Action Items for this Week: Sept 3 – Sept 7

WASHINGTON REPORT FOR 8/27/2018

CALL TO ACTION

1. The confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh begin TODAY.  We need to let the Senate know we expect a fair confirmation process for Judge Kavanaugh. Please sign our petition.  Also take a moment to share the petition with your friends on social media.

2. Next, with the Judiciary Committee hearing underway now, it is important for each of us to call our U.S. Senators and ask them to support Judge Kavanaugh. We have included talking points below for your use with these calls. You can reach the Senate offices by dialing 202.224.3121 and asking to be transferred.

3. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area and are available to attend the hearings this week for Judge Kavanaugh, please sign up here. We would like to be there in full force to show our support for President Trump’s excellent choice to the Supreme Court.

4. Please download our new toolkit to support Judge KavanaughWe have several action items included in the toolkit. You will find sample social media, ideas for writing a letter to the editor, and suggestions for contacting your two U.S. Senators.

5. Finally, take a moment to sign our new petition on viewpoint discrimination. Help us send a message to Congress that we believe too much power in the hands of giant media conglomerates is not in our nation’s best interest. We will be sending this petition to Congress by the end of the month, so please be sure to sign it today.

TALKING POINTS

  • The American people elected Donald Trump as president, and expect that his nominees to the judicial branch — especially to the Supreme Court — will be given fair hearings and that they will be confirmed by the Senate.
  • The Senate should move swiftly to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is well qualified for the Supreme Court.
  • Judge Kavanaugh has a stellar record of defending individual liberty, including religious freedom and political free speech.
  • President Trump has nominated someone who will look to the Constitution for each of his decisions on the High Court.
  • Judge Kavanaugh has been on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals for 12 years. He has issued 307 opinions and joined hundreds more.  He has a comprehensive record of jurisprudence that has been in the public domain for years.
  • The Committee has reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents — more than were submitted for both Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kagan.
  • Documents submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee pertaining to Judge Kavanaugh’s time serving in the White House Counsel’s and Independent Counsel’s office are the largest number of executive branch records ever submitted to the Committee for a Supreme Court nominee.
  • Judge Kavanaugh returned the most comprehensive, bipartisan Senate questionnaire in Judiciary Committee history.
  • Senator Grassley has allotted more time between the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh and the start date of hearings than the timeline established by former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy for Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. Senator Leahy scheduled hearings 49 days after the nomination of Justice Kagan, and 48 days after the nomination of Justice Sotomayor. Judge Kavanaugh’s hearings will start 57 days after his nomination. Hearings for Justice Gorsuch were held 48 days after his nomination announcement.
  • The Kavanaugh nomination has been the most transparent nomination process in history. The President campaigned on a list that included extraordinarily qualified individuals he said he would choose from to fill Supreme Court vacancies. Judge Kavanaugh has been on that list since November of 2017.
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