Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Today's Action Alert
From the National Women's Law Center:
Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 along party lines to recommend that Samuel Alito be confirmed by the full Senate to the U.S. Supreme Court. Alito's nomination now moves to the full Senate where we believe it must be rejected. Senators are expected to begin debating the confirmation tomorrow, with a vote possible as soon as the end of this week.
CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW AND ASK THEM TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO OPPOSE ALITO'S CONFIRMATION!
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or if you're having trouble getting through, click here for step-by-step instructions for calling your Senators directly.
Tell your Senators:
• The Senate's decision on Samuel Alito will have profound consequences for women for the next two generations and possibly more.
• If the Senator cares about women's rights, he/she should look at how Judge Alito's confirmation would affect people's lives and vote "no."
• The risks are simply too great to confirm Judge Alito. I urge the Senator to commit publicly to voting "no" on Alito, use the opportunity of the floor debate to express his/her concerns about Alito's record, and keep every possible option on the table for opposing Alito's confirmation.
Momentum is building in opposition to Alito, as all Democrats on the Committee held firm in their opposition to Alito's confirmation, and Senators on and off the Committee have made strong statements of opposition and concern in recent days. Senator Patrick Leahy, though he was one of 22 Democrats to support John Roberts for Chief Justice, said of the Alito nomination, "This is a nomination that I fear threatens the fundamental rights and liberties of all Americans now and for generations to come."
The large number of Senators who voted "no" understand that Samuel Alito would likely eviscerate core legal rights for women and shift the Court in a dangerous direction. His confirmation would jeopardize a woman's right to choose, undermine Congress's power to protect the public welfare in areas like family leave, and make it harder for victims of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination to have a fair shake in court.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD, CALL NOW!