]Tell Mitch McConnell: Seat Senator-elect Doug Jones now
The petition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reads:
"Do not schedule a vote on the Trump Tax Scam before Alabama’s newly
elected senator, Doug Jones, is seated."
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Seat Senator-elect Doug
Tuesday night, Alabama voters picked former prosecutor Doug Jones – once a
huge long-shot for the seat – over right-wing Trump-endorsed Roy Moore as
their next U.S. senator.^1
But Republicans have already begun plotting to deny the will of the
voters. Even before polls closed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
signaled he would delay seating Sen. Jones in order to keep Republican
Luther Strange – the current, temporary Alabama senator – in the seat as a
reliable vote for the Trump Tax Scam in the coming weeks.^2 Roy Moore is
refusing to concede, and the Alabama secretary of state will not certify
the results until after Christmas or into the new year.^3
The people of Alabama elected a Democrat to the Senate for the first time
in 25 years – they deserve to have their voices heard – especially when it
comes to sweeping legislation that will affect them and the rest of the
country. It’s unacceptable for Republicans to delay seating Jones so they
can slash taxes for the ultra-wealthy and biggest corporations. Already
Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Jeff Merkley have demanded
McConnell seat Senator-elect Doug Jones without further delay.^4,5 We need
to speak out now to turn up the pressure.
]Tell Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: No Tax Scam vote until
Senator-elect Jones is seated. Click here to sign the petition.
Republicans rammed through the Senate version of the Trump Tax Scam in the
dead of night a few weeks ago – they even hand-wrote some of the edits in
the margins.^6 The committee reconciling the House and Senate versions of
the bill could release its next version any day now and the Senate could
vote as early as next Monday, so we do not have time to delay.
Before Jones is seated, Alabama officials must certify the election
results. Counties have until Dec. 22 to report their results to the State
Canvassing Board, and the Board then has until Jan. 3 to certify Jones’
election.^7 McConnell and other Republicans in leadership have complete
power to schedule a Tax Scam vote or hold it until Jones is seated, but
they are putting their greedy Tax Scam before people who spoke loudly in
support of Senator-elect Doug Jones. Tuesday, Republican National
Senatorial Committee Chair Sen. Cory Gardner even went so far as to call
on Senator-elect Jones to “truly represent Alabama” by voting
Senate Republicans held a Supreme Court seat open for a year before the
2016 election, but now want to rush through a vote before their majority
shrinks. It seems only fair that the Senate should wait to take such an
important vote until its newest member is seated – especially since
Alabama voters sent a clear message of opposition to Donald Trump and his
racist, pro-corporate agenda.
]Tell Mitch McConnell: No Tax Scam vote until Senator-elect Jones is
seated. Click here to sign the petition.
In 2010, when Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election
after Sen. Kennedy’s passing, then Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
called Brown’s election a referendum on the ongoing congressional
deliberation to pass health care legislation and argued that the Senate
should not finish voting on health care legislation until Brown was
seated.^9 Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid honored that
request and decided not to hold a vote until the Senate had sworn Brown
Roy Moore is an alleged pedophile, and while some in his party refused to
support him after women came forward to report how he had dated, harassed
and even assaulted them as teenagers, the Republican National Convention
renewed its support for Moore by pointing to his policy positions.^11 Doug
Jones ran on a pro-choice, pro health-care platform. He voiced his
opposition to the Trump Tax Scam during the race.^12 Republicans must now
accept that voters did not just reject Moore’s appalling behavior, they
rejected his policies.The Senate must not hold a final vote on the Trump
tax scam until Alabama’s new senator is able to vote on it.
Tell Mitch McConnell: No Tax Scam vote until Senator-elect Jones is
seated. Click the link below to sign the petition.
Thank you for taking action,
Kaili Lambe, Director of Organizing
]CREDO Action from Working Assets
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1. Alex Seitz-Wald, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19066
]In stunning upset, Democrat Doug Jones is
projected winner over Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race,” NBC News,
Dec. 12, 2017.
2. Jordain Carney, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19067
]McConnell: Strange to stay in Senate until end of
current session,” The Hill, Dec. 12, 2017.
3. Kim Chandler and Steve Peoples, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19068
]Democrat Jones wins in Alabama
Senate upset, but Moore won’t concede,” Chicago Sun Times, Dec. 13,
4. Kamala Harris, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19069
]Tweet,” Dec. 12, 2017.
5. Elizabeth Warren, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19070
]Tweet,” Dec. 12, 2017.
6. Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport, [ act.credoaction.com/go/19076
]A Hasty, Hand-Scribbled Tax
Bill Sets Off an Outcry,” The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2017.
7. Adam Levy, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/19049
]Alabama's Doug Jones may not take office until 2018,"
CNN, Dec. 13, 2017.
8. Matt Shuham, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19071
]NRSC Chair Says Jones Should Vote With GOP To ‘Truly
Represent Alabama’,” Talking Points Memo, Dec. 12, 2017.
9. Michael O’Brien, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19072
]McConnell: No more health votes until Brown is
sworn in,” The Hill, Jan. 20, 2010.
10. Susan Davis, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19052
]Webb: No Health Care Action Until Brown is Seated,”
The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 19, 2010.
11. David Graham “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19073
]The Republican Party Slinks Back to Roy Moore, The
Atlantic, Dec. 5, 2017.
12. Eric Bradner “[ act.credoaction.com/go/19074
]Where Doug Jones stands on the issues, CNN, Nov. 27,