The nation is grieving the death on Friday of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, with political leaders from both sides of the aisle making statements of their deep respect for RBG and condolences for her family.
At the same time, a political battle is heating up over when and how she should be replaced. Sen. Mitch McConnell has vowed to replace Justice Ginsberg prior to the election with only 45 days to go until the election, despite his refusal to replace Justice Scalia in March of 1996 due to an impending election that was 8 months away. It will be up to Republican Senators to go along with this plan, or not, and the decision will be swayed by the votes of only a handful of Senators.
That’s why several petitions and letter campaigns have sprung up over the weekend asking constituents to reach out to the U.S. Senators. Although petitions, form letters and Resistbot messages are temptingly easy, they are NOT the most effective way to contact your Senators to impact this – or any other – issue.
No matter which side of this issue you are on, if you truly want to make an impact, you need to call your Senator’s office (a local office or D.C. office will do).
Care about how and when the Senate will confirm a replacement for Justice Ginsberg? Call your two U.S. Senators today.
Call Sen. Mitt Romney: DC: 202-224-5251 // SLC: 801-524-4380 // ST. GEORGE: 435-522-7100
Call Sen. Mike Lee: DC: 202-224-5444 // OGDEN: 801-392-9633 // SLC: 801-524-5933 // ST. GEORGE: 435-628-5514
Suggested talking points
Leave a message with a staff member to let them know your opinion. Ask the staff member what your senator thinks about this issue. Be sure to leave your home zip code and mention that you are a constituent.
Additional suggestions from the guide Call The Halls by Emily Coleman
- Identify your name and city.
- State your specific call to action and pose your question to the staffer.
- Wait for a response from the staffer.
- Tell your personal story about why this particular call to action matters to you.
- Ask for your opinion to be recorded and end the call.
For more tips about contacting your reps for effective impact, check out our free resource.