This week, as most of you are undoubtedly aware, the GOP is trying to ram through Trump’s cabinet picks without giving senators or the Office of Government Ethics enough time or information to properly vet them, much less “extreme” vet them.
Call your senators TODAY to tell them you think this isn’t right.
Get phone numbers and other contact info for your senators here.
Wall-of-Us, a site that promotes “weekly acts of resistance” against Trump and his GOP allies, offers this sample script (which I’ve modified a little) to use when calling your senator. You may want to say something along these lines when talking to senate staffers:
Staffer: [_________]’s office, how can I help you?
Caller: Hi there, I’m a constituent of Senator [________]. Can I please speak with the staffer who would be handling his/her’s position on Trump’s cabinet picks.
Staffer: I’m happy to take down any comments you may have. Can I ask for your name and address … ?
Caller: Sure. [Gives name/address]. Can I ask who I’m speaking with?
Staffer: Yes, this is [_____________].
Caller: Thanks, [__________] I am … deeply troubled that many of Trump’s cabinet picks have not been vetted by the Office of Government Ethics. Is Senator [___________] aware that Walter M. Shaub Jr., the Ethics Director … sent a letter Saturday, January 7th expressing his concern? That letter states that cabinet picks are always vetted before their hearings. This makes sense, because the Senators have to know about potential conflicts of interest before they vote to give these cabinet members immense power in our government.
[I’m also troubled by reports that the various cabinet picks have in recent years donated nearly a half-million dollars, directly or indirectly, to senators who will be voting on their confirmation.]
What is Senator [______________] planning on doing about it? Has he/she made a statement expressing his/her concern?
Some more background on the ethics issue:
The WaPo reports:
A top ethics official has warned that plans to confirm Donald Trump’s top Cabinet choices before background examinations are complete are unprecedented and have overwhelmed government investigators responsible for the reviews.
The concerns prompted Democrats on Saturday to call for delaying the confirmation process, but Republicans signaled they are unlikely to budge on the eve of a slew of hearings in the Senate.
Several of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks who face potentially tense upcoming hearings on Capitol Hill have donated hundreds of thousands to the senators who will vote on their confirmations.
Five of Trump’s choices who will face Senate committees — secretary of State pick Rex Tillerson, Education secretary choice Betsy DeVos, Labor secretary pick Andy Puzder, Commerce secretary pick Wilbur Ross and Transportation secretary pick Elaine Chao — have contributed $449,559 combined to current senators’ campaigns or outside groups supporting them, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
And here’s some advice on calling politicians if you have social anxiety.
See my post here for a schedule of all the cabinet confirmation hearings this week.
See more Resist Trump Today posts here.