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Daily Action: Step One in Stopping Trump's Supreme Court Nominee


#SaveSCOTUS Rally at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office
Thursday, July 12, noon
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., at Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angele

#SaveSCOTUS Rally at Sen. Kamala Harris's office
Friday, July 13, noon
11845 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles

CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge her to resist President Trump's impending choice to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, unless his pick can be relied upon to defend reproductive rights and same-sex marriage rights. The senator's vote is crucial, but so is her advocacy with her fellow Democrats including Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly. We must stop Trump from moving the court further to the right! Thank you.


BACKGROUND
Trump is expected to announce his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy early this week, setting up a monumental shift in the balance of the Supreme Court. Kennedy was often (but not always) a moderating force on the Court, and was key to many instrumental decisions, particularly on social issues. Trump wants to put a hard-right conservative in this seat: he’s already short-list 25 possible picks, and every one is an extremist who will put settled rights like abortion, marriage equality, and health care under threat.

The Senate will begin fulfilling its constitutional duty to confirm Trump's nominee with a hearing and a confirmation vote in the Judiciary Committee -- on which both Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris sit -- then another confirmation vote in the full Senate (which now requires a simple majority of Senators to vote “yes” to confirm). That rule was changed during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation last year; before that, Supreme Court nominees required 60 votes. But ending the filibuster was Sen. Mitch McConnell's second desperate undermining of tradition, after he had denied President Obama the opportunity to place Merrick Garland on the bench. Since there are still 51 Republican Senators, that means they have the votes to confirm Trump’s nominee -- unless Democrats can convince two of them (most likely Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska) to vote No.