Express outrage at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s blatant refusal to bring the President’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, to a vote on the Senate floor.
If calling in about issues is difficult for you, have no worries, check in on our Self Care section before, and maybe you’ll find some resources that may help you be able to do some calling!
Call the Senate Judiciary Committee (202-224-5225), which is supposed to consider the president’s nominations, then bring them to the Senate floor for a vote.
Tell the staff that you would like to leave a comment for the committee.
The staff are very polite, and you can also ask them any questions you have about how this process works, or head over to our Get Educated section.
The Committee is supposed to operate on behalf of all Americans, so tell them what you want from them, and don’t be nervous.
(Examples: Hi, I’m Dave Bloom from OH, I just wanted to let you know I’m outraged and offended that you are playing partisan politics by refusing to consider Obama’s nomination for twice as long as any other nominee has had to wait!
Hi I’m Karen Clover from OR, and I wanted to say that I think the only constitutional choice is to appoint Merrick Garland, as he is who President Obama chose, and I think a positive step toward bipartisanship and healing this country would be to overcome partisan bickering and approve that nomination.)
Remind the Committee of their duty to the American people.
Ask that this message be given to both the Chairman ( who is against the nomination) and the ranking member (who is pro the nomination).
While on the phone, you can double your message by objecting to Jeff Sessions appointment as the Attorney General. This is true for any of the calls you make below.
In addition, call your Senators and register your outrage. While these Senators cannot take action, it helps them to know that their constituents are motivated on this issue.
Harder but valuable:
Call the office of the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. His staff may tell you they only take comments from his constituents.
State that in his role as a Committee Chairman, he serves all Americans and you would like your message conveyed. Then, give your message as you did before.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa (R)
Des Moines, IA Phone: 515-288-1145
Supplemental Ways to Act:
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If you find yourself fired up over this issue, here is a list of additional Senate Judiciary Committee members you can call in various time zones. These are all Dems. They likely want the nomination to come before the committee and are being blocked by the Chair. Ask their position and if they have issued a statement on the matter, thank them. Sometimes, the thank you’s can do a surprising amount of good too! 🙂
Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont (D)
199 Main Street, 4th Floor
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 863-2525; (800) 642-3193
Senator Diane Feinstein California (D-CA)
DC Phone: (202) 224-3841
San Francisco Phone: (415) 393-0707
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D – MN)
DC Phone: 202-224-3244
Twin Cities Phone: 202-224-3244
Notable Dem. Member
Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
Saint Paul, MN (651) 221-1016