Seat Senator-Elect Doug Jones Immediately

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Following precedent set by Republicans, Doug Jones should be seated immediately as the newest Senator from Alabama.

In 2010, in the middle of the Congressional debate about the Affordable Care Act, Scott Brown won a Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat in a special election. Immediately after the victory, Senators Mitch McConnell and John McCain lobbied for him to be immediately seated and for a halt in the debate and/or voting around the Affordable Care Act until he was in the Senate.

At the time, Senator McCain (R-AZ) entered the following remarks into Congressional Record: “I congratulate Scott Brown. I congratulate our new colleague not only for standing up for what is right but also for articulating the frustration of the American people about this process we have been through. So here we are, and now the rumors are that they will jam this proposal through the House of Representatives and then bypass what has always been the normal legislative process. They should not do that. The American people have spoken. The people of Massachusetts have spoken for the rest of America: Stop this process, sit down in open and transparent negotiations, and let's begin from the beginning.”

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) echoed those sentiments: “I think the majority has gotten the message: No more gamesmanship here, no more lack of transparency, let's honor the wishes of the people of Massachusetts and move forward with policy.”

If you strike "Massachusetts" and replace it with "Alabama", we are in the exact same situation today. A newly elected Senator hasn’t yet been seated and Congress is debating a monumental and highly contentious piece of tax legislation. The people of America deserve the same position from these Senate leaders as they advocated for in 2010: Senator-Elect Doug Jones should be seated immediately so his voice can be heard in the tax bill debate!

Sign this petition today and ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator John McCain to immediately seat Doug Jones and stop the tax debate until that happens.

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