Following yesterday’s meeting of Senate Democrats, a consensus to fight Alito’s nomination is emerging, but a final strategy has not yet been decided.
We can’t tell you what will happen today or tomorrow, but we can tell you that your activism has had a real impact in this critical time and will continue to. Thanks in part to the thousands of calls you poured into Senate offices yesterday, senators are becoming more vocal in their opposition to Alito. Just today, senators off the Judiciary Committee — including Max Baucus, Tom Harkin, Barbara Mikulski, and Ken Salazar — have announced their opposition to Alito.
Today three members of the Committee — the Committee’s Democratic leader, Senator Leahy, and Senators Kennedy and Durbin — are announcing their positions in speeches around the country. Normally such statements would be made on the Senate floor, but in a move that has wrankled many Democrats, the Senate’s Republican leader, Bill Frist, has already moved to limit debate by denying them time to speak in the Senate chamber.
If you haven’t called your senators yet to let them know you’re counting on them to stop Alito, please do so right now. If neither of your senators is a Democrat, call Democratic leader Harry Reid or the Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Patrick Leahy.
Call toll-free! 1-877-851-6437
If you’ve already called your Democratic senators and their leaders, Senators Reid and Leahy, send them a fax!
The overwhelming number of calls made yesterday shut down the Capitol switchboard! (We’d love it if you do that again!) If you can’t get through on 1-877-851-6437 today, visit capwiz.com/pfaw/home to find direct numbers for Senate offices. Let us know how your calls go by visiting SaveTheCourt.org/CallReport.
Then forward this email to anyone you know who is worried that Alito would likely condone the abuse of power by the president, vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and help curtail Congress’ ability to protect the civil rights, health, safety, and welfare of the American people.
–Your Allies at People For the American Way