein announced that she will oppose Gorsuch's nomination, and a spokesperson further stated that she will support a Democratic filibuster. Senator Harris had previously stated that she will also oppose the nomination.

In order to defeat a filibuster, 60 votes are currently required to pass a motion of cloture. Republicans, however, have stated that if presented with a filibuster, they will invoke the so-called "nuclear option" and change the Senate rules to allow a simple majority to defeat a filibuster on Supreme Court nominees.

Currently, four Democrats have indicated that they will not support a filibuster: Michael Bennet of Colorado, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Additionally, Donnelly, Heitkamp, and Manchin have also stated that they will support Gorsuch's confirmation in the final vote.

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Conclusion/Call Script Overview

Today I will be calling both of my Senators and thanking them for their commitment to opposing Neil Gorsuch's nomination. 

If you are not from California, you can find contact information for all U.S. Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/


Script for Calling Dianne Feinstein

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank Senator Feinstein for committing to oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, and supporting a Democratic filibuster. I strongly believe that Judge Gorsuch's record on women's rights, LGBTQ rights, worker's rights, immigration, and environment show him to be too dangerous for us to have on our highest court, so I'm glad I can count on Senator Feinstein to stand up for us. Thank you."

SD: (619) 231-9712
SF: (415) 393-0707
LA: (310) 914-7300
Fresno: (559) 485-7430
DC: (202) 224-3841

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Script for Calling Kamala Harris

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank Senator Harris for committing to oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, and supporting a Democratic filibuster. I strongly believe that Judge Gorsuch's record on women's rights, LGBTQ rights, worker's rights, immigration, and environment show him to be too dangerous for us to have on our highest court, so I'm glad I can count on Senator Harris to stand up for us. Thank you."

SD: (619) 239-3884
SF: (415) 355-9041
LA: (213) 894-5000
Fresno: (559) 497-5109
Sacramento: (916) 448-2787
DC: (202) 224-3553

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