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ACTION-A-DAY 8/2: Block Extremist Damien Schiff From Confirmation To Federal Court

Tell Your Senators to Reject Damien Schiff, Trump's Extreme Judicial Nominee

A final confirmation vote for Damien Schiff -- Trump's nominee to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims -- is expected in the Senate this week.  Schiff's fringe views make him unfit for appointment to the federal bench. #StopSchiff#CourtsMatter#NoHateInCourt

Schiff is infamous for his extremist opinions both in and out of the courtroom. On his anonymous blog, he: 

  • called Supreme Court Justice Kennedy a "judicial prostitute"
  • accused a California school district of "teaching 'gayness' in public schools"
  • opposed both Lawrence v. Texas (the landmark Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized same-sex sexual activity) and the legalization of adoptions by same-sex couples

During his time as a lawyer at the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation, Schiff:

  • argued for allowing unlimited corporate donations to political campaigns
  • argued against environmental protection laws including the Endangered Species Act. In a 2011 interview, Schiff claimed that the EPA treated American citizens "as if they were just slaves." At the time, Schiff was representing an Idaho family that was suing the EPA for denying them a permit to build a house on a protected wetland.

TAKE ACTION
Urge your senators to vote NO when Schiff's nomination comes before the full Senate this week.

Senator Chris Van Hollen
202-224-4654

If you can't get through, try Van Hollen's local offices:
410-962-4436 - Baltimore
301-860-0414 - Bowie
301-777-2957 - Cumberland
301-762-2974 - Rockville
410-546-4250 - Salisbury
202-870-1164 - Southern Maryland

Senator Benjamin Cardin
202-224-4524

If you can't get through, try Cardin's local offices:
410-962-4436 - Baltimore
301-860-0414 - Bowie
301-777-2957 - Cumberland
301-762-2974 - Rockville
410-546-4250 - Salisbury
202-870-1164 - Southern Maryland

SAMPLE SCRIPT (Reword in your own words)
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [YOUR TOWN].  

I'm calling to express my concern about Damien Schiff's nomination to the US Court of Federal Claims. Schiff has publicly espoused extremist views that are at odds with judicial precedent, and has consistently proved that he lacks the judgment and temperament to serve on a federal court. I ask that the Senator vote against his nomination.

Thank you for all your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.]

RESOURCES
Alliance for Justice -- Fact sheet on Damien Schiff

Alliance for Justice -- Nominee report on Damien Schiff

National Women's Law Center blog -- 5 Things You Should Know About Trump's Court of Federal Claims Nominee

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund -- Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Opposing Schiff Nomination

CREDIT
Material for this CTA from 5calls.org and the Alliance for Justice.