The Nuclear Option


This is it — they’ve pulled the trigger.

On Tuesday May 24th, the Senate will vote on a motion to end debate on judicial nominations, and when that motion fails Senator Bill Frist will launch the “nuclear option” — an unprecedented parliamentary maneuver to break the rules of the Senate and seize absolute control over lifetime appointments to the highest courts in the land. The vote is going to be incredibly close, and there are as many as 6 votes still up in the air — more than enough to win. We must act now.

We’ve launched an emergency petition and, starting Monday, we’ll deliver your signatures and comments to the Senate floor every three hours until the vote is complete. As the debate rages on, Senators fighting to preserve our independent courts will read your statements from the floor of congress. And every senator, every 3 hours, will receive thousands of pages from their constituents demanding that they stand up and do the right thing.

We have less than 72 hours to win this vote and save our courts. Please sign today.

Go here to sign.

One Reply to “The Nuclear Option”

  1. Thanks, Helen.

    What is it with these people? For a group that shouts about the Framers and Founding Fathers as if they were some kind of group of holy wise men, they always seem pretty quick to run over the Constitution. If it isn’t trying to ammend the document so people can’t get married or a precious piece of cloth doesn’t get burned, it’s removing nasty little “inconveniences” like, oh, I don’t know, the whole checks and balances thing. Grrr.

    Oh, and shouldn’t that be “Nucular Option”?

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