February 9, 2017
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499
RE: Women’s March California – We will not be Silenced!
Dear Senator McConnell,
The Women of California are saddened and appalled by your treatment of Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor this week and your invoking of Rule XIX against her. Senator Warren in her due diligence as a public servant for her constituents, and the nation, was preventing from sharing relevant information in the confirmation hearings on Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
After you historically censured Senator Warren, Senator Jeff Merkley was “allowed” to read Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s important letter on her opposition to Senator Sessions for the Federal Judgeship in Alabama. In these actions you sent a message to the women of California and the nation, that our voices do not matter.
On January 21, 2017 1.1 million people across California raised their voice in support of civil liberties, including racial equality at 13 marches across our state. We believe the letter from Coretta Scott King, which you refused to entertain from Senator Warren, highlights what is as stake under the current administration.
Though we may differ in our views, what makes our country strong is our ability to engage in professional debate. By refusing to allow a colleague, and a woman especially, to voice her views on behalf of her constituents is inexcusable.
Hear our voice loud and clear. We will not be silenced.
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