Target: Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader
Goal: Voice opposition to Senate Republicans permanently changing Senate rules in order to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell employed the “nuclear option” in the Senate after Democrats succeeded in filibustering against the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Since Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat in the Supreme Court, Democrats have argued that his conservative views would not make him an accountable check on the Trump administration as a Supreme Court Justice. Merrick Garland, nominated by President Obama for the Supreme Court last year, was denied even a hearing by Senate Republicans at the time.
In order to end the Senate’s filibuster, 60 votes needed to be cast in favor of Gorsuch’s appointment. Republicans only had 52 votes, and the only way to confirm Gorsuch to the Court was to demand a vote on and permanently change Senate rules regarding the 60-vote minimum.
The vote made it official, and now only 51 votes are needed to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the Senate. This is a dangerous precedent and threat to bipartisanship, as now the majority party in the Senate can advance appointees forward without consulting with the minority party if they don’t wish to. Sign the petition below to voice your opposition to this unprecedented attack on Senate bipartisanship.
Dear Senator McConnell,
In order to push through the confirmation of conservative nominee Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, you and fellow Senate Republicans chose to permanently change Senate rules regarding government appointments. Rather than attempting to cooperate with Senate Democrats or consider their opposition to such a conservative nominee, you have effectively dismissed any need for bipartisan efforts in any future Senate confirmations.
When Senator Chuck Schumer called for a Democratic filibuster against Judge Gorsuch, he did so with the reasoning that the judge’s ultra-conservative ideology would not provide an adequate check on the conservative Trump administration. The filibuster was an attempt to protect the delicate system of checks and balances on which the American government is based. Your response was to remove an important check on the power of the Senate majority party.
Senate Democrats filibustered against this appointment out of concern for checks and balances and the protection of their constituents. Permanently changing Senate rules in order to confirm such a controversial appointee is a dangerous abuse of power and a show of indifference toward minority voices in Congress. We, the undersigned, ask you to reconsider this dangerous attack on bipartisanship.
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