Below are the actions that the Indivisible Group sent out this week. We need to tell Bennett “No on Gorsuch” — he has opted not to join the filibuster. Make your calls this week!
After their embarrassing failure on TrumpCare, Republicans really want a win. Their plan? To get an extreme, unpopular nominee confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court this Friday, before they have to answer to you over the upcoming recess. But there are a couple of flaws in this scheme: first, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is short on the votes he needs, and second, you’re going to use recess to hold them accountable, no matter what happens this week (just ask Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)).
Nuclear is not an option
Gorsuch’s extreme record has left him short of the 60 votes traditionally required to close debate and vote on a Supreme Court nominee. Instead of admitting defeat and requesting a more mainstream nominee, McConnell is now threatening to invoke the incredibly unpopular “nuclear option” and change 230 years of Senate precedent to eliminate the filibuster and ram Gorsuch through with fewer than 60 votes.
Many Republicans are very nervous about blowing up the rules over this one vote—and they should be. If you have Democratic senators, tell them to stand strong, and if you have Republican senators, tell them to back away from the nuclear option. The message is simple: if your Supreme Court nominee is so extreme that he can’t get to 60 votes, you don’t change the rules, you change the nominee!
Does your Senator work for you or Mitch McConnell?
Despite McConnell’s best efforts to rally his Republican caucus behind the “nuclear option” ahead of recess, many Republican senators have deep reservations about permanently altering one of our branches of government to ram Gorsuch through. Some have expressed reservations publicly; some are questioning McConnell’s leadership behind closed doors. Word travels fast in D.C., and by now it is an open secret that the ten senators below are feeling nervous. Do any of them represent you? If so, your calls this week matter now more than ever.
Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Susan Collins(R-ME), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Reclaim Recess: The Sequel
During February recess, more than 100,000 people showed up for town halls across the country. It was this constituent power that defeated TrumpCare and saved health insurance for 24 million Americans. From April 8–23, it’s time for congressional recess again.
Ask us anything! Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4, at 9 p.m. for a livestream conversation to get your questions about recess answered.
New recess resources! We’ve also created some new materials to help you prepare for recess—check out our updated Reclaim Recess Toolkit, including:
- How to Stand Indivisible at Town Halls: an expanded version of our How to Have a Town Hall guide, with new suggestions and tips.
- What to Do When Your Member of Congress Holds a Sham Town Hall: a how-to on combatting the fake town hall tactics your MoC might be using.
- Making the Most of Congressional Recess: our top five policy priorities for this recess.
One fun way to grow the resistance—a victory dance with purpose
The defeat of TrumpCare was an amazing testament to the power of local indivisibleaction. And if we’re going to continue racking up wins against Trump, we need to bring more people into the Indivisible movement. So we’re asking you for a favor: celebrate this victory. But you’re not just celebrating for yourself, you’re also celebrating to advertise your power and grow the movement—and that means we need your celebration on video or it didn’t happen.
To spread the word, we’re gathering testimonials from Indivisible members on how and why they contributed to TrumpCare’s defeat. Here’s how you can add to this project:
- Take a selfie video or get your local Indivisible group to prepare a video together. Yes, your iPhone will work just fine for this.
- Prepare two simple pieces of information:
- Your local Indivisible group name and location (city/state)
- Why you stood Indivisible against TrumpCare
- Look into the camera and keep it short—30 seconds or less is ideal.
- Send your video to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Indivisible Against TrumpCare” no later than next Sunday, April 9.
We’ll take what you send in, create a compilation, and spread it far and wide. This victory dance is fun and all, but it’s also serious work. It’s about convincing those outside the movement that they should join up. We’re building the movement together, and simple acts like this help make that possible.