Filibuster by Amendment — A Script for Calling Your Senator

You may have heard that the Indivisible is calling for Democratic Senators to filibuster the new healthcare abomination bill by adding a never ending number of amendments. Some of them may be hesitant to do this, so it’s incumbent upon us to make it clear that we will not accept anything less than their absolute all in this fight.

To make this call easier, Indivisible has put together a suggested script for calling.

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE: FILIBUSTER BY AMENDMENT

Caller:  Will [Senator] prepare hundreds or thousands of amendments to offer during vote-a-rama?

Staffer:  I’m not sure what you mean. Vote-a-rama only lasts a night or so.

Caller:  That’s because both parties have always agreed to end it. [Senator] can file thousands of amendments — and then call each of them for a vote — so that debate is prolonged long enough to leave Republicans with no choice but to agree to hearings and a complete CBO score. Along with her colleagues, [Senator] can and should let the Republicans know they will offer amendments into the July 4recess or longer, holding the floor with amendments as long as it takes to guarantee Americans can read the bill, see a CBO score, and that the Senate has hearings.

Staffer:  Again, the Senator thinks that could backfire. There are other things we want to work on, as well.

Caller:  That’s terrible. Like I said, this is the most important thing happening right now. I expect [Senator] to get in the arena for her constituents. The stakes are too high to leave any tool at her disposal unused.

Staffer:  I’ll let [Senator] know of your thoughts.

Caller:  Please do. If she isn’t using these tools, that means she’s not doing everything in her power as a Senator to stop TrumpCare. I expect her to use every tool she has. That includes withholding consent and offering as many amendments as it takes to get a hearing and a CBO score. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know when [Senator] decides to play hardball.

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