Shut. It. Down.
That’s what Senate Democrats need to do to stop Mitch McConnell from passing Trumpcare after writing the horrible bill in secret.
The vast majority of Americans, including many Republicans, adamantly oppose Trumpcare. So the Senate Republicans are going try and pass it without public hearings, without the public seeing the details until just a few hours before a final vote.
As many as 50 million Americans will have no access to health care if this bill passes. Millions more will see their premiums soar. Their insurance will pay for fewer and fewer services. Even those with employer health care will be subject to bankruptcy as insurers return to limits on how much they’ll pay for your health care — even if you’re at risk of dying.
Progressive organizations, including our friends at CREDO Action, MoveOn, and Indivisible are rallying Americans to fight back. Senate Democrats must use every tool at their disposal to block and resist health care — including shutting down the Senate itself.
This is an urgent moment: Will you sign the petition and tell Senate Democrats to use every legislative tool at their disposal to stop Trumpcare — even shutting down the Senate?
Earlier this week, Clio Chang wrote in the New Republic that “Senate Democrats need to go nuclear on Trumpcare right now.” DFA strongly agrees. We have to do everything we can to stop this horrifying bill.
As Chang explained, one of the best, most powerful tools Senate Democrats have is refusing to offer what’s called “unanimous consent.” The Senate works when no Senator objects to an action or a procedure. If even a single Senator objects, then “unanimous consent” is not achieved.
Blocking “unanimous consent” will bring the Senate to a halt — for at least a few weeks. That could be enough time to continue organizing a massive effort to stop Trumpcare for good.
Democratic Senators can also gum up the works by repeatedly offering amendments when a vote comes. This would be a kind of filibuster that will be difficult for Republicans to handle.
DFA members continue to flood Senate Republican offices with calls. That remains an essential part of the anti-Trumpcare strategy. It’s time to urge Senate Democrats to do everything in their power to stop Trump from taking away health care from millions of Americans. Will you help convince Democrats to fight back?
Sign the petition and tell Senate Democrats to use every legislative tool at their disposal to stop Trumpcare — even shutting down the Senate.
Thank you for resisting Trump and fighting for health care for all.
Eden James, Political Director
Democracy for America