Today’s C2A generated based on letters from Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.
TAKE ACTION by calling U.S. Senators and demand that Doug Jones be seated in the U.S. Senate now, without obstruction or “political positioning” delays.
Contact info here: Senators of the 115th Congress Directory
Here is a list of the Republican senators that have opposed or have expressed concerns about the current bill:
- Bob Corker of Tennessee: (202) 224-3344
- Jeff Flake of Arizona: (202) 224-4521
- James Lankford of Oklahoma: (202) 224-5754
- Jerry Moran of Kansas: (202) 224-6521
- Susan Collins of Maine: (202) 224-2523
- Ron Johnson of Wisconsin: (202) 224-5323
- Steve Daines of Montana: (202) 224-2651
“I am a concerned constitute and I am calling to demand that Doug Jones be seated in the U.S. Senate before voting again on the tax bill and any other important legislative priorities. Democracy matters – especially when it’s inconvenient.”
C2A A few short weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said we should “let the people of Alabama make the call” in the race for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. On December 12, 2017, the people of Alabama rejected the politics of bigotry and hate and elected progressive Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate. It was a historic night and a powerful reminder that Democrats can win anywhere in 2018. However, right now, the issue is Republicans need to give the people of Alabama their voice in the Senate. Instead, Republican leaders are planning to wait until January to seat Doug Jones — after we vote again on their tax plan. There is no reason other than craven political opportunism to delay seating Doug and that’s why we need to put pressure on the Republicans now.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION Republicans say they have a final tax deal. Democrats haven’t seen it (the Republicans aren’t sharing it). But the Senate could be voting on it within the next couple of days . There’s no reason to ram through that kind of massive restructuring of our economic policy that could affect the lives of every single American for a generation or more before Alabama gets its new senator. No reason that is, unless Republicans are scared that their tax deal can’t withstand a couple more weeks of public scrutiny.
- The Tax Scam Passed the Senate. What Now? (Indivisible)
- Republican Tax Bill in Final Sprint Across Finish Line (New York Times)
- Use this calculator and see how the tax bill will affect your paycheck (CNN)
In 2010 another vote also came during the middle of a historically important policy debate happening in Washington – health care. A lot of people thought Democrats should ram the Affordable Care Act through Congress before Scott Brown could be seated. The Republicans went on and on (and on and on) talking about how unfair that would be, how corrupt that would be, and how anti-democratic that would be. Mitch McConnell said it would be “gamesmanship.” Democrats rejected the idea of ramming through the bill before Scott Brown could take his seat in the Senate. The Democrats made it clear that democracy matters – even when it means that it might slow down a political party’s agenda. Their actions sent a clear message that democracy matters – even when a Senate seat held for decades by a liberal lion is taken over by a conservative.