Sign the petition: Senate Republicans can force McConnell to end shutdown 

Tell Senate Republicans: No nominations until McConnell ends the shutdown.

Petition to Senate Republicans:
"Publicly commit to opposing all nominations until Mitch McConnell allows a vote on the bill to end the shutdown that Senate Republicans unanimously approved in December."

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Dear 5849376,

Tell Senate Republicans: No nominations until McConnell ends the shutdown.

Senate Republicans could force an end to the shutdown right now. Can you help pressure them to do it?

Three weeks ago, House Democrats passed bills to reopen the government that the Senate had unanimously approved in December, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to call another vote on them.1 Instead, this week, he says he'll call a vote on Trump's outrageous offer to trade Dreamers and TPS holders for the wall and more deportation officers. McConnell's obstruction is unacceptable, and it's time his Republican colleagues stepped in to stop it.

The shutdown is backfiring and vulnerable Republicans up for reelection in 2020 keep claiming they want to end it.2 But they can do more than just talk, they can use their power to force McConnell's hand – by blocking any new Trump nominees until McConnell allows a vote on a real path to end the shutdown.

Republican senators have all the leverage they need. We need to pressure them to use it – or expose their hypocrisy for voters to see.

Tell Senate Republicans: No nominations until McConnell ends the shutdown. Click here to sign the petition.

If there is one thing Mitch McConnell cares about, it is stacking the courts and the executive branch with right-wing extremists. He used every ounce of his authority and every dirty trick to block President Obama's legitimately nominated judges and is now doing everything he can to stuff the federal judiciary full of mini Brett Kavanaughs. He also happily promotes every radical pick Trump makes for jobs in his administration. He's so eager to institutionalize Trump's dangerous agenda that his Senate spent part of last week considering Trump's extreme nominees for attorney general and EPA director instead of working to reopen the government.

When it comes to the shutdown, McConnell is allowing the whims of his party's fragile racist leader to dictate his every move. He is not listening to the majority of voters who don't want a border wall. He doesn't seem to care about workers suffering.

It would only take a handful of Senate Republicans announcing they will block new nominations to force McConnell's hand.3 At least 10 Republican senators are up for reelection in 2020 and hold vulnerable seats, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner and Georgia Sen. David Perdue. Now it's time to demand they stop the empty promises and take action to stand with the American people over Trump and his racism.

Click the link below to tell Senate Republicans: No nominations until McConnell ends the shutdown:

Thank you for speaking out,

Heidi Hess, Co-Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. CNBC, "McConnell: U.S. Senate will only consider shutdown-ending bills Trump would sign," Jan. 3, 2019.
  2. James Arkin, "Vulnerable GOP senators feel the heat of protracted shutdown," POLITICO, Jan. 8, 2019.
  3. Ibid.

Photo: Yuri Gripas/Getty Images

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