Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"That means working more"

Organizing for Action
Diane --

Back in 2014, Senator Mitch McConnell promised that under his leadership the Senate would be "working more":

The first thing I need to do is to get the Senate back to normal. That means working more. I don't think we've had any votes on Friday in anybody's memory. (Mitch McConnell, CNN, 2014)

Fast forward to today, and Majority Leader McConnell's Senate is on track to work the fewest days in 60 years -- and there still hasn't been a single Friday vote this year.

Breaking that 60 year record would be bad enough, and a complete lack of action on climate change, common-sense gun laws, and comprehensive immigration reform would be even worse. But more than anything else, McConnell's flat-out refusal to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, paints a clear picture of Senate leadership that is failing the American people by refusing to do its job, and spreading dysfunction to our country's judicial system.

That is unacceptable. Judge Garland deserves a fair hearing. We need a Supreme Court with nine justices -- and a Senate that isn't gridlocked by partisan politics.

Add your name -- call for a fair hearing and a timely up-or-down vote for Judge Merrick Garland.

Senator McConnell led Republican senators in years of unprecedented obstruction, but still had the chutzpah to claim that if he was in charge, the chamber would get back to work. McConnell's Senate is on track to work only 124 days this year. Turns out his version of "working more" equates to fewer days in session than any Senate since 1956.

When they are in session, McConnell would prefer to obstruct progress rather than actually do his job. And the American people disagree with the members of his caucus that are going along with it -- just look at the plummeting approval ratings for the head of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley.

They are feeling the pressure, which is why it's so important OFA supporters like you keep holding these leaders accountable, and keep demanding that they do their jobs. We need to keep pushing, and get as many friends and neighbors involved in this effort as possible.

Add your name to hundreds of thousands of OFA supporters saying "enough" to this ridiculous partisan obstructionism. Tell Senate leaders to do their jobs and give Judge Garland a fair hearing:



Jack Shapiro
Director of Policy and Campaigns
Organizing for Action

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