Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10, the United States Senate will begin confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees.

This would normally be a good sign of transition, but in this case, it’s cause for alarm. The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has released a warning stating that the incoming administration and GOP are “rushing” Cabinet confirmations. Some nominees have yet to complete FBI background checks and OGE ethics clearance documentation, which confirms that nominees are free from conflicts of interest and will put citizen’s interests ahead of their own wallets when they take office.

When I read this, I whipped out my phone and resolved to call the Senate immediately. I wanted to tell the hearings committees that I am concerned and to respectfully ask them to slow the process down.

I got as far as dialing the DC area code (202), when it dawned on me that I actually had no idea *who* to call in Congress. I could call my two Senators, but how would I know which (if any) of the confirmation hearings they would be in on? Should I leave a general message, or call someone else’s Senator, or what?

I assumed that I was not the only person who was feeling alarmed and wanted to call Congress about this. I also assumed that I was not the only person who felt stuck.

So I made this:

Overseeing Cabinet Nominations: US Senate Committees and Committee Members

The spreadsheet is divided by government department and includes the following information:

  • Cabinet Position
  • Nominee’s Name
  • Senate Committee responsible for oversight
  • List of Senators on the Committee

If you would also like to Call Out Congress, please use this resource to find out which committees your Senators participate in, and which nominees they will be confirming in the next few weeks. Then, go to the United States Senate’s Directory to find your Senators’ contact information and call them.

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. CALL – according to Congressional aides, phone calls are more effective than letters or emails.
  2. Call BOTH your Senator’s home offices (the ones in your state), and his/her DC offices.
  3. Your Senator has an official Senate website, available through the Directory. Contact information for all of his/her offices will be available on that website.
  4. If you can go in person to an office, do it!

Did you contact your Senator(s)? Tell us how it went in the comments down below!

With love and solidarity,

-Madeline

 

 

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