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In Do Your Job actions across the country, thousands on March 21 are urging Senate Republicans to uphold their constitutional obligation to consider a presidential appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
At events outside local congressional offices, including in Milwaukee, constituents are offering to enroll Senate Republicans in “Civics 101 Refresher” and to pay the costs of a basic government course at a local college.
More than three dozen national organizations are coordinating the nationwide day of action, including MoveOn.org Civic Action, CREDO Action, Democracy for America, Organizing for Action and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin voters are rallying outside Sen. Ron Johnson’s offices at 200 E. Wells Street at 11 a.m. Overhead, a plane will fly a banner reading “Sen. Johnson do your job! #FillTheSeat.”
In Des Moines, Iowa voters will rally outside Senator Chuck Grassley’s office at 210 Walnut Street at 12pm local time. Coinciding the action, a plane will fly a banner over the rally reading “Sen. Grassley do your job! #FillTheSeat.”
In Cleveland, Ohio voters will rally outside Senator Rob Portman’s office at 1240 E 9th Street at 1:30pm local time. Coinciding the action, a plane will fly a banner over the rally reading “Sen. Portman do your job! #FillTheSeat.”
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania voters in an action outside Senator Pat Toomey’s office at 228 Walnut Street at 12pm local time. Coinciding the action, a plane will fly a banner over the rally reading “Sen. Toomey do your job! #FillTheSeat.”
In Austin, Texas voters outside Senator John Cornyn’s office at 221 West 6th Street at 12pm local time. Coinciding the action, a plane will fly a banner over the rally reading “Sen. Cornyn do your job! #FillTheSeat.”
Additionally, voters will gather outside offices of Senate Democrats to thank them for standing with President Barack Obama.
“In President Obama’s final year, Republicans want to do everything they can to obstruct and undermine his presidency, including saying they won’t consider any nominee President Obama puts forward to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Jo Comerford, MoveOn.org Civic Action campaign director. “MoveOn members and allies across the country are calling on members of Congress to do their jobs and consider a nominee. The stakes are simply too high to allow a partisan shutdown of a constitutionally-mandated process.”
“Senate Republicans don’t get to subvert the Constitution and refuse to do their jobs just because they don’t like President Obama,” said CREDO Action political director Murshed Zaheed. “When the American people elected and re-elected President Obama by huge margins they did so knowing he would have the opportunity to fill any Supreme Court vacancies that came up during his term in office, obstructing President Obama’s nominee is a radical, anti-democratic power grab — and the American people aren’t buying it.”
“The Republican obstructionism of the Supreme Court nomination is a slap in the face to democracy and our constitution. It’s outrageous, and the American people are disgusted with it,” said Eddie Kurtz, executive director of Courage Campaign. “The American people are already sick and tired of Washington dysfunction, and we’re giving Republicans two choices: Either do your job and give Chief Judge Garland a fair hearing, or pay for it in November.”
At the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin said, “Americans deserve a full Supreme Court bench, and President Obama’s nominee deserves a hearing. There is no doubt that Merrick Garland is a highly qualified candidate, and the Senate has a Constitutional responsibility to give him swift and fair consideration. The Supreme Court has a sacred responsibility to uphold the rights of all citizens, and we must hold accountable any politicians who tamper with our nation’s highest court for their own gain.”
“This year, monumental cases will be decided by the Court on abortion access specifically and reproductive rights generally,” added Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a single hearing on any Supreme Court nominee, no matter how qualified, denies all of us our right to know where this nominee stands on core constitutional questions of women’s privacy, dignity, and equality. With seven in ten Americans supporting legal access to abortion, we have a right to know where our justices stand on this important issue. It’s time for Republicans to stop putting their party’s interests ahead of our nation’s.”
Organizations supporting the national day of action include: 350.org, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alliance for Justice, Americans for Democratic Action, Americans United For Change, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – AFL-CIO, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Color of Change, Common Cause, Constitutional Accountability Center, Courage Campaign, CREDO Action, Demand Progress, Democracy For America, Democratic Action Iowa/Americans for Democratic Action, Earthjustice, End Citizens United, Human Right Campaign, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Laotian American National Alliance, League of Conservation Voters, MomsRising, MoveOn.org, NAACP, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Abortion Federation, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, National Council of Jewish Women, National Women’s Law Center, National Education Association, NOW (National Organization for Women), Organizing For America, People For the American Way, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Progressive Congress, Progressive Democrats of America, SEIU, Sierra Club, The Voter Participation Center/ Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, UAW, UFCW, UltraViolet and United Farm Workers.