After a confirmation process that has involved at least three sexual assault allegations, a hearing, and an FBI investigation, Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court is a very real possibility. And today, October 5th, the Senate voted to move forward with the confirmation process—meaning the country is one step closer to Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to one of the most powerful positions in the country.
But there’s still time to protest this development.
According to CNN, the Senate will decide whether or not to confirm Kavanaugh in a final floor vote tomorrow, October 6th. The exact time of the hearing is still unknown. Kavanaugh will need 51 votes to be confirmed—the exact number of Republicans in the Senate.
And as of the morning of the 5th, several key senators were still making up their minds about which way they would vote. CNN reported that Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is expected to vote “yes” but that it was “impossible to be sure,” while Republican Senator Susan Collins has not made her position known. However, Senator Lisa Murkowski, another Republican, has said that she will vote “no.”
So what can you do to protest Kavanaugh?
At this point, Kavanaugh’s confirmation depends on Manchin and Collins both voting “yes.” With that in mind, the best way to fight Kavanaugh’s appointment is to call either of these senators (if they represent you) and ask them to vote against the Supreme Court nominee. If you feel strongly, tell them your vote in the upcoming midterms will be determined by how they vote tomorrow. Manchin’s D.C. office can be reached at 202-224-3954, or he can be contacted at one of his local West Virginia offices. You can call Collins at 202-224-2523 (D.C. office) or at one of her Maine offices.
You can also try calling Arizona Senator Jeff Flake. As CNBC notes, Flake has pledged to support Kavanaugh “unless something big changes,” so there’s a chance he can be persuaded. It’s important to note that only actual constituents (aka people who live in these states) should call these senators, but if you have friends or relatives in any of these places, you can encourage them to call.
And if calling isn’t your style, there are still physical protests you can attend. If you live in or near the D.C. area, Women’s March and Planned Parenthood Action are asking supporters to flood the Hart Senate Building beginning at 9 a.m. EDT on October 6th.
Even though calling senators or showing up to a march might not seem like a lot, these actions can make a difference. Congress is supposed to represent us, so make sure your voice is heard.