There is still time to call the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee!

Post Date: December 12, 2013

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The bill markup scheduled for December 12 has been pushed back to December 19 – that means that there is still time to call your Senators! If you live in one of the states listed below, please call your Senator’s offices so they can hear your support of S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act.  

On Thursday, December 19, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to begin discussing mandatory minimum sentencing reform and the Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410. That bill, if passed into law, would benefit thousands of nonviolent federal offenders facing mandatory minimum sentences (including some crack offenders who are already in federal prison) – but first, we have to get the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to support it.

If you live in one of the states listed below, call your U.S. Senator(s) on the Judiciary Committee and tell them to vote in favor of the Smarter Sentencing Act or, if they are already supporting the bill, to thank them for doing so.  Here’s how it works: 

1. Call 202-224-3121. Ask to speak with your Senator. You will be transferred to your Senator’s office. Only people who live in one of the states listed below should make the phone calls.

Your State

Senator(s) to Call

Message to Use (see below for script)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call before Thursday, December 19

Alabama

Jeff Sessions

Support S. 1410

Arizona

Jeff Flake

Support S. 1410

California

Dianne Feinstein

Support S. 1410

Connecticut

Richard Blumenthal

Support S. 1410

Delaware

Christopher Coons

Support S. 1410

Hawaii

Mazie Hirono

Support S. 1410

Illinois

Richard Durbin

Thank you

Iowa

Charles Grassley

Support S. 1410

Minnesota

Amy Klobuchar

Support S. 1410

Minnesota

Al Franken

Support S. 1410

New York

Chuck Schumer

Support S. 1410

Rhode Island

Sheldon Whitehouse

Thank you

South Carolina

Lindsey Graham

Support S. 1410

Texas

John Cornyn

Support S. 1410

Texas

Ted Cruz

Support S. 1410

Utah

Orrin Hatch

Support S. 1410

Utah

Mike Lee

Thank you

Vermont

Patrick Leahy

Thank you

2. Share your message. When you are transferred to your U.S. Senator’s office, speak with the person who answers the phone (you won’t be able to speak directly to the Senator). Using the chart above, pick the appropriate message to use with your Senator: 

Support S. 1410 Message:

Hello, I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to ask the Senator to vote in favor of mandatory minimum sentencing reform like the Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410, at this Thursday’s Judiciary Committee markup. The Senator should vote to reform mandatory minimums because they are unfair, expensive, and don’t keep us safe. Thank you for considering my views. [Optional: share your story of how mandatory minimum sentencing laws have impacted you or your family.]

OR

Thank You Message:

Hello, I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to thank the Senator for supporting mandatory minimum sentencing reform and the Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410. The Senate should vote to reform mandatory minimums because they are unfair, expensive, and don’t keep us safe. Thank you for considering my views. [Optional: share your story of how mandatory minimum sentencing laws have impacted you or your family.

3. If you are calling more than one U.S. Senator from your state, repeat Steps 1 and 2 with your other U.S. Senator.

Then, you’re done!

We do not expect the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on the Smarter Sentencing Act or any other bills on December 19 – the hearing is just the beginning of the debate on what mandatory minimum sentencing reform will look like. But it is vital that Senators go into the hearing knowing that their voters support sentencing reform. Remember: Your U.S. Senators won’t support sentencing reform unless they know that you do!

So, get on those phones and call the U.S. Senate today!

Thank you for your support and help. Together, let’s tell the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that we won’t wait for mandatory minimum sentencing reform!

Sincerely, 

Molly Gill

Government Affairs Director, FAMM